Iced Mexican Mocha

iced mexican mocha in 2 glasses

This iced Mexican mocha recipe is actually one from years ago here on LM. The recipe is so easy and so tasty (and it’s cuss words hot outside) that it needed an update and a reboot! While it isn’t authentic, it’s my easy way to enjoy some of that delicious combination of chocolate and spices.

I dreamed up this iced Mexican coffee inspired drink for Día de Muertos back in 2015 (just after my wedding). I was working with a sugar company and had a few week run of sugar-inspired recipes.

My husband had just started a job and I all too quickly inundated them with delicious, homemade goodies! I quickly had to settle back on my dessert making and stick with healthy veggie-focused salads so nobody revolted!

I’m a purist when it comes to my iced coffee and cold brew. There are so many products and recipes that have flavors added, but I always go for the classic, adding the sweetness and milk on my own. Rarely (basically never) do I venture into the minty, salty, caramely varieties.

iced mexican mocha

This Iced Mexican mocha (or is it an Iced Mexican coffee?) is just the perfect spin on my classic drink, however, that I will make an exception at home!

Most of the flavor comes from the spices, which the foodie in me loves. And I always have all of the ingredients on hand, so I can whip it up whenever I need to kick up the flavor of my coffee.

It’s also a great recipe for any Mexican holiday parties, including Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos festivities.

Iced Mexican Mocha

So this recipe is actually for hot or iced mexican mocha. If your house is anything like ours, then you have at least one who only drinks hot coffee and another who really likes it iced. It’s a crazy life – somehow we make it work!

Anyway, this recipe pulls on the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate – cocoa powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and dried chili powder. It doesn’t take much of any of these spices to add a warm flavor to your coffee!

What Milk Can You Use in this Mocha?

I used nonfat milk in this recipe because I always have it on hand. Obviously a reduced fat or whole milk would be super delicious.

Or if you use almond or coconut milk or the very popular (and rather tasty) oat milk… Well, my mouth is starting to water thinking how delicious that would be. So, yes, you can use whatever milk you like in this recipe.

You can also use whatever kind of brewed coffee (or even espresso) you have on hand. I love that I can make this as a treat on the weekends. I can just as easily make it for my morning coffee and start my weekdays off on a tasty foot!

mexican mocha

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Want some other ideas to spice up your coffee (literally)?! Try this easy cardamom latte and this nutmeg coffee with eggnog whipped cream!

Or if you just want some more chocolate and spices in your life, try this Mexican Chocolate Cake!

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5 from 25 votes


I love the idea of Mexican mochas. I'm an iced coffee fanatic, so this was my attempt to combine my want for those warm, delicious flavors with my needs. Or maybe it's just my wants with my wants. This recipe is actually great hot or chilled, so it's perfect for everybody's wants!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: coffee, drinks, mexican
Servings: 4
Calories: 90kcal
Author: Luci Petlack


  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder*
  • teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper optional – see note
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups cold coffee
  • ice
  • milk/cream of choice


  • Sift sugar, cocoa, and seasonings together.
  • Mix ½ Cup cocoa mix with ½ cup water. Heat in microwave for 20-30 seconds until sugar mix dissolves into water. Chill.
  • Stir cocoa ‘syrup’ into two cups cold coffee.
  • Serve over ice with milk


The cayenne pepper doesn’t provide a great deal of spice in this recipe, but feel free to omit or adjust measurement as desired.
*I get a lot of questions about chili powder as it’s most common a chili seasoning mix with oregano and garlic. You want a dried chili powder only. Look for California chili or even ancho chili (a bit spicier). You can find these in a bulk spice section or in the “Mexican” section of your grocery store.
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Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Where do you get your chili powder from? So many of them have garlic and other spices added. Could you please send me the link? Thanks!

    1. Hi Miranda! Really any straight dried chili powder would be fine. The California chili is probably a good bet. You could do a dried ancho chili powder for a bit more heat. You can usually find a straight chili powder in the “Mexican” section of a grocery store. It’ll look something like: this!

  2. 5 stars
    There is a latte stand in my hometown that has a “Mayan Mocha” on their menu and it’s been on there for several years. They weren’t willing to share their recipe, but yours looks like it could be the same as theirs. The little bite on my tongue after swallowing is what got me! So delicious and very unexpected. Thank you for sharing. I cannot wait to try it!

  3. 5 stars
    I just found this recipe and it looks so good. I was wondering if you had a favorite chili powder you use. I’ve noticed some have very different notes to them. Thanks

    1. Hi Kim,
      I don’t have a specific brand to recommend. The only thing to watch out for is to use pure chili powder, not a mix with garlic and other seasonings. I don’t think that mix would be bad, actually, but I’d recommend a pure option!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this the other day as a treat for my daughters and myself. Oh my gracious, so good!!!
    Tonight I put the flavoring syrup together and added a pinch of salt and a splash of Mexican blend vanilla. I’ve got the coffee cold brewing and the half and half ready to foam in the morning.
    Thanks for such a fancy, delicious treat.

    1. I’m so happy to hear you love this recipe! I LOVE the idea of pre-mixing the flavoring syrup! xo Luci

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    1. 5 stars
      so good! now I just need to find a dry sweetener i like instead of sugar (normally i use liquid sweetener in my iced coffee)

      1. Hi there! So happy you loved the recipe. I would try omitting the sugar in my recipe above and then just adding your liquid sweetener to taste at the end. In essence the sugar in my recipe is just creating the simple syrup in the drink. Let me know how it goes! xo Luci

  6. 5 stars
    My daughter and I just tried this recipe. The chili powder gave me a minute of pause but we pushed ahead. It came out wonderfully! Our new favorite.

  7. 5 stars
    The recipe sounds delish! I’m going to try it, never though of cayenne on a Mexican coffee, but makes sense, chili 🌶 is a staple ingredient on many Mexican fishes and drinks.

  8. 5 stars
    Chili + cinnamon + cayenne is such an intriguing combo in coffee – I cannot wait to give this a try! Might become my favorite summer drink this year! 🙂 Thank you for this!

  9. 5 stars
    The addition of cinnamon and cayenne to this is fantastic! Such a great flavour. I am a huge coffee fan, and this is my new favourite way to enjoy it.

  10. 5 stars
    I’ve been drinking so much more coffee than normal since covid! Your version of iced Mexican coffee was so delicious! I love the cinnamon flavor!

    1. 5 stars
      Hi. These are so pretty! My mom loves the glasses and I was wondering where you got them. It is never to early to start Christmas shopping, am I right? (:

      1. Hi Averi! No, it’s never too early. My aunt used to start shopping the year before and just picked things up as the ideas came to her! Much less stressful that way! My glasses are old, but they still have lots of similar styles. xo Luci

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