Iced Mexican Mocha: A Spicy Twist on Your Favorite Coffee Treat

Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to enjoy a cool, refreshing coffee drink to match the celebratory vibes of the holiday. This Iced Mexican Mocha recipe combines rich chocolate, bold coffee, and a hint of spice to create a drink that's both invigorating and indulgent. Whether you need a delicious pick-me-up to keep the party going, or maybe you're looking to impress your party guests, this recipe is sure to delight. So, grab your blender and let's get started!


  • Coffee: 1 cup of strong brewed coffee, cooled
  • Milk: 1/2 cup (dairy or your choice of non-dairy alternatives like almond or oat milk)
  • Cocoa Powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Sugar: 1-2 tablespoons, adjust to taste
  • Cinnamon: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Chili Powder: A pinch (more if you like it spicy)
  • Vanilla Extract: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ice Cubes: About 1 cup
  • Whipped Cream: For topping (optional)
  • Chocolate Syrup: For drizzling (optional)
  • Cinnamon Stick or Powdered Cinnamon: For garnish (optional)


Step 1: Prepare Your Coffee

Brew a cup of strong coffee — the strength of the coffee is crucial as it forms the backbone of your Iced Mexican Mocha. 

Step 2: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large cup, mix together the cocoa powder, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla extract and chili powder. 

Step 3: Combine the Coffee and Spices

While the coffee is still hot, pour it over the mixed dry ingredients. Stir thoroughly until all the cocoa and sugar have dissolved.

Step 4: Add Milk and Coffee Mixture

Fill a large glass with ice cubes. Pour your milk of choice over the ice. Once the coffee mixture has cooled, pour it over the milk and ice. 

Step 5: Garnish and Serve

Top with a generous swirl of whipped cream if desired, and drizzle with chocolate syrup for an extra touch of sweetness and flair. Add a dash of cinnamon on top for extra flavor and decoration.

Tips for the Perfect Iced Mexican Mocha:

  • Coffee Choice: Opt for a robust dark roast coffee to balance the richness of the chocolate and the bold spices.
  • Adjust Spiciness: Customize the level of heat by adjusting the amount of chili powder. Start with a pinch and add more according to your preference.
  • Chocolate Options: For a deeper chocolate flavor, consider using a piece of melted dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder.
  • Sweetener Variations: Swap out white sugar for brown sugar or honey for a different sweetness profile.

A Must-Try Coffee Drink

This Iced Mexican Mocha recipe is a perfect combination of spicy and sweet, making for a refreshing, yet bold, flavor profile. It will immaculately add to your Cinco de Mayo vibes and make your parties all the more festive. Your friends will love it. You will love it. Cinco de Mayo has never been better.