Cocktails for Coffee Lovers – Top 10 Recipes

If you’re all about coffee, all day long, then you know that coffee is just as fabulous mixed in an evening cocktail. There are lots of incredible coffee drinks out there that can deliver that decadent coffee flavor you crave 24/7. Pick up your favorite coffee and espressos, add a few fun liqueurs and some simple ingredients to the mix, and you’ll be all set to round up your other coffee friends for an evening that’s both shaken and stirred – with coffee as the star.

Have a shot (or two) of these ten popular coffee libations. We’ve included bold and robust recipes as well as sweet and creamy concoctions that will please all of the coffee lovers in your life. Enjoy!


1. Irish Coffee

It will be top o’ the morning or the evening with this popular coffee classic. Versatile for a reason, the classic Irish Coffee gives you room to customize with your favorite flavors or syrups and/or to try your favorite whiskies and blends. Great year-round, an Irish Coffee is sure to warm the soul.

  • 6 oz. fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 ½ oz. whisky
  • 1 -2 teaspoons simple syrup
  • Whipped cream

If you want to add more sweetness or flavor to your Irish Coffee, add in some chocolate or caramel sauce.

Directions:

  1. Pour whisky and simple syrup into mug.
  2. Add freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream.

2. Café Amore

This is a great, simple coffee cocktail in which the flavor of black coffee is enhanced by a hint of brandy and the delicate sweetness of amaretto. Perfect served warm, or shaken and poured over ice, a dollop of whipped cream turns this into a sweet indulgence.

  • 6 oz. fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 oz. brandy
  • 1 oz. amaretto liqueur
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Pour brandy and amaretto liqueur into mug.
  2. Add freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream.

3. Espresso Martini

Kick up a classic martini with the bold flavor of espresso. This drink fits the bill and is perfect for anyone who loves the unadulterated flavor of pure coffee, but also wants to celebrate with something a little stronger. Like it sweeter? Add your favorite flavoring and a touch of cream to make it a little more decadent.

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. espresso
  • ½ oz. coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. simple syrup if preferred

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake until well-chilled.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4. Kahlúa® Coffee

If you love coffee, coffee, and more coffee, this is the coffee cocktail for you. Coffee liqueur has long been a favorite addition and will allow you to score a perfect 10 for flavor! Served warm or poured over ice, a Kahlúa®  Coffee is always a crowd-pleaser.

  • 6 oz. fresh brewed coffee
  • 3 oz. Kahlúa® coffee liqueur
  • Cream as desired

Directions:

  1. Pour Kahlúa® into mug.
  2. Add freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Add cream as desired and stir.

5. Cáfe Caribbean

Enjoy your coffee cocktail experience island style with the Café Caribbean. This relaxing mix of rum, amaretto, coffee and almonds delivers a sweet, nutty flavor guaranteed to deliver a vacation-like feel on a cold, winter day.

  • 1 oz. rum
  • 1/2 oz. amaretto liqueur
  • 6 oz. fresh brewed coffee
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Pour rum and amaretto liqueur into mug.
  2. Add freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream.

6. Spanish Coffee

For a great combination of sweet cream and dark coffee, try out a Spanish coffee. This boozy blend has layers of different flavor notes that complement each other, including a lemon and sugar rim finish. Try this bold combination and enjoy.

  • 3 oz. fresh brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 oz. Kahlúa® coffee liqueur
  • ¾ oz. rum
  • ¼ oz. Triple Sec
  • Whipped cream
  • Sugar for the rim

Directions:

  1. Pour a bit of sugar into a bowl.
  2. Wet the rim of the glass and dip rim into sugar to coat.
  3. Add rum and Triple Sec to glass. Light with a match.
  4. Hold glass at angle and let the flame heat the sugared rim. The sugar should bubble and caramelize.
  5. Add Kahlúa® and freshly brewed coffee.
  6. Top with whipped cream.

7. Dorda Café

Is there anything more compatible than coffee and chocolate? The Dorda Café delivers all of the above, plus a little bonus of amaretto almond liqueur. Perfect as great summer coffee cocktail when iced, and warm winter treat (think mocha latte) when served hot, this is a coffee cocktail mix that’s sure to please.

  • 1 1/2 oz. Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur
  • ½ oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. chilled espresso
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Pour chocolate liqueur, amaretto and chilled espresso into shaker.
  2. Fill with ice. Shake well.
  3. Strain into glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with whipped cream.

8. Boozy Christmas Coffee

Skip the eggnog, because you’ll bring on the fun with this festive Boozy Christmas Coffee. Chocolate, mint, and coffee all come together with a mix that’s sure to give you and your friends the holiday spirit.  

If you like a peppermint mocha latte, then this one’s for you!

  • 8 oz. freshly brewed coffee
  • 1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe liqueur
  • 1 oz. Crème de Cacao Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Pour Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao and Irish cream liqueur into mug.
  2. Add freshly brewed coffee.
  3. Top with whipped cream.

9. Spiked Thai Iced Coffee

Do you have a sweet tooth and love exotic Thai flavors? Sweet, creamy and delicious, Thai Iced Coffee delivers a light spice and almond flavor, made extra decadent with a hint of sweetened condensed milk. It makes a great summer treat for anyone with a sweet tooth.

  • 4 cups freshly brewed coffee
  • ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 oz. amaretto
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Add cardamom to ground coffee and brew according to coffee makers instructions.
  2. Pour coffee into pitcher and add amaretto.
  3. Fill four 12 oz. glasses with ice and equally distribute coffee between them.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk and stir.

10. Wake the Dead

No lime. No salt. But there will be tequila. This bold, shock-your-system coffee cocktail may be just what’s needed for your most adventurous coffee drinkers. This drink will keep you going, and is great as a pre-game shot, or chilled and served over ice, depending on your preference.

  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • ½ oz. espresso

Directions:

  1. Pour all ingredients into shaker.
  2. Fill with ice and shake well.
  3. Pour into shot glass or fill glass with ice and strain shaker into glass.

*Inspired by The Cookie Rookie

5 DIY Coffee Crafts

Coffee isn’t just a comforting hug in a mug – it can also spark your creativity! From cooking and crafting to body care, sewing and gardening, you can use coffee grounds, beans, and repurposed containers in a variety of coffee crafts.

Try these at-home activities and show us your creations! Upload your pictures on Facebook or Instagram and tag your favorite brand.

Coffee Craft #1: Coffee Can Planter

Upcycle your ground coffee cans into planters and vases to fill your home or office with greenery.

coffee can crafts, coffee can planter

What you need:

  1. Empty Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.® or MJB® Coffee canister
  2. Spray paint
  3. Twine or string
  4. Hot glue

How to create:

  1. Empty and rinse your coffee can and remove any attached labels or stickers
  2. Spray paint the exterior of the can with your color of choice. Two or three coats may be necessary to completely coat the can.
  3. Once the paint is dry, add a drop of hot glue to the bottom of the can to attach twine.
  4. Wrap twine around the can to desired height or pattern.
  5. Add soil, water, and your favorite houseplant, herbs or flowers.

Coffee Craft #2: Be a Stay-at-Home Barista or Coffee Chef

If you occasionally grab your morning cup of coffee from a local shop and are missing your favorite barista, now is the time to brush up your stay-at-home coffee skills. You can use your favorite beans and brews to make barista-quality drinks at home. Here are a few of our favorite recipes:

Coffee Craft #3: Single-Serve Pod Seed Starters

Get your garden growing by repurposing single-serve coffee pods into seed starters! Follow these easy steps:

  1. Gather 10-12 used single-serve coffee pods.
  2. Remove the lid and dump out the coffee grounds. If you compost at home, coffee is a safe and nutrient-rich addition to your compost.
  3. Place the empty pods in a shallow box and fill them with potting soil.
  4. Place seeds of your choice into each pod and water according to seed package instructions. You should have healthy sprouts in a few days to a few weeks that you can use to start your garden!

Coffee Craft #4: Body Scrub

You can also repurpose used ground coffee into a skin-smoothing body scrub. Just make sure to dry out the used grounds before making the scrub!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup used coffee grounds (dry)
  • 1 cup sugar or salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • Scented essential oils (vanilla, lavender or citrus make great additions)

Instructions

Combine the ingredients in a medium-size bowl and store the mixture in an airtight container in your shower or bath. Smooth the scrub on your skin and rinse off for an easy and eco-friendly skin saver!

Coffee Craft #5: Coffee Can Lanterns

Coffee canisters make great lanterns. Punch or stamp a pattern into the can, add a votive candle or electric tea light and enjoy! coffee can lantern craft

What you need:

  1. Empty Chock full o’Nuts®, Hills Bros.® or MJB® Coffee canister
  2. Paint
  3. Hammer
  4. Marker
  5. Clamps
  6. 2×4 or piece of wood you can clamp to your workstation to hold the can
  7. Nail or screwdriver
  8. Votive or electric candle
  9. String or rope (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Remove any stickers or labels from the can and paint your desired color
  2. When the paint dries, attach the 2×4 or piece of wood to your workstation with clamps. Make sure 2×4 extends from the end of your workstation by the depth of your can.
  3. Place the can on the 2×4 and mark out your pattern
  4. Use the hammer and small nail to punch the pattern into the can.
  5. Punch two holes into the top edge of the canister to add optional string or rope to hang your lantern.
  6. Add votive or electric candles and enjoy

Summertime Iced Cappuccino Recipe Ideas

Around 20% of Americans drink iced coffee and cappuccino, and if you’re part of that demographic, there’s no doubt that you’re looking for something new to try this summer.

If you’re not interested in spending all your money at cafes, you’ll love these summertime iced cappuccino recipe ideas. All you need is some simple ingredients, and you’ll have an impressive amount of cappuccino to keep you smiling.

Ready to get your summer really started? Let’s go!


1. Sweet and Simple Iced Cappuccino

Although this list has a handful of more adventurous drinks, it’s important to start with a simple recipe. Consider this your go-to beverage in the morning!

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Combine 2 Tbsp of Hills Bros.® Instant Cappuccino Mix – Classic Cappuccino, 6-8 fl oz cold water and 4-5 ice cubes in a blender.
  2. Blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.

That’s basically it! Again, this is the foundational recipe in your iced cappuccino journey. There’s plenty of ways to take it to the next level.


2. Garden Galore

If you’ve been exploring your local coffee shops, you might have noticed a surge in lavender or rose flavors. Some people are on the fence about this, but others love that it gives their iced cappuccino a unique taste. This recipe is simple, but also fun to make, and you’ll be sure to impress any visitors.

To make the lavender syrup, you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean split in half
  • 2 sprigs of fresh lavender
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp of dried culinary lavender

Directions:

Place the lavender, water, sugar, and vanilla bean in a saucepan. Fire it up to medium heat and let the sugar dissolve. Once it begins to simmer turn off the heat.

Set the saucepan aside, letting it cool completely. Next, use a fine, mesh sieve to remove the lavender. Add the vanilla extract and stir.  Store it in a sealed container in the fridge.

For the cappuccino portion, you’ll need:

Once you are ready for an iced treat, combine the iced cappuccino with the lavender syrup, and you’re good to go!


3. Cappuccino Ice Cubes

You’ll also need a drink for those days where the sun is really shining. This recipe is perfect for a day when you’re looking for the coldest cappuccino around.

First, let’s gather some ingredients:

Directions:

Combine cappuccino mix and hot water together. Let cool. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze until firm. Enjoy with your favorite Hills Bros. iced cappuccino drink.


4. The Dessert

Sometimes, you need a cappuccino drink that feels a little more like dessert. When that craving comes on, nothing hits the spot better than cappuccino eggnog.

Let’s begin with the ingredients:

Directions:

In a large bowl, whip the egg yolks at high speed. Add 1/3 cup sugar slowly. Reducing the speed to medium, add the milk and heavy cream into the egg yolk mixture. Add the cappuccino. Mix, until it becomes a custard consistency. Chill. Take egg whites out of the refrigerator, add 1 tsp. of sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Take out the custard, pour into the egg whites, and mix until fluffy! Garnish with grated chocolate and enjoy!


5. Cappuccino Float

If you’re a fan of adding a little cappuccino to your dessert, this cappuccino float is perfect for you!

Gather the ingredients:

Directions:

In a blender, combine cappuccino, water and ice. Blend until smooth. Add 1 scoop of ice cream to glass, pour cappuccino mixture on top and drizzle with chocolate sauce if desired. Enjoy immediately.


More to Explore

Relaxing with an iced cappuccino during the summer is a great way to beat the heat. If you’re feeling adventurous make sure you check out our other cappuccino recipes!