How to Make Mexican Coffee

Mexican coffee recipes are many and varied. They are often served as after dinner cocktails, but can also be nonalcoholic beverages served at any time of the day. Some are impressive, involving flaming alcohol and caramelized sugared rims, while others are simply mixtures of spices, sugars and coffee. Experiment with these three Mexican coffee recipes to determine which one is right for you.

Basic Mexican Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
5 oz. premium blend freshly brewed coffee
1 ounce Kahlua liqueur
½ ounce tequila
3 tablespoons whipped cream

You'll want to brew a strong, premium cup of coffee for this drink. Make sure you use filtered water and at least two tablespoons of ground coffee per five ounces of water. Invest in high quality coffee beans with a good reputation and a coffee grinder. Fresh ground coffee beans are always better than pre-ground.

When your coffee is done brewing, pour five ounces into a mug. Add an ounce of Kahlua and half an ounce of tequila. Stir with a spoon. Top with a large dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately. If you wish, you can sprinkle a dash of ground nutmeg or cinnamon on the whipped cream for a little extra panache.

Non-Alcoholic Mexican Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
6 cups filtered water
¾ cup brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
6 slices of orange peel
Ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon orange zest

Combine all the ingredients listed above in a large saucepan and bring mixture to a boil. Stir from time to time as you let mixture simmer for three to five minutes. Strain Mexican coffee through a sieve and into a carafe. Pour individual cups of coffee and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of nutmeg and orange zest.

Flaming Mexican Coffee

Ingredients You Will Need:
1 lemon
1 small bowl white granulated sugar
1½ ounces cognac
¾ ounce Tia Maria
1 cup hot, freshly brewed coffee
¼ cup whipped cream

You will need heat-resistant glasses with long stems in which to serve this impressive flaming Mexican coffee drink.

Cut open the lemon and rub lemon juice on the rim of the glass. Dip the rim of the glass into your bowl of sugar to coat.

Pour the cognac into the glass. Hold the glass by the stem and light a match with a long stick, placing the glass such that the flame is licking the inside of the glass until the cognac ignites. You will have to turn the glass as you hold it over the flame so it does not get so hot that the glass cracks. As soon as the cognac ignites, tip the glass so it is upright and remove it from the flame. Swirl the flaming cognac, caramelizing the sugar on the rim of the glass.

Add the Tia Maria. Fill cup with hot coffee and stir in one teaspoon of sugar. Top with whipped cream.

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