Mexican Coffee Cocktail Drink

Mexican Coffee

Are you looking for a unique cocktail? Try this Mexican Coffee recipe! It’s packed with rich flavors, uses simple ingredients, and is a breeze.

Mexican Coffee Recipe

Brew this delightful Mexican Coffee recipe to warm up your winter! It's a heart-warming drink with Tequila, Coffee, and cinnamon.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

216 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Kahlua
  • 5 oz hot coffee
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Irish Coffee Glass or Mug
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Warm your Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water. Leave it for approximately 1 minute and then discard it.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1 oz Tequila into the glass.
  • Add Kahlua: Measure and pour ½ oz Kahlua into the glass.
  • Whip Cream: Lightly whip 1 oz heavy cream until it thickens slightly (you can do that using a shaker as well).
  • Add Coffee: Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 5 oz hot coffee leaving some room for the cream.
  • Float Cream: Gently float the whipped cream on the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the whipped cream for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use rum or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the Coffee and Kahlua.
  • Kahlua: If you're out of Kahlua, try using another coffee or even chocolate liqueur for a different twist.
  • Coffee: Any type of coffee works in this recipe, so feel free to use your favorite blend or decaf.

Making a Batch of Mexican Coffee:

  • Scale: To make a batch that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of Kahlua, and 48 oz of hot Coffee.
  • Mix: In a large heat-proof recipient, combine the Tequila, Kahlua, and hot Coffee. Stir well.
  • Prep the cream: Using a whisk or a milk frother, and whip the heavy cream until aerated.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual pre-warmed Irish coffee glasses or mugs, top with the whipped heavy cream, sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and can mimic the flavor of Tequila.
  • Kahlua Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup. You can find these in most grocery stores or online. For a version that’s lighter on the coffee taste, you can also use agave syrup as a sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Whipped Cream Substitute: Use a vegan substitute from coconut or other plant-based milk. These are widely available in grocery stores or can be made at home.
  • Kahlua: Although it doesn’t explicitly contain any ingredients of animal origin, the official website for Kahlua states that the liqueur is not vegan-friendly. It seems that the sugar used in the liqueur is of non-organic origin and may have been produced using a bone char filtration process. Look for a certified vegan-friendly, maybe organic coffee liqueur to make a fully vegan Mexican coffee.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan substitute instead of regular whipped cream, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version of Mexican Coffee.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
216
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
10
g
15
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Sodium
 
12
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
8
g
3
%
Sugar
 
8
g
9
%
Potassium
 
98
mg
3
%
Cholesterol
 
32
mg
11
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Vitamin A
 
417
IU
8
%
Vitamin C
 
0.2
mg
0
%
Calcium
 
22
mg
2
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Mexican Coffee Cocktail Drink

Mexican Coffee Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Brew this delightful Mexican Coffee recipe to warm up your winter! It's a heart-warming drink with Tequila, Coffee, and cinnamon.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 216

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Tequila
  • ½ oz Kahlua
  • 5 oz hot coffee
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Cinnamon and brown sugar - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Irish Coffee Glass or Mug
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Warm your Irish coffee glass or mug with hot water. Leave it for approximately 1 minute and then discard it.
  • Add Tequila: Pour 1 oz Tequila into the glass.
  • Add Kahlua: Measure and pour ½ oz Kahlua into the glass.
  • Whip Cream: Lightly whip 1 oz heavy cream until it thickens slightly (you can do that using a shaker as well).
  • Add Coffee: Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 5 oz hot coffee leaving some room for the cream.
  • Float Cream: Gently float the whipped cream on the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  • Garnish: Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the whipped cream for garnish (optional).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Tequila: If you don't have Tequila, you can use rum or brandy as a substitute. Both will give a different flavor profile but still work well with the Coffee and Kahlua.
  • Kahlua: If you're out of Kahlua, try using another coffee or even chocolate liqueur for a different twist.
  • Coffee: Any type of coffee works in this recipe, so feel free to use your favorite blend or decaf.

Making a Batch of Mexican Coffee:

  • Scale: To make a batch that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 oz of Tequila, 4 oz of Kahlua, and 48 oz of hot Coffee.
  • Mix: In a large heat-proof recipient, combine the Tequila, Kahlua, and hot Coffee. Stir well.
  • Prep the cream: Using a whisk or a milk frother, and whip the heavy cream until aerated.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into individual pre-warmed Irish coffee glasses or mugs, top with the whipped heavy cream, sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Tequila Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic tequila substitute; these are available and can mimic the flavor of Tequila.
  • Kahlua Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic coffee-flavored syrup. You can find these in most grocery stores or online. For a version that’s lighter on the coffee taste, you can also use agave syrup as a sweetener.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Whipped Cream Substitute: Use a vegan substitute from coconut or other plant-based milk. These are widely available in grocery stores or can be made at home.
  • Kahlua: Although it doesn’t explicitly contain any ingredients of animal origin, the official website for Kahlua states that the liqueur is not vegan-friendly. It seems that the sugar used in the liqueur is of non-organic origin and may have been produced using a bone char filtration process. Look for a certified vegan-friendly, maybe organic coffee liqueur to make a fully vegan Mexican coffee.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this vegan substitute instead of regular whipped cream, follow the original steps, and enjoy a vegan version of Mexican Coffee.

What is a Mexican Coffee?

Mexican Coffee is a tequila-based warm cocktail made of Coffee, Tequila, and whipped cream. It’s not difficult to make as it only requires the ability to brew Coffee and whip cream. This drink is a direct twist on an Irish coffee, using a different spirit and a little bit of coffee liqueur for an extra coffee touch.

A side shot of a Mexican Coffee drink in a mug on a wooden board and tray surrounded by a green cloth and coffee beans in front of a red background

What is a Mexican Coffee made of – The ingredients

The following ingredients are necessary for making a Mexican Coffee:

  • Coffee: The base of the drink, providing a rich and robust flavor. The strength of the Coffee is crucial as it forms the base of the Mexican Coffee and needs to stand up to the other robust flavors. Regarding the coffee type and the way of brewing, everything works: simply choose your favorite option.
  • Tequila: Gives the drink its characteristic kick.
  • Coffee Liqueur: Enhances the coffee flavor while adding a bit of sweetness and complexity.
  • Whipped Cream: Served on top for a cool, creamy contrast to the hot, spiced Coffee underneath.
  • Cinnamon and Brown Sugar: Sprinkled on top of the whipped cream for an extra hint of spice & sweetness and an appealing presentation.

Tequila, Kahlua, coffee heavy cream, brown sugar and cinnamon stick laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Mexican Coffee?

Learn the process of crafting a Mexican Coffee with our straightforward guide:

1
<p>Warm a mug or Irish coffee glass by filling it with hot water. Leave it for approximately 1 minute and then discard it.</p>

Warm a mug or Irish coffee glass by filling it with hot water. Leave it for approximately 1 minute and then discard it.

2
<p>Now, measure and pour ½  oz of Kahlua into the glass. This will slightly sweeten the drink as well as bring an extra touch of coffee flavor into the final beverage.</p>

Now, measure and pour ½ oz of Kahlua into the glass. This will slightly sweeten the drink as well as bring an extra touch of coffee flavor into the final beverage.

3
<p>Pour 1 oz of Tequila into the glass. Tequila is the main spirit here, bringing its characteristic kick to the drink.</p>

Pour 1 oz of Tequila into the glass. Tequila is the main spirit here, bringing its characteristic kick to the drink.

4
<p>Fill the rest of the glass with hot Coffee (approx. 5 oz), leaving some room for the cream.</p>

Fill the rest of the glass with hot Coffee (approx. 5 oz), leaving some room for the cream.

5
<p>Now, lightly whip 1 oz of heavy cream until it thickens slightly (you can do that using a whisk, a shaker or a milk frother as well). Then, gently float the whipped cream on the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon. It should create a nice, white layer on top of the coffee.</p>

Now, lightly whip 1 oz of heavy cream until it thickens slightly (you can do that using a whisk, a shaker or a milk frother as well). Then, gently float the whipped cream on the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon. It should create a nice, white layer on top of the coffee.

Optionally, you may sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the whipped cream as garnish. If you prefer a more classic version of the drink, you may also enjoy it as it is, without anything on top.

Variations

Intrigued by more possibilities? We’ve compiled some of our best-loved options:

  • Carajillo: This combines strong coffee with a shot of Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur made with 43 herbs and spices. The Licor 43 infuses the coffee with a sweet, vanilla-like flavor that complements the coffee’s natural bitterness. I love how the aromatic liqueur enriches the coffee, creating a perfect after-dinner delight.
  • Dirty Horchata: This takes traditional horchata – a creamy, rice-based beverage flavored with cinnamon – and gives it a twist by adding a shot of espresso. The espresso mingles with the sweetness of the horchata, creating a harmonious blend of creamy and robust flavors. I appreciate how the espresso cuts through the sweetness, adding depth and a pleasant bitterness.
  • Oaxacan Coffee: This features a blend of hot coffee, mezcal, and chocolate. The smokiness of the mezcal pairs beautifully with the rich chocolate, and the coffee provides a strong, energizing base. I enjoy the complexity of this combination; the smokiness, sweetness, and bitterness play off each other wonderfully, making for an intriguing and satisfying experience.

History and Origin

Even though people all over the world had been mixing coffee and spirits since the 19th or 20th century, the Irish coffee as we know it today is a relatively modern invention: originally named “Sheridan’s Gaelic Coffee”, it was created in late 1944 – early 1945 by Joe Sheridan, a chef and bartender from Castleberg, County Tyrone. This drink became so popular that people quickly started experimenting with it. Simply by changing the base spirit, the result could be very different each time: with amaretto it became the Italian Coffee, with Cognac the French coffee, and of course with Tequila, the Mexican coffee. This twist on the original Irish Coffee also includes Kahlua, a Mexican liqueur made of rum, coffee beans and sugar, to add an extra touch of sweetness and coffee flavor to the drink.

A Mexican Coffee drink, shot from above, in a mug on a b eige surface surrounded by Tequila, Kahlua, coffee, heavy cream, brown sugar, coffee beans and cinnamon sticks.

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Mexican Coffee drink?
A typical serving of Mexican Coffee contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Mexican Coffee drink?
The strength of a Mexican Coffee drink largely depends on the amount of alcohol added. Generally, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 7-9 %, translating to 14-18 proof. This makes it a rather light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Mexican Coffee drink?
Mexican Coffee traditionally uses Tequila as its primary alcoholic ingredient. The recipe we choose to present you here also include Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur.
In what kind of glass is a Mexican Coffee drink served?
Mexican Coffee is typically served in an Irish coffee mug or any other heat-proof glassware that can accommodate hot and cold ingredients.
What does a Mexican Coffee drink taste like?
Mexican Coffee offers a delightful blend of flavors. The robustness of Coffee combines with the sweetness of sugar and cream, the warmth of Tequila, and the subtle hint of cinnamon to create a rich, complex taste profile that's both comforting and invigorating.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Mexican Coffee drink?
The standard ratio for a Mexican Coffee drink is 1 part tequila to 5 parts coffee and ½ part coffee liqueur.
How is a Mexican Coffee drink served with ice?
Unlike many cocktails, Mexican Coffee is typically served hot rather than over ice or chilled. It's similar to regular coffee service but with an alcoholic twist.
Can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Mexican Coffee drink?
Yes, you can easily make a non-alcoholic version of Mexican Coffee. Simply replace the tequila and Kahlua with non-alcoholic substitutes (see above, “Making it non-alcoholic” section).
Can I use any type of Coffee for a Mexican Coffee drink?
Yes, you can use any type of brewed Coffee for this cocktail. However, a stronger roast will hold up better against the other ingredients and provide a more robust flavor.

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