Alcohol is already quite enjoyable on its own. But if you're looking for ways to take it up a notch, adding a dash of coffee might be your best bet. Doing so provides a creamy texture to your favorite beverage and levels up its flavor.
Most importantly, the addition of coffee introduces even more combinations to the already seemingly infinite alcohol combinations. In short, alcohol and caffeine simply go well together.
In this guide, you'll get to know eight alcohol-coffee combinations that would blow your mind. As a tip, if you plan on creating the best coffee cocktail for yourself, you might want to get high-quality coffee from reliable shops first, like Fairlane Coffee.
Best Coffee Cocktail Recipes
1. Kahlua Midnight Coffee Cocktail
Kahlua is one of the most commonly paired liquors to coffee. It is made of sugar, vanilla, coffee, and rum, resulting in a smooth consistency. You'll find this ingredient in many coffee cocktail recipes since it's also a staple in many coffee bars. Also, it usually comes in combination with Irish cream.
Kahlua Midnight is one of the variations of this liquor. Its taste is very similar to your regular Kahlua, except it's much stronger since it has more rum than usual. It’s also an excellent introductory ingredient for those looking to explore the world of mixology.
How to Make
- Add the Kahlua Midnight, whiskey, and Irish cream into a coffee cup.
- Fill the cup with coffee.
- Stir to combine all the ingredients.
- Garnish the cocktail if desired.
2. Spiced Rum Chai Latte (Rum Coffee Cocktail)
Rum is one of the best liquors to pair with coffee. Kahlua is proof of that, but it's easy to grow tired of its flavor after a while. On the bright side, there are countless variations of rum-coffee, one of which is spiced rum.
Spiced rum is like your average rum, except it was aged for a considerable amount of time, and caramel colorings and spices were added to the mix, resulting in a sweet and spicy taste. As if that’s not enough, adding chai into this beverage will enhance its flavor even more.
Just like Kahlua, making this drink is relatively easy, given that you already have the necessary ingredients. One can even make it in batches, so it's the perfect beverage for large parties. And since it also includes milk, you'll get a creamier texture.
- 1 cup Chai concentrate
- 1 cup Milk
- 3 oz Spiced rum
- Whipped cream
How to Make
- Combine the chai concentrate and milk in a pot.
- Stir together and let it simmer over low heat for a while.
- After steaming, turn off the heat and add the spiced rum.
- Pour the beverage into a mug and garnish if desired.
3. Black Russian
If you're looking for a coffee cocktail that focuses more on vodka, you might want to consider making a Black Russian. This coffee cocktail mainly uses vodka and Kahlua to create a simple dessert-like beverage.
It's simple and easy to make, which may prove to be an excellent after-dinner drink since it only consists of two main ingredients.
How to Make
- Add the Kahlua and vodka to a shaker.
- Shake to blend the two ingredients thoroughly.
- Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass.
- Stir and add whipped cream if desired.
4. Whiskey Espresso Martini
Espresso is a concentrated form of coffee. Unlike the traditional form of coffee, it's made by firmly packing the beans before forcing them through the espresso machine, resulting in a thicker and stronger liquid. Because of this, each serving is smaller than the usual cup of joe.
Nevertheless, espresso is perfect for those who want a relatively potent coffee cocktail, one of which is the Espresso Martini.
Espresso Martini is a classic coffee cocktail that mainly uses espresso and Kahlua. But you can add a few more ingredients like whiskey, resulting in Whiskey Espresso Martini—one of the recent trending coffee cocktails on the internet. You may also add a dash of caramel syrup to spice things up.
How to Make
- Add the ingredients and a bit of ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Shake the container to combine the ingredients.
- Strain the contents to a martini glass.
5. Dalgona Coffee Cocktail
Dalgona is a coffee variation that combines sugar, coffee granules, and warm water equally, resulting in a fluffier version of a caffeinated drink. Although Dalgona tastes and feels good, it became popular mainly because it's effortless to make, and the necessary ingredients are available in your typical kitchen.
It quickly became a hit to coffee drinkers since you can add pretty much anything to Dalgona, which means you can combine it with alcohol perfectly.
The Dalgona Coffee Cocktail features two of the most common liquors on the market: vodka and Kahlua. Take note that even with these alcoholic ingredients, the Dalgona cocktail still maintains its fluffy consistency, albeit a bit stronger than before.
How to Make
- Add equal parts of instant coffee, sugar, and vodka into a mixing bowl.
- Whisk the ingredients until fluffy. Set the Dalgona aside in the fridge.
- Pour milk into a glass half full.
- On a shaking tin, add the Kahlua, vodka, and a little bit of ice.
- Shake for a few seconds and pour the contents into the glass with milk.
- Add in the Dalgona from the fridge.
6. Kentucky Whipped Coffee
Bourbon, which is a variation of whiskey made from corn, is yet another liquor that's a staple in many bars. It complements coffee very well as it adds caramel, vanilla, and cinnamon overtones, all of which can go a long way in enhancing the taste of coffee.
Kentucky Whipped Coffee is quite similar to the typical Irish coffee, except it has a sweeter flavor and smoother texture. It combines fresh coffee, whiskey, cream, and sugar—any brand should work nicely with the recipe.
Since bourbon originated from Kentucky, you'd often hear people call it Kentucky bourbon, hence the name of this coffee cocktail.
- 4 tsp Sugar
- 1 oz Bourbon
- 1 cup Fresh coffee
- ½ cup Heavy cream
How to Make
- Place the sugar and bourbon in a mug.
- Stir thoroughly to combine the ingredients.
- Pour a cup of coffee into your mug.
- Pour the heavy cream on the back of a bar spoon into the mug.
7. Bailey's Iced Coffee Cocktail
Bailey's is among the best Irish cream liquor that combines Irish whiskey, cream, and cocoa to create a uniquely soft flavor. It's also known for having a milky and chocolatey taste, which would undoubtedly go very well with coffee. Perhaps that's the main reason why there are countless Bailey's coffee cocktails out there.
Nevertheless, you can create a mind-blowing coffee cocktail by simply combining brewed coffee and Bailey's Irish whiskey cream.
- 6 oz Brewed coffee
- 2 oz Bailey’s Irish cream
- 2 oz Whipped cream
- 2 oz Chocolate sauce
How to Make
- Set aside the brewed coffee to cool down.
- Pour Bailey's Irish cream into your glass.
- Add the brewed coffee to the glass.
- Garnish the coffee cocktail with chocolate sauce and whipped cream for more flavors.
8. Frangelico Espresso
Another liquor full of flavors is Frangelico. It's a combination of hazelnuts, vanilla, cocoa, and other natural flavors. It originated in Italy, which partially explains how it got its name.
Much like Bailey's, there are several ways to enjoy Frangelico, one of which is by adding it into your favorite coffee variation. While it’s not the most popular combination, Frangelico works surprisingly well with espresso.
For starters, adding a stronger coffee makes for a great combination since Frangelico isn't overly strong. It works even better if Irish cream is added to the mix.
How to Make
- Add the ingredients into a shaking tin.
- Shake to combine the ingredients.
- Strain the cocktail into an ice-filled container.
- Add whipped cream for garnish.
There are countless possible combinations for the best coffee cocktail. And if you have a wide array of ingredients, making these refreshing drinks shouldn't be an issue. Nevertheless, practice moderation when indulging in these delicious alcoholic beverages.
Anne Montgomery is a coffee entrepreneur who shares her knowledge and skills in the coffee business through guest posting and blogging. She has a local coffee farm and partner coffee shops.