As a bartender, I have seen many trends come and go. But one thing that has remained constant is the love for coffee.
Whether it's a morning pick-me-up or an afternoon treat, coffee is a staple in many people's lives. And what better way to enjoy it than in a cocktail?
Coffee liqueur is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of cocktails. It adds a rich, deep flavor that pairs well with many spirits, from vodka to whiskey.
And the best part? Coffee liqueur cocktails are easy to make, so you can enjoy them at home or impress your guests at your next party.
But with so many recipes out there, it can be hard to know where to start. That's why I've put together a list of the best coffee liqueur cocktail recipes that I've come across in my years behind the bar.
These recipes are tried and true, and I guarantee you'll find at least one that you'll love.
So whether you're a coffee lover looking to switch up your routine or a cocktail enthusiast looking for a new recipe to try, read on for some delicious coffee liqueur cocktail inspiration.
From classic cocktails to modern twists, there's something for everyone on this list.
1. Homemade Coffee Liqueur
If you're a fan of coffee and cocktails, you won't want to miss out on trying a Coffee Liqueur Cocktail made with Homemade Coffee Liqueur. This easy-to-make liqueur is perfect for sipping on its own or using as a base for a variety of delicious cocktails.
The rich coffee flavor is complemented by the sweetness of the liqueur, making it a perfect addition to a White Russian or Black Russian cocktail. For a festive twist, try adding it to eggnog or using it in a spiced winter cocktail. With its versatility and homemade charm, this Coffee Liqueur Cocktail is sure to become a favorite in your cocktail repertoire.
2. The Revolver
If you're looking for a sophisticated and grown-up cocktail to enjoy during the winter months, The Revolver is definitely worth a try. This bourbon and coffee liqueur cocktail was originally introduced by San Francisco bartender Jon Santer and has since become a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.
The combination of Bulleit Bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters creates a complex and flavorful drink that is perfect for sipping by the fire on a cold evening. While the recipe calls for Tia Maria coffee liqueur, you can experiment with different types to find your favorite. Whether you prefer the spicy kick of rye whiskey or the sweetness of bourbon, The Revolver is a great choice for a slow evening of sipping and savoring.
3. Spanish Coffee
If you're looking for a dessert drink with a bit of drama, look no further than the Spanish Coffee. This warm, bittersweet coffee cocktail is perfect for a cold night and is a take on the traditional Spanish drink, the Carajillo. The rim of the glass is sugar-coated and caramelized with overproof rum, which catches fire easily, creating a spectacle.
Then, freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, and lightly whipped cream are added, topped with grated nutmeg. The bitterness of the coffee and complexity of the caramelized-sugared rim balance out the sweetness of the drink. While it may not be for everyone, the Spanish Coffee is a fun and exciting option for those looking for a little bit of spectacle in their cocktail.
4. Mocha Espresso Martini
The Mocha Espresso Martini is a perfect blend of coffee and chocolate liqueurs served chilled in a coupe glass. This cocktail is a great alternative to the classic Mimosa for a morning cocktail. The bitterness of the coffee is balanced with the sweetness of chocolate, making it a smooth and rich drink.
The addition of vodka gives it a nice kick, making it a perfect brunch cocktail. It's a great choice for coffee lovers who want to try something new. The Mocha Espresso Martini is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves coffee and wants to add a little twist to their morning routine.
5. Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
The Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur is a rich and aromatic coffee liqueur cocktail made with homemade Kahlua-style coffee liqueur, 100% arabica coffee, vodka, rum, and sugar. It's perfect for mixing into all sorts of cocktails or enjoying straight up.
The Espresso Martini Cocktail is a deliciously smooth and strong cocktail made by shaking the homemade coffee liqueur with espresso and ice. It's a must-try for anyone who loves coffee and cocktails.
6. Coffee Martini
The Coffee Martini is a perfect blend of bitter coffee, sweet vanilla, and creamy chocolate, with a fruity finish of Irish whiskey. This cocktail is a must-try for coffee lovers who want to indulge in a smooth, frothy, and creamy drink. The crunchy coffee bean rim adds a sensory experience that intensifies the flavor of the drink.
The Irish cream used in this cocktail adds a rich and creamy body, making it an ideal after-dinner drink. The Coffee Martini is a perfect dessert drink for coffee addicts who want to enjoy a sweet treat in cocktail form. If you love coffee, you must try this cocktail!
7. Homemade Tía María
If you're a fan of coffee liqueur cocktails, you won't want to miss out on trying the Homemade Tía María. This easy-to-make coffee liqueur is a copycat of the popular Kahlúa, but with a lighter and smoother taste and a stronger hint of vanilla.
The recipe allows you to control the quality of the ingredients and the level of sweetness, so you can customize it to your liking. The Homemade Tía María is perfect for adding a dash of flavor to your coffee, or for mixing up a delicious cocktail. Give it a try and see why it's become a new favorite for coffee liqueur snobs.
8. B 52 Cocktail
The B 52 Cocktail is a classic layered drink that has been around since the late 1970s. It is made with coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and orange liqueur, and is usually served as a shot. However, for those who prefer to savor their drinks, it can also be enjoyed as a slow-sipping after-dinner cocktail.
The combination of coffee, cream, and orange is simply divine, and the layers of the drink make it a visually stunning addition to any cocktail menu. If you're a fan of coffee liqueur cocktails, the B 52 is definitely one to try.
9. Espresso Martini
The Espresso Martini is a classic cocktail that has been around since 1980. It is a perfect drink for those who love coffee and cocktails. This cocktail is made with vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur, cold espresso, and sugar syrup. It is a caffeinated beverage that is balanced with the right amount of sugar, booze, and coffee.
The legend says that a top model asked for a drink that would both "wake me up" and "f\*\*k me awake" and the bartender invented the Espresso Martini. The combination of vodka, coffee liqueur, and espresso creates a rich, sweet flavor that is perfect for any occasion. If you're a coffee lover, this cocktail is a must-try.
10. Black Russian
The Black Russian is a classic cocktail made with only two ingredients: vodka and coffee liqueur. It's quick and easy to make, and has a smooth and rich flavor that is perfect for coffee lovers.
The cocktail is named after the vodka, which originated in Russia. It's a great choice for those who want a simple and delicious drink that can be easily customized to their liking.
11. Disaronno Velvet Espresso Martini Cocktail
The Disaronno Velvet Espresso Martini Cocktail is a creamy and smooth after-dinner cocktail that combines the distinctive taste of classic Disaronno amaretto liqueur with the new Disaronno Velvet Cream Liqueur. Mixed with coffee liqueur and vodka, this cocktail is perfect for special occasions or as an evening beverage all summer long.
With its low alcohol content, it's a refreshing and delicious way to cool off during hot summer days. The cocktail is served ice-cold and can be garnished with grated chocolate or a chocolate-covered strawberry for a sophisticated dessert presentation. The Disaronno Velvet Espresso Martini Cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves creamy and flavorful cocktails with a velvety finish.
12. Shaft Drink
The Shaft Drink is a coffee liqueur cocktail that is sure to please any coffee lover. This cocktail is a well-known favorite in the Victoria area and is made with Irish cream and fresh brewed espresso.
The frothy texture and rich flavor make it a delicious treat for any occasion. While it is typically not garnished, adding a few coffee beans can give it an extra touch of elegance. If you're a fan of creamy, strong cocktails, the Shaft Drink is definitely worth a try.
13. Chocolate Martini
The Chocolate Martini is a decadent and indulgent cocktail that is perfect for chocolate lovers. Made with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, vodka, and coffee liqueur, this cocktail is rich and creamy with a sweet chocolatey flavor.
The addition of half and half gives it a velvety texture that makes it feel like a dessert in a glass. This cocktail is perfect for special occasions or for entertaining guests, as it is sure to impress. If you're a fan of chocolate, this cocktail is a must-try.
14. Homemade Kahlua
If you're a coffee lover looking for a unique twist on your cocktail, the Homemade Kahlua cocktail is a must-try. This easy-to-make liqueur is made with brewed coffee, vodka, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract, resulting in a sweet yet strong coffee flavor that goes down super smooth.
Impress your friends at your next gathering by showing up with a bottle of this homemade liqueur, and mix it up with your favorite cocktail ingredients for a delicious and unique coffee-flavored cocktail. Trust us, you won't be disappointed with the blissful taste of this Homemade Kahlua cocktail.
15. Homemade Kahlua With Espresso
Looking for a sweet and grown-up drink to serve at your next party? Look no further than the Homemade Kahlua with Espresso. This coffee liqueur cocktail is easy to make and provides a rich, flavorful taste that will satisfy any coffee lover's cravings.
Made with freshly brewed espresso or strong coffee, this cocktail is less sweet than store-bought Kahlua, making it the perfect choice for those who prefer a more subtle sweetness. Whether you're making it for yourself or as a gift for a friend, this Homemade Kahlua with Espresso is sure to impress.
16. White Russian
If you're a coffee lover looking for a creamy and delicious cocktail, the White Russian is a must-try. This classic cocktail is made with just three ingredients: coffee liqueur, vodka, and cream. However, modern twists on the recipe often include a shot of espresso to give it a caffeine boost.
The addition of espresso adds a rich and bold flavor to the already delicious cocktail. The White Russian is perfect for after-dinner drinks or as a holiday cocktail recipe. It's a great option for those who love a classic cocktail with a modern twist. So, if you're looking for a creamy and indulgent coffee liqueur cocktail, the White Russian is definitely worth trying.
17. Baileys Espresso Martini
Baileys Espresso Martini is a perfect cocktail for coffee lovers who want to add a little kick to their drink. Made with just four ingredients, this smooth and creamy cocktail is great for brunch or after-dinner with a decadent dessert.
The combination of Kahlua, Bailey's, vodka, and espresso creates a rich and bold flavor that is sure to satisfy your taste buds. This cocktail is best served cold and topped with a rolled cookie or chocolate biscotti. If you're a fan of Baileys, this is a must-try cocktail that will leave you wanting more.
18. Kahlua Coffee
Kahlua Coffee is a delightful twist on the classic Irish coffee. This cocktail is perfect for those who love the taste of coffee and the buzz of a cocktail. The recipe is simple, yet the taste is complex. Kahlua, a coffee-flavored liqueur, is the star of this drink. It is mixed with freshly brewed coffee and topped with whipped coconut cream and vegan chocolate shavings.
The combination of the caffeine and the Kahlua creates a pleasant buzz that is sure to please. This cocktail is perfect for any occasion, whether you're looking for a dessert, coffee, or cocktail. So, why not try this delicious drink and experience the best of all worlds?
19. Salted Butterscotch White Russian
The Salted Butterscotch White Russian is a delightful fall cocktail that combines the rich flavors of butterscotch schnapps and coffee liqueur with the smoothness of vodka and cream. The addition of sea salt and butterscotch sauce gives it a unique twist, making it a perfect after-dinner treat or dessert drink.
This cocktail is easy to prepare and can be made with a few simple ingredients. If you're a fan of butterscotch or salted caramel, this cocktail is a must-try. Its creamy texture and warm, earthy flavor make it a perfect choice for cozy autumn evenings. Don't miss out on this delicious and indulgent cocktail!
20. White Russian Cocktail
The White Russian Cocktail is a classic and indulgent after-dinner drink that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream served over ice, this cocktail is the perfect combination of creamy and coffee flavors. Its smooth and velvety texture makes it a perfect dessert cocktail, and its simplicity makes it easy to prepare.
It's no wonder that this cocktail has become a cult classic, thanks in part to its association with the character Jeffrey "the Dude" Lebowski from the movie The Big Lebowski. If you're a fan of creamy and decadent cocktails, the White Russian is definitely worth trying.
21. Tiramisu Martini
The Tiramisu Martini is a decadent cocktail that combines the rich flavors of espresso, coffee liqueur, and Irish cream. Inspired by the classic dessert, this cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and indulgent drink. It is a great option for those who want to replace dessert with a flavorful cocktail at the end of a meal.
The Tiramisu Martini is a perfect example of how coffee liqueur can be used to create a unique and delicious cocktail. If you are a fan of creamy and syrupy liqueurs, this cocktail is a must-try. With its rich and indulgent flavors, the Tiramisu Martini is a great addition to any cocktail menu.
22. Chai White Russian
The Chai White Russian is a unique twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. This holiday-inspired drink is made with coffee liqueur, vodka, and a chai-spiced cream that is infused with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and cardamom seeds.
The flavors of the chai spices perfectly complement the coffee liqueur and vodka, making for a warm and cozy drink that is perfect for the holiday season. The process of infusing the cream with the spices may take some time, but the end result is well worth it. If you're looking for a delicious and festive coffee liqueur cocktail, the Chai White Russian is definitely worth a try.
23. Mind Eraser
The Mind Eraser is a classic cocktail that combines the rich flavor of coffee liqueur with the sharpness of vodka and the fizz of soda water. This layered drink is a treat for the senses, with each sip bringing a new burst of flavor.
The name of the cocktail is fitting, as it is sure to make your worries disappear with just a few sips. It is a perfect drink for those who enjoy a potent mix of caffeine and alcohol. Whether you enjoy it layered or stirred, the Mind Eraser is a must-try for coffee lovers who want to spice up their cocktail game.
24. Horchata White Russian
The Horchata White Russian is a lighter and healthier take on the classic White Russian cocktail. Instead of using heavy cream, this recipe uses homemade horchata, which gives the drink a warm cinnamon flavor. The cocktail is perfect for those who want to indulge in a rich drink without the guilt of consuming too much dairy.
The recipe also includes a homemade horchata recipe, which can be enjoyed on its own or used to make more cocktails. This drink is perfect for cozy nights in and pairs well with savory Mexican snacks. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful coffee liqueur cocktail, the Horchata White Russian is definitely worth trying.
25. Classic Mudslide
The Classic Mudslide is a dessert cocktail that is perfect for those who want to indulge in a sweet and creamy treat. The cocktail is made with coffee liqueur and Irish cream, and it's a variation of the White Russian. The drink was first shaken and served up in a cocktail glass, but it can also be made frozen by blending it with vanilla ice cream.
The Mudslide is a sophisticated and delicious cocktail that's full of intrigue. It's a perfect drink for Valentine's Day or a romantic dinner, or just anytime you need a sweet treat in cocktail form. If you're a fan of coffee liqueur cocktails, you definitely don't want to miss out on the Classic Mudslide.
26. Oatmeal Cookie White Russian
The Oatmeal Cookie White Russian is a unique twist on the classic White Russian cocktail. This delicious drink features vodka, coffee liqueur, oat milk, and cinnamon, which gives it a dessert-like taste.
The use of oat milk instead of cream adds a creamy texture and a subtle oat taste, reminiscent of an oatmeal cookie. The cocktail is perfect to enjoy during the holiday season or on a cozy winter night by the fire. This cocktail is a must-try for those who love a sweet and creamy drink with a twist.