7 Great Coffee Cocktails Recipes

Coffee Cocktails Recipes

Coffee has always been related to breakfast and mornings. Just thinking about the idea of freshly brewed coffee can invite any coffee lover to get a cup. Coffee enthusiasts may even see the process as an art, the way how the barista mix coffee and other ingredients. But what if the concept of brewed coffee meets the spirit of alcoholic beverages? Would you try a drink that is a product of coffee cocktails recipes?

History of Developing Coffee Cocktails Recipes

Both the coffee and alcoholic drinks don’t have a very clear history, let alone the exact dates that they were first manufactured. Most sources have stated that coffee started with a farmer in Ethiopia around 850s when he observed that his goats eating the coffee cherry became more energetic.

On the other hand, the history of alcoholic drinks is vaguer. Iran, Egypt, Mexico, and Sudan are the few countries that are believed to start the development of alcoholic drinks. It is very different from how they were used now and today. In the modern day, alcoholic beverages are often associated with good times, while early civilizations use them as medicine.

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Kahlua coffee cocktail. Image source: Marketing communication news

The earliest well-known product of coffee cocktails recipes is the Kahlua from Veracruz, Mexico. According to their website, businessman Senior Blanco, chemist Montalvo Lara, and Alvarez Brothers led the way to the discovery of this alcoholic drink. They blended coffee from 100% Arabica Beans, Rum from sugarcane, vanilla, and sugar.

The production of coffee in South America made coffee cocktails popular, which the continent became the inspiration for the Jamaican coffee liqueur ‘Tia Maria’ in the 1960s.

Tools Needed for a Coffee Cocktails Recipes

Upon hearing the word ‘cocktails,’ some might have the impression that this kind of alcoholic drink mix involves a lot of equipment and different kinds of ingredients.

Surprisingly, coffee cocktails do not require expensive equipment and some items might be already sitting at the kitchen countertop. Aside from a cocktail shaker (which is required with most cocktail recipes), an espresso maker or coffee brewer is needed.

Are Coffee Cocktails with Instant Coffee possible?

Coffee Cocktails Recipes

Most coffee cocktails recipes requires freshly brewed coffee and not the ‘just add hot water’ variety. Instant coffee can’t match the aroma and taste of the one from freshly ground coffee beans. However, instant coffee machines that use pods and capsules can be used as an alternative as it has an espresso function that can give a similar flavor to the fresh ones.

Easy Coffee Cocktails Recipes At Home

Instead of heading out to a local bar (which may not offer coffee cocktails), why not try doing it at home. Most of the recipes that you will see below will take less than 5 minutes to create, perfect for adding a twist to the basic liquor. Here are some coffee cocktails recipes that will surely give a kick of caffeine and booze on every serving, any time of the day!


1. Iced Irish Coffee

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Iced Irish Coffee. Image source: Just a pinch
  • 60 ml of whiskey
  • 90 ml of cold black coffee
  • 1 tsp freshly ground coffee beans
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • Fresh cream

Mix whiskey and espresso and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Get a coffee filter and strain the mixture in a cocktail shaker. Create a simple syrup by stirring brown sugar over hot water.

Add the cold coffee and ice to the shaker, then pour the syrup. Shake and pour it in a glass. Pour fresh cream before serving. You may replace the water and sugar mixture with caramel syrup for a twist!


2. Espresso Martini

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Expresso Martini. Image source: inshaker
  • 50 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml of coffee liqueur
  • Espresso shot

This one is pretty easy. Just mix all ingredients in the cocktail shaker with ice. Shake it well and strain into a martini glass. You may add syrup to the martini glass before straining it to make it sweeter.


3. Affogato Martini

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Affogato Martini. Image source: Co-op
  • 60 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml of coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Espresso shot
  • A scoop of vanilla ice cream

It is derived from the ice cream coffee, Affogato. The process is almost the same with the espresso martini. Shake all ingredients (except the vanilla ice cream) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain in a martini glass and top with vanilla ice cream.


4. White Russian Cocktail

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
White Russian Cocktail
  • 60 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml of coffee liqueur
  • Fresh cream

This is also one of the surprisingly easy coffee cocktails recipes. In a glass with ice cubes, pour vodka and coffee liqueur. Add cream and stir, add sugar if desired. This should take less than 5 minutes to make!


5. The Siciliano

Coffee Cocktails Recipes

  • 60 ml of Italian Vermouth
  • 45 ml of Averna Amaro
  • 45 ml of strong cold brew coffee
  • 30 ml of simple syrup
  • Club Soda

The ingredients may look intimidating to do, but this recipe is very simple to do. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Use a chilled coupe glass when serving, and garnish with an orange peel.


6. Brazilian Coffee Cocktail

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Brazilian Coffee Cocktail. mage source: Foodnetwork
  • 60 ml of chilled espresso
  • 30 ml of rum
  • 30 ml of sweetened condensed milk

Have a taste of Brazil with this easy cocktail recipe! In a cocktail shaker, mix all ingredients with ice. Strain into an ice-filled glass. You may add some cinnamon to make it more aromatic. Perfect during hot weather or summer evenings!


7. Kentucky Coffee

Coffee Cocktails Recipes
Kentucky Coffee. Image source: The cocktail coffee
  • 200 ml of freshly brewed black coffee
  • 60 ml of bourbon
  • 30 ml of coffee liqueur
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • Sugar to taste

After getting inspiration from Europe and South America, this one of the coffee cocktails recipes is from Kentucky, USA. In a glass, stir all ingredients except sugar. After mixing, add sugar to the desired sweetness. Top with lightly whipped heavy cream.


There are a lot of other coffee cocktails recipes for those who are like the blend of alcohol and caffeine. Most of them are easy to make and involves ingredients that do not cost that much and can even be easily available to a lot of supermarkets or retail chains.

You may even invent your own mix by getting creative with the recipes. Coffee cocktails are proof that coffee is such a very versatile drink that can even be infused with alcoholic beverages.


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