Feeling a little eggnog fatigue? We have the perfect antidote that is sure to get you into the holiday spirit: a peppermint-spiked cocktail.
We're all familiar with peppermint as a delicious sweet to eat during the holiday season, but that cooling flavor and pleasing aroma are also great as a mixed drink with no extra sugary calories either. And aside from being tasty, inhaling peppermint is shown to help with respiratory coughs and stress relief—now there's your excuse to mix up a drink.
In an effort to serve up the crowd-pleasing beverage of the season, we’ve rounded up the 17 best peppermint cocktails fit for a novice or mixologist. We’re confident one (or more) of these peppermint libations will become your new favorite go-to.
This peppermint-infused gin cocktail will get the job done and it’s quick to make. “The peppermint gin is actually made in a blender and is ready to serve immediately! That means this cocktail has all the deliciousness of an infused cocktail with none of the waiting,” writes Kelly of A Side of Sweet. Plus, the light pink martini might pair great with your holiday dress.
“This is a very grown-up mug of hot chocolate,” writes Elizabeth of Brooklyn Supper. Warm up the room with a blend of all the holiday’s favorite flavors including rich dark chocolate, peppermint, and nutmeg. “It goes easy on the sugar, letting the sweetness of the DeKuyper Peppermint Schnapps come through.”
Somehow these Peppermint Mocha Jello Shots are classy enough to pull off without raising eyebrows. Plus, they're a great conversation starter for your guests. “It’s like a Peppermint Martini meets a Starbuck’s Peppermint Mocha,” writes Naomi of Bakers Royale.
Your guests will be sure to appreciate the innovative flavors that go into making this cocktail special! For a unique party drink, the Peppermint Coconut Cocktail combines the misty flavor of peppermint with the creamy texture of coconut milk. “If you like peppermint AND coconut, you’re gonna like this! It’s weird and wonderful and creamy and perfectly festive,” writes Elise of A Beautiful Mess.
And speaking of adding unique tropical flavors to your peppermint themed-drinks, try out this pineapple and peppermint cocktail from Premeditated Leftovers.
Light up your room in festive green with The Peppermint Holiday Hustler. This cocktail is a boozy, creamy, and minty shake perfect for the dessert portion of your Christmas or New Year's party. “It tastes exactly like the inside of an Andy’s mint or like a boozy version of a Shamrock Shake,” writes Cheyanne of No Spoon Necessary.
“I don’t think there is a more universal symbol of Christmas than the candy cane,” writes Toni of Boulder Locavore. Her Candy Cane Cocktail features homemade candy cane infused vodka (great for holiday gifting) and a candy cane rim for a special martini rendition that will be a hit for winter entertaining.
Cutting back on sugary calories, when we can, can really help with the continuous holiday splurges. For a great dessert drink option, this infused shake, as seen on She Knows, features Arctic Zero mint chocolate ice cream along with peppermint extract and dark chocolate vodka. Yum.
Proof that mojitos aren’t exclusive to hot Havana nights, Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest took on her own holiday rendition of one of the world’s most refreshing cocktails. “This drink is simple as can be and perfect for all your holiday parties,” she writes.
To bring in the festive flavor of ginger, try the Ginger Beer Mojito from Gimme Some Oven. Though you can use other forms of fresh mint in these mojito recipes, peppermint will bring in the festive nostalgic tastes.
Drizzled white chocolate and white chocolate liquor add a dose of sweetness to this peppermint schnapps-based cocktail found on She Knows. Dressed with candy canes, it’s a jubilant drink for any holiday soirée.
A nice glass of bubbles can put a smile on anyone's face, and this champagne cocktail will have you grinning ear to ear—perfect for your New Year’s cheers! In addition to peppermint, this cocktail features other earthy tastes. “I combined the mild bitterness of grapefruit with the sweetness of pomegranate seeds, the refreshing taste of ginger and the cooling flavor peppermint,” writes Ana Stanciu from hello glow.
If you’d like to use decorative candy canes as your powerful flavor infuser, try the Peppermint Champagne Cocktail from Martinka Crystal.
There’s a good chance that a white russian was one of your very first alcoholic beverages. And now you can reinvent that 21-year-old hit by adding a kick of peppermint to your Kahlua and vodka. “Obviously addition of peppermint, and peppermint alone, would make this drink utterly irresistible;” writes Nicole of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie.
We know we promised no eggnog, but we couldn’t help to sneak in this interpretive take found on She Knows. The minty pink beautiful drink with a sparkly candy cane rim brings new life to the typical eggnog. Because making eggnog calls from many ingredients, you’ll want to have an easy-to-use blender on hand.