Funny thing, topher just posted a list of coffee recipes for me because of my signature. =)
It includes a peppermint coffee drink. I do not know how it tastes yet though, and I can't compare it to starbucks' creation because I have a habit of avoiding the mob of random flavored coffee drinks.
hey sperdico...... do your peppermint mocha by adding chocolate muck / syrup and peppermint or mint syrup (you can buy the bottled syrup at grocery store - Monin brand is the best!) to your espresso and steamed milk. Add whipped cream and crushed candy cane for the topping..... you'll get your Starbuck holiday drink all year round.