This is my take on a Starbucks copycat version of Mexican coffee. If you’ve never had it before, it’s a super flavorful, slightly spicy, chocolatley coffee drink topped with whipped cream. While it’s not quite as creamy and sweet as a mocha, it’s not far off.
Traditional Mexican coffee, or Café de Olla, is made with coffee, cinnamon and raw dark sugar (find a great recipe here). You can also make a Mexican coffee cocktail that includes coffee liqueur and tequila. But this version is alcohol-free and more on the chocolate side. This Mexican coffee recipe is great for an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweeter morning coffee drink.
- Brown sugar
- Whipped cream – optional
Mix together the brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne and milk. The goal is to dissolve the sugar and fully incorporate the other ingredients so no lumps remain. I think adding all the ingredients to a jar with a lid and shaking well works great, or you could use a small whisk or milk frothing wand.
Pour the spiced milk into a mug. Then pour the hot coffee in. Top with whipped cream if using.
Tips & Substitutions
- Feel free to adjust the sweetness or spices of this recipe to your liking.
- You can use any kind of milk, including milk alternatives like oat milk.
- Learn how to make whipped cream at home.
- If you like/need, you can use decaf coffee for this recipe as well.
Who doesn’t love a sweet treat along with their coffee drink? Try these:
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- White Chocolate Chip Cookies
- M&M Cookies
- Orange Scones
- One Banana – Banana Bread
- Chocolate Chip Bread
- Zucchini Bread
- My favorite Brownies
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- 6 ounces coffee
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cocoa
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup whipped cream (optional)
- First brew 6 ounces of hot coffee. You can do this by using any coffee brewing method you prefer.
- Mix together the brown sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne and milk. The goal is to dissolve the sugar and fully incorporate the other ingredients so no lumps remain. I think adding all the ingredients to a jar with a lid and shaking well works great, or you could use a small whisk or milk frothing wand.
- Pour the spiced milk into a mug.
- Then pour the hot coffee in.
- Top with whipped cream if using.
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