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Food Friday: Peppermint Mocha 
12th-Nov-2007 10:08 am
I wrote this last Wednesday, but forgot to post it on Friday. Well done, me. Hungarian restaurant review next Friday.

I'm disappointed to see that this year's round of holiday drinks at Starbucks doesn't include the Peppermint Mocha that it has in year's past.

I spent from August 2003 to May 2004 at the University of Chicago in an aborted foray at the Oriental Institute.

While there, I spent several weekends and rushed afternoons with inkysweet. She was working as a barista at Starbucks at the time and the discounted coffee that we scored together was just what a grad student needed.

I have always been a caffe latte girl, I order it with unsurprising regularity and rarely branch out. inkysweet convinced me to try a peppermint mocha when the signature red cups arrived around Thanksgiving time and I subsequently changed my mind about my favorite drink.

Chicago is known for pizza. Sloppy, gooey pizza. I'm not a fan. Though, I'm not really a fan of anything that makes me feel like I need a bib to eat.

For me, Chicago is a peppermint mocha. Especially if the drink is bought just off Michigan Avenue and imbibed to ward off the incessant winds that freeze you to the bone if you're wearing less than 6 layers.

I won't be indulging in too many peppermint mochas this year. Mostly because I have to explain it as an off menu item, but also because it's £3.05 for a medium sized cup.

I'd never go back to Chicago to study, but if I want to be nostalgic, I know what to order.

Peppermint Mocha anyone?
12th-Nov-2007 10:25 am (UTC)
I'm not a coffee fan, but I will be getting my special Peppermint Mocha Chai Latte. 'Tis the season, after all!

*lifts a cup with you*
12th-Nov-2007 10:49 am (UTC)
I'm a double shot soya latte girl. I can't have dairy so I have to be careful with the seasonal goodies, however I am thinking of trying the new egg nog latte if they can do it without dairy. Not til 1st December though, nothing Xmassy for me until then. After 1st December I go mad though and wear tinsel most days!!!
12th-Nov-2007 12:21 pm (UTC)
I really don't go in for all those holiday coffees Starbucks offers (esp. living in the UK, where Starbucks is too expensive even to walk in the door). But I do vary my approach: latte, cappuccino, mocha, americano, filter, sweet black tea (iced). Where I really go out on a limb is when I'm back in the States in the summertime: iced mochas and the oh-so-delicious-but-too-good-to-get-too-often mocha frappuccino. ::Drool on the desk:: Maybe this year, at your suggestion, I'll give this peppermint mocha a shot. Or I'll just drink Chris's. -Jake
12th-Nov-2007 07:53 pm (UTC) - Mmmmm .... coooooooffeeeeeee!
I order the venti soy chais, as well - I also get 2-3 extra pumps of chai put in. If it is at a place like Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf or if I try certain home mixes, I find I have to actually add ground black pepper.

If I'm really dragging along, I get what I call the 'Charzilla': a tall (the smallest cup they have) with either 4-5 shots of espresso, flat (no foam, since I believe the foam would take up space that coffee could otherwise occupy), the milk extra hot, and a shot of hazelnut or orgeat/almond.

I say get thyself a small bottle of Torani (or whatever comparable brand) peppermint syrup, to tote in your satchel, and get a normal mocha, and doctor with the syrup, accordingly. For the price of one grande peppermint latte, you could make a whole bunch of them, this way ;-)

Oh, right now, I'm also in love with this wonderful 'creme brulee' creamer .... *sw00n*
12th-Nov-2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm a white chocolate mocha girl.

I'm pretty sure we have the peppermint mochas on the menus here. I've never tried one, though I do like peppermint coffee.
12th-Nov-2007 02:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh yum, that does sound nice! Will try one and get back to you!
12th-Nov-2007 03:43 pm (UTC)
She would not have had to convince me to try that. Chocolate and mint together is one of my most favorite things in the world.

Normally when I get hot drinks I get chai lattes because coffee tends to do bad things to my intestines but I think I shall have to visit the Starbucks and have a chat with them about a peppermint mocha. ;)
12th-Nov-2007 03:46 pm (UTC)
They're offering them here in the states this year, so you could likely find one in Chicago. ;)

And depending on how much you want to argue with the baristas, they should have mint syrup year round to be honest. You could have a mint mocha in July if the mood struck.
12th-Nov-2007 04:43 pm (UTC)
And now that I'm more awake, I should clarify that my intenet was to note that it shouldn't be any more difficult to order one than say a vanilla latte, chai with soy milk, or a double tall caramel macchiato.

Of course I say this as someone living in Seattle who could walk to six different coffee shops in under five minutes, two of which are Starbucks... more if I gave myself 10. ;)
12th-Nov-2007 05:13 pm (UTC)
The reason it takes explaining is that I'm not willing to pay extra for a drink that should still be one of their holiday staples. Well, as far as I'm concerned it should be. :)

You're not a coffee person...or am I thinking of someone else?
12th-Nov-2007 05:22 pm (UTC)
Ah, I guess I never pay enough attention to the price difference for ordering a mocha with syrup vs. whatever they might charge for the holiday drinks.

I like coffee, it just doesn't like me. ;)
12th-Nov-2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Unusual - it's on the holiday menu here in the States. I just had one in Old Town Alexandria two days ago. To me, peppermint mochas are winter in the District, as that's where I first had one.

They also have a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha this year. I will probably be staying away from that as it appears to be one of the highest calorie drinks they've come up with.
13th-Nov-2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Eggnog lattes. Or, actually, I rather like the pumpkin spice ones, too.

Actually, so long as it's got coffee in it, I'm sold.

I've managed to cut my coffe expenditures down massively, though, by buying myself an espresso machine. $40 at Target, works beautifully, froths my milk and everything. So I don't know that I'm going to be celebrating the season with tasty flavoured cafeinney goodness this year -- or perhaps I should just invest in a bottle of peppermint syrup! :)
13th-Nov-2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm not a big coffee fan but the combination of mint and chocolate is hard to resist!

If I do find myself in Starbucks, it's usually a signature hot chocolate for me. Yum.
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