Hot Peppermint Patty: Mint-Chocolate Goodness in a Mug

Hot Peppermint Patty - a spiked hot chocolate recipe
Two mint liqueurs and a little more chocolate just transformed your average cup of cocoa into a delicious Hot Peppermint Patty. Farrukh Younus / Moment / Getty Images
  • 6 mins
  • Prep: 6 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
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Hot chocolate is fabulous. Spiked hot chocolate is divine. The Hot Peppermint Patty is one of the best recipes you will find and it has long been enjoyed as the warm, comforting mint-chocolate delight that it is.

The secret to a great Hot Peppermint Patty cocktail is the duo of mint liqueurs and an extra dose of boozy chocolate. This recipe is more than pouring a little peppermint schnapps into your cocoa (that's an Adult Hot Chocolate) and you will need creme de menthe as well as the schnapps. To enhance the chocolate, creme de cacao is required as well.

Once you have gathered the three liqueurs, choose your favorite cocoa. It can be a homemade powder coca mix, a fancy hot chocolate recipe, or a store-bought cocoa, whatever you prefer. You want one that's rich and flavorful and steaming hot.

When the drink comes together, just sit back and enjoy. This is the ideal hot cocktail for cozy nights by the fire, chilly days in the ski lodge, or anytime you simply want delicious comfort in a mug.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the liqueurs into a warmed mug or Irish coffee glass.
  2. Fill with hot chocolate.
  3. Top with whipped cream.
  4. Garnish with shaved chocolate or chocolate sprinkles.

Tip: To keep the drink warmer longer, preheat your mug. Do so by pouring hot water into it while you prepare your cocoa and dump it before building the drink. Also, do not use chilled liqueurs as they will instantly cool down your drink.

Archer's Peppermint Patty?

In a January 2015 episode of the hit cartoon "Archer," the Hot Peppermint Patty made it onto the small screen.

Like we see on so many occasions, fans of the TV show ​had to get the drink after it aired. The episode was titled "The Archer Station" (Season 6, Episode 3 - the clip's on YouTube) and it shows Archer pouring from a thermos and declaring, "I call it a Peppermint Patty." 

He even tells us exactly what's in his "Wow" drink and, guess what? It's the exact recipe you see above. Just to be clear, this is the drink that Archer freaked out over and it is worthy of the cartoon's exclamation. However, Archer (nor the show's writers) did not create this drink, so it's technically not 'Archer's Peppermint Patty' as some on the internet will have you believe.

How do I know for sure? Because this is an old recipe. It's one of the first spiked hot cocoas I made in my career, I first published this recipe in 2006, and it predates me. It's very likely that the show's creators have the same fascination with the Hot Peppermint Patty that many of us do and the show just gave it a much-needed spotlight.

So, yes, this is the Peppermint Patty that Archer so enthusiastically enjoyed, but it is nothing new. Now go mix one up and have your own "Oh my God" moment!

How Strong is the Hot Peppermint Patty?

Here's the fun part about the Hot Peppermint Patty: you can intensify both the mint flavor and the strength by your choice in peppermint schnapps.

While the other two liqueurs average about 25% ABV (50 proof), peppermint schnapps can range from 15-50% ABV (30-100 proof). That's a big range, so if you want a bang of peppermint, try a high-proof brand like Rumple Minze. If you'd prefer something a bit more balanced, choose a lower-proof schnapps.

Let's see how your choice stacks up when we run the numbers and estimate the Hot Peppermint Patty's alcohol content:

  • Hot Peppermint Patty with 100-proof schnapps: 11% ABV (22 proof)
  • Hot Peppermint Patty with 30-proof schnapps: 5% ABV (10 proof)

In the grand scheme of cocktails, even the high-proof schnapps mix is mild. Yet, you can see the impact that it has in the exact same drink.

It's important to remember that we're not concerned just about how drunk you get, but the flavor as well. The general rule is that the higher the proof of a liquor, the more flavor it has. This should play the biggest role in your schnapps decisions.

More Peppermint Patty Cocktails

The combination of chocolate and mint is found in many cocktails and most are just as delicious as this one. You will also find a number of drinks that take on the 'Peppermint Patty' name and it all points back to those little candies made famous by the York Peppermint Patty. There are many recipes available and the only question you need to answer is "How will you take your Peppermint Patty tonight?"

  • Peppermint Patty Cocktail - Not one, but three recipes for the same drink. They're equally delicious and most often served nice and cold over ice. It's up to you to decide if you'll take the chocolate vodka-RumChata route or go with a more traditional mint liqueur recipe with or without the cream.
  • Peppermint Patty Shooter - This combo and name has also been a favorite among drinkers who love to shoot their mint-chocolate. It is one of the tastiest party shots you can make. Again, there are a few ways to approach it, including one that has you mix chocolate syrup and schnapps right in your mouth!