Mexican Coffee Cocktail

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Close-up of a trio of decadent Mexican Coffee Cocktails with whipped cream topping, garnished with coffee beans, posed on a white surface scattered with coffee beans

Looking to spice up your after-dinner coffees with a surprising twist? Try our Mexican Coffee Cocktail recipe that combines your favorite coffee with smooth tequila. As a coffee-growing nation, Mexico can be relied upon as a trusted source for the best cheeky spiked coffee recipes and this one is the beans! In the summer, you can pour over ice for a delicious iced coffee with a kick.



Pick your favorite 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

1.5 Oz

45 Ml

1.5 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Coffee liqueur
5 Oz

150 Ml

5 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 favorite 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 cozy 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, add a little whipped cream or 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 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 liqueur is added to a glass over ice and topped with freshly brewed espresso. It’s that easy to spice up your caffeine fix.


A regular 8oz cup of coffee contains about 200mg of caffeine and we use 6oz for this Mexican Coffee cocktail recipe, so yes, it is definitely caffeinated. To lower the caffeine content of this cocktail, opt for a decaf brew. However, don’t forget the coffee liqueur is also caffeinated, about 5mg per shot, as it’s made from a mix of rum and coffee.

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 favorite 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 colorful 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 flavors are mixed with tequila into one refreshing drink – it's definitely one for summer evenings at sunset. In Mexico, it’s made with grapefruit soda but you can use soda and fresh grapefruit juice for an easy at-home version.

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