7 Best Coffee Tequila Cocktails

October 31, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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If you’re a coffee lover who enjoys the jauntiness of good tequila, you’re in for a treat. The Mixer has selected seven of the best coffee tequila cocktails that you can easily make at home. From the rich and robust Mexican Coffee Cocktail to the delightful Café Mañana, these creative clinkers set the stage for the rich, earthy flavour of coffee to do the concheros with the smoky, agave notes of tequila. 

1. Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Mexican Coffee Cocktail on a colorful patterened tablecloth on a sunny day

No list of tequila and coffee cocktails would be complete without the Mexican Coffee Cocktail. 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 for those extra vanilla and caramel notes. Serve warm in a mug with some whipped cream on top for extra cosy vibes and add a dusting of cayenne powder if you’re feeling brave. 

2. Mexican Alexander

Two Mexican Alexander cocktails on a table outside in a Mexican courtyard

Cocktails with coffee tequila seldom get more tempting than a Mexican Alexander. It’s an alluring variation on the classic Alexander cocktail that features tequila instead of brandy along with coffee liqueur, cream, and crème de cacao. The tequila and coffee liqueur give the cocktail a robust coffee flavour, while the cream and crème de cacao add a rich and indulgent sweetness. 

3. Coffee Tequila Negroni

Two Coffee Tequla Negroni cocktails on a table outside in a Mexican cactus garden

The Coffee Tequila Negroni can either shine as an aperitivo cocktail or be a fitting end to a great night out. Combine 15ml coffee tequila, 15ml espresso (brewed and cooled), 15ml  Campari and 15ml  sweet vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Serve with an orange twist if preferred. 

4. Mexican White Russian

Two Mexican White Russian cocktails on a table in a colorful Mexican kitchen

If you love to experiment with variations of the White Russian, like the always-gorgeous Tiramisu White Russian, this is the next tequila and coffee liqueur cocktail you need to try, bestie. Also called an El Guero, it combines equal parts tequila blanco, coffee liqueur, whole milk, and heavy cream. We love serving this as an after-dinner sipper instead of dessert.  

5. Tequila Espresso Martini

Two Tequila Espresso Martini cocktails on a table outside in a Mexican cactus garden

The Tequila Espresso Martini is a classic coffee tequila cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. It is made with espresso, tequila, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup. The espresso and coffee liqueur give the cocktail a strong coffee flavour, while the tequila adds a bit of kick. The simple syrup helps to balance out the flavours and makes the cocktail even more decadent. 

6. Café Mañana

A Café Mañana cocktail outside on a table in a festive courtyard strung with lights

The Café Mañana is a refreshing and flavourful coffee tequila cocktail that is perfect for a summer day. It is made with 30ml coffee tequila, 120ml cold brew coffee, and 15ml orange liqueur. Shaken together until chilled, the cold brew coffee and coffee liqueur give the cocktail a strong coffee flavour, while the orange note adds a bit of sweetness and acidity. 

7. Banana Split Martini

Two Banana Split Martini cocktails on a table in a light bright home kitchen

This deeply delicious post-dinner drink is everything you loved in your favourite childhood treat, with a sneaky bit of a kick. Combine 30ml coffee tequila, 15ml cacao-infused rum, 15ml caramelised banana syrup, 45ml espresso (brewed and cooled), and a pinch of salt in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and fine strain into a chilled serving glass. Garnish with a caramelised banana slice. 

With these seven delectable coffee tequila cocktail recipes in your back pocket, you can explore the world of coffee-inspired mixed drinks from the comfort of your own home. Whether you prefer your coffee cocktails sweet, bitter, or somewhere in between, there’s something here to suit every coffee and tequila enthusiast. Enjoy the rich flavours, experiment with your favourites, and savor the perfect blend of kicky caffeine and daring tequila in 2023. ¡Salud!

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A Tequesso is a type of shot wherein a shot of tequila gold is chased by a shot of espresso. The coffee works to neutralise the bitterness of the tequila and the burn of the alcohol, while the caramel of the tequila sweetens the coffee. The Tequesso is sometimes referred to as a Esprilla.

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