Classic holiday flavors of brisk peppermint and rich chocolate flavor this festive coffee drink. A dollop of foamed milk—courtesy of a simple microwave trick—lends a little flair. Reduced-fat and fat-free milks work best for foaming in the microwave. You agitate the milk in a sealed container, then heat in the microwave to set the foam, no fancy frother required. Peppermint oil, much more concentrated than alcohol-diluted extract, lends bold mint flavor with just a couple of drops. Look for it at Whole Foods or natural foods stores in the essential oils section. While we love very dark chocolates (80% percent or more), bittersweet works best here, making for rounder, smoother flavor.
How to Make It
Combine coffee and 1/4 cup milk in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sugar, cocoa, and chocolate to pan; cook over low heat 4 minutes or until chocolate melts, stirring frequently. (Do not simmer.) Stir in peppermint oil. Divide hot coffee mixture among 6 small coffee cups.
Place remaining 1/4 cup milk in a microwave-safe 1-cup container with a lid. Shake vigorously for 1 minute or until milk is frothy and doubled in volume. Remove lid; microwave milk at HIGH for 30 seconds. Top each coffee cup with a dollop of milk froth. Divide any remaining hot milk evenly among cups. Garnish each cup with crushed peppermint, if desired.