Peppermint is an essential holiday flavor, and these metro Detroit bars, bakeries, and sweet shops are serving up specialties all season long that pay homage to the seasonal staple.
Le Detroit Macaron
In addition to its signature macaron flavors like Chocolate Malt and Crème Brule, Le Detroit Macaron also offers a different seasonal flavor each month. For December, the shop is featuring a Peppermint macron, which is decorated with red and white swirls. Le Detroit Macaron, 2756 Evaline St., Hamtramck; ledetroitmacaron.shop
The self-described “quintessential neighborhood gathering place” hosts live music every week and its hand-crafted cocktails are one in a million. This month, The Morrie’s Royal Oak location gets into the holiday spirit with the Baby It’s Cold Outside martini. This adults-only treat is made with white Godiva chocolate, peppermint Schnapps, Stoli Vanilla vodka, and a candy cane rim. The Morrie, 511 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-216-1112; themorrie.com
Germack Pistachio Co.
Germack Pistachio Co. offers house-roasted nuts, seeds, and more than 20 varieties of bagged coffee beans. Just in time for the holidays, Germack has released its Almond Vanilla and Peppermint Mocha flavor beans. The dark roast combines a strong, coffee profile with sweet hints of chocolate and candy cane. Germack Pistachio Co, 2517 Russell St., Detroit; 313-784-9484; germack.com
New Order Coffee Roasters
New Order Coffee Roasters serves up some of the most decadent lattes in metro Detroit. Its holiday lineup includes a Naughty Nog Latte and Cookie Butter Latte as well as the Peppermint Mallo Mocha. The latter is topped with red and white peppermint flavored marshmallows, the ultimate drink to warm you up this holiday season. New Order Coffee Roasters, 3100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-784-9164; newordercoffee.com
Ale Mary’s Beer Hall
In addition to its huge selection of craft beers, Ale Mary’s also offers milkshakes. Each year, the bar hosts Jingle, a Christmas popup. This popup’s theme this year is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, making way for green, vegan milkshakes topped with candy cane bits and a peppermint-coated rim. Ale Mary’s Beer Hall; 316 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-268-1939; alemarysbeer.com
Sanders Fine Chocolates has been a staple in the Mitten State for nearly 150 years. The company’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint Patties and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark are sold in seasonally-themed packaging and make the perfect stocking stuffer. Sanders Fine Chocolates; visit sandercandy.com for store locations
Rochester’s Home Bakery sells everything from donuts to gingerbread houses and everything in between. Its Peace, Love, and Peppermint Homenut is a cake donut covered in white chocolate-peppermint icing and topped with white chocolate curls and peppermint candy cane bits. The Home Bakery, 300 S. Main St., thehomebakery.com; 248-651-4830; thehomebakery.com