Sweet & Creamy Mexican Coffee Cocktail That's en Fuego

Tequila in your coffee? We love that for you! Our Mexican coffee recipe will warm you all the way to the tips of your toes.

Updated February 1, 2024
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Want a little tequila in your cuppa Joe? Hey — we totally get it. We think booze goes great with coffee, which is why we love this sweet and rich hot Mexican coffee cocktail so darn much.  

Recipe for a Mexican Coffee

If you can pour things into other things, then you're going to knock this drink out of the park. It's that easy to make. 


  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • ½ ounce tequila
  • Hot coffee to top off
  • Whipped cream, ground cinnamon, and cinnamon stick for garnish


  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After the mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In the warm mug, add coffee liqueur and tequila.
  4. Top off with hot coffee.
  5. Carefully stir to mix.
  6. Garnish with whipped cream, ground cinnamon, and whole cinnamon stick.

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Variations of the Mexican Coffee Cocktail

Like any coffee cocktail, you can play the role of a scientist as you experiment with different ingredients.

  • Use a reposado tequila for more of a caramel flavor that'll be a touch sweeter than silver or blanco tequila.
  • Do you want your Mexican coffee to have something with a little bit more depth and complexity? Go ahead and welcome mezcal to the party instead of tequila for a delightfully smokey coffee.
  • Add a touch of nutty flavor to your coffee using a half ounce of hazelnut or almond liqueur, or go sweet with caramel or chocolate liqueur.
  • Easily sweeten your coffee with a splash or two of simple syrup.
  • Make your coffee on the creamy side by adding traditional coffee creamer or a splash of Irish cream.


A Mexican coffee cocktail looks fabulous with a grand garnish or one that's quite simple.

  • Sweeten up your garnish with some chocolate. Swirl chocolate syrup down the inside before adding your ingredients, or sprinkle grated chocolate or chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream.
  • Garnish with three whole coffee beans with whipped cream.
  • Skip the whipped cream, using only grated cinnamon or nutmeg.
  • Float heavy cream on top of the coffee by pouring it slowly down the back of a spoon.
  • Make your own foam by adding hot coffee to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for approximately three to four minutes, then spoon on top of your cocktail.

A Little Tequila in the Morning

Don't let peer pressure keep you from enjoying a little tequila in the morning, or, more specifically, in your morning coffee. At first glance, it may seem a little questionable (how does tequila even taste with coffee?!). But after that first sip hits your soul, you'll find yourself fully converted to a Mexican coffee fan.

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Sweet & Creamy Mexican Coffee Cocktail That's en Fuego