Mexican-Style Irish Coffee with Tequila

Cheers to life and good times while sipping this creamy and aromatic Mexican-Style Irish Coffee with tequila!

Two cups of spiked coffee with tequila and two tall glasses with cafe pacifico frappe
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The Mexican-Style Irish Coffee, or “Cafe Pacifico,” has Tequila Blanco, coffee liqueur, cinnamon, star anise, dark roast arabica coffee beans, and Dixie Crystals pure cane sugar. Topped with velvety vanilla-flavored whipped cream and a pinch of ground cinnamon.

A collage with a hand holding a cup of coffee with tequila and whipped cream

The tequila spiked coffee was named after Jacques Bezuidenhout’s favorite Tequila Bar in London called “Cafe Pacifico.” Bezuidenhout is a master mixologist and tequila junkie from Johannesburg, South Africa; however, he has worked in bars in London and has become somewhat famous with many years of experience as a bartender and his recognition as “the cocktail guru.”

Currently, he resides in the United States and bartends in San Francisco. And one of his favorite bars in London is “Cafe Pacifico,” the first Mexican restaurant and tequila bar.

A collage of a Mexican style Irish coffee hot and cold

The classic Irish Coffee inspires this famous Mexican Spiked Coffee.

The original recipe for Cafe Pacifico uses freshly brewed coffee, a cinnamon-sugar mix, tequila, coffee liqueur, and chilled heavy cream.

Our version of the Mexican-Style Irish Coffee has tequila Blanco and coffee liqueur. Plus, the coffee has cinnamon and star anise mimicking a cafe de olla. And topped with homemade whipped cream. Truly delightful and aromatic.

A warm coffee pot and two cups of coffee

The aroma of the spices mixed in with the coffee makes it cozy and a perfect ending to a meal. The warmth of the cinnamon and the sweetness of the anise truly complements the coffee flavors. The tequila Blanco provides a sweet, peppery agave taste with a strong final note and a soothing effect.

The homemade cold whipped cream melts with every sip, giving a pleasant contrast between cold and hot, cutting down the coffee tannins and smoothing the tequila and the coffee liqueur.

A cup of tequila coffee on top of a small plate

Mexico’s culinary culture has a longstanding coffee and tequila tradition.

Spiked coffee with tequila or rum is common in Mexican parties, especially during the holidays. Cafe de Olla is the drink of choice in funerals and a big part of the Day of the Death rituals.

All coffee lovers would agree with me that coffee is a comforting drink. And in Mexico, the coffee tradition includes using a big clay pot where hot water mixes with ground coffee combined with sugar or piloncillo, cinnamon, and star anise resulting in “cafe de olla.”

A hand holding a cup of Mexican-Style Irish Coffee

Coatepec, Veracruz coffee beans are famous worldwide since this coffee exports to many countries, including the United States.

In the old days, I remember going to the coffee roasting house with my great grandfather. And the attendant would ask him if he would like the ground coffee fine or coarse and with or without sugar.

It might sound uncommon to mix sugar with ground coffee beans, but the flavor of the coffee mixed with the sugar is delicious. Still, now you can find classic ground Mexican coffee mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and star anise sold at the supermarket. Ready to percolate or prepare using an electric coffee maker.

Ingredients for making a spiked java with tequila include cinnamon, star anise, sugar cane, liqueur, and homemade whipped cream.

The flavor of the Mexican coffee with the spices and the sugar is quite different from the standard coffee sold in the United States. But for mimicking the flavor, I like to use Dixie Crystals pure cane sugar and a high-quality Latin-style strong coffee if I cannot find Mexican coffee from Veracruz.

Tips for making the best Mexican-Style Irish Coffee with Tequila and Coffee Liqueur

Step by step for making cafe mexicano with spices

Making the perfect Mexican spiked coffee or Cafe Pacifico requires high-quality ingredients and the right amount of tequila and coffee liqueur. Below are our recommendations for achieving the best results.

Choose a strong coffee. Preferably a dark-roasted, full-bodied Mexican coffee from either Oaxaca, Veracruz, or Chiapas. If you cannot find that type of coffee, choose a Colombian or Costa Rican option.

A pot, and two shot glasses

I like to ground my own coffee beans at home because coffee tends to taste better and fresher. But packaged ground coffee works well when making Mexican-Style Irish coffee.

The recipe for the spiked coffee with tequila and coffee liqueur makes six 8-ounce cups and four 12-ounce long-stemmed glasses.

A collage showing iced and hot coffee

For the Mexican-Style Irish coffee, we recommend using a 100% agave tequila blanco. A young tequila reposado with caramel notes or a Mezcal espadin works well too.

In some markets, there is available tequila coffee liqueur. In case of using this product instead of the classic coffee liqueur for the spiked coffee, make sure to add agave nectar for more sweetness.

For the spices, use whole star anise and cinnamon sticks, as those are classic components for a cafe de olla. Spices, when used whole and not ground, brew better and provide the best aroma and flavors.

Dixie Crystals sugar

For making the coffee, we used an electric coffee brewer with a natural flavor enhancer paper filter instead of the metal filter that comes with the coffee maker to avoid any coffee residue and achieve a clear dark amber coffee with rich flavor.

Homemade vanilla-flavored whipped cream is the topping of choice for the Mexican-Style Irish Coffee. Use the mixer for making the whipped cream, or if you have a whipped cream bottle with a C02 charger, use that instead.

Step by step on making homemade whipped cream on a dispenser

When using a whipped cream dispenser, follow these steps:

  • Place the dispenser in the fridge for a minimum of three hours and use cold heavy cream.
  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl before pouring the cream base into the bottle and keep it refrigerated.
  • Shake the bottle no more than 7 times and press to pour the whipped cream topping. Shaking more times will create butter.
  • Maintain the whipped cream dispenser in the fridge. Keeps fresh for 5 days.
Cafe Pacifico with cinnamon and whipped cream

Loving the spiked coffee idea? Make it a frappé!

  • Use long-stemmed glasses and frappé ice.
  • Pour the coffee mixed with the tequila and the coffee liqueur on top of the frappe ice.
  • Top the beverage with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans.
step by step on how to make an Irish Frappe
A collage showing one frappe coffee and one foamy hot spiked coffee

Why choose Dixie Crystals for crafting coffee drinks?

The Dixie Crystals brand has been in the marketplace for so many years. Touching the lives of many generations. Including my family. Dixie Crystals’ sugar products are high-quality and enhance my daily coffee and tea flavors, desserts, baking, and many savory dishes I cook at home.

Find Dixie Crystals at your favorite store and grab one of two bags. You’ll be surprised at the quality of their pure cane sugar products.

two cups served with Mexican style Irish coffee

Mexican-Style Irish Coffee with Tequila

Chef Adriana Martin
The Mexican-Style Irish Coffee, or “Cafe Pacifico,” has Tequila Blanco, coffee liqueur, cinnamon, star anise, dark roast arabica coffee beans, and Dixie Crystals pure cane sugar. Topped with velvety vanilla-flavored whipped cream and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails, Beverages
Cuisine Mexican Cuisine
Servings 6 cups
Calories 444 kcal


  • Electric Coffee Maker
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • A whisk
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whipped Cream Dispenser


For the coffee

  • 4 tablespoons Mexican ground coffee, freshly ground
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals, Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 3 star anise, whole
  • 1 cinnamon stick, large
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Tequila Blanco
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur

For the whipped cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream, cold
  • 1/2 cup Dixie Crystals Confectioners Powdered Sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional



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Calories: 444kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 2gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 31gVitamin A: 1169IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 68mgIron: 1mg
Keyword coffee, stabilized whipped cream, tequila
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