This Christmas season, Starbucks has come out with three different types of drinks and BRUTAL ASIANS will be reviewing the perennial favourite peppermint mocha drink. But before I go on, ever wonder why peppermint is related to Christmas? Let’s find out!
So how is peppermint related to Christmas?
There are many stories that allude to how candy canes became a Christmas tradition, but here’s one we like! Hundreds of years ago, the pacifier was not invented yet. When babies cried there was nothing to keep them well…quiet, so what the parents did was to give children plain white sugar sticks to calm them down. In the 16th century, a choirmaster in Germany needed a way to keep young children quiet while they watched live Nativity. The choirmaster asked a candy maker to make a hard candy that could keep the children busy and quiet for awhile. The candy was bent to make it look like a shepherd’s staff. It was only during the 19th century that red peppermint stripes were added to make it more appetising and more appealing, although some say the red was added to represent the blood of Christ.
So now you know why peppermint flavours are associated with Christmas!
In terms of the presentation I feel that it is the best among all the Christmas themed drinks I have reviewed so far. Peppermint Mocha is covered by a thick layer of whipped cream followed by drizzles of chocolate sauce, topped with minty red and white coloured sprinkles.
Within the drink, we can taste the combination of espresso, milk, mocha sauce and peppermint-flavoured syrup. At the start, the taste of peppermint is very strong but the aftertaste contains a hint of bitterness which might be a turnoff for the non-coffee drinkers. But for people who love coffee, the drink itself is sweet and the rich flavour of the peppermint is well balanced between the sweet, light mintiness and flavourful chocolate mocha.
To sum up, we give Peppermint Mocha a BRUTAL APPROVE. But perhaps ask for a decaf/less coffee if you’re not a fan of arabica.