Home opinion Peppermint mocha delights

Peppermint mocha delights

0
Peppermint mocha delights
Topped with whipped cream and chocolate, the peppermint mocha at Starbucks is the perfect drink for the season. And at only $3.75 for a tall, the peppermint mocha is definitely a bargain. Photo courtesy of starbucks.com
Topped with whipped cream and chocolate, the peppermint mocha at Starbucks is the perfect drink for the season. And at only $3.75 for a tall, the peppermint mocha is definitely a bargain. Photo courtesy of starbucks.com

On an unusually warm day for December, I walked into Starbucks after track practice. I don’t like coffee, so I planned on buying peppermint hot chocolate to quench my chocolate desire. Yet after smelling the rich aroma that naturally surrounds Starbucks, I thought, perhaps, I would branch away from the typical hot chocolate and actually venture into the Starbucks world of…..coffee. I scanned the menu, searching for that perfect drink that would create a certain bliss and help me enjoy coffee.

Then I saw it on the list, glowing like a gift from Heaven — the peppermint mocha. A combination of peppermint, chocolate, and more milk than espresso: The drink seemed to be the perfect thing to ease my naive self into coffee.

I stepped up to the register, confidently, and said, “Hi, may I please have a small peppermint mocha, with no whipped cream?”

“Sure; you said you wanted a tall?” asked the barista.

“Oh, no thanks–a small is fine,” I responded.

But apparently in the coffee world, which I was on the verge of entering, a small is the same as a tall.

After placing my order, a little less smoothly than I had hoped, I waited semi-patiently, excited to try this new drink. I felt a little panicked…what if this drink wasn’t even that good?

After a few minutes, the barista placed my drink down and said, “Tall peppermint mocha, no whip.”

I grabbed my drink and sat down at a table. I breathed in its delicious, rich smell, and I instantly felt filled with bliss. Feeling more confident, I took a small sip of my peppermint mocha.

The warm liquid rested in my mouth for a moment, then the warmth spread to my fingers and toes. As I drank more coffee, I began to taste the slightly bitter aftertaste, the minty peppermint, and the sweet milk. It was so delicious, and the perfect drink to give to a coffee-hater.

I went from a person who usually stayed the safe course to someone daring enough to try a new, foreign drink. The peppermint mocha is one of the most delicious seasonal drink at Starbucks, so get it while you can!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.