Mocha Spiked Horchata

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Cocktail History

The Mocha Spiked Horchata is a Sips From Scripts original cocktail that we created as a variation of a similar recipe from Winter Drinks: 70 Essential Cold-Weather Cocktails by the editors of PUNCH. The original called for a rum or whiskey base with one listed in the description and another listed in the recipe itself, so we weren’t sure which to go with and instead chose tequila since horchata is often associated with Spanish culture. We also added in a few dashes of chocolate bitters because we knew they would pair well with the coffee and cinnamon flavors.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Tequila Blanco: This is the base spirit that adds agave flavor. We used El Jimador Tequila Blanco because it’s clear, light, and flavorful, and it’s affordable.

Horchata: This is a creamy beverage made from various ingredients depending on the culture. You can make homemade horchata, but we went with Licor 43 Horchata, a silky Spanish liqueur made from tiger nuts.

Cold-Brew Coffee: This is a coffee made with water, ground coffee beans, and ice. We made ours at home with one of Alex’s favorite local coffee roasts.

Chocolate Bitters: This is a type of spirit infused with cocoa and botanicals. They add chocolate flavor and spice to the drink for more complexity. We used Angostura Cocoa Bitters for their deep chocolate and caramel notes.

Ground Cinnamon: This is the garnish. We used Simply Organic Ground Cinnamon from our local grocery store.

Tasting Notes

The Mocha Spiked Horchata features cinnamon aromas and a delightfully creamy texture that combines the flavor of tequila’s signature agave with the Licor 43’s unique spiced herbal and vanilla blend all with a touch of rich coffee at the end, while the aftertaste goes out strongly with tequila and mingled spices.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This recipe was definitely pleasing to both of our palates! It gave enough sweetness and complexity to be both indulgent yet still thoughtful and slow, and the touch of coffee made it the perfect kick of energy after a long, hard day.

Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I really enjoyed this cocktail, as a lover of coffee especially. The Licor 43 Horchata brings all of the liqueur’s signature sweet and spiced flavors which naturally complement the creamy texture while tequila brings its agave notes and aftertaste, while coffee is present but far from overwhelming. The book we found this in actually had a typo where it said that the recipe should be made with bourbon in one spot but rum in another, so we decided to switch it up altogether and use tequila since Horchata is prominently a Mexican creation, and we loved the choice.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This was also my first time trying horchata, and I am a new fan! I wasn’t sure what to expect when we opted for a tequila base instead of rum or bourbon, but the agave spirit works very well in this recipe. The taste was pretty straightforward and unoffensive, with cream and cinnamon being the prominent flavors and a bit of tequila coming through while held in the mouth. If you’re a fan of horchata, whip this up! It’s very tasty. And if you’ve never tried it like I hadn’t, this is a good first cocktail to try it in.”

Recipe

AuthorWinter DrinksPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 oz Tequila Blanco
 3 oz Horchata
 ½ oz Cold-Brew Coffee
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 Ground Cinnamon

Method
1

Add tequila, horchata, cold-brew coffee, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 oz Tequila Blanco
 3 oz Horchata
 ½ oz Cold-Brew Coffee
 2 dashes Chocolate Bitters
 Ground Cinnamon

Directions

Method
1

Add tequila, horchata, cold-brew coffee, bitters, and ice to a lowball glass.

2

Stir for 5-10 seconds.

3

Garnish with ground cinnamon.

Mocha Spiked Horchata

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More Winter Cocktails

If you like this winter cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Frostbite: A tequila cocktail made with blue curaçao, white crème de cacao, heavy cream, and a cherry

Winter Pimm’s Cup: A Pimm’s liqueur cocktail made with lemon juice, simple syrup, ginger syrup, American lager, blood orange slices, cranberries, rosemary, and oregano

Chartreuse Toddy: A brandy cocktail made with water, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, honey syrup, and star anise

Winter Mojito: A rum cocktail made with lime juice, winter herb syrup, soda water, a lime slice, and rosemary

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