If you’re a fan of Starbucks peppermint drinks, know that they’re not just meant for the festive season.
Here, we've got everything you need to know about peppermint drinks at Starbucks, from some of our favorites to ordering tips and more.
18 Starbucks Peppermint Drinks (Minty Coffee Drinks To Enjoy)
There are quite a few options when it comes to Starbucks peppermint drinks. The use of peppermint syrup, mocha sauce, and even white chocolate mocha sauce means that you can customise most Starbucks drinks to make them a bit more minty.
However, there are two main types of peppermint drink; the peppermint mocha and the peppermint Frappuccino.
The Starbucks peppermint mocha is basically a coffee based peppermint drink. They usually have regular mocha sauce or white chocolate mocha sauce, and a healthy dose of peppermint syrup (which is what gives the peppermint mocha its flavor).
The Starbucks peppermint Frappuccino also contains a lot of mocha sauce or white chocolate mocha sauce, but is usually served cold and doesn't always contain coffee. Both types of peppermint drink are usually topped with whipped cream.
Let's take a closer look at the best peppermint options and give you something great to enjoy:
1. Iced Peppermint Mocha
You definitely can’t go wrong with an Iced Peppermint Mocha - who doesn’t love chocolatey goodness? This particular peppermint mocha is made with Starbucks' signature espresso along with peppermint syrup and sweet mocha sauce. As a decadent finish, the iced peppermint mocha is topped with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls.
This iced peppermint mocha is Christmas in a cup, you can also customize this particular drink by changing it to Chai or adding in chocolate malt powder. A drink that's made warm, it has about 440 calories if you're ordering a Grande size.
2. Peppermint Bark Frappuccino
This sneaky drink is actually on the secret menu of Starbucks, and feel free to order the peppermint bark Frappuccino either hot or iced. It's quite similar to the Peppermint Mocha, but instead, you'll ask for the Frappuccino with half mocha sauce and half white mocha sauce. You can then ask for extra whipped cream on top and even add a few dark chocolate curls. This creates a rich and decadent peppermint mocha Frappuccino that’s extremely delicious.
This peppermint mocha Frappuccino is available all year round since all you've got to do is customize it, and it's one of the peppermint drinks that will always remind you of winter.
3. Peppermint Pow Frappuccino
Another drink that's on the secret menu, the Starbucks Peppermint Pow Frappuccino, will provide you with a minty finish unlike any other.
This peppermint mocha Frappuccino is essentially a minty milkshake that consists of a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino combined with two pumps of peppermint syrup for a Grande size and two and a half scoops of matcha green tea. You can also top the peppermint mocha with whipped cream and even know in a few dark chocolate curls.
The green tea Frappuccino works exceptionally well with the vanilla bean and peppermint to create a delicious peppermint mocha that you wouldn't usually be able to find on the menu.
4. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino
Ah, the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, a minty chocolatey drink that you absolutely can’t go wrong with.
It’s also on the secret menu and is incredibly simple to make. All you’ve got to do is order a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino and tell them to add one and a half pumps of peppermint syrup for a Grande size along with four scoops of Java chips. Then top it with some light whipped cream and extra dark chocolate curls.
There you have it; the crunch from the java chips matched with the vanilla bean and peppermint syrup creates a creamy blend that's sure to satisfy any cravings that you might have.
5. Peppermint Pattie Frappuccino
If you've never had a Peppermint Pattie Frappuccino, it's time to order one. This blend consists of mint and chocolate along with Java chips for that crunch. It's a tad more decadent than the Peppermint Chocolate Chip Frappuccino, however, as it also comes with mocha sauce drizzled on top and whipped cream, and works well with some extra dark chocolate curls.
To make this peppermint mocha creme Frappuccino, ask for a Vanilla Bean Frappuccino, two and a half pumps of peppermint flavored syrup for a Grande size, java chips, and ask them to coat the sides of the cup with mocha sauce before topping it with whipped cream and more mocha sauce drizzled on top.
6. Holly Jolly Latte
Served either hot or iced, the Holly Jolly Latte will put you in the jolliest mood ever. It's the perfect winter drink, and this drink is usually only available during the festive period - but it makes a great alternative to the regular peppermint mocha.
It has both eggnog and peppermint flavors that you can't go wrong with if you’re looking for a warm fuzzy drink during the festive season.
You'll order an Eggnog Chai Latte before asking them to add two pumps of their peppermint syrup for a Grande size before topping it with nutmeg sprinkles and whipped cream - you can even add some dark chocolate curls for a bit of extra chocolatey goodness! This is definitely a drink that you can’t go wrong with.
7. Starbucks Chocolate Mint Frappuccino
Chocolate and mint are a basic flavor combination that tastes absolutely fantastic together. If you've always wanted to order yourself a Starbucks Chocolate Mint Frappuccino, feel free to do so on the secret menu.
This recipe is a little more complicated than other recipes, so make sure that you’re extra patient! It consists of a Green Tea Frappuccino, but you'll decrease the classic syrup to one and a half pumps for a Grande.
You'll then add four pumps of peppermint flavored syrup, three scoops of vanilla bean powder, one and a half scoops of protein powder for thickness, and two pumps of mocha sauce - don't forget to also ask for that mocha sauce around the cup!
Finish this creme Frappuccino off with whipped cream, mocha sauce, dark chocolate curls, and a sprinkle of matcha powder.
8. Starbucks Franken Frappuccino
By this point, you're probably well aware that most of these peppermint drinks are secret menu drinks. It certainly helps that Starbucks has peppermint syrup available all year round.
The Starbucks Franken Frappuccino is a Halloween drink that isn't on the menu all the time. No worries, though; you can easily order one on your own.
You’ll start with a Green Tea Frappuccino before having them add a couple of pumps of peppermint flavored syrup and some white chocolate mocha sauce before topping it with java chips. For that extra indulgent finish, this creme Frappuccino is topped with whipped cream followed by a drizzle of mocha sauce.
9. Lucky Leprechaun Frappuccino
Yes, this particular drink is a favorite during St. Patrick's Day, but you're more than welcome to order it whenever you'd like. It's a Green Tea Frappuccino topped with two pumps of Starbucks peppermint syrup if you're ordering a Grande size (or an extra pump of peppermint syrup for a Venti), followed by a sprinkle of java chips. It's then topped with whipped cream, and you can sprinkle some crunchy biscuit topping over the whipped cream for extra goodness.
This drink is refreshing, creamy, minty, and comes with a touch of chocolate that gives it the right amount of sweetness you need. Since it's also green, you'll be joining in on the green color trend during St. Patrick’s day.
10. Chinese New Year Candy Frappuccino
This drink might be called the Chinese New Year Candy Frappuccino, but you’re more than welcome to order it whenever you like. It’s aptly called this name as it’s reminiscent of Chinese New Year candies that are wrapped in red and gold.
To make this drink, simply order a Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino and add a pump of classic syrup for a Grande size followed by a pump of Starbucks peppermint syrup for a Grande size, and finished with some whipped cream. It’s a drink that’s also great for summer - thanks to the refreshing sweetness from the strawberries and creme.
11. Shamrock Frappuccino
Ready to get a Shamrock Frappuccino? You can't go wrong with this delicious drink. It's not just minty but also creamy and delicious.
To order this, simply start with a vanilla bean frappuccino and ask for two pumps of Starbucks peppermint syrup for a Grande, followed by a pump of classic syrup. As a finishing touch, add two and a half scoops of matcha powder and some whipped cream.
It's pretty similar to some of the other green Starbucks drinks mentioned above but doesn’t come with java chips. If you’d like to make it slightly more decadent, you’re also more than welcome to add whipped cream to this drink.
12. Christmas In A Cup Latte
Order this drink, and it's sure to remind you of Christmas. It not only has peppermint but also chocolate and cinnamon - how awesome is that?
To start, you'll want to get a cinnamon dolce latte before adding two pumps of white mocha sauce for a Grande. You'll then add a pump of peppermint syrup before topping it with chocolate whipped cream. A bit of extra white chocolate mocha sauce also work well on top of the whipped cream.
This peppermint mocha style drink is typically ordered cold, and you can also top it with regular whipped cream if that's what you prefer. This drink is perfect for satisfying those Christmas dessert cravings that you might have - even if it’s after the holiday season!
13. Christmas Cookie Frappuccino
Who doesn’t love a cookie Frappuccino? This drink from the Starbucks secret menu is dessert in a cup. It has a taste reminiscent of Christmas sugar cookies, and you can order this any time of the year.
To order this, simply get a creme-based Frappuccino before adding one and a half pumps of peppermint flavored syrup for the Grande, followed by one and a half pumps of toffee nut syrup.
As a decadent finishing touch, top this Christmas Cookie Frappuccino with whipped cream and a raw sugar packet. If you'd like, you can even add a caramel drizzle to this extra delicious drink.
14. Christmas Taste Frappuccino
This Frappuccino is perfect if you’re looking for a drink that’ll give you a taste of Christmas all year round.
You can choose to start with either a vanilla bean Frappuccino or green tea Frappuccino - whichever you’re in the mood for. Then, add two pumps of Starbucks peppermint syrup for a Grande size followed by a pump of raspberry syrup.
If you'd like an extra sweet touch, feel free to also blend in a bit of caramel drizzle. Finally, top it with whipped cream and cookie crumble - and even add a few chocolate curls if you fancy it!
15. Mint White Chocolate Crumble Frappuccino
Nothing quite like a Frappuccino that’s also a dessert. This particular drink has everything you need, from java chips to peppermint, chocolate, and more. To order this, simply get a white mocha Frappuccino and add two pumps of peppermint along with a scoop of matcha green tea powder.
Fancy a bit of crunch? Don't forget the java chips! You can also top it with whipped cream and cookie crumble if you're looking for something extra indulgent. This is definitely the drink to get if you’re looking for the perfect treat.
16. Wing Nut Frappuccino
If you want a Frappuccino that’s both sweet and salty, the Wing Nut Frappuccino will tick all of the right boxes. The combination might throw you off a little, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
You'll start by getting a creme-based Frappuccino before adding two pumps of Starbucks peppermint syrup, toffee nut syrup, and cinnamon dolce syrup. You'll then add three shakes of sea salt topping and half a sample cup of caramel sauce, and feel free to throw some chocolate curls on top if you fancy a bit extra!
Blend all of the above together with a little more ice than usual before topping it with whipped cream and cinnamon dolce sprinkles. There you have it, a great combination of minty, salty, and sweet!
17. Candy Cane Frappuccino
This drink is incredibly simple and perfect if you’re looking for a little refresher during the summer. For this particular order, simply ask for a vanilla bean frappuccino coupled with one and a half pumps of peppermint sauce for a Grande, and you're good to go. You can also finish it with some whipped cream on top, and even add some extra white chocolate mocha sauce on top of the whipped cream.
It's a minty refreshing drink that still has a creamy finish - absolutely something you can't go wrong with. This drink is ordered cold, and if you prefer a heavier mint flavor to it, you're more than welcome to add a touch of extra peppermint syrup.
18. Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino
This incredibly popular drink is a blend of chocolate and peppermint perfection. It comes with roast coffee, mocha sauce, peppermint syrup, milk, and ice. As a lovely finishing touch - the peppermint mocha is finished with whipped cream and dark chocolate curls. You can also add a bit of extra peppermint syrup or white chocolate mocha sauce on top of the whipped cream for more flavor.
In terms of calories, this peppermint mocha is about 430 calories for a grande size. While decadent, it’s perfect if you’re looking for a drink that’ll provide you with a refreshing cool sip.
Tips For Ordering Starbucks Peppermint Drinks
Whether you're new to ordering Starbucks peppermint drinks or haven't ordered one before, here are some tips to get you started.
When ordering a Starbucks peppermint drink, know that they come in three different sizes - Tall, Grande and Venti.
If you're not sure which size to go for, Grande is typically your best bet. You can order peppermint-flavored drinks both hot and cold; it really depends on the drink that you're getting. With Frappuccinos, for example, you'd have to get them cold.
Just because you're getting a drink with peppermint syrup doesn't mean you can't add other flavors to your drinks.
Some other syrups that you can add include brown sugar syrup, caramel syrup, cinnamon dolce syrup, hazelnut syrup, raspberry syrup, toasted vanilla syrup, toffee nut syrup, vanilla syrup, and sugar-free vanilla syrup. You can also add regular mocha sauce, dark caramel sauce, pistachio sauce, white chocolate mocha sauce, and strawberry puree.
The amount of peppermint syrup (or other flavored syrup) in your peppermint drink will vary depending on the size you order. There are usually 4 pumps of the peppermint syrup in large peppermint flavored drinks, 3 in a Grande, and 2 in a Tall - however you can ask for more peppermint syrup if you want a stronger flavor.
Whipped cream and dark chocolate curls also go really well with Starbucks peppermint beverages. You can even drizzle dark or white chocolate mocha sauce on top of your peppermint drinks to make them even more indulgent.
When it comes to adding these extra flavors, there's no additional cost if you're adding something already in your drink - so you can get as much peppermint syrup or mocha sauce as you like! However, if you're adding more flavors that aren't in your drink, however, there will be an additional cost.
The cost of peppermint drinks really depends on what you're ordering. For example, a peppermint mocha latte will cost about $4.50 for a grande size. The more customizations you have, the pricier it could be, so just keep that in mind!
Frequently Asked Starbucks Peppermint Drinks Questions
How many pumps of peppermint are in a venti Peppermint Mocha?
There are five pumps of peppermint syrup in a venti Peppermint Mocha, and it also comes with two shots of espresso. If you prefer something that's a smaller size, the tall Peppermint Mocha comes with only three pumps of Starbucks peppermint syrup.
Are mint and peppermint the same?
There isn't a significant difference between the two. Peppermint belongs to the mint family and is a species of mini that has the strongest flavor when compared to other members of the mint family.
What peppermint does Starbucks use?
Starbucks uses Fontana peppermint syrup. So if you're interested in recreating your favorite Starbucks drink at home, you can consider purchasing this particular peppermint syrup.
While it might seem like Starbucks has a limited number of peppermint drinks available on their menu, there are plenty of drinks that you can order from the secret menu - so have fun experiencing them all!