Sunday, December 6, 2015

DIY gift: peppermint syrup

Today I have my first holiday DIY of the season for you guys! It's a peppermint syrup gift for you to give to your friends, so they can make all the delicious holiday Starbucks drinks at home. This is a little kit of homemade peppermint syrup and cocoa mix, as well as candy cane sprinkles and a recipe card for a peppermint mocha!

For this DIY, the ingredients you will need are sugar, peppermint extract, cocoa powder, and crushed candy canes. You will also need containers for the gifts. I found the glass bottles at World Market and the candy cane basket from Target!

The peppermint syrup is super easy. You simply bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and mix in 2 tsp of peppermint extract and 1 cup of sugar until dissolved. That's it! Let it cool before you pour it in your bottle, and make sure you store it in the fridge!

I made a simple cocoa mixture to add to coffee for the peppermint mocha- all it is is cocoa powder and sugar (about a 1:1/2 ratio).

I wrapped crushed candy cane in a little envelope and drew a recipe card for a peppermint mocha! (Make sure the candy cane is in an airtight bag or else it will clump together when exposed to humidity)

I combined these four things to make a cute little gift basket to give to my friends! This is a great gift for someone whom you can't figure out what to give to, because everybody loves delicious hot drinks in the winter (especially if they don't have to go out and spend $5+ dollars on a drink every time they want something special).



  1. Hsey Jordan, that's actually a really great idea! I'd really love to try the syrup myself :) I have a question though: can I use peppermint essential oil (in a much smaller dose) instead of essence? xx

    1. Yay, I'm glad you want to try it! I'm not sure I would use peppermint essential oil in the syrup. It is very concentrated and not usually meant to be ingested. If you can find extract though, that is meant to be added to food, so I would go with that!

      Hope your syrup turns out well!

    2. thanks a lot :) they actually sell essential oil meant for adding to food at my local pharmacy, but as I'm not sure of how much oil to add, I'll look for essence! I have never seen it though... maybe I'll get it at a health store :)