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8 Coffee Cocktails So You Can Double Your Buzz

  • Nespresso

    Past and Present

    An incredible blend of sweet orange, coconut water, espresso, and lemon flavors, this afternoon pick-me-up or after-dinner drink will have you feeling supercharged, not sluggish.


    • 1 espresso shot (try Nespresso Altissio from the VertuoLine range)
    • 30 ml Diplomatico rum
    • 20 ml fresh lemon juice
    • 15 ml orange oleo (recipe below)
    • 10 ml Green Chartreuse
    • 40 ml coconut water
    • orange peel

    Orange Oleo

    • 5 parts orange peel
    • 5 parts sugar

    Let steep for at least five hours. Strain out orange peels.

    Directions: Shake. Strain and pour over fresh ice. Garnish with orange peel.

    Recipe courtesy of Nespresso, by Troy Sidle, Beverage Director at Olivier Cheng Catering and Events

  • Midori Melon Liqueur

    Midori Matcha

    Think coffee cocktails have to be deep brown? No way. Sipping this emerald beauty will have you feeling like a green-juice goddess, even though it's boozy. It gets a kick from both cold-brew coffee and matcha green tea powder, and a little liquor from melon-based Midori. (Psst: You can do so many things with matcha—try these six ideas.)


    • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
    • 4 ounces coconut water
    • 2 ounces Midori liqueur
    • 1 1/2 ounces cold-brew coffee
    • ice

    Directions: In a cocktail shaker, combine matcha powder and coconut water and shake. Add Midori liqueur, cold-brew coffee, and ice and shake well. Strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.

    Recipe courtesy of Midori, by New York City mixologist GN Chan

  • Absolut

    Love Buzz

    If you dig the chocolate-raspberry combo, this drink is for you. Not only does it double as an energy boost and a dose of booze, but it'll satisfy your sweet tooth too.


    • 1 1/2 ounces Absolut
    • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao
    • 1 ounce raspberry purée
    • 1 ounce room-temperature espresso

    Directions: Shake all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a chocolate-raspberry tuille (a thin cookie).

    Recipe courtesy of Absolut

  • Krups

    Coconut Coffee

    Coconut cocktails aren't limited to coladas (though we love those too). Try this coconut-coffee mix with sugar cane rum for a tropical summer treat that fits any hour of the day.


    • 1/2 cup espresso
    • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup coconut milk
    • 5 teaspoons coconut liqueur
    • 4 teaspoons rum made from sugar cane
    • 5 ice cubes
    • 1 hollowed-out coconut (optional, to serve the drink)

    Directions: Pour the espresso into a bowl, add the light brown sugar and mix well to dissolve it. Allow to cool. Pour into a shaker and add the coconut milk, coconut liqueur, rum, and crushed ice cubes. Shake well for around 20 seconds. Serve in the hollowed-out coconut with two straws.

    Recipe courtesy of Krups

  • NoMa Social

    Crema di Espresso Martini

    If you want a truly indulgent cocktail (#treatyoself), this one—made with a dash of heavy cream and thick, sweet Kahlua—is the espresso dessert that dreams are made of.


    • 2 shots espresso
    • 1 ounce Van Gogh espresso vodka
    • 1 ounce Kahlua
    • 1/2 ounce heavy cream

    Directions: Shake, strain into martini glass, and top off with fresh whipped cream and espresso beans.

    Recipe courtesy of NoMa Social

  • Santa Margherita

    Golden Espresso Bellini

    Yes, you really can mix coffee with bubbly. Next time you're kicking off a big night of celebration, start with this drink to toast (and energize) before you switch to something stronger.


    • 3/4 ounces Frangelico
    • 3 drops chocolate mole bitter (you can DIY it!)
    • 1 teaspoon coffee syrup (you can DIY it!)

    Directions: Combine ingredients, pour into a flute glass, and top with Santa Margherita Prosecco. Garnish with a lemon twist.

    Recipe courtesy of Santa Margherita

  • Grind Espresso Rum

    The Grind

    The secret ingredient in this recipe: Espresso-flavored rum. It adds a full-bodied coffee flavor that's intensified with actual coffee. For added ~fanciness~, top with mint-cordial creme and garnish with a mint leaf and chocolate-covered espresso bean, as shown.


    • 1 1/4 ounces Grind espresso rum
    • 1/2 ounce crème de cacao
    • 1 1/2 ounces coffee (cold or room temperature)
    • ice

    Directions: Fill glass with ice. Add rum, crème de cacao, and coffee.

    Recipe courtesy of Twenty/20 Grill

  • Stanton Social

    Vietnamese Coffee

    People all over the world enjoy their coffee differently, and Vietnamese coffee usually includes an egg yolk, condensed milk, and sugar, making it the perfect post-dinner treat. This recipe adds the booze, loses the eggs, and incorporates a dash of chocolate bitters for even more complex flavor.


    • 1 ounce cold-brew or French press coffee
    • 1 ounce Kahlua
    • 1 ounce vodka
    • 2 dashes Aztec chocolate bitters
    • 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk

    Directions: Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into highball glass.

    Recipe courtesy of Stanton Social


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital editorial assistant for FITNESS and SHAPE. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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