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Mexican Coffee Drink Recipe with Kahlua

Our Mexican Coffee cocktail is a favorite gold tequila coffee drink. Top it with whipped cream. It is delicious for an after dinner drink.

The Mexican Coffee Cocktail is a delicious hot coffee cocktail. This hot cocktail has been around for decades. The Mexican coffee cocktail offers a kick of caffeine with warm tequila flavors, and rich kahlua. Brown sugar adds a sweet and rich flavor into this delicious coffee cocktail.

This is an easy drink to make and a perfect addition to a chilly winter of fall evening.

Mexican Coffee Alcoholic Drink Recipe

Mexican coffee is named for the gold tequila used in it. Add Kahlua with it and your coffee can give you a bit of a kick.

It’s wonderful for a relaxing drink after a busy stressful day. Or make it for your Mexican themed dinner party guests. It’s a fun drink to serve. And very easy to make.

What are the Ingredients for a Mexican Coffee Cocktail?

A Mexican coffee cocktail contains fresh hot coffee, gold tequila, Kahlua, brown sugar, and a whipped cream garnish. You can also serve this cocktail with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a decadent dessert drink. This cocktail is traditionally made with gold tequila not silver.

What is the best Liquor to Mix with Coffee?

Coffee mixes with a number of liquors. The most popular mixers are cream liquors like Baileys. Whiskeys are also popular add ins for hot coffee drinks. Here are a few or our favorite liquors to put in coffee:

  1. Amaretto
  2. Brandy
  3. Frangelico
  4. Whiskey
  5. Sambuca
  6. Rum
  7. Godiva Chocolate Liquor
  8. Tequila
  9. Bourbon
  10. RumChata
  11. Vodka
  12. Creme De Cacao

More Alcoholic Coffee Drinks:

I love coffee. So I made several delicious coffee drinks over the last little while. Here are cocktails that all use coffee or cold brew. Try them out and tell us your favorites.

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How to Make Mexican Coffee Recipe:


Ingredients For Mexican Coffee
Kahlua and Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila make a great team with fresh brewed sweetened coffee.

Tequila Gold:

We chose Jose Cuervo for our gold tequila. It’s a mixto tequila. That means it is a combination of real aged reposado tequila and younger tequilas (about 51% agave) with caramel coloring.

It’s an inexpensive and reliable choice for a flavorful coffee drink. The tequila flavor is blended into the kahlua and sweetened coffee. No need to go true reposado with this cocktail.

If you have a personal favorite gold tequila. I’m sure it will work famously in this recipe.


This is my favorite coffee liqueur. No one is paying me to say that. I just love Kahlua. If you have a different favorite coffee/rum liqueur… use it instead.


For a REALLY good cup of mexican Coffee try these organic Mayorga Free Trade Beans. Grind them fine for a darker roast flavor. Enjoy!

TIP: Use a good full bodied dark fresh ground coffee bean for best results. Old weak coffee grounds are going to give you a bitter taste in your coffee. Not what we are going for here.

The Process:

Here is a visual walkthrough of this coffee tequila drink. Please also watch our video demonstration in the recipe card.

Now, make it your own way. This cocktail can be made Hot, iced and with various toppings. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Different ways to Complete this Coffee Cocktail Recipe:

Rim the cup:

  • Wet the cup rim in coffee
  • Invert the wet rim into brown sugar on a flat plate
  • Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar onto the rim.
  • Complete the recipe

Garnish Ideas:

  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg over the whipped cream
  • Top your whipped cream with a chocolate covered espresso bean.
  • Make a Mexican coffee cinnamon drink by omitting the whipped cream and sprinkling cinnamon over the coffee instead.
  • Turn this Kahlua coffee recipe into a dessert cocktail by replacing the whipped cream with vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Serve with a cinnamon stick as a stir stick.
Mexican Coffee With Cuervo Gold

Make Iced Mexican Coffee:

This drink is great for summer time as an Iced coffee drink. To make this recipe cold use the same alcohol and proportions. Use these ideas to create your favorite cold version of this recipe.

  • Use cold brew instead of coffee
  • Or…brew fresh coffee and chill it before mixing your tequila coffee.
  • Use vanilla bean ice cream to top the cold coffee cocktail for a real summer vibe. Coffee float anyone? 🙂

let us know your favorite way to drink this delicious alcoholic coffee drink.

Mexican Coffee On White Furry Table Runner
Such a perfect after dinner tequila cocktail on a cold winter night.

Mexican Coffee Mugs:

Picture here are Irish coffee mugs. They show off coffee drinks beautifully. However, they lack the true ambience of Mexico, obviously.

Cinco de Mayo and Day of the Dead are fun Holidays to enjoy with Mexican coffee drinks in a Mexican mug.

We found several Mexican coffee mugs on Amazon that really say Mexican Coffee inside. These Mexican coffee mugs are just right for the mood of this cocktail.

And our favorite Irish coffee mug is a great mug for all kinds of coffee.

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Your Printable Recipe Card:

Mexican Coffee Alcoholic Drink Recipe
Yield: 1 Mexican Coffee drink

Mexican Coffee Drink Recipe with Kahlua

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

This Mexican coffee drink is a hot alcoholic coffee drink. Just a few simple additions to your favorite coffee makes a cozy warm cocktail. Perfect for quiet moments. Variations of this drink in the notes section.


  • 1/2 oz. Gold Tequila
  • 3/4 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 8 oz. hot coffee


  1. In your heat resistant mug pour in the tequila.
  2. Add Kahlua and brown sugar.
  3. Pour in fresh brewed coffee
  4. Top with whipped cream or cinnamon as desired.


Make Mexican Iced coffee by:

  • Use cold brew instead of coffee
  • Or...brew fresh coffee and chill it before mixing your tequila coffee.
  • Use vanilla bean ice cream to top the cold coffee cocktail for a real summer vibe. Coffee float anyone? 🙂

Garnish and Toppings:

  • Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg over the whipped cream
  • Top your whipped cream with a chocolate covered espresso bean.
  • If you want a lower fat Mexican coffee cinnamon recipe, Omit the whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon over the coffee just plain.
  • Turn this Kahlua coffee recipe into a dessert cocktail by replacing the whipped cream with vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Serve with a cinnamon stick.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

8 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 236Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 11mgCarbohydrates 23gFiber 0gSugar 23gProtein 0g

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Cathleen Hansen

Friday 3rd of January 2020

I am now very interested in buying what you call an instant pot. Would you please help me with what to purchase. I have not heard of this. Thank you


Friday 3rd of January 2020

Hi Cathleen, I am delighted to help.

Instant Pot is a universal term for the modern electric pressure cooker. There are many brands of electric pressure cookers now. The original is made by the Instant pot company. I own the 6 quart duo instant pot. There are fancier models out there but mine works great for my purposes.

My daughters all have this 8 quart Instant pot. It's a perfect size for their families.

When you go look at them on Amazon they will give you a full rundown of features. Read the reviews for how each model is working for people. Your choice will depend on how you want to use it. My old duo will do fantastic cheesecakes, rice, yogurt and an endless array of soups, meat dishes and vegetable sides. The more recent models can do much more.

We have an entire section of our recipe index devoted to Instant pot recipes

I hope this helps! We love our instant pots and I think you will too.

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