Mexican Coffee Cocktail

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Hot Mexican Coffee Cocktail in a glass with cream

Looking to spice up your after-dinner coffees with a surprising twist? Try our Mexican Coffee Cocktail recipe that combines your favourite coffee with smooth tequila. Being a coffee-growing nation, Mexico can most certainly be a trusted aficionado when looking for cheeky spiked coffee recipes.

This coffee cocktail recipe is super simple, spiced up with good-quality tequila and coffee liqueur for a punchy drink to end the night. For extra decadence, add a little whipped cream on top to make you smile. You can also sprinkle some cocoa powder on top either to make a real treat. In the summer, you can cool down this recipe easily by pouring over ice for a boozy iced coffee.



Pick your favourite coffee to add a kick to


Step up and make an affogato dessert: pour this cocktail over vanilla ice cream


If you want to avoid the caffeine buzz, use decaf coffee



1 Person

45 Ml

1.5 Oz

1.5 Parts

Espolòn Tequila Reposado
30 Ml

1 Oz

1 Parts

coffee liqueur
180 Ml

6 Oz

6 Parts

freshly brewed coffee
tablespoons whipping cream (optional)
a dusting of cocoa powder, cinnamon or cayenne pepper (optional)



Pour the tequila and coffee liqueur into a mug


Top up with freshly brewed coffee


Garnish with whipped cream and dusting of your choice, if you want

How to make a classic Mexican Coffee cocktail

It’s definitely one of the best coffee cocktails out there, but it’s so easy too. It takes just three simple ingredients (four, if you’re adding cream) and zero hard work! Pick your favourite coffee, a good quality coffee liqueur, and an aged reposado tequila (our fave is Espolòn Tequila Reposada) for those extra vanilla and caramel notes, if you can get your hands on one. Serve warm in a mug for extra cosy vibes and add a dusting of cayenne powder if you’re feeling brave.

Mexican Coffee Cocktail Variations

Our recipe is one of the simplest Mexican coffee alcohol drinks you can make! If you fancy something more decadent and impressive, turn it into an affogato dessert by pouring a shot of this warm cocktail over vanilla ice cream. Got leftover mixture? Freeze into spiked coffee ice pops for a fun and nostalgic adults-only dessert. If you want to avoid the caffeine buzz, use decaf coffee.

For an even easier coffee cocktail with a Mexican twist, try a Carajillo cocktail, pronounced kah–rah–hee–yoh. Mexican coffee liquor is added to a glass over ice and topped with freshly brewed espresso. It’s that easy to spice up your caffeine fix.

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In Mexico, the classic Margarita and zesty Paloma top of the list of popular Mexican cocktails. As the spirit of the nation, other popular tequila-based cocktails include the morning-after-the-night-before favourite Vampiro cocktail and the after-dinner Carajillo. Similar to Caribbean cocktails, Mexican cocktails are typically vibrant and citrusy. Mezcalita shouldn’t be forgotten, and beer cocktails like the Michelada are also popular.

If there was one cocktail to represent colourful and fun Mexican nights, the Paloma is most definitely Mexico’s signature drink. Translated as ‘dove’ in Spanish, this zesty pretty-in-pink drink gives you wings after a few sips, (metaphorical ones of course!). All the sparky and uplifting flavours are mixed with tequila into one refreshing drink – it's definitely one for summer evenings at sunset. In Mexico, it’s made with a fizzy grapefruit soda but you can use soda water and fresh grapefruit juice for an easy at-home version.