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Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

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Last Updated on November 12, 2023 by Leah Hall

This creamy hot chocolate sipper is perfect for cold winter days, especially sitting by the fireplace! This makes a perfect Apres ski cocktail! Topped with whipped cream and crushed candy canes, a peppermint schnapps hot chocolate is a must make!


Do you want an amazing hot drink for winter sipping? Try our Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate! It’s rich and chocolaty with a cool peppermint finish. Make this great, decadent sip perfect for all winter long!

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind

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Peppermint Schnapps

Peppermint schnapps is a clear mint flavored liqueur. It tastes like a boozy candy cane. Peppermint schnapps is consumed in the winter or during the holiday season, and is popular in Apres Ski Cocktails, too! Also great in chocolate based cocktails, like in this Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate.

  • Are there any substitutes for Peppermint Schnapps? White Creme de Menthe can be a substitute: it is a lighter mint flavor. You can also use green Creme de Menthe, but it will change the color of your cocktails or hot chocolate if that’s important to you!

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

Basically Adult Hot Chocolate, this recipe is one of the easiest and most common ways to spike your hot chocolate. We have other boozy hot chocolate recipes, Verte Chaud, Kahlua Hot Cocoa, and Spiked Hot Chocolate, too!


To make this Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate,  simply add the Peppermint Schnapps to this rich and decadent warm cocoa! Top it with some whipped cream and crushed candy canes for a great extra treat! Or, a boozy marshmallow is a great addition as it slowly melts!

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind

The peppermint schnapps gives it a great mint flavor, and the alcohol makes it a bit sweeter, but since we use bittersweet chocolate in this recipe, it’s not cloyingly sweet. Just imagine yourself with a mug of this next to the fire, or cuddled up in a blanket on a cold winter evening. (or during the day, no judging here!)


If you have never made hot chocolate from scratch, you need to! Homemade hot chocolate is really very simple to make. You may never buy the powdered stuff again, we only do for the boys, LOL! This chocolate so creamy, and when you add the peppermint schnapps this drink instantly becomes a boozy warmer!

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind

What type of Alcohol is Peppermint Schnapps?

Peppermint schnapps is a distilled spirit made by adding peppermint flavoring to a clear grain spirit. It is classified as a liqueur. Most history of Peppermint Schnapps believe the original version originated in Germany (in German the word Schnaps means a strong alcoholic beverage).
Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind

Telluride Distilling Chairlift Warmer

We used a specialty Peppermint Schnapps for our hot chocolate in this recipe, but that’s because we did a tasting at Telluride Distilling in Telluride, Colorado last summer! And this Chairlift Warmer won our hearts over. We were too stunned to speak, LOL!

Shot glasses with Telluride Distilling liquor tasting

But seriously, if you can get your hands on some, do so! It’s a European Alps styled liqueur, with enough sugar, but not enough to make it a syrup. All with an authentic peppermint flavor. It won a gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2018. It’s delightful and a new favorite around here!


They also make whiskey, gin, an aged gin, vodka, and an agave spirit. It was a fun tasting, where we even got to talk to the distiller about some of his products and try some interesting things. We brought home their Chairlift Warmer, the Barrel Aged Gin, and Vodka. So, you know the vodka was good if we bought a bottle and brought it home over the mountains to Omaha.

Cocktails at Telluride Distilling, yellow and red cocktails

So, if you make your way to the lovely town of Telluride, Colorado, make sure that you stop at the Distillery and play a game of pool and do a tasting of their fabulous spirits! Make another great peppermint cocktail with this Candy Cane Martini from our friends at Another Cocktail Blog!



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Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate in a white mug, pine tree stirrer, evergreen branch behind
Yield: 4

Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

A simple hot chocolate recipe, but rich and decadent for winter! This Peppermint Schnapps Hot Chocolate is full of flavor and perfect to warm up with!


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 8 ounce chocolate bar, we used a 70% cocoa bar
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar or Demarara sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 6 ounces Peppermint Schnapps.


  1. Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Warm until just steaming. Whisk in the chocolate until melted.
  2. Bring to a simmer, don't let it boil over. Whisk constantly for 3-5 minutes until the mixture thickens slightly.
  3. Remove from heat, add sugar and salt. Stir until mixed and sugar melted.
  4. Divide peppermint schnapps between 4 mugs (1.50 ounces each) and then top with warm chocolate mix. Top with your choice of garnish, whipped cream or marshmallows are divine.
  5. Cheers!

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 563Total Fat: 26.8gSaturated Fat: 16.8gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 112mgCarbohydrates: 47.1gFiber: 7.5gSugar: 33.6gProtein: 10.4g

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Wednesday 9th of February 2022

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