Coffee Cocktails

Sleepy? Perk up with the best coffee cocktail recipes!

  • 7 Drink
  • Updated: Jan 12, 2016

Ah, coffee cocktails. They’re a fantastically versatile category, since coffee can mix well with (and add complexity to) any flavor profile, from bitter to tangy to sweet.

And the best part is, coffee cocktails don’t have to have coffee as the main attraction. Many of these recipes use just a half ounce or so of espresso or cold-brew to elevate an otherwise spirit-forward drink.

With a caffeinated kick, these drinks are great choices for pretty much any time of day—a Black Forest with brunch, a Black Hole Sun before dinner, and an Irish Coffee for dessert rounds out a pretty delicious day of drinking.

We’ve only included cocktails that actually use coffee in this collection, not just coffee liqueurs like Kahlua. As much as we love White Russians, these drinks are for people who really love a good cup of joe.

  • Espresso, Benedictine, Maraschino liqueur, Orange coffee bitters
    The Black Forest cocktail features chilled espresso to give you an extra kick and help out with those particularly groggy mornings. There are several different recipes for this drink, but this one comes from the original, 1947 edition of the Angostura Professional Mixing Guide.
  • Vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso
    The Espresso Martini isn't technically a Martini at all, but we love it regardless. A simple combination of vodka, coffee liqueur (like Kahlua), and cold-brew espresso, this cocktail packs as much of a caffeine kick as it does a boozy one. The Espresso Martini is great with brunch, after dinner, or at the start of a night out, so get mixing!
  • Irish whiskey, Brown sugar syrup, Coffee, Unsweetened whipped cream
    The Irish Coffee is a perfect drink for when you need to wake up halfway through a long night, or kick yourself out of bed and fight off a hangover. It's an exceedingly simple cocktail, consisting of just Irish whiskey, coffee, a bit of brown sugar simple syrup, and some optional unsweetened whipped cream (preferably homemade). If you're looking for whiskey …
  • Sweet vermouth, Averna amaro, cold-brew coffee, simple syrup, club soda, orange twist
    The Siciliano cocktail is a delicious cold-brew coffee drink that bucks the trend of coffee cocktails needing to be served hot. It's a fairly low-alcohol cocktail, made with just a few ounces of sweet Italian vermouth and Averna amaro, and combined with the kick of some good coffee this is a great way to either ease into your night or finish off a nice dinne…
  • Navan vanilla liqueur, espresso, orange liqueur, egg white, orange twist
    The Stumptown Vanilla Flip is a silky, low-alcohol cocktail with a small dash of espresso to give it a little bit of a bitter, caffeinated boost. Invented by Seattle bartender Andrew Friedman using Stumptown Coffee's espresso blend, this is a coffee cocktail with its roots in everyone's favorite Pacific Northwest coffee haven.
  • Bourbon, cold-brew coffee, simple syrup, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, chocolate bitters
    Invented by Houston bartender Bryan Hutchinson, the Black Hole Sun brings the Old-Fashioned into the realm of coffee cocktails with a splash of cold-brew and a delicious combination of orange, Angostura, and chocolate bitters.
  • Reposado tequila, Cynar, simple syrup, coffee, egg white
    A delicious coffee cocktail from Tacoma, Washington bartender Chris Langston, the South of No North is a delicate, silky drink with a healthy dose of joe to round things out. Made with reposado tequila, Cynar artichoke liqueur, simple syrup, coffee, and egg white, it's a bizarre-sounding combination that ends up being surprisingly cohesive.

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