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Sugar and Spice Mexican Coffee Recipe

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Coffee and alcohol go so well together in cocktails. Vodka, rum, tequila, and hazelnut liqueur are among the best flavor combinations when mixing with coffee. There are endless combinations for a tasty and warm after-dinner drink.

Mexican liquors, cinnamon, and coffee combine to make the classic and delicious Mexican coffee. This Mexican coffee recipe is special because it uses two kinds of liquor, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, and cinnamon. It is a spicy and sweet hot beverage that is perfect after a meal.

Traditional Mexican coffee is often referred to as Café de Olla, an incredibly fragrant coffee that will have your home smelling like a coffeehouse for days. Often, whole cinnamon sticks are added to the coffee as it brews, infusing that flavor into the actual coffee. Sometimes, Mexican coffee is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, much like an Italian affogato.

If you’d like a more traditional cooking method for Mexican coffee, you could heat your brewed coffee over the stove in a saucepan. Add the whole cinnamon sticks directly to the coffee to infuse that flavor into the liquid. Strain before adding to the rest of the ingredients.


Kahlua and tequila are the liquors of choice in this iteration. If you have different types of booze in your bar, don’t worry! You can change them up completely or mix and match depending on your preferences. Swap tequila with bourbon, or Kahlua with coffee liqueur concentrate. You can use almost any light or dark liquor for this recipe.

You will see that this recipe uses brown sugar instead of white sugar. This is because brown sugar has molasses in it, which gives a smoky-sweet element to the drink. This coffee is smoky, sugary, and spicy, which are all flavors reminiscent of Mexico.

Every rich coffee drink needs chocolate in it. It’s just a rule. The best chocolate to use for this Mexican coffee would be high-quality dark chocolate syrup. Dark chocolate adds richness without being too sweet. Remember, there is also sugar in the drink so the chocolate is there for flavor and not to sweeten.

When brewing your coffee for this Mexican-inspired beverage, be sure that it is a very strong coffee. There are so many other flavors inside this drink and you do not want the coffee to get lost. After all, this is first and foremost a coffee drink and a cocktail second.

Feel free to make this a virgin beverage as well. Omit the alcohol and add equal parts cream or milk of your choice. This coffee is delicious without alcohol because then you can drink it first thing in the morning!

Drink this coffee beverage after a full, well-rounded meal. It is best served with family and friends, so make this drink at a holiday feast or family gathering as it moves into the evening time. Don’t forget to sprinkle a little more cinnamon and chocolate on top so drinkers know what’s inside!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time1 min
  • Cook Time5 min
  • Total Time6 min
  • Serving Size2
  • Energy170 cal


  • ½ cup strong hot coffee



To a large mug, add your Kahlua, bourbon, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. Mix with a spoon to combine the mixture completely and set aside.


Brew your strong coffee using your preferred coffee brewing method. Espresso works very well for this recipe if you can make it at home.


Pour the very hot coffee over the Kahlua mixture. Stir to completely combine all ingredients.


Top your Mexican Coffee with the whipped cream. Sprinkle some more cinnamon or a drizzle of extra chocolate syrup as a garnish. Serve immediately and consume responsibly!


To make a virgin Mexican coffee, omit the liquor at the beginning and swap for cream or your favorite milk. Continue making the drink as per the recipe and serve at any time of day.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size2
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories170
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat1.5 g78 g1.92%
  • Saturated Fat0.9 g20 g4.5%
  • Cholesterol5 mg300 mg1.67%
  • Sodium32 mg2300 mg1.39%
  • Total Carbohydrate17.1 g275 g6.22%
  • Dietary Fiber0.3 g28 g1.07%
  • Total Sugars15.6 g
  • Protein0.5 g50 g1%
  • Calcium15 mg1300 mg1.15%
  • Potassium175 mg4700 mg3.72%
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