What better way to top off a delicious meal than with a coffee cocktail? Coffee is a staple of after-dinner drinks, and any self-respecting host will have a few coffee cocktail recipes up their sleeve to break out when they want to impress their guests. We put this guide together to help you build a solid repertoire of hot coffee cocktails so that you’re prepared next time you entertain family and friends.
1. Irish Coffee
Perhaps the most famous coffee cocktail, Irish coffee is a classic that has withstood the test of time. It only requires a few ingredients—whiskey, Irish cream, and coffee—but has a rich, smooth mouthfeel and crowd-pleasing flavor.
2. French Connection with Coffee
The French Connection is another classic cocktail recipe, and adding coffee makes it the perfect choice after a hearty meal. Besides coffee, you only need cognac and amaretto to make a French Connection, making this a quick and easy drink to make.
3. Italian Coffee Cocktail
Continuing our European-themed coffee cocktail tour, Italian coffee is the perfect choice if you’re looking for something unusual. Unlike Irish coffee or a French Connection with coffee, the Italian coffee cocktail uses a unique liqueur called Strega to craft a delightful, floral cocktail unlike any other.
4. Kentucky Coffee
There’s only one type of alcohol Kentucky is known for—Bourbon. Like Champagne, Bourbon technically must come from Bourbon Kentucky, leading many companies to sell Bourbon-style whiskey instead. Whatever you call it, adding a splash of Bourbon to your coffee is a great way to kick off a lively night. This recipe is super simple, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.
5. Hot White Russian
After the simplicity of the last recipe, we decided to be a bit more adventurous with this next one. This is the most involved recipe so far, but we think it’s more than worth it. The Hot White Russian is a deceptively strong drink because it is amazingly smooth and goes down easy. Be careful with this one.
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6. The Kitchen Sink Coffee Cocktail
This recipe sounds like something you might be offered at the local college’s dorms, but we promise, the ingredients aren’t randomly thrown together. Even though the recipe reads like someone is cleaning out their liquor cabinet, the result is a smooth, nuanced drink with a unique flavor. It is quite strong so tread lightly.
7. Café Don Juan
After the last few recipes, we figure it’s time to return to a simpler, more straightforward cocktail. Café Don Juan is a two-spirit drink that packs a powerful coffee punch. This is one of the only hot coffee cocktails we know of that uses both coffee liqueur and brewed coffee, and we love it.
8. Bavarian Coffee
Bavarian coffee is most popular during the winter thanks to its healthy helping of peppermint schnapps. However, despite the holiday-inspired flavor profile, Bavarian coffee is excellent any time of year.
9. Spanish Coffee
Spanish coffee is a unique coffee cocktail that tastes a little like an ice cream sundae, believe it or not. It uses vanilla coffee liqueur and rum to make a sweet, flavorful drink and is usually topped with whipped cream and a cherry, making it the perfect adults-only dessert.
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