Mary, you can get peppermint extract from the store and put a few drops in
the cocoa mix in place of the peppermint schnapps and get the same taste
effect with no alcohol. You can put a couple of drops of cinnamon oil in
the cocoa for the cinnamon effect I would get with cinnamon schnapps.
I admit to not liking to cook in the microwave. I use it to reheat a few things and to heat up tea that has gone cold, but I cannot have the control over an item as I can on the stove top. Making sauces and things that need constant stirring is pretty difficult in the microwave.