This Peppermint Mocktail is seriously delicious. It’s like a bright and tasty treat with a creamy base that it just perfect for a cold winter night!
If you’re on the hunt for more mocktail recipes (because you know, having one is not enough), definitely check out my 26+ easy mocktail recipes that the kids can help make. They’re so fun and definitely some of the most refreshing drinks that will ever pass your lips.
But back to this awesome creamy peppermint drink. I feel like this minty mocktail is going to become a staple in our rotation because the boys really enjoyed it.
We made it with some popcorn for a fun family night when we were playing some board games. It was the perfect choice because they wanted to savor every sip while we played.
And this peppermint cocktail without alcohol is great for me, too, because sometimes I want a fun drink without all that.
So, grab your candy canes and let’s get making.
How to Make a Peppermint Mocktail
This easy beverage is perfect for a holiday party. And it’s a simple enough holiday drink to make that you can seriously make it in bulk for a lot of people and it won’t get messed-up.
To start your peppermint flavored drink, combine sugar, water, and peppermint extract in a small saucepan.
Simmer that and cool.
Then, while that’s cooling, combine peppermint extract, eggnog, vanilla ice cream and half the crushed candy canes or peppermint candy in a blender until smooth.
Rim the cup in peppermint and fill with the eggnog mixture, topped with club soda!
You can garnish with fresh mint leaves, whipped cream or ice cubes, or, if you’re feeling really fancy, you can drizzle some white chocolate around the rim of the glass.
If you’re interested in turning this mint mocktail into a mint cocktail recipe for an alcoholic drink, you can use peppermint schnapps in your simple syrup. To add a little chocolate flavor, add a couple tablespoons of creme de cocoa.
Kids don’t want mint? Toss some apple cider together with lemon juice or lime juice and pretend you made them an appletini while you enjoy a peppermint mocktail! LOL!
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Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: Pork Tenderloin Sliders with Orange Aoili
Vegetable Side: Roasted Spring Vegetables
Starch Side: Bacon and Cheddar Steak Fries
Don’t forget Dessert: Creamy Apple Crisp Pie
Why do kids enjoy drinking mocktails?
Mocktails are a unique drink experience that can appeal to the adventurous and creative side of children. It mimics the flavor of an alcoholic beverage but is non-alcoholic, making it an excellent way for kids to engage in some fun in an age-appropriate manner.
The sweet, fruity taste also makes Mocktails inviting to youngsters who are discovering new flavors for the first time.
The presentation of these mixed drinks, with their bright colors and exciting garnishes, entices children and reinforces their appreciation for trying something new.
Additionally, mocktails are a great opportunity for parents to spend quality time with their kids in a family-friendly environment by discussing the flavors or sharing stories.
With all its benefits, it’s easy to see why kids enjoy drinking mocktails!
What are some ways to make drinking mocktails fun?
Mocktails are a great way to enjoy non-alcoholic beverages with friends and family.
For extra fun, get creative when making or ordering mocktails by making up your themed recipes or just experimenting with different flavor combinations.
You can do variations on popular drinks like Shirley Temples and Pina Coladas or make sundaes from the toppings used in drinks like strawberry daiquiris.
For the perfect presentation, you can use colorful straws, umbrellas, and other decorations to give your mocktail an extra pop.
With imagination and creativity, creating a mocktail experience that everyone will love is easy!
Can I make mocktails in advance?
Absolutely! Preparing mocktails in advance is a great way to minimize stress and save time near the end of your party.
If you’re looking for an easy solution, consider simply mixing all of the juices, syrups, and spices ahead of time. This can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days before your event.
Then, when the actual serving time comes around, pour it into glasses with ice and sparkling water or tonic if desired.
Alternatively, make individual drinks such as Bloody Marys or Shirley Temples in separate glasses or tumblers up to three hours in advance.
Be sure to store them out of direct sunlight until their intended use.
No matter what method you choose, making mocktails ahead of time will ensure that you can enjoy the gathering with a worry-free drink in hand!
Do I drink a mocktail with a straw?
When making sure your mocktail looks as beautiful and colorful as it tastes, using a straw is a great way to ensure you get all the delicious flavors in every sip.
It can also be helpful for avoiding that gritty feeling at the bottom of your glass if there’s sediment from crushed ingredients like ginger or citrus zest.
However, while sipping through a straw is more visually appealing, when it comes down to it, these drinks are meant to be enjoyed however you want.
Ultimately, putting a straw in your mocktail is up to personal preference!
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Once you make this Peppermint Mocktail Recipe, you’re going to see just how fun it is to make mocktails for kids. They just get so excited to have something special and new. But don’t worry, I’m not going to let you run out of mocktail recipe ideas.
More Peppermint Recipes:
Oh, you’re just here for the peppermint? Oh, well, guess what?! I’m so here for that. Mint is literally one of my most favorite things ever. So, I pulled together some awesome mint recipe ideas just for you.
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 cups eggnog
- 5 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 cup crushed peppermint candy
- Club soda
- Combine sugar, water, and peppermint extract in a small saucepan.
- Bring this to a boil, then simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mixture from the stove and allow it to cool for 3-5 minutes.
- While that's cooling, combine peppermint extract, eggnog, vanilla ice cream and half the peppermint candy in a blender until smooth.
- Place the rest of the crushed peppermints on a plate. Dip your cup’s rim in water or corn syrup, then in the peppermint candy.
- Pour one cup of peppermint eggnog mixture into each cup, then top-off each glass with club soda.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 603Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 158mgCarbohydrates: 110gFiber: 1gSugar: 88gProtein: 9g