As a bartender, I have spent countless hours behind the bar, mixing and shaking drinks for customers.
And as much as I love creating new and exciting cocktails, there is one ingredient that always seems to steal the show: coffee.
There's something about the rich, bold flavor of coffee that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of liquor, the tanginess of citrus, and the creaminess of milk.
And while coffee cocktails may not be as well-known as their fruity or boozy counterparts, they are just as delicious (if not more so).
Whether you're looking for a pick-me-up after a long day, a cozy nightcap, or a brunch-worthy beverage, coffee cocktails are the perfect way to indulge.
And with so many different recipes and variations to choose from, there's always something new to try.
So, if you're a coffee lover looking to spice up your drinking game, or a cocktail enthusiast who wants to try something new, keep reading for some of the best coffee cocktail recipes out there.
From classic espresso martinis to trendy cold brew concoctions, these recipes are sure to satisfy your caffeine cravings and your cocktail cravings all at once.
1. Espresso Martini
The Espresso Martini is a classic coffee cocktail that is perfect for after-dinner drinks. It has a frothy, creamy texture and is made with just four ingredients. It is served with three espresso beans on top, which represent health, wealth, and happiness.
You can experiment with different flavors and ingredients to make it your own. It pairs well with both sweet and savory dishes. If you're a coffee lover, the Espresso Martini is definitely worth trying.
2. Spanish Coffee
Spanish Coffee is a warm and bittersweet coffee cocktail that originated at Huber’s Cafe in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s. It is a take on the traditional Spanish drink, the Carajillo, which combines espresso and brandy or rum. This American version uses brewed coffee, overproof rum, triple sec, coffee liqueur, and lightly whipped cream, with a sugar rim that is caramelized with fire.
The drink is perfect as a dessert drink on a cold night and is a great spectacle to make. It is a dessert drink, but not overly sweet, tempered by the bitterness of the coffee and the complexity of the caramelized-sugared rim. If you are looking for a high drama cocktail, Spanish Coffee is the perfect choice.
3. Mexican Coffee
If you're a coffee lover and enjoy a good cocktail, then you need to try the Mexican Coffee. This three-ingredient cocktail is perfect for starting your day or ending it on a high note. Made with tequila, Kahlua, and freshly brewed coffee, it's a delicious treat that's easy to make.
Topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, this cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and bitter flavors. What's more, it's ready in no time, so you can enjoy it whenever you want. If you're looking for a new coffee cocktail to try, then the Mexican Coffee is a must-try.
4. Coconut Coffee Cocktail
The Coconut Coffee Cocktail is a delicious and unique twist on the classic brunch cocktail. This cocktail combines warm notes of vanilla and maple with tropical coconut flavors, creating a well-balanced and refreshing beverage.
The addition of Licor 43, a Spanish vanilla-flavored liqueur, adds a touch of sweetness and depth to the cocktail. Whether enjoyed hot or chilled, this cocktail is perfect for lazy weekends and summer vacations. If you're looking for a new and exciting coffee cocktail to try, the Coconut Coffee Cocktail is definitely worth a taste.
5. Iced Drunken Mocha Cocktail
The Iced Drunken Mocha Cocktail is a perfect combination of coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. This cocktail is a must-try for coffee and chocolate lovers who want to add a boozy kick to their drink. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, and the result is a rich and creamy cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
The addition of whipped cream and cocoa powder on top gives it a decadent touch. This cocktail is perfect for a nightcap or as a happy hour drink. If you are looking for a delicious and easy-to-make coffee cocktail, the Iced Drunken Mocha Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
6. Mocha Espresso Martini
The Mocha Espresso Martini is a coffee cocktail that combines the richness of espresso with the sweetness of chocolate liqueur. This cocktail is perfect for brunch, and it's a great alternative to the classic Mimosa.
The recipe calls for a shot of espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream de cocoa, all shaken together and served in a chilled coupe or martini glass. The result is a smooth and rich cocktail that is sure to impress. Whether you're celebrating Mother's Day or just looking for a delicious coffee cocktail, the Mocha Espresso Martini is definitely worth a try.
7. Butterscotch Coffee Cocktail
The Butterscotch Coffee Cocktail is a sweet and satisfying coffee drink that blends butterscotch schnapps and Irish cream with hot coffee. It's perfect for cool evenings or as an afternoon pick-me-up.
The Carolan’s brand Irish cream is recommended for its wonderful caramel notes. If you enjoy sweet drinks, this cocktail is perfect to have all on its own, as a dessert or a sweet snack.
8. Espresso Negroni
The Espresso Negroni is a unique and delicious take on the classic Negroni cocktail. This coffee cocktail features a shot of espresso, gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. The addition of the espresso gives the drink a bold and rich flavor that perfectly complements the bitter and sweet notes of the other ingredients.
This cocktail is perfect for coffee lovers who want to enjoy a sophisticated and refreshing drink with a caffeine kick. If you're looking to switch up your cocktail game, the Espresso Negroni is definitely worth a try.
9. Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail
The Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail is a deliciously unique twist on the classic coffee cocktail. This boozy beverage features peanut butter whiskey and coffee liqueur for a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that perfectly complements the rich taste of coffee.
Whether you prefer it hot or iced, this cocktail is sure to satisfy your caffeine and alcohol cravings. The recipe is simple and easy to follow, making it a great choice for any occasion. If you're looking for a fun and tasty way to enjoy your coffee, give the Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail a try!
10. Whisky Cold Drip
The Whisky Cold Drip is an earthy and delicious coffee-based cocktail that is well-balanced and very drinkable. It's reminiscent of an espresso martini but with a slightly more earthy flavor. The addition of creme de caco gives it a sweet edge, making it a great choice for those who prefer sweeter coffee.
Shake the cocktail shaker for a full minute and then let it sit for a further minute before pouring to get the perfect 'head.' Whether you're a fan of cold brew coffee or chilled espresso, the Whisky Cold Drip is a must-try cocktail that is sure to impress.
11. Dalgona Coffee Cocktail
The Dalgona Coffee Cocktail is a coffee-flavored cocktail made with vodka, Kahlua, and cream, topped with a whipped coffee foam.
The whipped coffee foam is made by whipping together instant coffee, sugar, and hot water until it forms a thick and creamy foam. The combination of these flavors creates a rich and creamy cocktail that is perfect for any occasion.
12. Amaretto Coffee
If you're looking for a coffee cocktail that's both a drink and dessert, Amaretto Coffee is the perfect choice. This Italian-inspired cocktail is made by spiking hot coffee with amaretto liqueur and topping it off with frothy whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
The nuttiness and spice of the amaretto complement the coffee perfectly, resulting in a flavor combination that's hard to resist. It's a great option for a nightcap or as a sweet ending to a meal. The best part? It works any time of the year! Whether you're a coffee lover or not, this cocktail is sure to impress.
13. Brazilian Coffee Cocktail
The Brazilian Coffee Cocktail is a sweet and creamy coffee cocktail that's perfect for cooling off on hot summer evenings. Made with dark rum, a touch of coconut rum, and sweetened condensed milk, this cocktail has a tropical vibe that's hard to resist.
The addition of espresso dust mixed with cinnamon on the rim of the glass adds a great coffee flavor to every sip. If you're looking for a refreshing and unique coffee cocktail, the Brazilian Coffee Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
Carajillo is a coffee cocktail that originated in Mexico and is now popular all over the world. It is a delightful blend of Licor 43, a bright yellow liquor with 43 secret ingredients, and espresso. The liquor has a unique custard-like taste with hints of cinnamon, anise, orange blossom, and vanilla.
The cocktail can be served hot or cold, over ice, and is sometimes served with a sugared rim for added sweetness. For a fancier layered look, the espresso is floated over the Licor 43 using a spoon. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the taste of coffee and want to add a little twist to their drink. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful coffee cocktail, Carajillo is definitely worth a try.
15. Coffee Nudge
The Coffee Nudge is a delightful hot coffee cocktail that packs a punch. This drink is perfect for those who love a strong cocktail with a coffee twist. The combination of creme de cacao, Kahlua, brandy, and whipped cream creates a rich and creamy texture that is sure to warm you up on a cold evening.
The Coffee Nudge is a great alternative to traditional coffee drinks and is perfect for those who want to try something new. Whether you're looking for a cozy drink on a rainy day or just want to indulge in a delicious coffee cocktail, the Coffee Nudge is definitely worth a try. So why not give it a shot and see for yourself?
16. The Nutty Irishman
The Nutty Irishman is a delicious and creamy coffee cocktail that is perfect for after-dinner or as a festive drink. This cocktail is a twist on the classic Irish coffee, with the addition of whiskey, Bailey's, Frangelico, and Kahlua. The combination of these ingredients creates a sweet and nutty flavor that is sure to please any coffee lover.
The Nutty Irishman is topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles, making it a fun and festive drink for any occasion. If you're looking for a unique and delicious coffee cocktail, the Nutty Irishman is definitely worth a try.
17. Iced Coffee Margaritas
If you're a coffee lover and a fan of tequila, then you're in for a treat with the Iced Coffee Margarita. This cocktail is a unique twist on the classic margarita, featuring the addition of coffee and a twist of lemon. Served in a rimmed glass of ground coffee and sugar, this drink is perfect for brunch or even as a morning pick-me-up.
The bright lemon twist adds a refreshing touch to the rich and complex flavors of the tequila and coffee. This cocktail is a real eye-opener and a must-try for anyone looking for something deliciously different. So, next time you're in the mood for a coffee cocktail with a kick, give the Iced Coffee Margarita a try.
18. Tia Maria Espresso Martini
The Tia Maria Espresso Martini is a dangerously delicious combination of alcohol and caffeine, made with Tia Maria's intense and rich cold brew coffee liqueur.
It's perfect for a date night or pre-dinner drink, with a lightly sweet and richly flavorful taste that's a great alternative to dessert. For a variation, try making it with vanilla vodka for an added aphrodisiac effect. Overall, it's a must-try for coffee and cocktail lovers alike.
19. Maple Irish Coffee Cocktail
The Maple Irish Coffee Cocktail is a warm and satisfying alcoholic beverage that coffee and whiskey lovers will surely enjoy. This cocktail is made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and maple syrup, topped with lightly whipped cream, and sprinkled with ground cinnamon or chocolate shavings.
The combination of the rich coffee flavor and the sweetness of the maple syrup perfectly complements the bold taste of the Irish whiskey. This cocktail is perfect for a cozy night in or as a pick-me-up after a long day. It's a must-try for anyone who loves a good coffee cocktail.
20. Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee is a classic coffee cocktail that is perfect for those who love a good balance of rich coffee and boozy whiskey. This cocktail is made with a medium-roast Colombian coffee blend, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and topped with whipped cream.
The sugar is necessary to help the cream float on top of the drink, giving it a beautiful presentation. The warm and comforting flavors of this cocktail make it perfect for cold winter nights or as a dessert drink. If you're looking for a smooth and delicious coffee cocktail that goes down easy, then Irish Coffee is the perfect choice for you.
21. Christmas Morning Coffee
"Christmas Morning Coffee" is a warm and cozy coffee cocktail that is perfect for any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Made with a blend of Bailey's, Frangelico, and freshly brewed coffee, this delicious cocktail is easy to make and can be served in a holiday glass or mug.
Adding a dash of peppermint schnapps and crushed candy canes can make it even more festive. This cocktail is perfect for enjoying with a cinnamon roll or croissant while watching the Christmas present opening madness. If you want to serve something special and festive this holiday season, "Christmas Morning Coffee" is a must-try.
22. Chilled Espresso Martini
The Chilled Espresso Martini is a classic coffee cocktail that is sure to impress. With its smooth and less acidic flavor, this cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a strong coffee taste with a touch of sweetness. Made with cold-brewed coffee, vodka, Kahlua, and crème de cacao, this cocktail is shaken and served chilled in a martini glass.
The combination of these ingredients creates a unique flavor that is both bold and smooth. If you're looking for a timeless cocktail that will leave a lasting impression, the Chilled Espresso Martini is definitely worth a try.
23. Keoke Coffee
Keoke Coffee is a warm and boozy coffee cocktail made with coffee, brandy, creme de cacao, and whipped cream. It has a strong and bold flavor that is perfect for those who love their coffee with a kick.
The recipe has been passed down through generations and has become a staple in many households during the holiday season. It's easy to make and perfect for cozy nights in or for entertaining guests during the holidays.
24. Snow on Sand
"Snow on Sand" is a deliciously creamy and indulgent coffee cocktail made with rum, orange liqueur, and amaretto cream. The whipped cream is shaken instead of whipped, adding a unique twist to the preparation process.
The recipe yields two small drinks that feel luxurious and indulgent. If you're looking for a cozy and boozy coffee cocktail, "Snow on Sand" is definitely worth a try.
25. Baileys Espresso Martini
The Baileys Espresso Martini is a must-try coffee cocktail for those who love a little indulgence in their drinks. This cocktail is a twist on the classic espresso martini, with Baileys Irish Cream adding a creamy sweetness that perfectly complements the deep coffee flavor.
Made with only four ingredients, this cocktail is quick and easy to make, making it a great choice for any occasion. The Baileys Espresso Martini is a delicious and satisfying drink that is sure to please coffee and cocktail lovers alike. Don't miss out on this indulgent and flavorful cocktail!
26. The Salty Irishman Coffee Cocktail
"The Salty Irishman Coffee Cocktail" is a perfect pick-me-up cocktail for coffee lovers who want to enjoy a festive and romantic evening. This cocktail is made with strong coffee, salted caramel Irish cream, and hazelnut liqueur, garnished with vanilla bean whipped cream and toasted hazelnuts.
The combination of salted caramel and hazelnut flavors with the strong coffee makes this cocktail a delicious and energizing drink. Whether you prefer it iced or hot, this cocktail is perfect for any occasion, especially for New Year's Eve celebrations. If you are looking for a unique and flavorful coffee cocktail, "The Salty Irishman" is definitely worth trying.
27. Frothy Whipped Coffee White Russian
The Frothy Whipped Coffee White Russian is a unique twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. This coffee cocktail is made with homemade “whipped” coffee, which is mixed with vodka, Kahlúa, and milk. The whipped coffee adds a creamy and fluffy texture to the drink, while the vanilla and coffee flavors give it a perfectly sweet taste.
It's a fun and delicious new way to enjoy a classic cocktail that can be served any time of the year. If you're looking for a fun and unusual drink to make this weekend, the Frothy Whipped Coffee White Russian is definitely worth a try.
28. Baileys Coffee
Baileys Coffee is a creamy and indulgent coffee cocktail that uses Baileys Irish Cream instead of cream and sugar. The addition of Baileys adds a rich and whiskey-flavored creaminess to the coffee, while a fluffy homemade whipped cream topping takes it to the next level.
Serve it up in an Irish coffee mug for an extra touch of sophistication. Whether you're a fan of Baileys or just looking for a new coffee cocktail to try, Baileys Coffee is a must-try recipe that will warm your soul and delight your taste buds.
29. Hot White Russian
The Hot White Russian is a perfect coffee cocktail for the holiday season. This warm drink combines coffee and cream with a little kick to get you in a festive mood. It's a great way to enjoy a delicious sipping drink on Christmas morning or any chilly winter day.
The added extras and whipped cream make it a perfect treat to enjoy with friends and family. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves coffee and wants to add a little twist to their morning brew. Be sure to check out this and other festive Christmas cocktails to make your holiday season even more magical.
30. The "Bold Greek"
"The Bold Greek" is a unique and bold coffee cocktail that is perfect for those looking for something different. Made with Barbaresso ouzo, brewed coffee, sweet fennel syrup, coffee-flavored liqueur, and a touch of citrus, this cocktail is inspired by the frappe, a Greek version of iced coffee.
It's a little bit "dramatic" and definitely different, making it a must-try for any coffee cocktail lover. So, if you're looking for a bold and refreshing cocktail that will transport you to Greece, "The Bold Greek" is the perfect choice.
31. B52 Shot
The B52 Shot is a classic coffee cocktail that is sure to impress anyone with its layers of delicious liqueurs. This shot is a perfect blend of coffee, orange, cream, and whiskey flavors, resulting in a subtle taste of caramel with hints of orange. The layers of Grand Marnier, Kahlua, and Baileys create a beautiful presentation that is perfect for savoring slowly.
While the B52 can be chugged like a shot, it is best enjoyed by sipping to fully appreciate the sweet flavors. This lightweight cocktail can be made with different brands of liqueurs, but be warned that the layers may settle in a different order. Overall, the B52 Shot is a must-try for anyone looking for a delicious coffee cocktail.
32. Kentucky Bourbon Coffee
If you're looking for a coffee cocktail that packs a punch, the Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a must-try. Made with Java House Cold Brew Coffee and a splash of bourbon, this cocktail is perfect for those who like their coffee with a little extra kick.
The cold brew coffee adds a smooth and balanced flavor, while the bourbon adds a rich and warming finish. Topped off with a hint of vanilla cream, this cocktail is seriously yummy and perfect for any occasion. Whether you're a coffee lover or a bourbon enthusiast, the Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is sure to impress.