16 Coffee Cocktails You Must Try

While we love coffee, we like our happy hour beverages too. So, we figured why not combine the two?! What better to relax (or stay away depending on the caffeine content) after a hard day of work than with a delicious mixed drink that includes even more delicious coffee. We scoured different recipe books, blogs, and more to find out some old classics and new favorites.

We have over 10 recipes that blend our love of coffee and alcoholic drinks into the best of both worlds. From martinis to negronis, white Russians, and simple Irish coffee, hopefully, you’ll find a new favorite to try using some of our green coffee beans!

Espresso Martini

A classic coffee cocktail that is both strong and sweet, combining the best parts of dessert, liquor, and an after-dinner coffee into one delicious concoction. Though some may not be considered a true martini, it is served in a traditional martini glass makes it a martini in our book. Find the best coffee beans for the espresso with our guide!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • ¾ oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz espresso
  • Coffee bean, for garnish

Recipe

  • Brew espresso
  • Add vodka, Kahlua, and espresso into a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake until cold
  • Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with 1-2 roasted coffee beans

Coffee Martini

While the espresso martini uses espresso, the regular coffee martini is a simple variation on the drink, but you can switch out the espresso zing with the brew method of your choice, whether that’s Aeropress, French Press, or Pour over.

Same as espresso but uses preferred brew method substation

Affogato Martini

This version of the espresso martini leans heavily into the dessert side of things by remixing the traditional affogato by including vanilla ice cream and some chocolate shaving into the mix while replacing the vodka with just Kahlua.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz espresso
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 pinch of chocolate shavings

Recipe

  • Add a scoop of ice cream to a glass
  • In a shaker glass, combine espresso and Kahlua
  • Pour over ice cream
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings

White Russian

The dude abides! While not Russian in origin, this mixed drink is super simple and easy to make, but creamy and decadent. Its actuality it’s a variation on another drink but found a resurgence in popularity due to its prominent inclusion in the cult 90s movie The Big Lebowski.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua / coffee
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • Ice

Recipe

  • Add vodka & Kahlua to a low-ball glass, fill with ice
  • Top with cream, stir until cold

Black Russian

The forerunner to the White Russian, the Black Russian lacks the inclusion of heavy cream making this drink a bit more coffee-flavor forward compared to a White Russian. If you want to make a bit more coffee flavor, add a dash of cold brew too!

Ingredients

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua

Recipe

  • Combine vodka and Kahlua in a mixing glass with ice & stir
  • Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice

Irish Coffee

Another classic coffee-based mixed drink, the Irish coffee is a staple of St. Patrick's Day menus all over. However, there have been similar coffee-liquor drinks throughout Europe that pre-date the Irish coffee by at least 100 years. Disregarding that, Irish Coffee is a simple, sweet, and delicious mixed drink even when it isn’t St. Patty’s Day.

Ingredients

  • 6 oz brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 ½ oz Jameson or similar Irish whiskey
  • Sweetened whipped cream or make your own creamer!

Recipe

  • Brew coffee using your favorite brew method
  • Add coffee to the glass, leaving about an inch for whipped cream, added sugar and whiskey stirring until sugar is dissolved
  • Add the whipped cream to the drink

Espresso Negroni

A simple, but delicious twist on the classic negroni that keeps you awake for the party. Luckily, coffee adds a certain indescribable aspect to the Negroni that makes you feel like you’re drinking something unique rather than just a negroni with a splash of coffee. Think of it like a room full of strong assertive flavors that have a diva-like quality that manages to come together and form a beautiful choir.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • ½ oz Vermouth
  • ½ oz Coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Espresso

Recipe

  • Add all ingredients to the shaker, shake for 15-20 seconds
  • Strain into a Nick and Nora glass
  • Add lemon peel over glass rim and garnish

Kahlua Coffee

Two ingredients, simple and humble, it doesn’t get much easier than this. What else needs to be said.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz coffee

Recipe

  • Add together
  • Can add a splash of milk to taste

“Bushwacker” Drink

What do you get when you mix coffee liquor with rum? A creamy, chocolatey pina colada-like drink called the Bushwacker. This cocktail is a relatively new invention, coming into being in 1975 in the sunny locale of the Virgin Islands.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz white/dark rum
  • 2 oz Kahlua
  • 2 oz crème de cacao
  • 2 oz cream of coconut
  • 2 oz 2% milk
  • 3 cups of ice
  • Shaved chocolate, grated nutmeg, cocktail cherry for garnish

Recipe

  • Add all ingredients and blend until smooth
  • Garnish shaved chocolate, nutmeg, cocktail cherry

Carajillo

Compared to most of the drinks on our list, the Spanish Carajillo is served warm over ice, which makes it a nice afternoon or early evening drink, though it is popular in Colombia, Cuba, and Mexico. The Licor 43 liqueur is a delicious blend of vanilla, floral citrus, and warm cinnamon that truly elevates this simple cocktail into something so much more.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz of espresso
  • 1 ½ oz of Licor 43 – a Spanish liqueur
  • Ice, for serving

Recipe

  • Brew the espresso
  • Add ice and Licor 43 to low ball glass and stir
  • Slowly pour the coffee over a spoon into the drink, it will settle on top – serve immediately

Pharisäer Kaffee

This German-based forerunner is like Irish Coffee but instead of whiskey, it's replaced with rum. Similarly sweet but with less bite than an Irish Coffee, the German take on this drink is just as delicious, decadent, and creamy as the Irish version.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz strong coffee
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ oz dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream

Recipe

  • Combine coffee and rum
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Traditionally, you don’t mix the cream with the drink!

Amaretto Coffee

Amaretto and coffee are like peanut butter and jelly, a classic flavor mash-up between the sweet and almond flavors of the amaretto and the deep rich flavor of a simple coffee. Together the two form a delicious and flavorful mixed drink that elevates both beyond their humble means. Our version includes a few more decadent additions!

Ingredients

  • 8 oz coffee
  • 1 ½ oz Amaretto
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon stick (optional)

Recipe

  • Pour amaretto first
  • Add freshly brewed coffee
  • Top with whipped cream
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick

Long Island Iced Coffee

While regularly brewed coffee is too strong to be included in a drink like a long island iced tea, long island iced coffee uses the more neutral, less bitter cold brew coffee as well as an ice cream flavored liqueur that can serve as a blank canvas for the rest of the liquors to act in unison.

Ingredients

  • ½ oz Ice cream liqueur
  • ½ oz Coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz Vodka
  • ½ oz Rum
  • ½ oz Tequila
  • 2 oz Cold-brew Coffee

Recipe

  • Combine all in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously
  • Strain into another glass with ice

Cold Brew Bourbon

Similar to the Long Island Iced Coffee recipe, the cold brew Bourbon uses cold brew as a base to build up the smokiness of the Bourbon and sweetness of the vanilla, cherries, and syrup to form a mouthwatering after-work cocktail that hits the spot. You can even get more creative with some nifty cold brew recipes to try out.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon whiskey
  • ½ oz Maple syrup
  • ¼ cup cold brew concentrate
  • Sliced orange & cherries for garnish
  • Vanilla extract

Recipe

  • Combine whiskey, syrup, cold brew, and vanilla in a rocks glass
  • Add ice cubes along with sliced orange peel and cherries then serve

Mocha Mezcal

The smoky mezcal has increased in popularity in recent years, making its way into coffee cocktails as well. We find its charred flavoring to bring out differing roast levels of the beans too. Though some may find its smoky flavor a bit overpowering, this recipe sweetens the depth of flavor with splashes of coconut milk and agave nectar to tango with.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz light coconut milk
  • 1 oz mezcal
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon agave nectar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Chocolate syrup

Recipe

  • Combine coconut milk, mezcal, coffee liqueur, agave, cinnamon, and cayenne into a cocktail shaker with 3-4 ice cubes, shake for 15-20 seconds
  • Drizzle chocolate syrup on the walls of a rocks glass along with 3-4 ice cubes, strain the drink over, and serve chilled

Siciliano

 

The light and airy aperitif of the Siciliano is another coffee cocktail that also brings a certain tart-like zing that is not common amongst coffee-based mixed drinks. The best part is this drink is it is relatively low alcohol by volume making the Siciliano a nice little pick-me-up after work or a delectable treat before going out with friends.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Italian sweet vermouth
  • 1 ½ oz amaro
  • 1 ½ cold brew
  • Club soda
  • Orange wheel for serving

Recipe

  • Mix vermouth, amaro, coffee in a tumbler
  • Add ice to fill and top with club soda
  • Garnish with an orange wheel