Peppermint Patty Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Peppermint Patty cocktail is a delightful and refreshing drink that has its roots in the 1970s. It was created as a tribute to the popular Peppermint Patty candy, which has been a favorite among chocolate and mint lovers since its introduction in 1940. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and minty treat, and it's often served as a dessert drink or a festive holiday beverage.

  • The Peppermint Patty cocktail was popularized in the 1970s
  • It was inspired by the Peppermint Patty candy
  • This drink is perfect for dessert or holiday celebrations

How Peppermint Patty Tastes?

The Peppermint Patty cocktail is a sweet, creamy, and minty drink with a hint of chocolate. It has a smooth and velvety texture, with a cooling sensation from the peppermint that leaves a refreshing aftertaste.

Interesting facts about Peppermint Patty

  • The Peppermint Patty candy was created by the York Cone Company in 1940
  • This cocktail is sometimes served as a shot, known as a Peppermint Patty shooter
  • The combination of chocolate and mint is a classic pairing in many desserts and beverages


Crème de Cacao

This sweet chocolate-flavored liqueur brings the dessert-like quality to our Peppermint Patty. It's like the glue holding this sweet treat of a cocktail together. Without it, you'd lose the essential chocolatey backbone.

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Peppermint Schnapps

Adds the refreshing zing and is the mint in our Peppermint Patty. It's the festive, cool breeze that dances on your palate. Leave it out, and you're at a chocolate-only party, and that minty fresh feeling vanishes!

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Heavy Cream

The heavy cream is where this drink gets its silky, luxurious texture. It's like adding a fluffy cloud to a sunset – it just makes it richer. If you skip it, you'll have a sharper, less velvety cocktail.

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Ice is our hidden star; it chills the drink, making it perfect for sipping. Its role is like the stunt double in movies—unseen but crucial. No ice means a lukewarm and less pleasing experience.

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Chocolate Syrup

The syrup adds depth to the chocolate flavor and creates a visually stunning glass. Imagine it as the perfect outfit for a night out—it completes the look. Without it, the drink could look a little underdressed.

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Mint Leaves

The garnish of mint leaves isn't just for looks; they add a fresh aroma with each sip, subtly intensifying the minty essence. It's the little black dress of garnishes—always appropriate and classy. No mint leaves could make for a less aromatic experience.

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Garnish: Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings

A dollop of whipped cream and chocolate shavings are the cherry on top. It's that final garnish that says 'treat yourself'. If omitted, the drink would miss that playful, luxurious final touch.

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Recipe. How to make Peppermint Patty Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 1 oz Crème de Cacao
    • 1 oz Peppermint Schnapps
    • 1 oz Heavy Cream
    • 1 cup of Ice
  2. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed
  3. Drizzle 1 tsp of chocolate syrup inside a chilled martini glass
  4. Strain the cocktail into the glass
  5. Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and a mint leaf

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass before serving to keep the cocktail cool longer.
  • Use high-quality chocolate syrup for a richer flavor.
  • For a festive touch, garnish with candy canes during the holiday season.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate treats: The cocktail's chocolatey flavors naturally complement anything chocolate, like brownies or chocolate cake.
  • Mint-based desserts: Enhancing the pairing with mint nuances, consider mint chocolate chip ice cream or even mint macarons.


  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of dark chocolate alongside this drink could balance the sweetness with a bit of bitterness for those who enjoy contrast.
  • Nuts: Salted nuts, like almonds or pistachios, can add a savory crunch that contrasts the creamy sweetness of the cocktail.

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What you could change in Peppermint Patty

  • Crème de Menthe can be used instead of Peppermint Schnapps for a less intense mint flavor.
  • Half-and-half can be used as a lighter alternative to heavy cream.
  • Dark chocolate shavings can be used instead of milk chocolate for a more robust flavor.

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The Chocolate Mint Espresso

  • Add 1/2 oz of espresso to the shaker.
  • Replace mint leaves with a coffee bean garnish. This twist adds a caffeine kick and a deep coffee flavor. It's for those evenings when you want your dessert to wake you up a bit!

The Spiked Peppermint Patty

  • Swap the heavy cream for Irish cream liqueur.
  • Garnish with a miniature candy cane. This version adds an Irish twist, bringing a boozy kick and changing the texture slightly. It's perfect for holiday cheers!

The Berry Mint Cosmo-Patty

  • Add 1/2 oz of cranberry juice.
  • Use 1/2 oz of white Crème de Cacao instead.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries. The Berry Mint addition infuses a fruity tartness, playing well with the mint and chocolate, giving the cocktail a colorful twist for a refreshing summer vibe.

In case you forgot basics how to make Peppermint Patty

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Peppermint Patty

What other types of cocktails could I make with these ingredients?

The ingredients used in the Peppermint Patty can be used to create other cocktails such as the Grasshopper, the After Eight, and the Thin Mint Shooter. All of these cocktails also incorporate the flavors of chocolate and mint.

What are some other cocktails inspired by candies or desserts?

There are many cocktails inspired by candies and desserts, such as the Tiramisu Martini, the Apple Pie Margarita, the Chocolate Covered Cherry Martini, and the Candy Corn Cocktail.

What type of alcohol is Peppermint Schnapps?

Peppermint Schnapps is a strong, clear liqueur flavored with peppermint leaves. It originates from Germany and is a type of schnapps, a term that refers to both a family of alcoholic drinks and a type of distilled spirit.

What can I pair this cocktail with?

The rich minty and chocolate flavors of the Peppermint Patty cocktail would pair well with a variety of desserts. Dark chocolate brownies, mint chocolate chip ice cream, or a slice of flourless chocolate cake would all complement this cocktail nicely.

Could I make a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

Yes, you could make a non-alcoholic version of the Peppermint Patty. Instead of Crème de Cacao and Peppermint Schnapps, you could use chocolate and peppermint extracts. Substitute the heavy cream with a non-dairy option if preferred.

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