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Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee

Mexican coffee

Cinco De Mayo is almost upon us, everyone!  And around here that always makes it seem a bit more like spring is truly here to stay…or at least I certainly hope so. 🎉

I love Mexican food.  If I could only eat one kind of food for the rest of my life I think it would be an all out fist fight between Indian food and Mexican food.  I mean, it would be really hard to never have naan ever again.  I mean, it’s naan!

But because of the holiday coming up I’ve really been in the mood for Mexican food.  I want every salsa known to man, truckloads of refried beans, and I want one of my very favorite foods ever: tamales. Tamales are the bomb.

But you all know how I love a good drinky drink.  And you know about my deep devotion to coffee.  So here’s a little something to have on the side of a big plate of Mexican food: sweet spiced Mexican coffee.

Mexican coffee

This drink pretty much ticks every box on the “What Amanda looks for in a beverage” questionnaire. Does it contain coffee?  Yes!  Does it have that spicy something something?  Yes!  Does it make you want to break out in an Ella Fitzgerald torch song!  Yes!  😉

This drink has a nice, subtle sweetness.  And of course you can make it less or more sweet depending on your preference.  I also thinks it’s just fun to make.  You make it on the stove, stirring it every once in a while.  It kind of reminds me of old fashioned popcorn that way.  And I have a sneaking suspicion that this would be awesome to make while camping.  Coffee over an open fire.  Maybe I’m weird, but that sounds like a fabulous time.

Since it’s a little sweet this might be fun to try sometime in place of your normal latte or mocha.  And that awesome cinnamon (if you go that route)—bliss!  Have this alongside of a slice of dark chocolate cake. Those flavors will compliment each other so well.  You’ll be singing show tunes before you know it. 🙂

This recipe comes from my favorite Mexican food guru, Pati Jinich.  If you haven’t checked out her show, Pati’s Mexican Table on PBS, go there now.  Plus she has a new cookbook out.  She has desserts worth swooning over.  Enjoy!

Mexican coffee

(From a Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee recipe on Pati’ Jinich’s website)

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Spiced Sweet Mexican Coffee
  • 8 cups of water
  • 6 tbsp coarsely-ground coffee of your choice
  • 8 tbsp finely chopped piloncillo or dark brown sugar (adjust sweetness to taste)
  • 1 ceylon or cinnamon stick
  1. Place water in a large soup pot and bring to a bowl over high heat. Once boiling, turn down the heat to low and add the coffee, piloncillo, and ceylon.
  2. Simmer, partially covered, for ten minutes. Stir every once in a while.
  3. Turn the heat off and put the lid all the way on. Let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain the coffee through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and serve.


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  • annie@ciaochowbambina May 3, 2016, 6:17 am

    Well, unless we’re both weird (which is a total possibility), I love the idea of coffee over an open fire…such a pleasing thought… Especially if it’s this coffee over an open fire! The brown sugar and cinnamon are calling to me and I am very much listening!!

    • Amanda May 4, 2016, 9:34 am

      Thanks! Doesn’t it sound perfect? Coffee over a crackling fire and a good book. 😀

  • Aria May 3, 2016, 2:31 pm

    Singing Ella with you! (By the way, I absolutely adore her!) Ooh, coffee!! This looks so good.

    • Amanda May 4, 2016, 9:35 am

      Ella is fantastic! I especially love her duets with Louis Armstrong. They always sounded like they were having a blast together.

      • Aria May 5, 2016, 2:08 pm

        Oh yes, I love those ones too!!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks May 4, 2016, 5:43 am

    Oh, how I wish I liked coffee – I’ve never been able to get used to the taste…but maybe it is time to try again!

    • Amanda May 4, 2016, 9:36 am

      Haha. It took me a long time to like it.

  • Eva @ Eva Bakes May 4, 2016, 12:22 pm

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! It also happens to be my half birthday, so that’s another reason to celebrate. Your Mexican coffee sounds stupendous – I’d be gnawing on that cinnamon stick! 🙂

    • Amanda May 6, 2016, 11:06 am

      Happy belated birthday! Haha, I totally understand gnawing on that cinnamon sticks. We’re definitely the same there!

  • Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry May 5, 2016, 4:23 am

    Happy cinco de mayo to you, Amanda! I keep seeing so many awesome Mexican-inspired recipes on my favourite US blogs (including yours, of course! That coffee sounds divine!), and it’s making me wonder why cinco de mayo isn’t a thing here in Australia. And when I say not a thing, I mean not a thing at all. As in, people would probably just look at you like you were crazy if you mentioned it! Don’t care though, I’m going around reading all the cinco de mayo posts in the blogosphere! Cheers! 😀

    • Amanda May 6, 2016, 11:08 am

      Haha! You need to start the revolution there. Bring the Cinco de Mayo tradition there. Because everyone loves the food, right? 😃

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice May 5, 2016, 5:28 am

    I love coffee too….I have to have it everyday, but not for the caffeine, just because I love it! This Mexican version sounds delicious, Amanda! I had no idea how easy it was to make. Definitely trying this out soon!

    • Amanda May 6, 2016, 11:09 am

      Yeah, I don’t really drink coffee for the caffeine either. About 90 percent of the time I drink decaf. I just love coffee everything!

  • Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen May 5, 2016, 11:28 am

    Mexican coffee sounds and looks super awesome, Amanda. I bet it tasted divine. Can’t wait to give it a go. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • Amanda May 6, 2016, 11:10 am

      Thanks! It’s super addictive!

  • Rachel @ Bakerita May 6, 2016, 8:34 am

    Love this spicy sweet coffee – I’ve got to try this soon!

    • Amanda May 6, 2016, 11:10 am

      Thanks, Rachel!

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