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15 Boozy Coffee Drinks You Have to Try


15 Trendy Spiked Coffee Drinks to Spark Up Your Next Party
15 Coffee Cocktail Recipes from Classics to Uncommon
The Best Coffee Cocktail Recipes We Could Find for You

By Deb Powers

Hot Coffee Cocktails
Boozy hot coffee has come a long way since my Nana used to add a tipple of anisette into her morning brew. From classic after dinner drinks like Irish Coffee to brunch eye openers like the Southern Limerick served at Nashville’s trendy Pinewood Social, hot coffee pairs beautifully with booze. These are a handful we’ve added to our “got to try” list.

Southern Limerick
Created by Pinewood Social’s beverage director, Matt Tocco, the Southern Limerick is the club’s answer to Irish coffee. “We wanted to create an Irish coffee, which most people think means Baileys and coffee, but it really means Irish whiskey, cream, and brown sugar,” he told Men’s Journal. The upscale club subs rye whiskey for the usual Bailey’s, adds amaro and bitters, and sweetens the brew with demerara sugar.

1/4 oz rich demerara syrup
3/4 oz Amaro liqueur
3/4 oz rye whiskey
4 oz brewed coffeee
Whipping cream for topping, plus more demerara syrup
Angostura bitters
Preheat a 7 oz glass. Add the demarara syrup, amaro, rye, and coffee. Stir gently. |Top with whipped cream and finish with bitters.

The French Connection
Also known as cafe amora — coffee love — the French Connection Coffee is made with cognac and amaretto. A little sweet, a little spicy, and very hot, it tastes a lot like love. Switch up your after dinner Irish coffee with this sweet French treat.

1 oz Cognac
1 oz amaretto
black coffee
whipped cream
shaved almonds for garnish
Pour the Cognac and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass. Fill with hot coffee. Top with whipped cream and shaved almonds.

Flaming Spanish Coffee
Bring on the drama for your next hot date or dinner party. This isn’t just Spanish coffee — it’s a daring demonstration of your bartending abilities. Pick a bold Guatemalan coffee for this one, and the best 151 proof rum you can find. The technique is a little tricky, but Spruce Eats has got you covered with step-by-step instructions to make this show-stopping alcoholic coffee drink. Do read it if you’ve never done flaming cocktails before — there are important safety cautions you should kno9w.

1-2 ounces 151-proof rum
1-2 ounces coffee-friendly liqueurs, such as coffee brandy, Kahlua, Cointreau, or homemade coffee liqueur
Hot brewed coffee
A little lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons of sugar
Ground cinnamon and nutmeg
Whipped cream
You’ll also need two small saucers or bowls for rimming the glass, and a long match to light your drink on fire.
Pour a little lemon juice into one saucer, and the sugar into the second saucer. Dip the rim of the glass in the lemon juice, and then in the sugar. The sugar will cling to the wet glass, forming a crystalized ring.
Pour the rum into the glass. Tilt the glass to a 45 degree angle. Use a long match or lighter to light the rum on fire. Straighten the glass. Swirl the flaming rum around inside the bowl of the glass to caramelize the sugar around the rim. Sprinkle the drink with the ground spices.
Pour the liqueurs and coffee into the glass. Top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.

Classic Italian Coffee with Galliano
Take a trip back to the Italian North End, c. 1965, where the classic Galliano bottle, complete with spigot and metal stand, was a feature of the after dinner dessert table. The herbal liqueur is made with a secret blend of more than 30 herbs and spices, and features a syrupy, sweet and spicy flavor that tastes like nothing else. It’s the perfect foil for strong, black Italian coffee, like Medaglia D’Oro espresso.

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 oz plus 1 tbsp Galliano liqueur
Hot brewed coffee

In a small bowl, whip the cream with 1 tablespoon of Galliano liqueur.
Add remaining Galliano to a mug or heavy glass. Fill with hot coffee. Float Galliano whipped cream on top.

Nutty Irishman Coffee
Switch up your Irish coffee with this variation made with Frangelico and Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur. Frangelico’s delicate hazelnut flavor adds a sweet depth to the typical Irish coffee. It’s warm, sweet, and just a little nutty.

1 oz Frangelico
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur
6 oz. hot brewed coffee

Pour hot coffee into a heavy glass or cup. Add the liqueurs.

Coffee Cocktails
Move over, Sombrero, boozy coffee drinks have got a whole lot more sophisticated. There’s nothing wrong with the classic blend of Kahlua and milk, but we’re in love with the new wave of coffee cocktails made with — gasp! — real coffee!
All Jazzed Up
Star bartender Pamela Wiznitzer came up with this trendy coffee cocktail as a way to feature her favorite spirit, cognac. Triple Sec, Amaro and cognac play very nicely together, and the cold-brew coffee provides a smooth background note to pull the flavors together.

45ml Frapin 1270
15ml Triple Sec
15ml Amaro Meletti
15ml Demerara syrup*
30ml Cold-brewed coffee**
Add all of the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and give it a vigorous shake. Strain the cocktail into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with a slice of orange.

Drifting Cowboy
If this had been around in his day, Hank Williams would definitely have downed a few of these. This cold brew cocktail is named after his backup band, after all.

2 oz. cold brew concentrate
1 ½ oz reposado tequila
½ oz cream
¾ tsp cinnamon simple syrup
Add all the ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well. Strain over ice. Garnish with ground cinnamon if desired.

Paradise Found
This coffee-based cocktail is a little bit of heaven in a glass. Smooth and buttery with just a little kick of spice, all wrapped up in rich cream.

1 oz Spiced Rum
1 oz Butterscotch Schnapps
Whipped Cream
Coffee bean for garnish
Pour the ingredients into a glass full of ice. Stir to combine. Garnish with whipped cream and a coffee bean.

Spiked Caffè Shakerato
The Caffè Shakerato is typically a virgin cocktail, but we like it even better when it’s spiked with a shot of your favorite liqueur. The secret is in the preparation — it needs a vigorous shake in a cocktail shaker to get that frothy perfectio9n. Try it with a shot of cinnamon schnapps for a spicy kick.

2 oz. strong cold brew coffee
½ oz simple syrup
1 oz. cinnamon schnapps (or your favorite liqueur)
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Strain into a short glass.

Dark Moon Punch
Try this very adult caffeinated punch at your next brunch or dinner party. Your guests will still be talking about it months later.

1 1/2 cups cold-brew coffee
1/2 cups coffee liqueur
1/2 cup spiced rum
1 12 oz. bottle Coca-Cola, preferably Mexican
1/2 cup heavy cream

Pour the coffee, coffee liqueur, ande rum into a large pitcher ujp to four hours before serving time and chill until you’re ready to serve. Be sure to leave enough room for the Coca Cola. At serving time, pour the bottle of Coca Cola into the pitcher, then pour over ice into cocktail tumblers. Float heave cream on top of each serving.

Boozy Iced Coffee Drinks
Looking for a little something something to keep you going through a hot summer night? You could just add your favorite liqueur or spirit to your glass, — but why not go for something a little upscale? These boozy iced coffee and frozen coffee drinks are just the ticket for those party nights when you want to be just a little extra.
Salted Caramel Coffee Martini
Calling this a martini is probably a bit sacreligious — there’s no gin and no vermouth, not even the minimalist “just wave the cork over the glass.” It does have vodka, though, and you serve it in a martini glass…and honestly, it’s an amazing after dinner dessert replacement.

8 ounces cold brew coffee
Caramel sauce
2 ounces Kahlú® Original Coffee Liqueur
4 ounces vodka
Sea salt
Start by rimming martini glasses with caramel sauce and sea salt. Set the glasses aside. Mix the coffee, Kahlua, and vodka together. Shake over ice in a cocktail shaker — you’ll have to do it in multiple batches. Drizzle a little more caramel sauce along the inside of the glasses. Pour the martinis into glasses and serve.

Kirsch Iced Coffee
Presentation is everything with this chery-laced iced coffee dessert drink — or serve it at your next overnight party get-together. It’s like drinking a chocolate covered cherry with your coffee.

3 1/3 cups cold coffee
2 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons kirsch
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 vanilla ice cream balls (use a melon baller)
2 tablespoons grated chocolate
cherries (to garnish)

Earlier in the day, combine the cold coffee, sugar, and kirsch in a pitcher. Stir and refrigerate until ready to serve. At serving time, whip the cream with vanilla extract — or use a teaspoon of kirsch for extra cherry pow. Scoop two balls of ice cream into each glass. Pour the coffee drink over the ice cream balls. Top with whipped cream and dust with grated chocolate.

Iced Drunken Mocha
This tipsy iced coffee drink sounds fancy, but it’s so simple to make you’ll wonder why you didn’t think about it. It’s basically an adult version of chocolate milk.

4 fl oz whole milk (or non-dairy substitute )
3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
2 fl oz chilled espresso
2 fl oz Kahlua or coffee liqueur of choice
1/2 cup whipped cream (or non-dairy substitute)
1 Tbsp cocoa powder

In a cocktail shaker, mix together the milk and chocolate syrup — or take a shortcut and use premixed chocolate milk from the dairy section. Add ice to the shaker, then add the espresso and coffee liqueur. Shake vigorously for at least 40 seconds. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass half full of ice cubes. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.

Brazilian Iced Coffee
Here’s a sweet, cooling treat for a hot summer night. The combination of rum, coconut, and coffee will really hit the spot, especially if you like your coffee on the mocha side.

¼ cup espresso, chilled
3 oz. dark rum
1 oz. coconut rum
2 1/2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk, plus a tablespoon for the rims
2 tablespoons ground coffee, for the rims of the glasses
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix the ground coffee beans and cinnamon together in a small saucer. Pour a tablespoon of condensed milk into a second saucer. Dip the rim of the glasses into the condensed milk and then the ground coffee. Set them aside. Pour the remaining ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice — use coffee ice cubes if you’re a purist. Shake well, and strain over ice into prepared glasses.

Basil Yirgacheffe Coffee Spritzer
If you’ve been following our blog for more than a minute, you already know that when it comes to coffee, I play favorites, and my favorite is a good Yirgacheffe. That’s why, in the spirit of saving the best for last, I’m ending this roundup of coffee cocktails with this recipe from Cafe Campesino. You can make it with other coffees, but Yirg’s citrus-y bouquet really makes this drink something special.

1 fl oz Iced Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
1 fl oz Vodka
1 tbsp Orange Zest Simple Syrup (just make simple syrup with the zest from one orange and let it cool)
2 sprigs of Tulsi Basil
4 fl oz Sparkling Water

Pour the coffee and vodka into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the basil leaves in a mortar and pestle. You can substitute regular basil or mint for the Tulsi basil (holy basil) if you prefer. Add the basil, simple syrup, and a handful of ice to the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain over ice into a rocks glass. Fill to the top with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of basil.

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