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Coffee Old Fashioned Cocktail Recipe (Elegant & Easy)

Coffee Old Fashioned with garnish

After a long day at work, enjoying a nice dinner and a smooth cocktail afterward is the perfect way to relax. One of the most popular drinks to make these evenings better is coffee old-fashioned. This smooth cocktail mixes alcohol and coffee to make it one of the best drinks for relaxation and unwinding. Below, we will share our coffee old-fashioned recipe. It is quick and easy to help you enjoy your evenings without tons of extra work involved.

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The Easiest Way to Make a Coffee Old Fashioned:


  • 1½ ounces bourbon whiskey
  • ½ ounce dark crème de cacao liqueur
  • 1½ ounces water, optional
  • 1 ounce chilled espresso
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bits
  • 3 whole coffee beans for garnish


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Ice
  • Old-fashioned glass (optional)
iced coffee cocktail
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1. Gather the ingredients

Collect all your materials for easy access during mixing.

2. Add ingredients to the cocktail shaker

Add the bourbon, crème de cacao, chilled espresso, simple syrup, orange bits, and water (if you choose) in your cocktail shaker.

3. Shake well

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker until mixed well.

4. Strain into a glass of ice

Strain shaken ingredients into an old-fashioned glass of ice.

5. Add garnish and enjoy

Add the 3 coffee beans for a nice garnish, drink, and enjoy.

The Coffee Old-Fashioned Experience

Coffee old-fashioned is a cocktail you can change quite easily. No matter which way you choose to make this lovely cocktail, the alcohol content remains reasonable and you can sip this drink to relax after a long day. Unlike recipes from the past, using new specialty coffee drinks can add a kick to this recipe you never realized you were missing.

a glass of coffee old fashioned
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Add Garnishes of Your Choice

Many people love adding coffee beans, as we did in this recipe, as a garnish to coffee old-fashioned. Luckily, however, this part of this classic beverage is very interchangeable. Whether you want a lemon or orange slice as your garnish, or stick to using the coffee beans as we did, you can make this drink more presentable or simply forgo the garnish and enjoy a light, after-dinner drink.

Choosing Additions You Prefer

When preparing to make coffee old-fashioned, remember everything can be tweaked to your preferences. Crème de cacao is available in both light and dark. If you prefer a lighter taste, then choosing the lighter version is your best option. When it comes to bourbon, using a brand you enjoy can make this light cocktail better on your palette. The most important thing about this recipe is using ingredients you enjoy to find the best taste for you.

Coffee Old Fashioned with garnish

Simple Coffee Old-Fashioned Recipe

Coffee old-fashioned is a great way to combine a classic recipe and today’s modern coffee drinks. This recipe can be switched up to your liking. The optional water can also be great to water down the drink for a lighter taste or you can avoid the water to experience the full taste and warmth of the original coffee old-fashioned.
5 star average
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes
Course Cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 108 kcal


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Old-fashioned glass (optional)


  • oz Bourbon whiskey
  • ½ oz Dark crème de cacao liqueur
  • oz Water optional
  • q oz Chilled espresso
  • ¼ oz Simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange bits
  • 3 whole coffee beans for garnish
  • Ice


  • Gather all ingredients.
  • Mix all liquid ingredients, including the water if you choose, and orange bits in a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain liquid into an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  • Add coffee beans for garnish if you choose, then drink and enjoy.


Calories: 108kcal

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While the coffee old-fashioned is a famous cocktail most people have enjoyed at some point in their lives, no recipe is the same. While our recipe is easy enough for anyone to try, feel free to make it your own and create a coffee old-fashioned drink you can enjoy for many evenings to come.

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Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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