9 Coffee Cocktails to Wake You Up & Chill You Out

Coffee isn't just for breakfast anymore. Add it to clever and tasty coffee cocktails.

Published March 7, 2023
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Get your buzz on, in more ways than one. Coffee cocktails are more than just Irish coffee, but let's be real - it's a fantastic coffee drink. Brew a pot of coffee, snag your cold brew from the fridge, or turn your cooled-off coffee into an iced coffee cocktail. Whatever your approach, these will get you to your coffee cocktail destination.

Sunday Funday Coffee Cocktail

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To brunch or not to brunch? Doesn't matter - you can enjoy this buzzing drink anytime of day, any day of the week. You can also stick to a classic coffee martini, too.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, peanut butter whiskey, coffee, and creme de cacao.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with three whole coffee beans.

Irish Coffee Cocktails

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So you like your Irish coffees. You can have it creamy with Baileys or another Irish cream, or keep it classic with an original.

Long Island Iced Coffee Cocktail

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No, you're not adding just a splash of iced coffee to this Long Island iced tea riff. But you will be adding several different boozes.

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce Irish cream
  • ¾ ounce vodka
  • ½ ounce coffee liqueur
  • ½ ounce rum
  • 3 ounces iced coffee
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces cream to top off

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add ice, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, vodka, rum, and coffee.
  2. Stir briefly to mix.
  3. Add cream.

Vodka Coffee Drinks

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Vodka makes for an excellent blank canvas when you're stirring or shaking up coffee cocktails. It's kind enough to let the other flavors shine.

Cold Brew and Whiskey Cocktail

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There are a few secrets to adding some flavor to your simple coffee cocktail. We recommend Shanky's Whip Irish whiskey, but feel free to use your favorite.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Shanky's Irish whiskey
  • 2-3 dashes cinnamon bitters
  • Ice
  • Cold brew to top off
  • Cream, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add ice, whiskey, and bitters.
  2. Top off with cold brew.
  3. Add cream to taste.
  4. Stir to mix.

Mexican Coffee

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Swap your vodka or whiskey for tequila instead, maybe even mezcal, for a smoky coffee cocktail that is the Mexican coffee.

Drunken Mocha Coffee Cocktail

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Coffee and chocolate are a match made in heaven, that's indisputable.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce chocolate syrup
  • ½ ounce vanilla liqueur
  • ½ ounce Irish cream
  • 5 ounces iced coffee
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, vodka, chocolate syrup, vanilla liqueur, Irish cream, and coffee.
  2. Shake well to mix and chill.
  3. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

Italian Coffee

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Almond and hazelnut take center stage in a coffee cocktail that isn't as boozy as its counterparts with the Italian coffee.

Buzz Buzz Coffee Martini

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More than your average coffee martini, it'll not only be the buzz of the table, but it'll be the most requested drink from your friends anytime they stop over.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces coffee-infused bourbon
  • ¾ ounce chilled coffee
  • ½ ounce caramel liqueur
  • 1-2 dashes almond bitters
  • Ice
  • Coffee beans for garnish

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coffee bourbon, coffee, caramel liqueur, and almond bitters.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with three whole coffee beans.

Abuzz With Taste and Caffeine

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You know that first sip of coffee in the morning, as the warmth rushes through your body and your soul blossoms to life? These are just like that, only they're the key to a budding brunch or a caffeinated happy hour cocktail. Whatever the hour, let's get buzzin'.

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9 Coffee Cocktails to Wake You Up & Chill You Out