There’s something about the combination of caffeine and alcohol that makes fun times even funner. The drowsiness that comes with a cocktail or two is nicely paired with the mood lift of a strong cup of coffee. Or any other infusion of booze. But if you’re like me — very grossed out by Red Bull-vodkas — consider the coffee cocktail, which goes so beyond Irish coffee. (Not that I’d kick an Irish coffee out of my bed.)
Here’s a few coffee cocktails you have to try.
A Coffee Old Fashioned
This bourbon-fruit bev is super-charged when you make it with a good espresso. The intensity of the strong coffee is a great complement to the complex flavor profile of your bourbon.
- 1 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey
- 1/2 ounce dark creme de cacao
- 1 1/2 ounces water
- 1 ounce espresso (chilled)
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Shake well with ice, pour into an old-fashioned glass.
Spiked Thai Iced Coffee
First of all, it’s impossible to even go to a Thai restaurant and not order Thai iced coffee. So as far as I’m concerned, making it alcoholic is really the most natural next step. This recipe adds amaretto to the mix and calls for a strong black coffee, so we recommend this 10-strength espresso.
- One cup strong espresso
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1 ounce amaretto
- crushed ice
- Pour the coffee into a large glass. Add the sugar, cardamom and amaretto. Stir to combine.
- Fill a second 12-ounce glass with crushed ice and pour in the coffee.
- Top with 1 tablespoon of cream
Cold Brew Cocktail
Cold brew is so cool and refreshing. It’s perfect for boozing up. This cold-brew bourbon drink is easy and refreshing. Use a light or medium roast coffee; lighter roasts offer up max flavor–they let you taste the fruit and earth in the bean, which pairs nicely with a flavorful spirit like bourbon. (Also, tip! For DELICIOUS and easy cold brew, get yourself a reusable nut milk bag — fill it with coffee, drop it in a pitcher of water and let it sit overnight. After 8 to 12 hours, pull the bag out and fill the rest of the pitcher with more water. It’ll keep for up to a week!)
- 2.5 oz cold brew coffee
- 1.25 oz bourbon
- .50 oz triple sec
- .50 oz maple syrup
- 1 oz cream
- orange peel for garnish
- Combine coffee, bourbon, triple sec, and maple syrup with ice in a shaker.
- Shake to mix.
- Strain into a rocks glass over ice, and top with cream.
- Add orange peel for garnish.