15 Coffee Cocktails That Will Make Your Taste Buds Go Wild

Coffee cocktails

Coffee cocktails can be a great gateway into Speciality coffee for people who otherwise would not end up in that arena.

Coffee cocktails are made for a long time but they became popular with rise of the Irish coffee in 1940s. According to Simon Difford from Difford’s Guide (one of the world’s largest and most visited website about drinks) coffee cocktails in their simplest form combine two drinks, coffee and liqueur. In their complex form coffee cocktails combine coffee’s bitterness and liqueur’s sweetness for creation of well balanced drink.

Pharmaceutical Stimulant

This coffee cocktail is made by Dick Bradsell at the soho Brasserie in London. It’s part of his coffee cocktails trilogy Vodka Espresso, Espresso Martini and Pharmaceutical Stimulant which are basicly the same drink. He made first one in 1983 and named it Vodka Espresso. Then in 1990’s he change the name of his cocktail into Espresso Martini. Finally he renamed it into Pharmaceutical Stimulant and served it on the rocks.

Fill the shaker with ice and pour in all the ingredients. Shake it up and double strain in old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with coffee beans.


Bonaparte is made by Simon Difford 20th February 2014 at the Cabinet Room in London.

Pour soda water in Collin’s glass filled with ice. Then slowly pour espresso so it floats on top. At the end add Mandarine Napoleon and garnish with orange slice.


Flavors of this coffee cocktail are charasteristic for Cuba. Created by Laura Marnich, Patriota is tribute to Emilio Bacardi Moreau, son of the founder of Bacardi Don Facundo Bacardi Masso.

Put sugar in a cup and add one spoon of espresso and stir until you get thick pasta. Add the rest of espresso and disolve that pasta or espuma. When you finish with this it’s time to put all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake. Double strain into chilled glass and garnish with mint.

Flying Frenchman

Flying Frenchmen is created in 2014 by Andy Mil at the London Cocktail Club.

Put all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake it. Double strain into chilled glass and garnish with anise star or coffee beans.


This creamy coffee cocktail is variant of Espresso Martini. You’ll love this combination of flavors.

  • 22ml Vodka (you can try Ketel One)
  • 22ml Frangelico
  • 22ml coffee liqueur
  • 30ml espresso
  • 30ml half and half (half milk half cream)

Shake all ingredients in shaker filled with ice. Double strain into glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Flat White Russian

Variant of White Russian with espresso.

  • 25ml Jamaica Rum
  • 25ml coffee liqueur
  • 25ml espresso
  • 5ml Demerara syrup
  • 30ml milk

Pour rum, coffee liqueur, espresso and demerara into shaker with ice and shake. Strain into glass with fresh ice and finish by pouring milk slowly on top.

Tia Mint Americano

Sparkling and refreshing coffee cocktail, excellent for hot days ahead.

  • 25ml Tia Maria
  • 60ml espresso (double shot)
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 30ml sparkling water
  • 6 mint leaves

Clap the mint and put it into glass. Then pour Tia Maria, espresso and sugar syrup and stir. Fill the glass with ice and top qith sparkling water.

River Mint & Cola

This is unique cocktail featured in Bartender magazine. Strange and interesting mix of rum, espresso and cola.

  • 45ml white Rum
  • 15ml coffee liqueur
  • 30ml espresso
  • 100ml cola

Put rum, coffee liqueur and espresso in shaker with ice and shake it. Then fill half of glass with cola and add fresh ice. Strain liquid from shaker on top and garnish with river mint or lime.

Espresso Martini

You can’t make list of coffee cocktails without mentioning probably the most popular cocktail of new age. In year 1983 a young lady walked into Soho Brasserie in London and asked Dick Bradsell for a drink that will “wake her up and fuck her up”.

  • 45ml Vodka
  • 30ml espresso
  • 20ml coffee liqueur
  • 5ml sugar syrup

Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice and double strain into chilled martini glass.

Flat White Martini

This one is also variant of Espresso Martini like many other coffee cocktails. At first it was promoted by the marketers of Baileys Irish Cream and people liked it. If you like flat white coffee then this cocktail is for you.

  • 45ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 30ml espresso
  • 30ml Vodka

Shake all ingredients in shaker with ice. Then double strain into martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.


Coffee cocktail from the book Art & Craft of Coffee Cocktails by Jason Clark. Jason is now Talisker Brand Ambassador and before that he worked in bars, cafes and restaurants in New Zealand, Melbourne and London for over 20 years. You can follow him on Instagram @drinks_geek.

Add all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake. Strain into chilled glass and garnish with half a fig.

Carpo Lavoro

This cocktail is variant of Americano cocktail with cold brew coffee instead of vermouth.

  • 60ml Campari
  • 90ml cold brew coffee
  • 60ml soda water

Add Campari and coffee into hurricane glass. Then add crushed ice and stir well. Finish with soda water and garnish with a slice of orange.

Me Quiero Casar

Creamy and delicious coffee cocktail.

  • 45ml Scotch Whisky
  • 20ml rum-fortified condensed milk
  • 20ml almond milk
  • 30ml cold brew coffee

First you’ll need to make rum-fortified condensed milk by mixing 2 parts of condensed milk with 1 part of Rum. Then put all ingredients into shaker with ice and shake. Strain into high ball glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.

Bing Bing

This cocktail is variant of Flying Frenchmen with cold brew coffee instead of espresso. Something between Flying Frenchmen and Pharmaceutical stimulans, served in high ball glass with ice.

  • 30ml Absinthe
  • 30ml coffee liqueur
  • 30ml cold brew coffee

Pour all ingredients in shaker with ice and shake. Strain in high ball glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with maraschino cherry.

Stout Coffee

Strange combination in this great smelling cocktail.

Pour Port, espresso and Sambuca into glass and top with beer. Add a spoon of liquid whipped cream and garnish with coffee beans.

A few simple coffee cocktails

  • French coffee- espresso with Grand Marnier
  • Brandy coffee- espresso with Brandy
  • German coffee- espresso with Schnapps
  • Italian classico- espresso with Amaretto
  • Caffe corretto- espresso with Grappa or Sambuca
  • English coffee- espresso with Gin
  • Shin Shin coffee- espresso with Rum
  • Australian coffee- espresso with Bundaberg Rum
  • Monk’s coffee- espresso with Benedictine
  • Friar’s coffee or Friar Joe- espresso with Frangelico
  • Seville coffee- espresso with Cointreau
  • Witch’s coffee- espresso with Strega
  • Russian coffee or Karsk- espresso with Vodka
  • Skye coffee- espresso with Drambuie
  • The Real Foul One- espresso with Absinthe
  • American coffee- espresso with Bourbon
  • Kumen Kaffi- espresso with Brennivín
  • Flemish coffee- espresso with Jenever
  • Norman coffee- espresso with Calvados
  • Paraguayan coffee- espresso with sugar syrup and Cana Paraguaya Rum


There is a large number of ways you can enjoy coffee. Bold coffee flavor is excellent addition to many different drinks. Who knows, maybe one of these coffee cocktails become your favourite drink.

Do you have your favourite coffee cocktail? Did I forgot to mention it? Let me know in a comment section below.

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