Now this is how to jump-start your day! A step beyond your basic iced mocha, this coffee hits you with a thump of heat, thanks to the chile de arbol, which adds just enough fire to be thrilling, not painful.
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, or more to taste
1 whole chile de arbol
3 cups brewed strong coffee
1 block bittersweet chocolate, for garnish, optional
Combine the milk, chopped chocolate, sugar, and chile de arbol in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring until the chocolate melts and the sugar dissolves. Add the coffee, remove from the heat, and let cool. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
Remove the chile before serving. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Grate chocolate on top, if desired.