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Mexican Coffee Cocktail Recipe – Bringing Your Brews and Booze Together

If you’re an avid coffee fan, you’ll probably also love it in cocktail form as well.

The Mexican coffee cocktail is one popular drink that lifts the spirits (pun intended) with its caffeine and alcohol kick. It’s not only delicious but it’s also very easy to make.

Just follow this recipe.

What is a Mexican Coffee Cocktail?

The Mexican coffee cocktail is a simple alcoholic beverage that combines gold tequila, Kahlua, hot coffee, and a dollop of whipping cream into a velvety and warm drink.

I was introduced to this drink by a barista friend a few years back, and I was surprised how easy it was to whip up. So when guests seek a mood-boosting caffeinated concoction, I find myself reaching for the ingredients to make Mexican coffee.

Now it’s your turn to give it a try.

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Ingredients for Making a Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Here are the things that you will need for this Mexican coffee cocktail:

  • Drip coffee machine, AeroPress, Moka pot, etc.:
  • Mug or glass with a handle: Where your coffee cocktail will be served.
  • Spoon or stirrer: Use this to mix the drink well.
  • 15 ml gold tequila: This adds a smooth flavor to your cocktail.
  • 22 ml Kahlua: Gives your drink richness and depth.
  • 1 tsp brown sugar: (Optional) The sweetness complements the other ingredients.
  • 150 ml (5 oz) fresh hot coffee: This serves as the base of your cocktail, giving it warmth and that rich coffee taste. Choose whichever brewing method you like, I use drip coffee for mine.
  • Whipping cream: This is optional, but a very popular add-on. It creates a creamy layer on top of your final beverage.

Step-by-Step Guide to Making Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Come winter, this alcoholic drink is a warm and cozy beverage to wrap your hands around. The best thing is this recipe is also a breeze.

Here’s how you can make a Mexican coffee cocktail:

1. Brew coffee using your preferred method.

  • Make brewed coffee using your preferred brew method. I use my drip machine for its convenience. Alternatively, you can use AeroPress, pour over, or Moka pot coffee.
  • Set aside your freshly brewed coffee.

2. In a mug, combine the gold tequila, Kahlua, and brown sugar.

  • Grab the mug where you’ll be drinking your cocktail.
  • Add the 15 ml gold tequila, 22 ml Kahlua, and optionally 1 tsp brown sugar.

3. Pour the coffee into the mug and stir.

  • Pour 5 oz (150 ml) hot coffee over your mixture of tequila, Kahlua, and brown sugar.
  • I suggest that you don’t fill your glass to the brim to make room for the whipped cream.
  • Mix it with a stirrer or spoon.

4. Add the whipped cream on top.

  • Now top off your Mexican cocktail with a generous dollop of whipping cream.
  • Finally, serve and enjoy.

What kind of cup should you serve Mexican Coffee Cocktails in?

The Mexican coffee cocktail is best served in a mug or glass with a handle since it’s a warm drink. I prefer transparent glass so I can see the layers which adds to the experience.

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Tips for Making Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Making a Mexican coffee cocktail is easy enough, but here are some extra tips to enhance your experience with this drink:

  • Make your own Kahlua: You can also make your Kahlua from scratch. You can check out my recipe for making a Kahlua coffee liqueur.
  • Skip the sugar: Since the Kahlua is already sweet, you can skip the sugar in this recipe to tone down that sweetness.
  • Top it with some cocoa or spice: If you want to add some complexity to your cup, you can dust some cocoa powder, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper over the whipped cream.
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How to Make Mexican Coffee Cocktail at Home – Bring Your Brews and Booze Together

This coffee cocktail combines tequila, brown sugar, hot coffee, Kahlua, and whipped cream.
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Coffee Smarts
Servings 1 servings
Calories 155 kcal


  • 15 ml Gold tequila
  • 22 ml Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 4 g Brown sugar
  • 148 ml Freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 dollop Whipped cream


  • Brew coffee using your preferred method and set aside.
  • In a mug, combine the gold tequila, Kahlua, and brown sugar.
  • Pour your brewed coffee into the mix and stir.
  • Top your drink with a dollop of whipped cream.



  • You can reduce or not add the brown sugar if you want less sweetness in your drink.
  • Dust some cocoa powder, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper over your whipped cream for added flavor.

The cold season calls for a hot brew, but you can shake things up by fusing it to a warm booze like this beverage.

Personally, it is one of my favorite coffee-based cocktails. And the best part is it’s very easy to make, just mix your ingredients, plop on that rich whipped cream topping, and you have a delicious Mexican coffee cocktail ๐Ÿ™‚

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