Whether you’re gearing up for the holiday season, pretending it’s the Christmas season in July or you just can’t imagine spending a small fortune at your nearest Starbucks, you’re going to love how easy it is to whip up this delicious Starbucks Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino Copycat at home!
This has become my favorite drink of the season, especially when I’m trying to avoid spending all my money at coffee shops. There are so many different ways to personalize this easy recipe too, and you most likely already have all of the ingredients at home!
The ingredients are simple, and you can swap items out based on what you have at home:
Espresso or Strong Brewed Coffee
If you don’t have an espresso machine, no worries. You can substitute the Espressos for strong coffee. If you don’t have a coffee maker or french press, you can even use a store-bought cold brew coffee.
Cocoa Powder or Chocolate Syrup
My preference is the deep flavor of cocoa powder, but you can also use chocolate syrup. It really just depends on your personal preference and how strong you want the chocolate flavor to be. (This is what gives it the mocha flavor.)
Milk or Half n Half
You can use whole milk, almond milk, oat milk and even coconut milk or soy milk. Keep in mind that the vegan milks might impact the flavor of the frappuccino. For best results we don’t recommend skim milk, but you can always give it a try.
Peppermint Extract or Peppermint Syrup
I always use peppermint extract because I tend to have it in the cupboard, but you can also use peppermint syrup. My daughter and I have found that if you like a strong peppermint flavor, you should definitely go with peppermint extract.
Some people like to sweeten this with a simple syrup, but I’m all about the warm taste of brown sugar. Yum!
Whipped Cream and other Toppings
A frappuccino just isn’t a frappuccino without whipped cream. Other toppings could include chocolate shavings, chocolate chips a drizzle of chocolate syrup, candy canes and crushed peppermint candies.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend away.
Top with toppings and enjoy!
Looking for a stronger coffee flavor?
Add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules.
Frappe feeling runny?
Make coffee ice cubes the night before! Pour brewed coffee into ice cube trays and add that to your blender (omit the regular ice).
Want an even stronger mocha flavor?
Use chocolate milk as your milk.
Want a sweeter drink?
Add more brown sugar!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To achieve a smooth consistency, use a high-powered blender and blend the ingredients on high speed for about 30 seconds or until the ice is completely crushed.
We don’t recommend using a food processor. If you’re having a hard time getting this peppermint mocha frappuccino recipe to blend, let it sit for five minutes and try again.
Yes, you can use any type of milk you prefer, including almond, oat, soy, or coconut milk. Each milk will give a slightly different flavor and texture to the frappuccino.
Yes, you can adjust the sweetness by reducing the amount of brown sugar or sweetener you add to the drink. Start with less and add more if needed.
It’s best to consume the frappuccino immediately after making it for the freshest taste and texture. If you have any leftovers, they may separate and lose their creamy consistency in the fridge.
It’s generally not recommended to make a large batch and store it, as the texture and flavor may not be as good once it’s been refrigerated. It’s best to make individual servings as needed.
Yes, you can use decaf coffee or decaf espresso to make a decaf version of the frappuccino. Follow the same recipe but substitute regular coffee with decaf.
Yes, you can substitute the sugar with honey, maple syrup, stevia or any other sweetener of your choice. Keep in mind that the flavor may vary slightly based on the sweetener you use.
To make a vegan version, use a plant-based milk (like almond, soy, or oat milk) and skip the whipped cream topping. Check the ingredients of your chocolate syrup to ensure it’s vegan-friendly.
Yes, you can add a shot of alcohol if you’d like to make it an adult version. Peppermint schnapps or Baileys Irish Cream can be great additions, but keep in mind that it will alter the overall flavor and make it unsuitable for kids or those avoiding alcohol.
Yes, you can add a scoop of vanilla or chocolate ice cream to make the frappuccino extra creamy and indulgent. However, this will make it more like a milkshake than a traditional frappuccino.
For a festive touch, garnish the frappuccino with a sprinkle of crushed candy canes, chocolate shavings, or colored sprinkles. You can also use festive-themed straws or drink stirrers.
- 2 cups espresso or strong coffee, cooled (optional, freeze into ice cubes) You can also use store-bought cold brew.
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 2 cups ice cubes (omit if using coffee ice cubes)
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar or to taste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder or 1-2 pumps of chocolate syrup (use more or less based on your preference)
- 5 to 7 drops peppermint extract or 1-2 pumps of peppermint syrup (use more or less based on your preference)
- Optional: 1 tsp instant coffee granules or to taste
- Optional: Whipped cream and toppings (like shaved chocolate, crushed peppermint and chocolate chips)
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until well mixed. If you have difficulty blending, let sit for five minutes and try again.
- Top with optional toppings and enjoy!
Looking for a stronger coffee flavor? Add a teaspoon of instant coffee granules.
Frappe feeling runny? Make coffee ice cubes the night before! Pour brewed coffee into ice cube trays and add that to your blender (omit the regular ice).
Want an even stronger mocha flavor? Use chocolate milk as your milk.
Want a sweeter drink? Add more brown sugar!
- Cook Time: 5 min