The Best Coffee and Espresso Cocktails to Make Right Now

Consider swapping out your usual mixed drink for a coffee-focused cocktail.

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Try one of these coffee and espresso-focused cocktails.

The espresso martini is having a moment right now, but what about other coffee-centric cocktails? As the temperature continue to drop and we inch towards the holiday season, consider swapping out your usual mixed drink for a coffee-focused cocktail, which not only feels oh-so-fitting for the coziest time of year, but also has the added benefit of offering a bit of a post-dinner drink pick-me-up. Plus, it’s so much more fun than a boring old cup of coffee. Not sure about where to start with an alcohol-and-coffee drink concoction? We’ve got you covered. Below, see the best coffee and espresso libations to try this season.

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The Best Coffee Cocktail Recipes

Baileys Chocolate Mocha Martini
Baileys Chocolate Mocha Martini. Noah Fecks

Baileys Chocolate Mocha Martini

Ingredients:

1.5 oz. Baileys Chocolate Irish Cream Liqueur
.75 oz vodka
1 oz fresh espresso
.25 oz simple syrup
Espresso beans, for garnish

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake; fine strain into a coupe or martini glass. Garnish with three espresso beans.

Glendalough Signature Irish Coffee
Glendalough Signature Irish Coffee.

Glendalough Signature Irish Coffee

Ingredients: 

2 tsp demerara sugar
4 oz freshly brewed coffee
2 oz Double Barrel Glendalough Irish Whiskey
Fresh heavy cream
Coffee beans, for garnish

Directions:

Pour freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup. Add sugar and whiskey. Stir all ingredients together; top with heavy cream. Garnish with coffee beans.

espresso martini with candy cane
Espresso Mint-Tini. Mr Black

Espresso Mint-Tini 

Courtesy Mr Black National Brand Ambassador Stephen Kurpinsky

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur 
.75 oz Tequila Don Julio Reposado
1 oz cold brew concentrate
.25 oz Giffard Menthe Pastille
.25 oz simple syrup
Mini candy cane, for garnish

Directions:

Build ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker; shake. Strain into a martini glass; garnish with candy cane.

 Illy Iced (Cream) Coffee
Illy Iced (Cream) Coffee.

Illy Iced (Cream) Coffee

Ingredients: 

120 ml Illy Classico Ready To Drink Cold Brew
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream
Unsweetened cocoa powder

Directions: 

Put two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass. Add Illy cold brew. Top with fresh whipped cream and dust with unsweetened cocoa. Makes two servings.

coffee drink next to tequila
Casa Chilled Coffee. Jakob N. Layman

Casa Chilled Coffee

Ingredients:

2 oz Casamigos Blanco Tequila or Casamigos Reposado Tequila
1.5 oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
1 fresh brewed shot of espresso
.5 oz agave nectar
2 dashes orange bitters
Large orange peel, star anise and three coffee beans, for garnish

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into a tin shaker. Add ice, shake vigorously and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with orange peel, star anise and coffee beans.

Tia Flat White Russian
Tia Flat White Russian. Tia

Tia Flat White Russian

Ingredients:

1 oz Tia Maria Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
1 oz milk of choice
1 oz Jamaican rum
.25 oz demerara sugar
1 oz espresso

Directions:

Pour the coffee liqueur, espresso, rum and sugar into a shaker. Fill with ice; shake. Strain the contents into a tumbler filled with ice. Gently pour milk on top.

Ilegal Carajillo
Ilegal Carajillo.

Ilegal Carajillo

Ingredients:

1.5 oz Ilegal Mezcal Reposado
1.5 oz Licor 43
2 oz espresso (or very strong black coffee), cooled slightly
Orange peel, for garnish

Directions:

Add mezcal, Spanish liqueur and espresso to a shaker filled with ice. Shake until chilled; strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

Isle of Skye Specialty Coffee
Isle of Skye Specialty Coffee.

Isle of Skye Specialty Coffee

Courtesy Drambuie Ambassador Freddy May 

Ingredients:

1/2 part Drambuie
2 parts hot strong coffee
1 tsp brown sugar
Cold heavy whipping cream
Chocolate and nutmeg, for garnish.

Directions:

Dissolve brown sugar into hot coffee with whiskey. Lightly whip the cold cream and float on top. Garnish with chocolate or nutmeg.

Martell Blue Swift Alexander. Martell

Martell Blue Swift Alexander

Ingredients:

2 parts Martell Blue Swift
1 part Kahlua
1/2 part crème de cacao
1/2 part fresh cream
Nutmeg and a cinnamon stick, for garnish

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker; shake and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh ground nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

Coconut Espresso Martini
RumHaven. RumHaven

Coconut Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

1 oz RumHaven
1 oz white rum
2 oz espresso
.25 oz agave nectar
Coffee beans, for garnish

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake to combine and chill. Strain into a chilled couple glass; garnish with coffee beans.

Bond Fire S’Mores
Bond Fire S’Mores. Brothers Bond Bourbon

Bond Fire S’Mores

Ingredients:

1 oz Dos Hombres Mezcal
1.5 oz Brother’s Bond Straight Bourbon Whiskey
2 dashes angostura bitters
4 oz cold brew coffee
Toasted marshmallow, for garnish

Directions:

Measure all ingredients and pour into a mug. Add ice cubes and stir. Garnish with a toasted marshmallow.

Repo Espresso
Repo Espresso.

Repo Espresso

Ingredients:

2 oz Flecha Azul Reposado Tequila
1 oz espresso
1/2 oz Kahlua
1 dash angostura bitters

Directions: 

Combine tequila, espresso and Kahlua in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake; strain into a coupe glass. Add a dash of angostura bitters.

The Best Coffee and Espresso Cocktails to Make Right Now