True lovers of morning coffee often face a disappointing realization. Sure, if you work in an office environment, chances are pretty good that around 2 or 3pm, you’re ready for an afternoon pick-me-up, but after that… what are you supposed to do? Too much caffeine in the evening or after dinner may adversely affect your night’s sleep, and brewing up a full pot of coffee at home might be a bit much as you head into the later part of the evening.
Enter the amazing world of coffee cocktails, a paradise where two flavorful worlds collide to create something truly special – specifically, for the coffee fanatic. Let’s take a look at a few coffee cocktail recipes, both classic and exotic, for the coffee lover in you.
Classic Coffee Cocktail Recipes
Every great two-part combination that comes out of the food and beverage world is taken to legendary heights of flavor when the quality of each ingredient is scaled up. So these coffee cocktail recipes may sound simple due to their pronounced lack of ingredients, but the devil is in the details: the better the brew and the spirit you use, the better the cocktail, so don’t skimp on the quality of either.
The Irish Coffee is perhaps the most well-known coffee and alcohol combination. The good news is that this cocktail coffee recipe is maybe as easy as it gets: simply combine 1.5oz of Jameson Irish Whiskey with a hot cup of coffee, and a teaspoon or two of sugar if you prefer it on the sweet side.
The Spanish Coffee cocktail recipe is another simple classic one. Start with your favorite brandy snifter for the vessel, and add in 0.75oz of brandy, together with 0.25oz of Kahlua. Top the combination off with hot coffee, and a float of whipped cream for a dash of sweet-creamy goodness.
Lovers of The Big Lebowski will know the White Russian coffee cocktail recipe by heart, but for the rest of us, this classic cocktail recipe goes like this. Combine the following ingredients into a shaker with ice: 2oz vodka, 1oz Kahlua, 1oz cream, 0.5oz cold-brewed or chilled coffee. Shake the ingredients together and pour into an Old Fashioned glass for serving.
More Exotic Coffee Cocktail Recipes
One of the more exotic and involved coffee cocktail recipes is the Café Brasileiro, which yields a rich and complex drink that’s not as sweet as you might think, given the recipe’s ingredients. For this coffee cocktail recipe, start by adding the seeds of a Vanilla bean to 2oz of heavy cream in a cocktail shaker, and shake until frothy. Next, add 1.5oz Cachaca, 0.5oz chocolate liqueur, and 2.5oz fresh hot coffee to a clear mug so you can see the drink as it’s being created. Pour the frothy vanilla combination over the other ingredients, which should float on top, adding extra sweetness with each sip!
We like the Black Forest cocktail, which combines the tastes of stout beer with nuts and chocolate to create a coffee cocktail recipe you won’t soon forget. Add the following ingredients into a shaker with ice: 2oz cold-brewed or chilled coffee, 0.25oz Benedictine, 0.25oz maraschino liqueur. Shake together and strain out the ice, pouring the mix over a fluted champagne glass. Perfect for a fabulous brunch cocktail with coffee!
Creating Coffee Cocktail Recipes of Your Own
Now that we’ve covered a bit of ground when it comes to classic and simple, or exotic and complex coffee cocktail recipes, it’s time to try a few of your own. Why not try a classic peaty Scotch with your morning brew? Or perhaps a bit of Bourbon and whipped cream might make for a delightful combo. With just a bit of experimenting, you might stumble on a brand new coffee cocktail classic!