Kentucky Coffee Recipe

There’s a time and a place for everything, right?

Sometimes you just need that cup of coffee. You’re tired, you need a pick-me-up, etc.

And then there are times when a perfectly timed glass of bourbon is just what the doctor ordered.

But when these two drinks get together, you get a concoction that’s as powerful as it gets – a drink that could only originate in the hardy, kickass U.S. countryside; a power potion that combines caffeine with the incredible kick of American whiskey.

In other words, you get Kentucky Coffee.

Here’s our Kentucky coffee recipe for your humble consideration...

Kentucky Coffee

This Kentucky coffee recipe is a power potion that combines caffeine with the incredible kick of American whiskey. This bourbon coffee recipe is quick to fix and it’ll wake you right up!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword kentucky coffee
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 110 kcal



  1. Mix up that bourbon and liqueur at the bottom of a cup

  2. Add hot coffee into the mug

  3. Optional: add a dollop of whipped cream

How to Make Kentucky Coffee

This bourbon coffee recipe is quick to fix and, I’ll tell you what – it’ll wake you right up.

Let’s take a look at how to make this stuff!

Items You'll Need

  • Coffee mug

Extra Notes:

  • The quantity of coffee is the true variable here. If you want something with a really good kick, keep the cup small. However, feel free to use more coffee for a gentler (though still kickass) taste!


  1. First things first, bring on the booze! Mix up that bourbon and liqueur at the bottom of your cup.
  2. Next, brew your coffee. Make sure it’s nice and hot.
  3. Add the coffee into the mug. It should mix by itself, but feel free to give it a stir if you want to.
  4. Finally, if you’re looking for a dainty touch to balance out this stiff cocktail, add a dollop of whipped cream to mellow out the strong flavors.

Extra Notes:

Some Follow Up Info on Kentucky Coffee...

If you’re drinking your Kentucky Coffee by now, you’ll probably agree when we say this one packs a punch! It’s strong, strong, STRONG

If the taste wasn’t enough to prove that one, you can see how its strength ranks in this list of geographically-based coffee cocktails from the Spruce Eats. 

The Coffee

We already know the bourbon will be top notch here. That’s why we gave you a specific brand in the ingredients and not just a “go find some whiskey…” suggestion.

But don’t stumble out of the gate with your coffee choice or you can turn a cup of spirited quality into one of heartless crap.

The coffee options for this one are truly wide open. So, while you can go ahead and brew your normal cup of joe in whatever way you prefer, you can also get a bit adventurous and try a new way to prep the coffee.

However, keep in mind that this drink generally works best with a stronger brew, like a French press, or an espresso-based coffee, like an Americano.

Alternatives to the Whiskey and Honey Liqueur Combination

Wild Turkey Bourbon and Honey Liqueur is an excellent combination here. It screams Kentucky, and tempers the power of strong booze with a gentle, sweet touch.

If the specific brands we’ve included in the recipe don’t quite do it for you, though, consider this.

You’re going to want to maintain the bourbon for that authentic Kentucky flavor. If you start altering that part of the recipe you’re going to alter the drink entirely.

However, you can certainly try swapping out the honey for any other alternative you may prefer. Just make sure it’s a high-quality choice so you don’t compromise the drink! 

Alcohol Content

A question you might be asking yourself is, if I “water” my bourbon down with coffee, what’s the alcohol content at that point?

Now, before we give you any info, let’s make one thing clear, this is an approximate answer.

Generally speaking, though, this recipe should make a cocktail with approximately 11% ABV (roughly that of a glass of wine).

Note: You can find out more about ABV levels in various kinds of alcoholic drinks here!

And there you have it

... An amazing drink that’ll definitely put hair on your chest.

A simple concoction, supercharged with a shot of power that you can only find in America’s finest whiskey.

If you’ve tried this one, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Once that buzz has worn off, of course...

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