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Brew Mexican Coffee with an Added Kick

Mexican Coffee

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On a recent trip to Los Cabos, Mexico, I experienced one of the most delicious cocktails of my coffee-obsessed life: Mexican Coffee.

Now, I’m sure there are a million and one different variations of this boozy hot beverage, but this is the exact one that was brought to me—get this—ON FIRE to my dinner table at a local restaurant in Cabo. The server made a wonderful presentation out of lighting the alcohol on fire before pouring strong coffee and melted ice cream over top. It was quite the experience to say the least!

So to make this, you need to get yourself some good quality coffee and brew it strong!

Mexican Coffee

You’ll also need the other two star players: Tequila and Kalhua. I never knew the two would go together so well!

You also need melted vanilla ice cream. I do this by scooping some out into a glass bowl and zapping it in the microwave for thirty seconds. It makes for the perfect sweet finish.

Next time I make this, I’ll serve it in a martini glass—I think it would be perfect for company!

You could also cool things down by serving this cocktail over ice instead. Either way, I bet you’ll be hooked after the first sip!

Mexican Coffee

There is no better warm cocktail than Mexican Coffee. Tequila and Kalhua make a great pair as they team up with the strong taste of coffee and sweet melted ice cream in this adult drink. Jenna Weber shares why she loves Mexican Coffee in a full post on the Fresh Tastes blog.



  • ½ oz tequila
  • ½ oz kahlua
  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • ¼-1/3 cup melted vanilla ice cream


  1. Melt vanilla ice cream in microwave for 30 seconds
  2. Combine all ingredients and serve immediately.

Yield: 1 serving

Jenna Weber, food blogger for PBS Food's Fresh Tastes blogJenna Weber is half of the Fresh Tastes blog team. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in 2008 and, since then, has worked as a pastry chef, bread baker and freelance food editor. Currently, Jenna blogs full-time on where her delicious daily recipes and quirky culinary musings appeal to thousands. She lives in Northern California and, when not in the kitchen, can usually be found on her yoga mat.

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