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8 Coffee Cocktails So You Can Double Your Buzz
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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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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)
Directions: Fill glass with ice. Add rum, crème de cacao, and coffee.
Recipe courtesy of Twenty/20 Grill
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