While the combination of caffeine and liquor might summon a side eye from some, there are a number cozy sips and ultra-craft cocktails that are created using a combination of booze and coffee. There are classic cocktails like the Irish Coffee, a decadent blend of Irish whiskey, cream, brown sugar and hot coffee. You can even get your hands on spirits like Kahlua and Grand Brulot, which are both made using coffee.
If you're in the market for a cozy coffee cocktail, the libations ahead should do just the trick.
The Recipe: Espresso Martini
The Hero Ingredient: Kahlua, a liquor made from 100% arabica coffee, gives the Espresso Martini an added punch of coffee flavor.
Pro Tip: Simple syrup is a key ingredient in many cocktails, but A Couple Cooks reveal that you can leave the simple syrup alone for this sweet-enough cocktail. "Many Espresso Martini recipes have simple syrup, including the official IBA definition. But we found that extra sweetener isn’t necessary. This cocktail is sweet enough with the Kahlua alone (promise)," the pair explains.
Why We Love It: With two out of three ingredients that are coffee or coffee-based, the Espresso Martini is a must for coffee connoisseurs.
Double Irish Trouble
The Recipe: Double Irish Trouble
The Hero Ingredient: The classic Irish Coffee cocktail gets a delicious makeover with the addition of coffee ice cream for this boozy milkshake.
Pro Tip: While it's not included in your standard Irish Coffee cocktail, be sure to add a nice helping of Bailey's to your Double Irish Trouble. "A take on the Irish Coffee cocktail, this adult milkshake adds a delicious surprise of Bailey's Irish Cream," says Boulder Locavore's Toni Dash.
Why We Love It: If your favorite cocktail can be turned into milkshake-form, there's usually little not to love.
The Recipe: White Russian
The Hero Ingredient: There aren't many cocktails that call for milk (or cream), but its addition in the White Russian creates a truly decadent sip.
Pro Tip: If you're unsure of whether to use cream or milk in your White Russian, simply opt for milk over cream if you want a lighter cocktail, and vice versa. "Want to make a lighter version of the White Russian? Use 2% milk or whole milk," says A Couple Cooks.
Why We Love It: With the richness that results from the use of both Kahlua and cream, The White Russian is nearly dessert in a glass.
Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte
The Recipe: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte
The Hero Ingredient: A homemade pumpkin syrup, comprised of pumpkin puree, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, gives this cocktail an authentic pumpkin spice flavor.
Pro Tip: Cooks With Cocktails provide a handful of options for those who prefer not to use bourbon as their base spirit. "If you want to make spiked coffee (who doesn’t?!) we really love the bourbon for this," the duo explains. "But if you don’t want bourbon coffee, you can use what floats your boat: spiced rum, regular rum – the dark stuff would be best, vodka, espresso vodka (YES!), baileys or carolyns – only if you like really sweet coffee."
Why We Love It: Given its popularity, the Pumpkin Spice Latte has been served in a variety of ways, but this boozy version takes the cake with its homemade pumpkin syrup and boozy base.
Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
The Recipe: Vanilla Chai Tea White Russian
The Hero Ingredient: Chai tea simple syrup provides a twist on the White Russian with notes of chai tea, vanilla and honey.
Pro Tip: Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest offers a few suggestions on when it might be ideal to indulge in this drink. "For whatever reason, I see this as more of an after dinner kind of drink, but obviously you can serve it any time of day. It would be a great brunch cocktail too," she says.
Why We Love It: The coffee element remains thanks to the Kahlua, but this cocktail is gifted with a marvelous vanilla chai tea flavor that creates an intriguing libation.
The North Pole Cocktail
The Recipe: The North Pole Cocktail
The Hero Ingredient: With a number of dessert-y ingredients present in The North Pole Cocktail, the addition of ginger adds a welcome kick of spice.
Pro Tip: Molasses and ginger might not be your typical cocktail ingredients, but Half Baked Harvest's Tieghan Gerard swears by them in this sip. "The key to this cocktail is the molasses and pinch of ginger. It makes the drink sweet, gingery and all things cozy," she divulges.
Why We Love It: The boozy version of having your cake and eating it too, this cocktail is chockfull of decadent ingredients like chocolate syrup, heavy cream and Kahlua.
Double Orange Kahlua And Coffee
The Recipe: Double Orange Kahlua And Coffee
The Hero Ingredient: Orange isn't necessarily a flavor that comes to mind when thinking of coffee, but the orange simple syrup and orange whipped cream in the Double Orange Kahlua And Coffee pairs oh so well with fresh-brewed coffee.
Pro Tip: Hola Jalapeno's Kate Ramos offers a quick tip for those who don't want to make orange simple syrup and have candied orange peels on hand. "If you have made the Candied Orange Peel you can use the leftover orange syrup for this drink and garnish the drink with some small strips of the peel," she says.
Why We Love It: This recipe flaunts an unexpected pairing of flavors that will have you eager for your second cup.
The Recipe: Cabernet Latte
The Hero Ingredient: A cabernet syrup adds sweetness and complexity to this caffeinated sip.
Pro Tip: How Sweet Eats' Jessica Merchant reveals that you can use your red wine of choice for the Cabernet Latte. "Grab a red wine you reeeeeally like and use a bit of it to make this syrup. It doesn’t have to be a Cab. It can be a Pinot Noir, which is my red of choice," she says.
Why We Love It: The trio of espresso, chocolate and red wine is sophisticated yet delicious.
The Recipe: Peppermint Mochaccino
The Hero Ingredient: Peppermint extract provides the minty flavor that pairs effortlessly with the coffee and dark chocolate flavors.
Pro Tip: Pickled Plum's Caroline Phelps offers this suggestion on how to amp up your garnish game: "Add freshly chopped mint to impress your guests and add even more winter green freshness!"
Why We Love It: With both mint and mocha, the Peppermint Mochaccino will truly awaken your tastebuds.
Eggnog White Russian
The Recipe: Eggnog White Russian
The Hero Ingredient: A seasonal favorite, eggnog makes a great addition to a White Russian for those who prefer something other than milk or cream.
Pro Tip: Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats provides tips on how to combat the thickness of the eggnog. "The eggnog is super thick and creamy so you only need a small glass. And serving it over crushed ice is just delicious," she reveals.
Why We Love It: With its creamy consistency and rich taste, the Eggnog White Russian is ideal for the dessert-loving, milkshake-sipping crowd.