Add Some Spice to Your Morning: Mexican Coffee Mix Recipe

In the world of coffee, there are countless recipes and methods to explore. But there is one recipe that stands out from the rest – Mexican Coffee. With its perfect balance of sweet and spicy, this coffee drink is sure to invigorate your taste buds and give you a much-needed boost to start your day.

The key to a delicious Mexican Coffee lies in its ingredients: instant coffee granules, cinnamon, cocoa powder, powdered milk, sugar, and chili powder. These ingredients come together to create a flavor that is unlike any other.

As a barista and lover of all things coffee, I can attest that Mexican Coffee is a must-try for anyone looking to expand their coffee palette. Trust me when I say that once you try this recipe, it will become a staple in your coffee routine.

So, let’s get ready to make some delicious Mexican Coffee!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mexican Coffee Mix
Mexican Coffee Mix

Attention coffee lovers! If you’re looking for a way to spice up your coffee time, then you’re in for a treat with this Mexican Coffee recipe. This recipe takes regular coffee to a whole new level, delivering a sweet and spicy Mexican twist that’s sure to awaken your taste buds.

First of all, let me start by saying that this recipe is incredibly easy to make. With just six ingredients, you can quickly whip up this delicious coffee in no time. You don’t need any fancy equipment or barista-level skills to make this coffee, making it perfect for those busy mornings or when you’re craving a sweet and spicy pick-me-up.

So why will you love this recipe? For starters, the combination of cinnamon, cocoa powder, and brown sugar creates a warm and comforting flavor that’s perfect for the cooler months. It’s like having a cozy blanket in a cup! But what sets this coffee apart is the hint of chili powder and cayenne pepper that packs just enough heat to balance out the sweetness. The result is a coffee time that’s both sweet and spicy, giving you a unique sensory experience with every sip.

This Mexican Coffee recipe also offers versatility in serving and pairing options. You can enjoy it on its own or pair it with your favorite dessert. Whipped cream on top also adds an extra level of creaminess to the drink. And if you want to kick things up even further, add Kahlua or tequila for a boozy twist!

In conclusion, there are plenty of reasons why you’ll love this Mexican Coffee recipe: the easy-to-follow recipe steps, the warm and comforting flavor profile with added spice thanks to the inclusion of chili powder and cayenne pepper, and versatility in serving options. So what are you waiting for? Make yourself a cup today!

Ingredient List

“Spice up your coffee routine with this Mexican coffee mix!”

Ingredients You Need for Mexican Coffee

Here is everything you need to make this delicious Mexican coffee recipe. The ingredients are easy to find, and most of them might already be stocked in your pantry.

Mexican Coffee Ingredients:

  • 2 cups instant coffee granules
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. cinnamon sugar
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp. cayenne pepper

Optional Additions:

  • ⅓ cup Kahlua or tequila for a boozy twist
  • Whipped cream or marshmallows for topping

Note: If you want to make less coffee, simply adjust the ingredient amounts in half.

The Recipe How-To

“Add a touch of sweetness and a hint of heat with this coffee blend.”

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients for this Mexican Coffee Mix Recipe, it’s time to put it all together. This recipe makes enough for 8 servings, and is perfect for sharing with friends and family.

📝 Step 1: Preparing the Mix

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of instant coffee granules, 1 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 cups of powdered milk, 2 cups of granulated sugar, and 2 tablespoons of ground cinnamon.

  2. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

☕️ Step 2: Making the Coffee

  1. Brew a pot of strong hot coffee using regular or decaf beans, and set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, heat 4 teaspoons of the coffee mix with 1/3 cup of water over medium heat.

  3. Whisk constantly until the mixture is smooth and starts to steam.

  4. Add in any additional flavors you desire, such as a sprinkle of chili powder or cayenne pepper for a spicy kick.

  5. Once the mix is ready, pour it into each cup of hot coffee and stir well.

🍸 Step 3: Optional Alcohol Add-Ins

  1. To create a Mexican Mocha Cocktail, add 1 fluid ounce each of Kahlua and tequila to your finished coffee.

  2. For a boozy twist on traditional Mexican Cafe de Olla, stir in 1 tablespoon of tequila per serving and top with freshly whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon sugar.

📦 Step 4: Storing and Reheating

  1. The prepared coffee mix can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months.

  2. To reheat leftover coffee, simply microwave or reheat in a small saucepan over low heat until hot.

  3. For iced coffee, chill brewed coffee and mix with the desired amount of coffee mix and ice cubes in a blender.

Now that you know how to make this delicious Mexican Coffee Mix Recipe, it’s time to enjoy the result: a coffee time that’s sweet and spicy, just like the Mexican way.

Substitutions and Variations

“For those who like a little kick in their morning cup of joe.”

Looking to change up the flavor profile of this Mexican Coffee Mix recipe? There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can experiment with to give your coffee a unique twist.

For a spicier kick, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or chili powder to your Mexican Coffee Mix. This will give your result coffee time sweet and spicy notes that are perfect for a chilly day.

If you love chocolate, consider swapping out the unsweetened cocoa powder for hot chocolate mix. Alternatively, you can switch up the cocoa powder type between each use depending on what kind of mocha recipe you’re looking for. The result coffee will be extra rich, velvety and chocolaty!

If you want to make Mexican coffee brown liquor, try adding Kahlua or tequila directly into your brewed coffee. A carajillo is a popular type of alcoholic drink that includes tequila in Mexican culture, and it’s sure to add an extra kick to your morning coffee cocktail recipes.

If you’re looking for a deliciously creamy version, switch out the powdered milk for heavy cream or half and half. This tip will create a luscious texture that perfectly balances out the drink.

No instant coffee granules on hand? Brew regular coffee instead, but make sure it is made really strong as specifying in the recipe. Using two teaspoons of ground coffee per cup is sufficient to achieve this.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to making variations of this Mexican Coffee Mix recipe! Don’t be afraid to get creative with different ingredients and methods to create a customized result that perfectly suits your taste.

Serving and Pairing

“Say goodbye to boring coffee with this flavorful mix.”

Nothing beats the flavor of a warm cup of Mexican coffee on a chilly day – it’s a perfect way to start or end your day. The rich aroma and sweet-spicy taste make this recipe one of my favorite coffee recipes. However, you can also serve it cold during summer, either way, it’s perfect to relax with after a long day.

Mexican Coffee is delightful on its own and pairs well with many breakfast items. The best part is that you can customize it according to your liking by adding whipped cream or even Kahlua, if you like the taste of alcohol in your coffee.

The sweet-spicy taste of this Mexican coffee pairs exceptionally well with pastries like croissants or muffins. Besides breakfast pastries and bread, you can also pair it with cookies or cake for dessert. Or skip the food altogether and enjoy your Mexican Coffee as an afternoon pick-me-up.

In case you prefer something more filling in the morning, then look no further than the traditional duo of coffee and huevos rancheros. The savory flavors work together with spicy beans and smooth salsa verde to balance out the sweet Mexcian Coffee.

Overall, this Mexican Coffee recipe is perfect for coffee time with friends, family gathering, or even alone while reading a book. Enjoy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

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If you want to make this Mexican coffee mix recipe ahead of time, you can do so, and that won’t affect its taste. Just make sure to store it in an airtight container in a cool and dry place.

Storing this coffee mix is pretty simple. You could store the mix for up to a month in an airtight container; it won’t lose its quality or flavor. You could also make the Mexican coffee recipe itself and store it in an air-tight container or bottle—it’ll stay good for about a week.

When reheating this coffee, keep in mind that heating the mixture too much can burn the sugar content, altering the taste. With that in mind, here is how to reheat:

If you kept the coffee mix stored separately from liquid ingredients like milk, taste a small bit of the mixture for sweetness and adjust as needed. Then take 2-3 tablespoons of the mix and add 1-2 tablespoons of hot water. Stir well to make a smooth paste.

Next, measure out your desired amount of milk (warmed up if preferred) into your cup and microwave it for around 30 seconds (or until warm). Once heated, add one tablespoon of your base paste mixture into your warm milk, stirring thoroughly.

Finally, put your finished coffee into your microwave for approximately 30 seconds on high heat. Be sure not to overdo it as heating it too long can compromise the integrity of the contents.

Ensure stirring occasionally so that all substances are mixed together evenly during microwaving. For occasions where milk isn’t included in the recipe, like Mexican mocha or alcoholic drinks like Carajillo, simply warm the brew on a stove-top over low heat.

So there you have it—the perfect cup of Mexican coffee ready for whenever you choose to indulge!

Tips for Perfect Results

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When it comes to making Mexican coffee or Mexican mocha, it is essential to have the correct balance of ingredients to achieve a perfect result. Here are some tips that can help improve your Mexican coffee recipe:

1. Use high-quality instant coffee granules.

Using good quality instant coffee granules will give your coffee a richer, fuller flavor.

2. Adjust the sweetness to taste.

If you prefer your coffee sweeter or less sweet, adjust the amount of sugar and powdered milk accordingly.

3. Mix all dry ingredients together before adding hot water.

Mixing all the dry ingredients with a bit of hot water first will ensure that they are well combined and won’t settle at the bottom of the cup.

4. Brew the coffee with cinnamon sticks for an authentic flavor.

To add authentic Mexican flavor to your coffee, brew your coffee with cinnamon sticks.

5. Use hot water instead of cold to dissolve powders.

Using hot water instead of cold will help dissolve the powders more easily, giving you a smooth, consistent mixture.

6. Increase or decrease chili powder and cinnamon sugar as per taste.

Adjust the amount of chili powder and cinnamon sugar according to your preference for heat and sweetness.

7. Experiment with different substitutions and variations.

Try different variations and substitutions such as using de olla recipe or adding Kahlua or tequila for a new twist on the traditional recipe.

Remember, every individual has their preferences in terms of taste so feel free to improvise and experiment with different ingredients and quantities until you find what works for you!


As a barista who has a knack for making different types of coffee, I understand that you may have different concerns or questions about the Mexican coffee recipe. For this reason, allow me to tackle some of the frequently asked questions to help you achieve a perfect cup of Mexican coffee at the comfort of your own home.

What makes Mexican coffee different?

When making Mexican coffee, cinnamon and sugar are typically infused into the brewing process rather than being added afterwards. This unique method results in a flavor that is both sweet and spicy.

What is Mexican mocha made of?

For a unique flavor kick, mix together cinnamon, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and chili powder in the base of your mug. Add in some hot coffee and stir until everything is dissolved. Then, pour in your choice of half-and-half cream and give it another good stir. If you’re feeling fancy, add a dollop of whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of extra cinnamon.

What is the flavor of Mexican coffee?

Mexican coffee has a distinct flavor profile that is similar to that of a quality white wine. It offers a subtle body with a dry texture and a delicate balance of sweetness and fruity notes. The finish is notable for its accentuated acidity, enhancing the overall experience of the coffee.

How do they make coffee in Mexico?

One way to make coffee is to prepare it in the Mexican style called Café de olla. This type of coffee is created by boiling coffee grounds along with piloncillo and cinnamon in a clay pot known as an olla.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, Mexican Coffee is a truly delicious and unique coffee recipe that everyone should try at least once. It is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors that come together to form a truly amazing coffee experience.

This recipe is easy to make and requires only a few common ingredients that are easily available in your kitchen. So whether you are looking for a quick breakfast coffee or a refreshing iced coffee on a hot summer day, Mexican Coffee has got you covered.

So why not spice up your coffee time with this sweet and spicy Mexican Coffee recipe? Trust me, once you taste it, you’ll never go back to regular coffee. Give it a try and you won’t regret it!

Mexican Coffee Mix

Mexican Coffee Mix Recipe

This is a spicy mocha
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Mexican
Calories 148.1 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 1/2 cups powdered milk
  • 1 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee granules


  • Mix together.
  • Store in a jar or covered container.
  • To use, stir 3 tablespoons into a mug of boiling water.

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Serving: 32gCalories: 148.1kcalCarbohydrates: 19.6gProtein: 5.8gFat: 5.4gSaturated Fat: 3.2gCholesterol: 18.6mgSodium: 71.8mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 17.4g
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