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Mexican Mocha Recipe – Rich chocolatey mocha with a kick of cinnamon and spicy heat. This latin-inspired mocha recipe will keep you warm, down to your toes, all through the chilly months.

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Ever had a Mexican Mocha Recipe?

It’s a cafe mocha drink with the addition of rustic spices and spicy heat!

When I step into a coffee shop, it’s the first thing I look for on the menu. This rich blend of coffee and cream with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper makes this warming beverage even more stimulating.

The spices add an extra layer of warming-power that makes my throat tingle and my heart happy.

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My recipe today is written for one beverage. Yet, this is a great mix to make in larger batches for edible gifts this season.

Just imagine packaging up a jar of Mexican Mocha Recipe Mix with some aromatic roasted coffee beans, and a cute little instruction tag.

Who wouldn’t want that?!

Or what about tailgating?  Hanging in the parking lot with friends on a chilly autumn day would be much more toasty with a Mexican Mocha in your hands.

Personally, I like to make a large batch of Mexican Mocha Mix to keep in the pantry for rainy days.

Mexican Mocha Recipe

Yield: 1 cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes


  • 6 ounces strong coffee (or two shots espresso)
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-3 tablespoons heavy cream (or half & half)


  1. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
  2. Pour the coffee in a large mug, stir in the cocoa mix, until smooth. Then add cream to taste.
  3. I usually like to make a larger batch of the Mexican Mocha Mix so I can make them quickly when needed. See batch instructions below.

Mexican Mocha Mix (Large Batch)

  • 1 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. cinammon
  • 2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • Use 3 tablespoons per cup.

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    42 Responses to “Mexican Mocha”

    1. Audreyposted October 18, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Is regular whipping cream the same as California cream??


      • Sommer — October 18th, 2013 @ 6:59 am

        Hi, Audrey, yes. I just like to help spread the word about California dairy. It pretty good stuff!


    2. Tieghanposted October 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

      I have never added cayenne to any drink, but am thinking it is time! This sounds so cozy and comforting. Kind of perfect for today since it is snowing. Oh and I love the idea of gifting this. Fun!


    3. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted October 18, 2013 at 8:26 am

      I love the spiciness of this; I usually use a disc of Mexican chocolate but this makes it much easier. No surprise if I could see this with a bit of tequila right?


    4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

      Nice! I always enjoy adding a hint of cinnamon and chili heat to chocolate!


    5. Aimeeposted October 18, 2013 at 7:38 am

      I love the idea of giving this as an edible gift, Sommer. Looks like we both had comforting drinks on the brain today. <3


    6. Melanie @ carmelmoments.composted October 18, 2013 at 7:40 am

      This sounds superb! Especially now that the mornings are chilly. Beautiful photos!


    7. Heather Christoposted October 18, 2013 at 8:11 am

      This looks awesome!! I would love a big cozy mug in this chilly weather.


    8. Paula - bell'alimentoposted October 18, 2013 at 8:48 am

      That would be perfect this weekend!


    9. Sharon garofalowposted October 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

      This sounds amazing! Spicy chocolate is my fave!


    10. Candiceposted October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

      What a great post! This will come in handy as a gift for my bro. for Christmas.


    11. Heather of Kitchen Concoctionsposted October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

      I love keeping drink mixes like this on hand. Not only for a quick warm drink but as a last minute gift to give!


    12. Tracy | Peanutbutter and Onionposted October 18, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Looks so warm and comforting!


    13. naomiposted October 18, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      I’m Californian, and Mexican Mocha’s are hugely popular. I love heat with chocolate! And great idea for gifting


    14. Gabyposted October 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I am HOOKED on mochas and this would seriously rock my world!


    15. Marian (Sweetopia)posted October 18, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Mmmm! I could go for a cup or three of these! ;-)


    16. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted October 18, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      I need a big mug of this mocha! The mix is such a great gift idea!


    17. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted October 19, 2013 at 12:32 am

      Mmm.. i’m loving the spices in this mocha, Sommer. So comforting :)


    18. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted October 19, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      Yes to all these spices… and I’m always into the kick, so I might even up the cayenne for my cup.


    19. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted October 20, 2013 at 8:47 am

      Keeping this for my Christmas baskets, great idea Sommer!!


    20. Diane {Created by Diane}posted October 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      looks so DELICIOUS!


    21. Rachel Cooksposted October 20, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Oh man I think I’m going to have to have this tomorrow — it looks great!


    22. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted October 20, 2013 at 11:37 pm

      I love the spices in this! Comforting with a kick!


    23. Ash-foodfashionpartyposted October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Love my mochas, I can’t wait to try this version out. Pinning.


    24. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted October 21, 2013 at 8:48 pm

      I want one of these when I wake up in the morning. Please?! Gorgeous photos, Sommer.


    25. Jeanetteposted October 23, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Sounds like a nice warm cup of mocha Sommer!


    26. Shainaposted October 23, 2013 at 9:31 am

      SO great. We make a similar hot chocolate mix for Christmas gifts, but I love the idea of putting it in coffee.


    27. Averie @ Averie Cooksposted October 25, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      Sommer this looks and sounds so good! I could use a big mug of this right now! Pinned!


    28. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.alposted October 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      SOOOOO pretty!


    29. Nutmeg Nannyposted October 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      Oh wow! Tasty :) I am so excited to try this!!


    30. Mallory @ Because I Like Chocolateposted November 2, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      We are under a snowfall warning here in Calgary right now, I may have to make one of these and spend the rest of the afternoon scouring the interweb for new blogs!


    31. mjskitposted November 5, 2013 at 12:25 am

      On the hunt for delicious beverages like this to keep me warm this winter. This one will definitely do the job! YUM!


    32. Aleksandraposted January 15, 2014 at 5:07 am

      Just done batch, well worthy to try, perfect winter drink


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    38. monicaposted November 23, 2014 at 9:16 am

      This is a great idea, but i think it needs more cocoa, cinnamon and sugar. The predominant taste is the cayenne for me.


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