Boozy Christmas Coffee

This boozy Christmas coffee is basically an adult peppermint mocha! Fun, festive, and extra merry with the addition of peppermint schnapps and Kahlua.

Close up of this alcoholic coffee drink with peppermint schnapps and Kahlua. This boozy Christmas coffee is in a glass mug with it's rim covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Bottles of liqueur used in this recipe are in the background.

This warm winter coffee cocktail is cozy and fun. Perfect for those who love specialty Christmas coffee drinks, those who enjoy alcoholic coffee drinks, or anyone looking for a new winter coffee drinks to enjoy.

TELL ME ABOUT THIS SPIKED CHRISTMAS COFFEE RECIPE

Level of difficulty: Easy.

Flavor: Like a peppermint mocha

Time: It will take you less than 5 minutes prepare your holiday coffee cocktail (this does not include brew-time for your coffee as that can range widely depending on what method you use to make coffee at home)

Ingredients needed to make this alcohol coffee drinks recipe. This includes a french press with fresh brewed hot coffee, Kahlua, Peppermint Schnapps, Milk, Christmas sprinkles, whipped cream, and chocolate.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

Hot, Strong Brewed Coffee: put your favorite coffee on to brew as usual

High Quality Chocolate: use your favorite semi-sweet or dark chocolate

Christmas Sprinkles: sprinkles add holiday flair to this festive coffee drink recipe

Milk: you can use whatever milk you prefer (dairy or non-dairy) in this winter coffee recipe. I recommend using 2% or whole dairy milk.

Peppermint Schnapps: Used to add that peppermint punch to your coffee

Kahlua Coffee Liqueur: Kahlua with coffee is a match made in heaven, and it acts as the sweetener for this boozy peppermint mocha recipe

Canned Whipped Cream: squirt whipped cream adds extra fun to this boozy coffee drink

This is a collage of 6 images showing the process to make this festive alcoholic coffee drink with peppermint schnapps and Kahlua.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE THIS ADULT CHRISTMAS COFFEE DRINK

  1. Brew your coffee as usual
  2. Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 20 second increments, stirring in between each 20-second cycle (this should take 2-3 cycles)
  3. Dip the rim of your mugs into the melted chocolate and shake on sprinkles. Divide the remaining chocolate and scoop it into the bottom of each mug. Set mugs aside
  4. Once the coffee is ready, fill each mug 3/4 full with hot coffee and stir to help melt and mix in the chocolate
  5. Add 1oz peppermint schnapps and 1/2oz Kahlua to each mug and stir
  6. Top each mug with milk
  7. Add whipped cream and sprinkles on top of each drink
  8. Enjoy!

WANT TO ENJOY THIS DRINK AT NIGHT? CONSIDER USING DECAF!

If you’d like to enjoy a boozy Christmas coffee later in the day while snuggled in next to the fire, or gazing at the lights on your Christmas tree, consider using decaf coffee! Decaf is a great option for those who are affected by caffeine but love coffee and want to enjoy this cozy peppermint coffee recipe in the evening.

Close up of a glass mug filled with this winter coffee cocktail. The mug sits on two coasters and is surrounded by sprinkles, coffee beans, and candy canes.

FAQs about making boozy Christmas coffee

What is the best milk to use for this winter coffee cocktail? You can use any type of milk you like to make this winter coffee recipe.

  • Dairy milk: 2% or whole milk are both great options. If you’d like to make it extra decadent, use half-and-half!
  • Non-dairy milk: oat milk or almond milk are both good alternatives to dairy milk. If you have another non-dairy milk preference, go for it!

How long does Kahlua last? According to Kahlua’s website, Kahlua has a shelf life of 4-years. They say it’s actually ok to enjoy longer but the coffee flavor tends to fade.

Does Kahlua need to be refrigerated? No, but it is recommended that it is stored in a cool, dry place. Also make sure the cap of your Kahlua is put on tightly in between enjoying this liqueur.

What is the shelf life of peppermint schnapps? Assuming it is stored properly, peppermint liqueur has a long shelf life (think years). The flavor may degrade over time, though, so best to enjoy this winter coffee often to avoid that! To properly store schnapps, ensure your bottle is tightly closed and store in a cool and dry area away from direct sunlight.

What are the best sprinkles to use for this boozy peppermint coffee? I recommend using the classic, long sprinkles (sometimes called jimmies) for your holiday coffee.

Do I need to add the squirt whipped cream on top? No, but adding the whipped topping to your boozy Christmas coffee definitely adds to the decadence of this drink (and gives you a surface for more sprinkles). However, it’s your holiday beverage, so enjoy it however you’d like!

Top down view of a mug filled with this boozy Christmas coffee recipe. The drink is topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, and is surrounded by pieces of chocolate, sprinkles, candy canes, coffee beans, and a bag of coffee peaks into the edge of the photo.

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Close up of this alcoholic coffee drink with peppermint schnapps and Kahlua. This boozy Christmas coffee is in a glass mug with it's rim covered in chocolate and sprinkles. Bottles of liqueur used in this recipe are in the background.

Boozy Christmas Coffee

This boozy Christmas coffee is basically an adult peppermint mocha! Fun, festive, and extra merry with the addition of peppermint schnapps and Kahlua. Perfect for those who love specialty Christmas coffee drinks, alcoholic coffee drinks, or anyone looking for a new winter coffee drinks to enjoy.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 Drinks
Calories 339 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1-2 C strong brewed coffee*
  • 1/4 C high-quality chocolate semi-sweet or dark
  • Christmas sprinkles for the rim & topping
  • 2 oz peppermint schnapps divided
  • 1 oz Kahlua divided
  • Milk of choice I use 2% or whole dairy milk
  • Canned whipped cream

Instructions
 

  • Brew coffee using your preferred method
  • Place chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 20 second increments, stirring in between each 20-second cycle (this should take 2-3 cycles)
  • Dip the rim of your mugs into the melted chocolate and shake on sprinkles. Divide the remaining chocolate and scoop it into the bottom of each mug. Set mugs aside
  • Once the coffee is ready, fill each mug 3/4 full with hot coffee and stir to help melt and mix in the chocolate
  • Add 1oz peppermint schnapps and 1/2oz Kahlua to each mug and stir
  • Top each mug with milk
  • Add whipped cream and sprinkles on top of each drink
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*If you plan to enjoy this coffee in the evening - consider using decaf coffee to avoid the caffeine.
*Nutritional values were calculated using 2% milk

Nutrition

Calories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 36mgPotassium: 308mgFiber: 2gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 120IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 97mgIron: 3mg
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