I love Starbucks peppermint mocha, mmmmmm. But, ’round here, they only have them during the holidays until the syrup runs out — bummer! Plus I never seem to make it there — I usually drink coffee at home and don’t think of it until they’re long gone.
So, when I heard that they actually sell the syrup I got all excited and ran out to get some. Luckily, they had two bottles left — and they were on sale — $2.99 — score! — so I snapped them up. I decided to give one to my sister. So, of course I had to make her a little card
Here’s a recipe from RecipeZarr if you are lucky enough to find peppermint syrup. Since I don’t have an espresso machine, I modified it to use regular brewed coffee + an 8 oz mug:
Yummy Peppermint Mocha
- 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered baking cocoa stirred with a little boiling water to form a syrup (I used Scharffen Berger from when I went on the factory tour one day — they are near the old Hero Arts building)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons peppermint syrup
- 8 oz mug, filled 3/4 of the way with brewed coffee
- Warm milk (frothed if you have a frother, I don’t)
- Stir the baking powder + peppermint syrup into the coffee.
- Add warm milk to fill the mug
- Enjoy! Mmmmmm.
I also got her a gift card while I was there — they were out of gift card holders, so they gave me this cute little paper cup to put it in, and I had to embellish it! I put the recipe inside the cup, too. I was going to add something to the front, but then I liked how the dots went with the card so left it plain.
Chris, if you read this, act surprised when it comes in the mail — ha!
Oh and! If you can’t find peppermint syrup at your Starbucks — I did find this one on Amazon. I’ve never tried it, but it seems pretty similar from the ingredients.
Okay, this has made me crave a peppermint mocha — off to make one now.
Supplies: Coffe mug, “thanks a latte” stamps and little heart gems from A Muse. Woodgrain background (stamped in pale pink) from Hero Arts. Bazzill white polka dot ribbon. Patterned paper by Little Yellow Bicycle. Colored pencils by Prismacolor.