(Note: this post was originally published on June 13, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform.)
A margarita inspired by a coffee?? It's happening! This unique cocktail is based on the coffee we recently fell in love with while we were in Mexico City. "Mexican Coffee" is steeped for hours with orange zest, brown sugar, and spices; it's a truly magical combination, somehow cozy and fresh at the same time.
When we got back from Mexico City, the first thing I made was these Mexican Coffee Waffles (shown in the photo below, alongside the margaritas!). They have all the same delightful flavors, but in a decadent waffle form. But those waffles really need a special brunch cocktail to go with them, don't you think?? Here, I'm recreating the flavors of Mexican Coffee in a margarita that will be perfect for your next brunch party.
Is this cocktail really a margarita? I guess I'll leave that up to you. If you define a margarita as tequila, flavored liquor (usually orange), citrus (usually lime), and sweetener (usually agave), then the answer is yes. It follows the same format, but with lots of flavor twists.
In this cocktail, I use a base of reposado tequila. I substitute coffee tequila for the orange liquor. Then I use a bit of cara cara orange juice instead of lime, and homemade cinnamon syrup instead of agave. So it's the same core elements as a margarita, but completely different flavors and feel. Check out my Cinnamon Cherry Paloma if you want to read more about cinnamon simple syrup, which is a surprisingly versatile mixology ingredient that I really adore.
The result of this (perhaps crazy??) combination is something completely unique and really complex. This drink is deep and rich because of the coffee tequila and cinnamon syrup, and still light and bright thanks to the orange.
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
These Mexican Coffee Margaritas would work beautifully at a brunch party, but would be equally wonderful accompanying "breakfast for dinner", or even as an after-dinner sip.
Wondering about those waffles shown in some of the photos above? Those are my Mexican Coffee Waffles! (Can you see how impactful that coffee was on my flavor combinations??). Pair them together for an out of this world brunch or dinner that will transport you instantly to street-side cafes in Mexico City.
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
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