This post was originally published in October 2020. It has since been updated to reflect the current branding for The Espresso Edition and the fan-favorite recipe for spiced mocha.
Ever since I was a little girl, my mom has been making her signature spiced mocha.
This warm and cozy recipe has been by my side through pumpkin carvings, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade-watchings, snowy days, Christmas mornings, and more. As an adult, I’ve learned that pouring a bit of Irish cream in it adds some extra warmth (if ya know what I mean). It’s become a staple in our household.
In my opinion, this tops all the holiday beverages. I’d take a spiced mocha over a PSL or peppermint mocha any day, but maybe I’m biased. I think you should give it a try and see for yourself just how spectacular it is!
I like to bring this spiced mocha out in the early autumn and enjoy it through the holiday season and beyond.
Once you’ve poured yourself a mug, you won’t be able to resist sipping on this mocha for years to come. Thanks to my mom – fondly known as “Mama Donna” – I’m able to share this delicious beverage with you!
- 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
- 1 cup hot cocoa mix your choice
- 2/3 cup instant coffee crystals
- 1/2 cup sugar or sugar substitute
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- In a bowl, combine ingredients with a whisk.
- Transfer to a sealed container to keep it fresh.
- When ready to serve, add 3-4 heaping teaspoons of mix to a 6oz mug filled with boiling water.
Merry Sari says
This is one of my favorite drinks after cappuccino! Sounds easy to make tho! I’ll give it a try. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe 😀
Fadima Mooneira says
Spice mocha sounds delicious. I would like to try this. Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe with me.
Oooo spiced mocha! This sounds delicious. I’m actually allergic to coffee (crazy, right?).. I wonder if I can make this as a hot cocoa recipe instead. Might have to try it out!!
I already love mocha so I can only imagine how amazing it must be! I’ll have to try it this year- thanks for sharing! x
This is exactly what I need!! It’s just so perfect for a super chilly day and getting cozy and sipping on a delicious and warm beverage!
Iris Findlay says
That looks amazing! I gotta say, I love the color scheme of your blog, too!
Lavenda Memory says
You had me at “spiced” haha. This looks like the perfect holiday treat!
Lavenda Memory says
PS Thanks for sharing your family recipe! Can’t wait to try this tried and true version 🙂
I need one of these asap! They look perfect for a cozy fall day
Jennifer Prince says
I love that your mom made this for you for so long. And THANK YOU for sharing the recipe. It sounds so fabulous and perfect for cold weather. So fun – and delicious!!
This sounds like such a yummy drink for fall and even better with a book! I can’t wait to make this this weekend!
These are such awesome gifts for any female I feel like! These are some really great ideas!
I’d love to make this and curl up with a good book and my pups! Looks so yummy.
Anna English says
I’m not a coffee drinker, but this looks and sounds delish! Especially as the weather continues to cool down here in Houston.
Wow! That looks amazing! I like mine with a bit of cream too. I need this now!
Sarah Lindner says
I’m not a chocolate fan but this sounds like a chocolate coffee lover’s dream! Sounds so cozy and comforting! xoxo, Sarah
oooooh another great recipe steph! and perfect for fall leading into the holidays. thanks for sharing girl!
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Alyssa Hixenbaugh says
This recipe looks lovely! Perfect for cold days approaching! Thanks for sharing 🙂
This looks so good and seems delicious, would love to try it out.
Really nice recipe, it looks so yummy and I’d love to try it out.
Genesis Sampson says
I love that this recipe is a mix that can be stored and used whenever you fancy a beverage! Great idea to make a mix so that you’re not starting from scratch every time! Thanks for the awesome recipe!
Maria Koss says
That drink sounds like something I need on this gloomy Monday! Thanks for the recipe 🙂
This sounds absolutely delicious, especially for the fall season. I am totally trying out this recipe!
Oh yum! I need to try this mocha out! I love mochas. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Marissa Belle says
That looks so incredibly appetizing! I’ve never had a spiced mocha before (how did I go through life like that?) and I need to try one now! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!
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Carrington | Chaos and Coffee says
Pinning this so I can try it this weekend!! This looks and sounds so delish. I can’t wait for cooler weather too here in Austin (supposed to be here this weekend!) so it would be the perfect time to try this out! Xx.
Candace Hampton says
This sounds like the best of all worlds! You get the spice, the coffee, and most importantly the warm feels. I am definitely going to try this out on my Mom when she comes to visit. Thank you for sharing a family favorite!
I will definitely have to try this recipe. I love fall drink recipes like this one. 🙂
Kelly Bolen says
I am not a coffee drinker, but my husband would love this!!!
This sounds and looks so amazing! Perfect fall drink!
Hillary Conheady says
Ok girl you had me at life changing! Totally taking your word for it and saving this for later!
Nons Mshengu says
Love love this ! I’m such a sucker for aesthetically pleasing but also yummy drinks so I’ll definitely be trying this recipe out ! Thank you for sharing !
Mochas are my favorite, and this looks delicious! Also, I cannot get over your cozy pictures!!
Yummy!! This sounds amazing and the perfect fall drink to warm up to with a book by the fire.
Ming Qian says
Ooh, this recipe looks very interesting! I’m a huge coffee addict, and it takes a lot to limit myself to just two shots a day. I’ve never tried making coffee with a whisk before even though there was a brief craze for dalgona coffee in April while we were all locked down. I drink cappuccino and espresso shots made with my Nespresso machine! It’s become such an essential in my house these days, Thanks for sharing!
PS, I love the images you take for your blog! I have always admired bloggers who take their own pictures, and yours must be one of the best I have seen so far. Keep doing what you’re doing! Have a lovely weekend!
What a mouthwatering recipe for coffee or mocha lovers. It’s also a treat for eyes ☺️ Going to try soon!
Nicole Flint says
Okay for some reason this recipe felt so nostalgic… reminds me of when my mom would create fun recipes when I was a kid during Fall and holiday season! Sounds so good!
I love cinnamon in my tea and coffee, but never used nutmeg. Will try for sure!
I’m not a coffee drinker but this sounds like such a delicious autumn drink, looks great too! Love the idea 🙂
Stephanie Whitman says
So, I have one friend who absolutely hates coffee. Like she really, really hates the taste. But I introduced her to this drink last Christmas and she has made it several times for herself since – she loved it that much! She says it doesn’t taste like coffee at all! So maybe you’ll enjoy it after all 😉
This sounds amazing, definitely adding this to my bookmarks! x
Yum. This mocha looks incredible. I will have to try it out. Thanks so much for sharing
Spiced mocha sounds delicious, Thanks for the recipe!
This looks absolutely delicious! Coffee, cocoa, cinnamon… it has all the yummy- ness! Thanks for sharing this easy recipe!
Kelly Diane says
I’m not a huge coffee drinker however this looks and sounds amazing. You may have converted me.
Neely Moldovan says
I am totally trying this this weekend! IT looks so good and I love a good coffee drink!
This sounds absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try it out!
Basic With Life says
This recipe sounds gorgeous, coffee give me a migraine but I’m wondering if I could substitute with chocolate.
Tara Raquel Fuller says
I love how simple this seems to make! I always enjoy finding new warm beverage recipes but some seem so difficult to make. This is right up my alley and sounds amazing!
Wow, this looks delicious! I definitely need to try this. I love how it’s a mix that you can make and then just add to hot water so you can have it whenever!
Okay, I am not a fan of mocha usually but this one sounds bomb! Like, Christmas meet fall kinda deal, and I am all here for it! I’m going to add all the ingredients to our next food shop and will be drinking this for the foreseeable future, thank Mama Donna from my household 🙂
I’m not much of a mocha girl, but I love a spiced chai. I love that you used non dairy creamer!
This sounds delicious! I’ve never had a spiced mocha, but I love mochas in general. I definitely need to try this!
Cristina Rosano says
I am not usually one that orders a mocha or makes one, but wow, this looks too scrumptious to pass! I think this will be one to try asap now that the weather is getting colder! x