Chocolate Peppermint Martini Mocktail
Chocolate Peppermint Martini Mocktail Recipe
How to Make Christmas Mocktails with Milk, Chocolate, & Peppermint
Sip on this chocolate peppermint martini mocktail and be merry! This is the ultimate Christmas mocktail recipe, full of chocolaty candy cane goodness. And, it only requires 4 ingredients: milk, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, and peppermint extract. Learn how to make a chocolate peppermint martini mocktail served in a candy cane crusted martini glass!
I’ve experimented with several holiday mocktails this season, but this is by far my favorite. It’s like a candy cane chocolate martini but without the alcohol—and no hangover! Of course, you’re welcome to add liquor to this recipe for those who want it. But, trust me, this chocolate peppermint martini mocktail is irresistibly scrumptious all on its own!
To take this Christmas mocktail to the next level, dip your martini glasses in chocolate syrup and coat the rim in crushed candy cane. It only takes a few minutes, but it adds so much festive, flavorful flair! If you love a hot chocolate during the holiday season, shake things up and give this chilled chocolate martini mocktail a try.
Can a martini be made without alcohol?
Traditionally, a classic martini features gin and dry vermouth. So, without these ingredients, no—we’re not technically making a martini. If you want to make this chocolate peppermint martini mocktail with some alcohol, go for it! If you prefer to keep it alcohol free, just serve your festive concoction in martini glasses for a more elegant experience.
What is a martini without alcohol called?
A martini without alcohol is called a martini mocktail or a “mocktini” for short. If you enjoy the festivity and ritual of sitting down with a flavorful, balanced drink, a martini mocktail can be just as satisfying without any alcohol! And, if you’re like me and you don’t enjoy how alcohol makes you feel, holiday mocktails are a great option to sip your way through the season.
Chocolate Peppermint Martini Ingredients
Milk of Choice
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Crushed Peppermint (for serving glasses)
- Milk: You’re welcome to use any milk you like—dairy or non-dairy. Since this chocolate peppermint martini mocktail uses sweetened condensed milk anyway, I prefer to use a dairy option like 2% or whole milk. (For a non-dairy option, try my vegan eggnog recipe!)
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: To me, this is the key to the deliciousness and festivity of this recipe! Not only does it add sweetness, but it adds a luscious creaminess and comfort that makes this Christmas mocktail so special. Yes, you can omit it if you’d like, but fair warning: your mocktails won’t be as tasty.
- Chocolate Syrup: This is the easiest option to add chocolaty flavor into your mocktini! If you’re wanting an alternative that’s lower in sugar, you can use cocoa powder instead. But, it’s probably best to blend the cocoa powder with your other ingredients, because it may not integrate with whisking alone.
- Peppermint Extract: This is essential to create the peppermint candy cane flavor in your holiday mocktails! Be sure to use peppermint extract and NOT plain mint extract. (Mint extract will taste like toothpaste, peppermint extract tastes like candy canes.)
- Crushed Peppermint: The candy cane crusted serving glasses are optional, but they add so much festive flair and they’re really simple to make! If you skip the garnished serving glasses, you won’t need crushed peppermint.
How to Make Candy Cane Crusted Serving Glasses
- Crush candy canes or peppermint candies and add them to a shallow dish or plate.
- On a separate plate, squeeze chocolate syrup in a circle shape, about the size of the rim of your martini glasses.
- Dip clean glass into chocolate syrup, then into the crushed peppermint to coat all the way around the rim.
- Chill prepared glasses in the fridge until ready to serve.
How to Make a Holiday Martini Mocktail
To make this chocolate peppermint martini mocktail, simply whisk (or blend) the drink ingredients together, then serve in decorated glasses! If desired, you can chill the mocktail mixture for a bit before serving, but it’s not necessary. Quick and easy as that, you’ve got sweet, festive Christmas mocktails that are sure to delight and impress.
Watch how to make this chocolate martini mocktail in my Holiday Mocktails video!
Chocolate Peppermint Martini Mocktail
- 1¼ cups milk of choice
- ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
- 1½ Tbsp chocolate syrup, (or ½ tsp cocoa powder, blended in)
- ¼ tsp peppermint extract
- martini glasses
- chocolate syrup
- crushed peppermint candies
- Crush peppermint candies if needed, then add to a shallow dish or plate.
- Onto a separate shallow dish or plate, squeeze or drizzle chocolate syrup in a circle shape, about the size of the rim of your martini glasses.
- Dip clean glass in chocolate syrup, then into the plate of peppermint to coat all the way around the rim.
- Chill glasses in the fridge until ready to serve.
Chocolate Peppermint Martini
- Whisk together all drink ingredients in a measuring cup until integrated, or blend in a blender.
- Optional: Chill 20-30 minutes before serving.
- Pour into prepared martini glasses and enjoy!