Delicious and Decadent: Mocha Shot Recipe!

Friends, allow me to introduce you to the best shot drink recipe in town – the Mocha Shot Cocktail! Nothing beats a good mocha recipe, especially when it’s mixed with some coffee liqueur and white Creme de Cacao. Trust me, this drink recipe is the perfect pick-me-up for your afternoon slump, or a great way to start your day if you need something stronger than an espresso shot.

As a barista, I’m often asked about my favorite homemade mocha recipe, and I can confidently say that the Mocha Shot Recipe is my top choice. It’s creamy, decadent and has just the right amount of chocolatey goodness to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make!

Whether you’re having a get-together with friends or simply craving a tasty treat, this Mocha Shot Cocktail is guaranteed to hit the spot. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get ready to make the best kahlua mocha you’ve ever tasted!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Mocha Shot
Mocha Shot

Are you looking for a comforting and indulgent treat to brighten up your day? Look no further than the mocha shot recipe! This delightful espresso-based drink is a tasty twist on the classic latte, combining the rich flavors of coffee and chocolate for a truly decadent experience.

Not only does this drink taste amazing, but it’s incredibly easy to make with just a handful of ingredients. You don’t need any fancy equipment or long preparation times – simply brew some coffee, stir in the ingredients, and voila! A delicious and satisfying drink that’s sure to please.

But what really sets this mocha shot recipe apart is its versatility. Whether you’re in the mood for a warm and cozy drink on a chilly day or a refreshing iced beverage to beat the heat, this recipe has got you covered. Plus, with substitutions and variations available, you can easily customize the drink to suit your individual tastes and preferences.

So why should you try this mocha shot recipe? Not only is it simple to make and bursting with flavor, but it’s also a fun and customizable drink that you can enjoy year-round. Trust me, once you take that first sip of creamy chocolate goodness combined with robust espresso flavor, you’ll be hooked. So go ahead and give it a try – your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Start your day with a bold and rich Mocha shot.
Start your day with a bold and rich Mocha shot.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this delicious Mocha Shot Recipe:

Ingredients 1

  • 1/2 ounce white Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 oz brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk

Ingredients 2

  • 2 oz white creme de cacao
  • 2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk

Making these ingredients available beforehand will make the recipe easier to follow along.

The Recipe How-To

 Dive into this decadent espresso and chocolate mix.
Dive into this decadent espresso and chocolate mix.

Now for the fun part! It’s time to make your Mocha Shot. This recipe yields one serving, perfect for a midday pick-me-up or an after-dinner treat.

– 1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
– 1/2 oz white Creme de Cacao
– 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
– 2 oz brewed coffee
– 2 oz milk

1. Combine the Kahlua and white Creme de Cacao in a cocktail shaker.
2. Add the unsweetened cocoa powder and brewed coffee to the shaker.
3. Fill your shaker with ice and give it a good shake. Tip: Shake until condensation forms on the outside of the shaker so you know it’s cold enough.
4. Strain into a glass and top with milk. Tip: Use whole milk for a creamier texture or skim milk for a lighter option.
5. If desired, add some chocolate syrup for garnish.

For those without a cocktail shaker or espresso machine at home, don’t worry! You can still enjoy this indulgent drink by simply whisking together the Kahlua, white Creme de Cacao, cocoa powder, and hot coffee until the cocoa powder is dissolved, followed by adding hot milk on top.

Now it’s time to sit back, relax and indulge in your homemade mocha creation!

Substitutions and Variations

 One sip of this delicious Mocha shot and you'll be hooked.
One sip of this delicious Mocha shot and you’ll be hooked.

As a barista, I understand that you may not always have all the ingredients available for a specific recipe. Don’t worry! With some clever substitutions, you can still enjoy your favorite mocha shot.

If you don’t have Kahlua on hand, there are a few alternatives you can try. Coffee liqueur or Bailey’s Irish Cream are good substitutes that offer a similar taste profile to Kahlua. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version of this drink, you can replace the Kahlua with coffee syrup or even chocolate syrup for an extra kick of sweetness.

When it comes to milk, feel free to use any variety you like. Whole milk adds richness to your drink, while skim or almond milk creates a lighter version. You can even switch it up with coconut or oat milk for a unique flavor profile.

For those who are lactose intolerant, substitute the milk with soy or almond milk for a dairy-free option. Additionally, unsweetened cocoa powder can replace the white Creme de Cacao in this recipe if you prefer to avoid alcohol altogether.

If you want to add a twist to your mocha shot recipe, try adding chocolate shavings on top or sprinkling some cinnamon and nutmeg for added flavors. Another variation is turning this drink into an iced mocha by serving it over full ice.

Remember, these are just suggestions, and feel free to experiment and find the best combination that suits your taste buds.

Serving and Pairing

 A match made in heaven - espresso and chocolate.
A match made in heaven – espresso and chocolate.

The aroma of coffee and chocolate infused in this mocha shot recipe make it a perfect choice to be served as an indulgent dessert beverage. When it comes to pairing, this mocha shot can blend well with different sweet treats complementing the taste profile of the cocoa powder, white creme de cacao, and Kahlua coffee liqueur.

If you are in the mood for indulgence, serve your mocha shot alongside a bowl of vanilla ice cream or freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Its bold flavors can also stand up to spicy flavors like cinnamon or nutmeg, making it a perfect cozy drink for a relaxed night in.

To make it more fun and playful, add marshmallows on top and light them for a s’mores-inspired experience. You can also try adding whipped cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup for an extra layer of decadence.

If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, feel free to substitute Kahlua with espresso or brewed coffee. This will give you a creamy cafe mocha that is still equally delicious as the original cocktail recipe.

For best results, serve your mocha shot in a clear shot glass filled to the brim with shaved ice for a refreshing twist. This will not only help balance the strong flavors but also turn any ordinary day into a special one!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Elevate your coffee game with this Mocha shot recipe.
Elevate your coffee game with this Mocha shot recipe.

If you’re planning on making a batch of mocha shots in advance, here are some tips for storing and reheating them:

Make-ahead: You can mix the Kahlua, white Creme de Cacao, and unsweetened cocoa powder together in advance and store the mix in an airtight container. When you’re ready to make a mocha shot, you can simply add 1-2 ounces of the mixture to 1 shot of espresso or 1/4 cup of brewed coffee, steam milk, and top with chocolate syrup.

Storing: If you have leftover mocha shots, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Be sure to shake the container before reheating as the ingredients may settle over time.

Reheating: To reheat your stored mocha shots, microwave individual servings for about 15-20 seconds until warm. You could also heat them up on the stove using low heat but be cautious not to scorch them.

I recommend making this drink recipe fresh at each serving for best results. Although if you need to make a bunch beforehand, these methods will come in handy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This bold Mocha shot packs a big punch in a small cup.
This bold Mocha shot packs a big punch in a small cup.

If you want to achieve the perfect mocha shot, pay close attention to these tips.

First, be sure to use high-quality ingredients. The better your ingredients are, the better your mocha will taste. Opt for premium coffee liqueurs such as Kahlua and top-notch unsweetened cocoa powder for a rich chocolate flavor.

Next, remember that temperature is key. Always steam your milk to roughly 150-160°F. Any hotter and the milk can burn or become overcooked, leaving a bitter taste in your mouth. Make sure to use a thermometer to check the temperature and adjust accordingly.

Another tip is to be mindful of your proportions. It’s important to stick to the recipe’s ingredient measurements if you want your mocha shot to taste just right. Use 1/2 oz white creme de cacao and 1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur per 2 oz shot of espresso for a classic recipe.

If you don’t have an espresso machine at home, don’t worry! You can still make a delicious homemade mocha shot. Simply brew some strong coffee and mix with the chocolate syrup and milk until smooth.

To add extra oomph to your mocha shot, sprinkle some cocoa powder on top or drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Finally, serve your mocha shot in a pre-warmed demitasse cup so it stays hot longer. Enjoy alone for an afternoon caffeine boost or pair it with a sweet dessert like tiramisu for the ultimate cafe experience.

Follow these tips and impress your friends with your barista skills, whipping up the perfect mocha shot every time!


As a barista, I understand that some people may have questions or concerns about making the perfect mocha shot recipe. In this section, I’ve gone through some frequently asked questions and shared my insight to help you troubleshoot any issues you might encounter while making this delicious drink. So, let’s dive in and answer some of your burning questions!

What is a shot of mocha?

For this recipe, we will need to gather some ingredients. We will need 1/2 an ounce of white Creme de Cacao, 1/2 an ounce of Kahlua, and 1/2 an ounce of milk. Together, these will create a delicious coffee beverage. Let’s get started!

What alcohol is good in a mocha?

When it comes to adding some kick to your coffee, there are plenty of options to choose from. Baileys Irish Cream is a smooth choice that adds creamy chocolate and nutty flavors to your cup, almost like an alcoholic coffee creamer. Kahlua is another popular option that packs a sweet, coffee-flavored punch. Schnapps, whiskey, and vodka are also viable choices if you’re looking for some added oomph to your morning joe. Let me walk you through how to make different types of coffee featuring these various alcohols.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the mocha shot recipe is a fantastic drink that provides you with a rich and indulgent experience in every sip. This recipe is versatile, and you can customize it to suit your preferences by experimenting with different ingredients, such as the coffee liqueur, cocoa powder, and white creme de cacao.

Making this drink at home is simple and easy, and with these instructions on how to make a mocha shot cocktail recipe, you can enjoy the perfect mocha every time. Whether you prefer it hot or cold, there’s nothing better than savoring a creamy shot of mocha in the morning, during break time or when relaxing at home.

So why not try this recipe out today? Impress your friends and family with this classic cocktail recipe that boasts the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness- a true delight for coffee lovers. Trust me; once you give this recipe a try, it will be hard to resist having another.

Mocha Shot

Mocha Shot Recipe

The name says it all..... Enjoy!
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Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 1 min
Course Beverage
Cuisine Coffee
Calories 53.8 kcal


  • 1/2 ounce white Creme de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce Kahlua
  • 1/2 ounce milk


  • Add ingredients to a shot glass.
  • Enjoy!

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Serving: 29gCalories: 53.8kcalCarbohydrates: 5.3gProtein: 0.5gFat: 0.6gSaturated Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 2.1mgSodium: 8.6mgSugar: 4.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Brunch, Easy
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