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The Ultimate List Of Coffee Cocktails

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Life is always better when you combine your favorite things - like adding bacon to a cheeseburger!

But instead of mixing your favorite foods together, why not mix your favorite drinks?

It’s time to mix coffee and booze.

Do you ever think to yourself while drinking your morning coffee, “I can’t wait until tonight so I can have a cocktail.” Or at night, do you ever get excited to wake up and drink coffee?

Well why wait?

Here are 11 of the best coffee cocktail recipes to satisfy your two biggest desires at the same time: alcohol and caffeine.

Not a drinker, but still want to appear classy? Try our 3 coffee mocktails for something fancy without the alcohol.

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Simple Coffee Cocktails

#1 - Irish Coffee

When you think of coffee drinks with liquor, this is likely one of the first things to pop into your head.

What makes this cocktail Irish? 

Whiskey, of course!

This drink is both smooth and sweet, making it one of the best coffee cocktails - and the most popular! 

The first known experience of Irish coffee was in 1943, when chef and bartender Joe Sheridan served the concoction to passengers of a flight that had to make an emergency landing in Foynes, Ireland, due to bad weather.

9 years later, Joe began working for the Buena Vista, a restaurant in San Francisco.

It was here Joe met a journalist, Stanton Delaplace, who was responsible for spreading his drink until it was known and enjoyed across the globe.

The Buena Vista is still open today serving up Irish coffee.

What You'll Need

  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 1 ½ oz whiskey
  • 6 oz hot coffee
  • Whipped cream

Preheat an Irish coffee glass, then add hot coffee until it’s about ¾ full. Add 2 cocktail sugar cubes and stir.

Add the Irish Whiskey and top with cream.

#2 - The French Connection / Cafe Amore

Crossing the Atlantic, we are now in France.

Rather than whiskey, the French prefer Cognac for the alcohol and Amaretto for the flavor.

A typical French Connection is equal parts cognac and Amaretto liqueur. Simply add an ounce of Cognac and an ounce of Amaretto to a glass with ice and stir. 

The coffee version, however, is served warm and often goes by the name of Cafe Amore.

What You'll Need

  • Hot coffee
  • 1 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • Shaved almonds
  • Whipped cream

Fill a hot glass with an ounce of Cognac and an ounce of Amaretto, then fill the rest with hot, black coffee. 

If you want to add another dimension, top with whipped cream and shaved almonds.

If you’re looking for warm alcoholic drinks for winter, try this one today!

#3 - Italian Coffee

Next up, Italy - where coffee is taken very seriously and its history runs deep.

The liqueur needed here is Strega, a very specific and unique ingredient.

It’s an herbal blend, golden in color from its infusion with saffron. When mixed with hot coffee, it releases a wild aroma of mint, fennel and juniper, along with over 60 other herbal ingredients. 

The recipe of this liqueur has been a secret since 1860 when it was first produced in Campania, Italy. 

This is a bright, light-bodied liqueur that packs a punch up to 80 proof. The word Strega is Italian for “witch”, from the alleged witchcraft that dates back centuries in the area. 

What You'll Need

  • 5 oz hot coffee
  • ½ oz Strega
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ oz whipped cream

Pour coffee and Strega into a hot, Irish coffee glass and add about a teaspoon of sugar. Float some cream on top and sprinkle with nutmeg.

Now imagine watching the sunset over Tuscany while you sip your coffee...

#4 - Kentucky Coffee

Think Irish coffee, but straight out of the American South.

Kentucky is known for its bourbon, so what better alcohol to mix with coffee could there be?

Give Kentucky Coffee a try for the best blend of coffee and bourbon.

What You'll Need

  • 1 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz Kahlua
  • Dash of vanilla extract
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream
  • 6 oz hot coffee

Take that same Irish coffee glass and fill it half full with hot coffee.

Add an ounce of your favorite bourbon, half an ounce of coffee liqueur and a dash of vanilla extract.

Sweeten with sugar to taste, and slowly pour some cream so that it rests on top. 

Sit back and enjoy the taste of the South.

#5 - Mexican Coffee

Kentucky not southern enough for you? Go ahead and cross the border into Mexico for this vibrant take on coffee.

Pull out the tequila and the ice cream, it’s time for Mexican Coffee.

What could be better than coffee, tequila, Kahlua and ice cream? Probably nothing, to be honest.

What You'll Need

  • ¼ cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ oz Kahlua
  • ½ oz tequila
  • 6 oz hot coffee

Simply melt the vanilla ice cream in the microwave and add it to a cup of strong, full- bodied coffee.

Add the Kahlua and the Tequila and you are good to go!

This is a great cocktail served hot, but we’re sure it would taste just as wonderful cold!

#6 - Bavarian Coffee

Where the heck is Bavaria and what kind of coffee do they drink?

Well, for starters, Bavaria, also known as Bayern, is Germany’s largest land state, and is well known for its beautiful, old-world charm.

So what type of cocktail would Bavarians make with coffee?

It starts with the familiar ingredients of hot coffee, Kahlua, sugar and cream. Kahlua is definitely the go-to for coffee liqueur drinks - and this drink takes Kahlua to the next level.

The kicker is the addition of peppermint schnapps. This creates that sweet, minty, creamy coffee that we all dream of during the holidays.

Never had peppermint schnapps before?

It tastes like candy cane! Think Creme de Menthe but less sweet. 

What You'll Need

  • 5 oz hot coffee
  • ½ oz peppermint schnapps
  • ½ oz Kahlua
  • Sugar to taste
  • Whipped Cream

Try Bavarian Coffee this holiday season by simply combining peppermint schnapps and Kahlua in 5 oz hot, black coffee.

Add sugar to taste and top with whipped cream.

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Cold Caffeinated Cocktails

#7 - Espresso Summer

Some people like their coffee just how they like their booze - ice cold.

The Espresso Summer is a cocktail made with espresso and served over ice.

This will carry you through those long, hot summer days and keep you going long into the night.

What You'll Need

  • 1 oz espresso or cold brew concentrate
  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • ½ oz orange juice
  • Blackberries
  • Orange Slice

Take a shot of espresso and shake over ice to chill (or use a cold brew concentrate, as most people don’t have their own espresso machine at home).

Add the gin, simple syrup and orange juice. Then, shake it all together and top with blackberries and an orange slice.

Then take off your shoes, sit outside, and enjoy.

#8 - Paradise Found

I know what you’re thinking: palm trees, sand beneath your feet, and an ice cold cocktail in your hand as you watch wave after wave roll in along the tropical shore. 

If you are not currently sitting on the beach, the least you can do is make this cocktail and dream of the next time you get to wake up and drink iced coffee cocktails in Hawaii or Bali

What You'll Need

  • 6 oz Iced coffee
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • Cream
  • Sugar

To make this cold cocktail, add the rum and butterscotch schnapps to the iced coffee. Mix in a little cream and sugar to taste.

Stir everything together in a tall glass with ice, put your bathing suit on and set up the lawn chair in the backyard for the greatest escape. 

#9 - Black Russian

This is one of the easiest cocktails you can make with a delicious coffee twist.

This drink is popular all over the world. It’s vodka and coffee liqueur, who can resist that?

To make the Black Russian:

What You'll Need

  • 1 ½ oz vodka
  • ¾ oz Kahlua
  • Ice

Simply fill an old fashioned glass with ice and top with the vodka and liqueur. Give it a good stir and enjoy.

Yes, it’s as simple as that.

What’s stopping you from giving it a try today? Want to spice it up a bit?

Try finding a different type of coffee liqueur, or explore different vodka options (hint, there are many). You can even try a chocolate or chocolate raspberry vodka for an interesting twist.

Check out this Black Russian recipe with an orange twist.

#10 - White Russian

There a few different ways to make the White Russian cocktail. The first way is to make a Black Russian, as listed above, and simply add cream to it, thus turning it from a dark color to white. 

Easy!

Another way is to replace the coffee liqueur with actual cold brew coffee.

What You'll Need

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz milk or cream
  • 1 oz cold brew coffee concentrate

For this White Russian, you fill a rocks glass with ice and add the vodka, milk or cream and cold brew coffee concentrate.

Give it all a good stir and you have a white, caffeinated beverage that will also put your mind at ease. 

So if you would like to add some actual coffee to your cocktail (to keep it consistent with our other coffee with liquor recipes!), just go with the second option.

This beverage could also be made hot quite easily.

Add the vodka and milk to a cup of hot, black coffee and you can enjoy it regardless of the weather outside. 

Try a spinoff of this delicious drink and create a Hazelnut Espresso White Russian!

#11 - Espresso Martini

We all need a good martini every now and then, and what could be better than this delicious iced coffee martini?

This one is pretty similar to the Black Russian, yet different enough for you to try both. Plus, this one will make you feel extremely classy.

So do your hair and put on your best outfit, because you need to dress the part to fully enjoy this classy concoction.

What You'll Need

  • 1 ½ oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz espresso
  • Ice

In a cocktail shaker add ice, Kahlua, Vodka and espresso. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.

Now sit back and enjoy life on top of the world. 

You may have noticed that Kahlua is a common theme between all these cocktails. And it’s no wonder why - it’s the perfect pairing with your favorite cup of joe.

We've got more Coffee Martini recipes also! And why not, here’s a bonus recipe for Kahlua iced coffee.


Non-Alcoholic Cold Brew Coffee Cocktails

#12 - “C’Old” Fashioned

The Coffee Old Fashioned - A delicious take on a classic cocktail.

Again, the coffee in this drink replaces the alcohol, so anyone can enjoy this beverage.

You may even see these being served in coffee shops through the summer, as baristas are getting more creative with their cold coffee drinks. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 oz cold brew coffee concentrate
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • Orange bitters
  • Ice

Add the cold brew coffee concentrate, simple syrup, orange bitters and ice to a shaker.

Shake it well and pour into an old fashioned glass with ice. Top with an orange slice or cherry.

What better way to start a Saturday morning!

#13 - Cold Brew Sour

The Cold Brew Sour is a take on the whiskey sour.

It’s cool and refreshing as well as bright and tart.

The tart/sour taste is pleasantly balanced by the sweetness of the coffee, creating a beverage that many people can enjoy.

To brew up a Cold Brew Sour, gather these ingredients:

What You'll Need

  • 2 oz cold brew coffee concentrate
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 lemon wedge

Add all of the ingredients to a rocks glass full of ice: stir it up and enjoy it on a sunny afternoon for best results.

# 14 - Cold Brew Tonic

Last but certainly not least, we have the Cold Brew Tonic.

Very similar to a gin and tonic, but replacing the gin with cold brew coffee.

It’s super easy to make. Of course you can head to a specialty coffee shop to have them whip one up for you, but you can make this one for yourself no problem.

What You'll Need

  • 2 oz cold brew coffee concentrate
  • 8 oz tonic water
  • Ice

Simply add the cold brew coffee concentrate to the tonic water and top with ice.

Not only will the cold brew perk you up, but the bubbly tonic water should quickly bring a sparkling smile to your face.

This is a great way to start your next road trip.

To Drink Or Not To Drink

Now you are equipped to make a coffee cocktail for any occasion. Even when you shouldn’t be “drinking,” you can still enjoy the cocktail-inspired coffee drinks without the alcohol.

We live in a day and age when drinking coffee can mean a million different things. How exciting is that!

Sure, we all like our basic coffee.

But there’s almost an infinite amount of ways you can experience coffee. Never settle.

Do you have a favorite caffeinated cocktail? What did we miss?

Let us know in the comments below - and check out some of other other coffee recipes here!

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