The Best Alcoholic Coffee Drinks You Can Make at Home

Coffee and alcoholic drinks are probably not something that you would think of mixing. Both beverages are good separately but, you can also have coffee and alcoholic drinks are something you can enjoy at the same time!

No, I’m not talking about having two glasses – one for coffee and one for your alcoholic drink. I’m talking about mixing coffee and alcohol for a great pick-me-up drink but with that fun spike of booze!

In this article, I will be talking about some of the best alcoholic coffee drinks that you can make at home with ingredients that you can easily buy at your local supermarket or online.

In this article:

  • Irish Coffee
  • Affogato Martini
  • Mexican Coffee
  • Coffee Old Fashioned
  • Cold Brew Sangria

Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee is a classic alcoholic coffee drink that has a rich and sweet flavor profile. You’ll get to taste the coffee while having hints of citrus, vanilla, and the sweet flavor of whiskey.

Of course, the taste of the Irish coffee will depend on your coffee brew and brand of whiskey. You can use whatever coffee roast and whiskey you like. Even instant coffee can work if that’s all you have.

To make Irish coffee, you will only need four ingredients: 

  • Brewed coffee (1 cup) 
  • 1 ½ oz Irish whiskey 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar 
  • Whipped cream 

Irish coffee is very easy to make and you only need less than 10 minutes to whip this up.

To make Irish Coffee:

  1. Brew your coffee using your preferred brewing method. 
  2. Add the brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar into a mug. Combine the ingredients until the sugar has dissolved. 
  3. Top your drink with whipped cream and enjoy!

You can adjust the measurements based on how sweet or how strong you like your Irish coffee to be. Add more whiskey if you want more booze. You can also use honey or maple syrup as a sweetener.

If it’s a hot day, you can even make an iced Irish coffee. Just add ice to the combined ingredients and you have a refreshing spiked coffee on a hot, summer day.

Affogato Martini

If you want coffee, alcohol, and dessert in one mug, then you have to make an affogato martini. This alcoholic coffee drink has the rich flavors of espresso, sweet and creamy vanilla ice cream, and a strong alcoholic flavor from the vodka.

When making an affogato martini, you want to use an espresso shot to get that strong coffee flavor. But, if you don’t have an espresso machine, you can brew coffee using a drip coffee machine. 

You just want to make sure that you also use high-quality dark roast. Brewing coffee using a moka pot or a French press can also give you something similar to an espresso shot.

The ingredients you need to make an affogato martini are:

  • A single espresso shot (about 1 oz.) 
  • 1 oz of vodka 
  • ½ oz of coffee liqueur 
  • 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream 
  • A couple of ice cubes 

You will also need a cocktail shaker to mix everything together.

To make an affogato martini:

  1. Brew one shot of espresso. You can also brew coffee using your preferred brewing method if you don’t have an espresso machine. 
  2. Add the espresso shot, vodka, coffee liqueur, and ice into a cocktail shaker. Shake the ingredients until combined. 
  3. Add 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream to a glass. 
  4. Pour the contents of the cocktail shaker into the glass over the vanilla ice cream. 
  5. Enjoy!

To make your affogato martini a little extra, you can top it off with chocolate shavings. You can also opt to chill the glass for a couple of minutes in the fridge before making the affogato martini. This way, you get an extra cold drink!

Related: The Amount of Caffeine in an Average Shot of Espresso

Mexican Coffee Cocktail

For something strong with a hint of sweetness and warmth, the Mexican cocktail has hints of cinnamon along with the flavors of tequila and coffee liqueur. If you want to turn this into a sweet treat, you can even add whipped cream on top.

For the ingredients, you will need: 

  • Brewed coffee (1 cup) 
  • ½ oz of tequila 
  • 1 oz of coffee liqueur 
  • Cinnamon powder 
  • Whipped cream (optional)

To make a Mexican coffee cocktail:

  1. Brew coffee using your preferred brewing method. 
  2. In a mug, combine tequila and coffee liqueur. 
  3. Add the brewed coffee to the tequila and coffee liqueur mixture and stir gently. 
  4. Top off with whipped cream and sprinkle some cinnamon powder on top. 
  5. Enjoy!

For some variations, you can opt to add vanilla ice cream instead of whipped cream to make it extra creamy. You can also add orange liqueur to give your drink a citrusy flavor.

Cold Brew Old Fashioned

If you have prepared cold brew beforehand and wondering how you can make it a little extra, why not try some cold brew old-fashioned? This is a refreshing cold alcoholic coffee drink that has a sweet flavor from the maraschino cherries and a citrusy flavor from the orange slices.

To make cold brew old-fashioned, you will need: 

  • 2 oz of cold brew 
  • 1 oz of water 
  • 2 oz of bourbon 
  • 1 to 2 dashes of orange bitters 
  • ½ oz of simple syrup 
  • 1 maraschino cherry 
  • 1 orange slice 
  • A couple of ice cubes

How to make cold brew old-fashioned:

  1. In a glass, combine cold brew, water, orange bitters, bourbon, and simple syrup. 
  2. Add a couple of ice cubes and finish the drink off with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Related: The Best Coffee Beans for Cold Brew in 2024

Cold Brew Sangria 

If you are more of a red wine person, this cold brew sangria is perfect for you. This alcoholic coffee drink is great to keep you refreshed on a warm day.

You will need a couple of ingredients but making this drink will be worth your time. To make a cold-brew sangria, you will need:

  • 2 cups of cold-brew coffee 
  • 4 oz of tequila 
  • 2 oz of orange liqueur 
  • ½ teaspoon of simple syrup 
  • A couple of sliced fruits like apples, oranges, and grapes.

How to make cold brew sangria:

  1. Add cold brew coffee, tequila, simple syrup, and orange liqueur into a pitcher. Stir everything together until combined. 
  2. Add in the sliced fruits and stir to combine. 
  3. Place the cold brew sangria in the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes. 
  4. After 30 minutes, serve in a glass over ice, and enjoy!

For the cold brew sangria, you can experiment with whatever fruits you like. You can add mangoes, pineapples, peaches, and even strawberries. If you want your drink to be sweeter, you can also definitely add more simple syrup.

Wrapping Up

And, there you have it! 5 different alcoholic coffee drinks that you can make at home!

Whether you prefer a hot or cold drink, there is an alcoholic coffee drink for you to try. If you are a lover of coffee and alcoholic drinks, why not give these recipes a try and see which ones will be your next favorite drink?

But, make sure to not drink alcoholic coffee drinks all the time. The coffee can mask the alcoholic flavor and you may end up impaired by alcohol. When alcohol is involved, always drink responsibly!

With these recipes, you can always adjust the measurements based on your preference. Next time you are craving coffee and alcohol at the same time, remember you can always have the best of both worlds in one glass!


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