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Peppermint Basil Hot Chocolate

by Suzie Bellomo on December 14, 2022
Peppermint Basil Hot Chocolate

This Peppermint Basil Hot Chocolate recipe warmed up our holiday spirit with its sweet and minty-herb taste! A few drops of our Il Fusti Basil Olive Oil gave this drink a smooth texture while adding buttery and peppery notes for a complex flavor. We were so happy with the result! Invite your loved ones to share a cup of this minty basil choco goodness!  


  • 1 cup milk (whole or 2% are best)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 3 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate or chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • A teaspoon of Il Fusti Basil Olive Oil
  • Whipped cream, marshmallows, and crushed candy canes, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a pot, whisk together milk, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, Basil Olive Oil and peppermint extracts, and salt. Heat the pot on the stove on medium-low until bubbles start forming around the pan's side.

  2. Reduce heat to low, add chocolate and extracts, and whisk until melted, glossy, and thickened slightly for 1-2 minutes.

  3. Pour into a mug and top with lightly-sweetened whipped cream or marshmallows and a sprinkling of crushed candy canes.

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