Best Alcoholic Coffee Cocktail Recipes

Alcoholic Coffee Drinks

Alcohol and coffee seem like a match made in heaven, and indeed, the two have been mixed as long as coffee has been around.

We’ve broken down alcoholic coffee cocktails by the type of liqueur used.

  • Absinthe
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Wine

A shot of sugar is 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Admittedly, Kahlua is cheating a little since it’s a pre-made coffee-based liqueur, however many drinks can be improved by adding actual coffee to these recipes.

A standard “shot” of alcohol is 1.5 oz, so we’re using ounces below.

A standard “shot” of espresso is 2 oz, a “double” is 4 oz.

When looking into what type of coffee to use, the smoother coffees (eg. low acid coffee) typically work best to infuse the coffee flavor into the drink without overpowering it. This is in contrast to what is usually recommended by coffee snobs – acidity is a desirable feature in straight coffee – but not so much in mixed drinks.

Depending on your personal preferences, you may want to make the coffee flavor stand out more in a drink. This can be done without changing the ratios involved by making a double ristretto shot instead of a single espresso shot.

We also strongly recommend using coffee ice cubes in place of regular ice cubes for these drinks.

Kahlua and Coffee Cocktails

A collection of coffee liqueur cocktails, blending coffee or espresso with Kahlua.

Spanish Coffee (Carajillo) Recipe

The Spanish coffee originated as a war-time drink, combining rum and coffee to give the troops courage (coraje). It's been adopted and modified for the American tastes to include a coffee liqueur and whipped cream.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword carajillo
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 88 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur eg. Kahlua
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 6 oz Coffee hot brewed
  • Whipped cream optional
  • 1 Cherry

How to Make

  1. Combine coffee liqueuer and rum into glass

  2. Pour coffee into glass, stirring with a spoon

  3. Optionally: use a spoon to top with whipped cream, maintaining separation of ingredients. 

  4. Add cherry.

Recipe Notes

This Spanish Coffee recipe combines the best of coffee and alcohol into a pleasant after-dinner drink. The sweet liqueur and whipped cream means that typically sugar isn't needed.

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Coffee (Carajillo) Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 88
% Daily Value*
Sodium 4mg 0%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Sugars 7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Absinthe-Based Coffee Cocktails

Flying Frenchman Recipe

The Flying Frenchman recipe involves equal parts absinthe and a coffee liqueur, along with a shot of espresso.

Course Drinks
Cuisine English
Keyword flying frenchman
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 305 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Absinthe
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur eg. Kahlua
  • 2 oz Espresso fresh brewed

How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients over ice, and shake in tumblr

  2. Strain into glass

Recipe Notes

Serve in Coupe glass.

May be garnished with a star anise.

Nutrition Facts
Flying Frenchman Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value*
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 19g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Rum-Based Coffee Cocktails

Espresso Daiquiri Recipe

One of the simplest recipes you can make with rum and espresso is the Espresso Daiquiri. Hailing from Cuba, simply combine all the ingredients, mix, and serve!

Course Drinks
Cuisine Cuban
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Rum white
  • 3 oz Espresso
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients and mix

Vodka-Based Coffee Cocktails

Vodka Espresso Recipe

The vodka espresso isn't just two ingredients: try it and you'll be disappointed. Smooth out the flavor of these two strong drinks with an intermediary like a coffee liqueur, and just a bit of sugar.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Keyword vodka espresso
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 342 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1.5 oz Coffee Liqueur eg. Kahlua
  • 2 oz Espresso fresh brewed
  • 2 tbsp Sugar

How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients and mix

Nutrition Facts
Vodka Espresso Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 342
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 65mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
Sugars 43g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Black Russian Recipe

This twist on a white-russian dumps the milk, and replaces it with an almond liqueur.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Keyword black russian
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 291 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 0.75 oz Coffee Liqueur eg. Kahlua
  • 0.75 oz Almond Liqueuer eg. Amaretto
  • 2 oz Coffee fresh brewed
  • 1 tbsp Whipped cream
  • 1 tbsp Sugar

How to Make

  1. Combine Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Almond Liqueur, Coffee and Sugar in glass and mix

  2. Top with whipped cream

Nutrition Facts
Black Russian Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 291
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Sugars 29g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Wine-Based Coffee Cocktails

Russian Coffee

Also known as a "Caffe Russe", this unconventional combination of Vodka, Coffee and Red Wine packs more flavor than you've ever had in a drink.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Russian
Keyword caffe russe, russian coffee
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 200 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 2 oz Coffee
  • 2 oz Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup

How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients and mix

Nutrition Facts
Russian Coffee
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg 1%
Potassium 72mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Sugars 14g
Iron 5.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Simple Alcoholic Coffee Cocktails

The simplest coffee and alcohol are simply a combination of espresso or coffee and a liqueur.

Simple Alcoholic Coffee Recipe

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword alcoholic coffee
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 202 kcal
Author EspressoCoffeeGuide.com

Ingredients

  • 4 oz Espresso
  • 1.5 oz Liqueur eg. Baileys, Kahlua, Rum, Whiskey
  • 1 tbsp Sugar to taste

How to Make

  1. Combine ingredients and mix

Nutrition Facts
Simple Alcoholic Coffee Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 202
% Daily Value*
Sodium 19mg 1%
Potassium 130mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
Sugars 31g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

When using coffee in a recipe, we typically recommend using a strong-brewed coffee rather than regular brew. Increasing the amount of coffee grounds used or decreasing the water used (while increasing contact time) will do this. This is easiest to do in an aeropress, french press or pour-over coffee maker, while an automatic coffee maker may not be as adjustable.

Choosing a Coffee

Prepared from the roasted beans (seeds) of the coffee plant, coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages.

Coffee contains a number of plant-based compounds that are actually good for your health, and can help protect from liver damage caused by alcohol!

There are also beverages made from the coffee cherry – either the dried fruit (known as Cascara) or the ground fruit, having been made into coffee flour, can be added as a supplement to nutrition shakes.

Coffee Brewing Methods

Coffee is prepared by one of numerous brewing methods using hot water to extract the flavor components from the roasted ground coffee beans, which are the seeds of the coffee plant found at the center of the coffee cherry (fruit).

The ratio of water to ground coffee used to create the optimal coffee beverage strength from a particular type of coffee brewing equipment is known as the brewing formula.

Alcohol is brewed in a number of different ways as well, each of which varies based on the type of alcohol and the region in which its produced.

Coffee Roast

Some of the chemical components of coffee beans are affected by the roasting process while others are not. Some compounds related to the coffee’s aroma are created during roasting.

When hot water is added to roasted, ground coffee beans, both nonvolatile taste components and volatile aroma components are extracted from the grounds.

Coffee Flavor Components

Among the nonvolatile taste components are trigonelline, chlorogenic acid, amino acids, phenolic acids, carbohydrates, minerals and the alkaloid caffeine, which is the principal cause of the physiological effects of coffee on the human body. Caffeine has a mild to strong stimulating effect depending on the amount consumed.

Among the volatile aroma components extracted are organic acids, ketones, esters, amines, and mercaptans.

Coffee and Espresso Brewing Tips

For tips on brewing the best cup of coffee you ever had see our detailed section on Coffee Brewing. You can also read detailed specialty coffee taste profiles in our Gourmet Coffees sections, then move on to read the easy-to-follow instructions on preparing fabulous Espresso Drink Recipes.

For step-by-step instructions on pulling amazing espresso shots please see Pulling A Perfect Espresso Shot and then hone your master barista skills by reading How to make a Latte.

To get an idea of how many calories your drink will end up with, check out our article on how many calories are in your coffee

 

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