Two Worlds Apart Mixed Into One: A Beginner’s Guide to Coffee Cocktails

A beginner’s guide to coffee cocktails_1

Are you someone who loves to drink coffee, like me? Are you also someone who loves to drink a cocktail on a Saturday night? If so, I might be able to blow your mind. In today’s article, what I am going to be doing is taking one world and mixing it with another, I can see you’re shaking with excitement, is this true? The answer is yes, let’s explore the best of the best in the world of coffee cocktails. I am a lover of coffee (if you haven’t guessed from my previous articles), and my partner is a huge fan of cocktails, one night we conducted some important googling and found a whole world of coffee cocktails.

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Guide to Coffee Cocktails

Cocktail set including shaker, glasses, board, and cocktail knife

What you’ll need:

Before I start listing all the coffee-infused cocktails that I know, there are a few little tips I can give you to set you up correctly. No, I’m not going to turn you into a bartender flipping cocktail shakers around the house, before you ask.

 Firstly, you need to drink a coffee cocktail in something different than your standard coffee. You’ll need a cocktail glass. Any will do, a lot of guides online specify a high-ball or a wine glass, but at home we only have high-balls and to be honest, they work fine.

Another thing you will need is a cocktail shaker that will allow you to add all your ingredients and combine them and pour them out into your glass without everything coming out at once. You don’t need to get a fancy cocktail maker set unless you want to, just any old shaker will do.

Lastly, I’d recommend you have a board that can be used to cut, dice, and prepare all of the garnishes you’re using for your cocktail and a sharp knife and peeler depending on what you decide to put into it. For example, you may use a peeler to get an orange peel. Alternatively, your hands will work for peeling, not as a knife replacement, unfortunately.

Espresso Martini Recipe

The Vodka Martini is a classic cocktail that has a history and place on bars around the world. Today, we take this legendary classic and infuse it with coffee. You may not look like James bond while drinking this, but you can certainly pretend to be him like I do.

Vodka Martini with Espresso

What you’ll need:

  • 100g Golden Caster sugar – you’ll use this for making sugar syrup.
  • 100ml Vodka – try not to get a cheap Vodka as this is a huge element of taste for this drink. A standard Smirnoff Vodka will do.
  • 50ml of freshly brewed espresso coffee – you know what we will say to you as a coffee blog, make sure you brew this to perfection, using your best beans.
  • Ice
  • 50ml coffee liqueur – there are many brands on the market that all compete at around the same quality level. For the sake of it, we used Kahlua.
  • Cocktail shaker
  • 4/5 coffee beans – optional for final garnish (if you want an extra caffeine hit, which, you should do!)

The method:

  1. Start off your Espresso Martini by making your sugar syrup. Put your caster sugar in a pan on a medium heat and pour over around 50ml of water. Bring to a boil whilst stirring.
  2. Once at a boil, turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. At this point, you could put your cocktail glass in the fridge, this is completely optional, however.
  3. When your sugar syrup is cold, pour 1 tbsp into your cocktail shaker with your ice, vodka, espresso, and coffee liqueur. Shake until you can feel the ice on the outside of your cocktail shaker.
  4. Strain your Espresso Martini into your chilled glasses, and, enjoy! You can add an extra caffeine hit by garnishing with a few coffee beans.

Cream baileys coffee cocktail

Cream Cocktail Coffee

Everyone has experienced a creamy baileys drink, right? If you haven’t, you are seriously missing out. Luckily for you, I am about to mix this creamy heaven with coffee for a serious contender on the coffee cocktails list. There is vodka in this cocktail which can be removed if you want it to be pure baileys and cream cocktail, this will lower the alcohol content.

What you’ll need:

  • 150ml carton of double cream – any from your supermarket will do, this helps consistency more than taste.
  • 5/8 tbsp Baileys cream – depending on how much alcohol you want in your drink.
  • 125ml – of strong coffee that’s slightly cooled.
  • 4tbsp of Vodka – any will do, Smirnoff is a great middle ground for price and quality.
  • 4tbsp of coffee liqueur – we use Kahlua
  • 4/6 coffee beans to garnish as a finish – optional

The method:

  1. Start with your cream, lightly whip until it is slightly thickened. Then, stir in your baileys cream and whip again. If you find the mixture is too thick now add a dash of water to thin the mixture. You want a thick, creamy pouring consistency.
  2. Divide your coffee, vodka, and Kahlua between 4 glasses or however many you’re serving. Carefully use a spoon and add your cream into the mix and finally, sprinkle a few coffee beans to decorate your drink and increase the intensity of coffee.
  3. This is a perfect recipe to serve with biscuits like Italian amaretti or biscotti. Any snack that goes well with cream could work here like cheese, for example.  
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Coffee cocktails with star biscuits

Creamy Coffee Cocktail with biscuits

This is a recipe I found online that combines three of my all-time favorite things to consume, coffee, alcohol, and biscuits! Not only does this cocktail taste great, but the design is also awesome enough to leave your friends questioning that you made it, at least my friends did, anyway. Although they look challenging and there are more ingredients because of the biscuits, you’ll be surprised just how easy they are to make.

What you’ll need for the biscuits:

  • 200g of soft butter
  • 140g of caster sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 280g of plain flour – usually best to add a little extra for when you are rolling flour.

What you’ll need for the cocktails:

  • 50ml of strong coffee that’s cooled
  • 1 tbsp of Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 tbsp of double cream
  • Cocoa powder for a dusting

The method:

  1. Stir together the butter, egg yolk, sugar and the vanilla using ideally a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, it’s best to use your hands at this point. Flour a surface and tip the mixture onto the surface and bring together in a smooth dough.
  2. Roll out the dough, and stamp out 5-6cm stars, you can cut them if you don’t have a star shape. Keep re-rolling the remaining dough, there should be enough for 40 or so biscuits. Cut out a thin triangle about 2cm long and ½cm wide at one of the indents of each star biscuit you’ve made. Arrange on trays lined with baking paper, cover with cling film and chill for around 30 mins.
  3. Pre-heat your oven to 200C/180C fan/ gas 6. Take the biscuits out, remove the cling film and bake until they’re a golden brown, this should take around 10 minutes. Cool the biscuits, then dust with icing sugar.
  4. Mix coffee with Kahula in your cocktail glass, ideally a martini glass, if you have one. Slowly pour your double cream in, you can use the back of a teaspoon so that it settles gently on top of your coffee. Dust with your cocoa and serve with a star biscuit slotted onto the glass if you’ve done them right, they should stay on! – they key word is should, mine fell in the glass, oh well.

Dark and Stormy coffee cocktail

Dark and Stormy Coffee Cocktail

This cocktail has an intriguing name, and I promise you, the taste will blow your mind. At first glance, you’ll see why this coffee cocktail has been awarded this name as a mix with dark rum and tequila, and it is sure to get you in high spirits. If you’re a fan of rum and coffee, this cocktail is going to send your taste buds to another dimension, and, best of all, its super and I mean super easy to make, you’ll see what I mean when you finally see the method below.

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml Dark rum of your choice – I personally use Kraken or Goslings
  • 25ml Tequila – aim for a Blanco Tequila so the taste of the Dark rum isn’t overpowered (if you prefer rum)
  • Ginger beer
  • 2 tbsp of freshly brewed espresso coffee
  • A handful of ice

The method:

  1. Fill a cocktail glass (a highball is preferred but not necessary) with ice and pour in the dark rum and tequila. Stir in your ginger beer and finish by adding the espresso
  2. There isn’t a step 2, after completing step one you’ve successfully made a Dark and Stormy coffee cocktail! I told you this was a simple yet brilliant coffee cocktail to make.
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Coffee Cocktail Sour

As you can guess from the name, this coffee cocktail has a sour taste to it with intense flavors like cinnamon and spiced rum in the mix. Spiced rum is a drink that pairs exceptionally well with coffee, and this came as a surprise to me due to the intensity of both drinks. This coffee cocktail is more of a sipping cocktail and can be made in under 10 minutes.

Coffee Cocktail Sour

What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp of ground coffee
  • 5 cardamom pods, bruised (save 2 to garnish at the end)
  • Strip of lemon peel
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 20g egg whites
  • 75ml spiced rum – I used Dead Man Fingers spiced rum
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Angostura bitters – this is an optional flavoring

The method:

  1. Add your coffee grounds to a pan with 250ml of water. Add the cardamom pods, lemon peel, cloves and finally your cinnamon stick. Bring all of this to a boil, then, strain through a standard sieve lined with some kitchen paper and leave to cool.
  2. Pour roughly 50ml of your coffee mix into your cocktail shaker, add your ice, egg whites, lemon juice and spiced rum. Shake like you really mean it for roughly 1-2 minutes and then strain into a cocktail glass of your choice. Ideally, you will have a martini glass for this coffee cocktail.
  3. You can decorate this coffee cocktail with your left-over cardamom pods and the angostura bitters can be added now if you have it.

Black Russian Coffee Cocktail

A black Russian Coffee cocktail

We couldn’t create a coffee cocktail list and leave out the mighty black Russian. This cocktail is supposed to be made with coffee, unlike the others which have been adapted to have coffee added to them.

The base of a black Russian is made with cola and vodka. The cola and coffee are what award this coffee cocktail with the black in its name. Traditionally, you’d want to use an old-fashioned glass like a Tumblr for this one to finish the look and feel of the black Russian coffee cocktail. Also, like a few above, this coffee cocktail is incredibly easy to make!

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml of a vodka of your choice. We are using Smirnoff
  • 25ml coffee liqueur
  • 1 cherry – ideally you will use a maraschino cherry
  • Cold cola to add at the end to top up your drink
  • Ice

The method:

  1. Start by adding your vodka and coffee liqueur into your Tumblr or chosen cocktail glass which should be filled with your ice. Stir gently for up to a minute to let the two drinks fuse together.
  2. Add the cherry into your drink. If you prefer a long cocktail or find the vodka is too strong you can add some cola into your cocktail now. Add a splash each time and sip until you get your desired taste. Too much cola and you will take away from the vodka.
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White Russian Coffee cocktail with cream

White Russian Coffee cocktail with cream

This coffee cocktail is like its black counterpart that it earns its name well. If you make this white Russian coffee cocktail correctly, your glass should be filled with a cream explosion waiting to be consumed. Below the cream, you’ll see hints of dark rum and maple syrup, which pair perfectly with cream and other garnishes, making this coffee cocktail a top contender on the list today.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 tbsp of ground coffee, use any of your choice
  • 250ml of a dark rum – we’ve used the Kraken
  • Maple syrup – I recommend 2 tbsp but use depending on how powerful you want it to taste
  • Ice
  • A vanilla pod
  • 150ml of cream – ideally use double cream for this recipe
  • 150ml vodka – see if you can find a milk vodka and if not, any will do

The method:

  1. Add your ground coffee into a bowl and follow up by adding your rum and cover and steep for around 24h until infused. Once infused, strain this into a jug through a sieve lined with kitchen paper to catch the grounds, stir your maple syrup into the rum in the jug.
  2. To complete the cocktail, take four cocktail glasses (ideally Tumbler’s) and pour 25ml of the maple syrup rum mix into each of them, add ice cubes.
  3. In a separate jug, mix the seeds from the vanilla pod, the cream you’re using and vodka, you can keep the vanilla pods for garnish.
  4. Pour a ¼ of your boozy creamy mix into each Tumbler evenly until there is none left. Try to do this slowly to allow the cream to create a layer on top and float on the coffee liqueur you’ve created below.
  5. You can garnish each of these with a bit of the vanilla pod you saved if you wanted to, although this is just optional, the above points are what make this coffee cocktail unique.
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Reverse Espresso Martini

If you’re a fan of our standard Espresso Martini mentioned above, then you’ll love this modern twist version of it, which incorporates baileys cream. If you’re someone who likes Baileys, then this coffee cocktail will be for you. Not only will it taste better than the standard espresso martini, but it is also easier to make. You will need half the ingredients, and half the time to make this version, you’re welcome!

Reverse Espresso Martini

What you’ll need:

  • 30ml of freshly brewed espresso
  • 50ml Vodka of your choice, we are using Smirnoff
  • 25ml of baileys – you can increase this and decrease the vodka if you prefer the texture and taste of baileys.

The method:

  1. Freeze the espresso in an ice cube tray until frozen solid, if you don’t have an ice cube tray you could use a baking tray which has small shapes that you don’t mind going into the freezer.
  2. Pour your desired amount of vodka and baileys into a cocktail shaker with ice in. Shake hard for a minute or so then strain into a cocktail glass, ideally a Tumblr or Martini glass.
  3. To finish, add your coffee ice cubes just before serving, 3-4 will work for a Tumblr and 2-3 for a Martini glass.  

Hot boozy coffee cocktail

To finish up, we are teaching you about a coffee cocktail that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside, in a good way, trust me. This recipe will see you mixing brandy and whipped cream to which will give you an intense cocktail flavor softened by the addition of the cream on top. If you didn’t know this was a coffee cocktail, this drink is easily mistaken for a hot chocolate, sounds good, right?

Hot boozy coffee cocktail

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml of a brandy of your choice, we are using a Courvoisier brandy
  • 25ml of an alcohol liqueur of your choice, we are using Grand Marnier
  • 25ml of a coffee liqueur like Kahlua
  • 150ml of hot brewed coffee
  • An orange peel
  • As much whipped cream as you desire on top
  • 1tbsp sugar – optional if you’d like to increase the sweetness

The method:

  1. Add your whipped cream to a baking bowl and whip with a whisk. Whip until it softens and if you’d like, add sugar here.
  2. With your orange peel, lightly burn with a lighter or use a gas stove, this will help the flavour as the oils come out.
  3. Now, pour your brandy, Kalhua, Grand Marnier, and freshly brewed coffee into your cocktail glass of choice, you could even use a mug. Use the lightly cooked orange peel to stir.
  4. Optional – you can add even more whipped cream on top to finish, this will ensure your drink flows throw the whipped cream as you drink, which, is lovely by the way!
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Affogato based Coffee martini

Affogato is known as an Italian dessert that has been around for longer than any of us, and for a good reason, it’s a distinctive style of desert. Affogato usually is served as a scoop of gelato or ice cream that is often drowned in hot espresso. All we need to do is take this traditional Italian dessert and add some alcohol to it. This is my personal favorite as I love ice cream, alcohol, and coffee; it’s a win, win, and win for me!

Affogato Based Coffee Martini

What you’ll need:

  • 50ml of Vodka – we are using a vanilla based vodka to mix with the ice cream
  • 150ml of cream de cocoa
  • 25ml of Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream – you can of course change the flavor if you’re adventurous
  • Ice

The method:

  1. Add your vanilla vodka, about 20ml of your cream de cocoa and your Kahlua coffee liqueur into your cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake until you feel the outside of your shaker is cold
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass, we recommend a martini glass (obviously) and top it off with a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Serve with a spoon and enjoy!

There are 10 coffee-based cocktails for you to enjoy, all with easy to get ingredients and are relatively easy to make, even for a cocktail beginner, like us! We really hope you enjoyed this article on coffee cocktails and look forward to seeing your results from trying each one! Comment below which of the 10 is your favorite and let us know if you’ve added your own twist to it!

Ivan is a 24-year old graphic design and computer science student from Serbia who loves driving motorcycle in his free time and is absolutely obsessed with nature, sports and hanging out with friends.

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