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All the Buzz on Coffee Cocktails: 6 Recipes

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re sucker for the one drink that jumpstarts your day: coffee! Trust us when we say: same. Here at Swig, we are coffee fiends, and always have a warm mug in hand.

Coffee is not just for the mornings. In fact—your favorite bean can also be used to make delicious alcoholic cocktail creations.

There are several alcoholic coffee drinks out there, and we’re here to highlight a few favorites that you can learn to make on your own. So, grab your favorite beans and coffee machine…and let’s get bartending!

Swig’s 6 Buzzworthy Coffee Cocktail Recipes

1. Siciliano 

Italian vermouth and cold brew coffee cocktail

Photo Credit: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot

If you’re not sure whether you want a cup of joe or an Italian cocktail, this Siciliano recipe from Bon Appetit is just the cocktail for you.  

  • Mix of 1.5 oz. amaro, 2 oz. vermouth, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 1.5 oz. of cold-brew coffee in a glass cup. 

  • Add club soda and a couple of ice cubes to the mix.

Voila! You can serve with an orange wheel as the finishing touch. 

Coffee cocktail in small cup with handle

2. Morning Rooster

If you fancy a coffee cocktail to wake you up, you need to try this recipe from Cosmopolitan. 

  • Make a mix with 1c. heavy cream, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 2 tbsp. agave nectar in a bowl. Stir the mixture until firm. 

  • Add ½ oz. of coffee liqueur, 8 oz. coffee, and 1.5 oz. of tequila into a mug. 

  • Top the cocktail with cream and garnish it with grated nutmeg. 

3. Haute and Steamy

Coffee and alcohol cocktail with whipped cream

Photo Credit: Marlene Baird

Whether you’re a coffee alcohol aficionado or a beginner experimenting with unique cocktails, this recipe from Nosh My Way is a must-try. All you need is some chocolate vodka and hot coffee to match. 

  • Mix 1.5 oz. of the vodka and 6 oz. of coffee into a mug and stir.

  • Add a scoop of caramel sauce and whipped cream to the mix for a sweet topping. 

Gingerbread irish coffee

4. Gingerbread Irish Coffee

This seasonal drink is perfect for a cold winter night (or morning, we don’t judge). To whip up this wonderful Irish coffee cocktail from Cosmopolitan, you need: 

  • whipped cream

  • 4 oz. coffee

  • 2 oz. Baileys Original Irish Cream

  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Mix pumpkin pie spice and Irish cream into your favorite mug. Pour in coffee, stir a bit, and add a scoop of whipped cream. Your cocktail is served. 

5. Espresso Martini

Espresso martini with coffee beans on top

Arguably the most classic of the coffee cocktails, this espresso martini recipe is perfect for any night out.  You'll need some freshly made espresso, coffee liqueur, vodka, and salt.

  • Add 1.5 oz. vodka, 1 oz. espresso, 2/3 oz. coffee liqueur and a pinch of salt to a cocktail shaker.

  • Add ice and shake.

  • Strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with 3 whole coffee beans to get the full effect!

Red cocktail with whipped cream

Photo Credit: MyDish

6. Paradise Found

Paradise Found is an easy cocktail sure to become your next go-to coffee creation. To prepare this drink from My Dish, all you need is whipped cream, sugar, butterscotch schnapps, spiced rum, and cold-brew coffee. 

  • Combine 1 oz. each of the rum and schnapps with 6 oz. of coffee. 

  • Pour the mixture into a tumbler containing ice cubes and stir gently.

  • Add a scoop of whipped cream and it’s ready to drink. 

Every coffee fanatic needs a buzz once in a while, and these cocktails are sure to do just the trick!

Get your fall on and check out our 10 Cozy Fall Drink Recipes. 

Sip your coffee in style. Shop Swig! 


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