Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Since it is exactly one month until Xmas, I thought I'd post this festive recipe.

1 peppermint teabag
1/2 cup of boiling water
1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup milk of choice

Steep the teabag in the hot water for 5 minutes. In the meantime, place the honey and cocoa in a mug. When 5 minutes have elapse, add the hot peppermint tea to the mug; stir to dissolve the cocoa and honey. Heat the milk in a pot on the stove until it starts to lightly bubble, then immediately remove from heat and add to the mug. Stir to mix.

Sip by the fire while visions of sugarplums dance in your head.

Image source here. Totally not my picture, but so pretty!


  1. I would think there would be a conflicting taste between tea and cocoa. Must tea be a catalyst or might a person just use mint leaves in place of tea leaves? In other wors, are they always used fresh or can they be immersed in hot water to make a hot mint drink? Curious Mama M

  2. Peppermint tea is just dried peppermint leaves. When steeped, it creates a pepperminty flavored liquid. When mixed with the chocolate, it just tastes like chocolate with a hint of peppermint. If you don't have peppermint tea, you could use peppermint extract (like vanilla extract), which is just peppermint leaves steeped in alcohol. I suppose fresh mint leaves could be used in this recipe, but it wouldn't taste as strong as the the dried leaves in the teabag have a higher concentrated taste.

  3. Thanks for the info Becca!


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