We love unwinding at the end of a long week with an adult beverage (or two!), and we’re always looking for ways to incorporate our coffee fanaticism into our lives. Coffee liqueur cocktails have been around for a long time, but recently there has been an increased interest in using coffee from mixologists. Biased as we are about coffee, we think this might be because of specialty and craft coffee’s growing popularity. Whatever the reason may be, we’re not complaining.
Crafting cocktails is a complicated business, and some people even get college degrees learning how to design new mixed drinks. Adding coffee to the mix not only makes things tastier but also more complicated. To ease some of the confusion, we’ve gone ahead and compiled this list of 11 coffee cocktail recipes complete with pictures to give you a head start. Next time you’re hosting a get-together, you can whip up a few of these coffee-inspired drinks and be sure you’ll impress your guests.
1. Mexican Coffee Cocktail
This one is a classic for a good reason. It’s easy to make but delicious and is a great starting point for an introduction to coffee cocktails. The spice from the cinnamon goes well with coffee liqueur and gives this drink a cappuccino-like quality. Yum! See the full recipe here.
2. Espresso Martini
Martini recipes are all the rage these days, and one of the most popular varieties is the espresso martini. We didn’t get the appeal until we tried one. They’re not hard to make despite their fancy aesthetic, so they make a great coffee cocktail to make to impress your friends and family. See the full recipe here.
3. Black Russian
If you thought the first two cocktails were easy to make, wait until you see this one. It actually doesn’t get any easier than the Black Russian. This coffee cocktail is perfect for people with a sweet tooth since it contains cola to taste. See the full recipe here.
4. Concorde #2
The Concorde is a coffee liqueur cocktail that is typically served as a flaming shot. It is quite strong and definitely not for the faint of heart. Be careful with this one; both the flame and alcohol content can be dangerous. See the full recipe here.
5. Irish Coffee
Like Mexican coffee, Irish coffee is a staple in the coffee cocktail universe. There are tons of Irish coffee variations, and there is no one recipe that is agreed upon by everyone. This recipe is our favorite. See the full recipe here.
6. Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin spice is extremely popular nowadays and is quickly becoming an autumn tradition. Coffee cocktails haven’t been left out of the pumpkin spice craze, and this Bailey’s pumpkin spice latte makes the perfect cocktail for welcoming in the fall. See the full recipe here.
7. Boozy Iced Coffee
So far, the drinks on this list have been simple to make. Well, we’re going to break that tradition now. Boozy Iced Coffee isn’t necessarily hard to make, but it does require a lot of ingredients. It is called Boozy Iced Coffee, after all. See the full recipe here.
8. Creamy Mocha
This one is always a favorite when we break it out at social gatherings. Creamy mocha isn’t a drink to have with dessert as much as it is the dessert. See the full recipe here.
9. B-52 Shooter
The B-52 is another layered shot that’s a bit different from most. It has Grand Marnier in it, which gives it a unique flavor that makes an interesting combination with the coffee liqueur and Irish cream. See the full recipe here.
10. Kentucky Bourbon Coffee
We like this one because it’s a bit different from the rest. This is one of two drinks on our list that uses Bourbon as a base. Bourbon is a common tasting note in some coffees, so it makes a natural ingredient for a coffee cocktail. See the full recipe here.
11. Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail
You knew there would be a cold brew cocktail, didn’t you? We love cold brew, and this cocktail has all the smoothness and sweetness of cold brew coffee behind it. It’s quite sweet but not too sweet, which can be a fine line to walk. See the full recipe here.
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