Kick up your beverage repertoire up a notch with this easy to follow guide to make hot or cold simple alcoholic coffee drinks, using deliciously decadent alcohol, spirits and liqueurs that you might already have in your cabinet.
25 Simple Alcoholic Coffee Drink Recipes
Adding alcohol to coffee isn’t anything new. In fact, historians say the idea of spirits and coffee have been around since 1795, thanks to the Swedes.
It’s easy to do. Simply make your own rich espresso or dark roast coffee and then add your favorite alcohol, liqueur or spirits of choice directly to your glass.
Here are my favorite spirits to add to your coffee, one glass at a time:
Classic Coffee Drink Recipe:
One cup of coffee to 1¼ oz./ 3,75 cl (a little less than 1 jigger or shot) — Add more or less to taste. (Oh, and adding a bit of whipped cream on top doesn’t hurt either. Enjoy!)
1. Grappa Caffè
This is the first of a coffee addition that is called Caffè corretto (coffee corrections). Usually offered in a shot glass alongside hot espresso, although you could drop the liqueur in and drink away.
2. Sambuca Caffè
This is the second coffee additions called Caffè corretto. This spirit has a distinct heavy black licorice taste. Be careful and use one half of the amount of liquor because it can easily overtake the coffee.
3. Captain Morgan Rum Coffee
A taste of the tropics with overtones of cinnamon, caramel, and the smoothness of rum.
4. Kentucky Bourbon Cafe
Depending upon the type – “Ryed” or “Wheated” – Aged or Not – the flavor will differ. Still, you can count on a bit of sweetness laced with a touch of nuttiness.
5. Frangelico Cafe
A delightful addition with hints of almonds, dark chocolate, and vanilla.
6. Kailua Cafe
Adds a deeper coffee flavor with a touch of vanilla.
7. Amaretto Cafe
Just as the name implies, you’ll taste the essence of almonds in every sip.
8. Grand Marnier Cafe
This is a marriage made in heaven as a sweetened orange-flavored cognac liqueur.
9. Bailey’s Irish Coffee
Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur is a dream if you love milkshakes. It has a bit of kick thanks to the Irish Whiskey, but it softened by the deliciously smooth Irish cream.
10. Butterscotch Schnapps Cafe
Hinting on tasting like a Werther’s Candy, this heady schnapps works well with hot or cold espresso.
11. Russian Cafe
Add your favorite Russian Vodka flavor starting with whipped vanilla vodka onward and upward. (Tip: A little bit goes a long way.)
12. Irish Cafe
What I love most about Irish Whiskey is it’s nutty/spicy taste. Don’t be surprised if there’s a hint of malt, too!
13. Crown Royal Regal Apple Cafe
A fresh apple liqueur that is perfect for autumn nights.
14. Caribbean Coconut Cafe
A mix on the island side is what you’ll taste with Malibu Caribbean Rum with Coconut Liqueur when mixed with the dark blend of coffee or espresso.
15. Chambord Cafe
A deliciously decadent French Black Raspberry Liqueur.
16. Godiva Cafe
Deep roasted flavor with chocolatey goodness comes from Godiva Chocolate Liqueur along.
17. Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
Smooth velvety chocolate taste with no bitterness.
18. Hennessy Coffee
The smooth oak flavor of Hennessy melds perfectly with hot coffee.
19. Black Haus Blackberry Cafe
You won’t believe how a little Black Haus Blackberry Schnapps adds a fruity twist on an old favorite.
20. Fireball Coffee
Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey offers a slight yummy cinnamon bite that works well with creamed coffees.
21. Brandy and Coffee
Called Caffè Corretto, it compliments your espresso when warmed.
22. Cherry Cafe
Nothing like adding a cherry atop of your favorite hot or cold chocolate coffee drink than with Bailey’s Chocolate Cherry Liqueur.
23. Orange Creamsicle
Oh, so dreamy is this coffee-inspired drink recipe:
1 cup dark brewed French Roasted Coffee, chilled (I prefer Nespresso’s Ristretto (Lunga) Coffee)
1 ounce vanilla extract or vanilla whipped vodka
1/4 cup of orange juice, strained or pulp-free
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1/4 cup half and half
1 cup of ice, whole or crushed (optional)
Whipped Cream (optional)
1. In a large cocktail shaker add all of your ingredients together. Shake well. Strain.
2. Serve in a tall glass with ice. Enjoy!
24. Irish Coffee
Make this perennial favorite with this simple recipe:
1 shot Irish whiskey
2 tsps of brown sugar
8 ounces freshly brewed coffee
1-2 Tablespoons whipping cream, chilled
1. To a cup of freshly brewed coffee or iced coffee, add the Irish Whiskey, brown sugar and whipped cream.
2. Stir or shake well. Serve in a tall glass. Enjoy!
25. Eggnog Latte
Made with or without dark rum, this holiday or winter adult favorite hot coffee drink warms inside and out.
Non-Alcohol Coffee Recipe
Not keen on adding spirits to your favorite coffee drink? Try this non-alcoholic coffee recipe:
A deep rich cookie flavor that is enhanced with real molasses.
And, for more spirited coffee drink ideas, check out my Pinterest Board: Drink and Cocktail Recipes from Wisconsin Homemaker.