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20 Hot Coffee Cocktail Recipes

  • Nov 13, 2011
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Dessert menus oftentimes have a drink section with digestif selections such as coffee and spirits.  But why choose between the two when you can combine the best of both worlds?  These recipes all call for real, freshly brewed coffee plus various spirits and liqueurs, and unless otherwise noted, are from Mr. Boston's (A.K.A. The Drink Bible).

Careful when imbibing though; containing both caffeine and alcohol, these drinks are like the original Red Bull Vodkas.  And for you pyromaniacs out there, the last four drinks involve the element of fire.  These make for fantastic post-dinner drinks as well as cold weather and holiday drinks, so cheers!

Irish Coffee
No coffee cocktails list would be complete without the famous Irish Coffee.  Birthed in Ireland in the 1940's, it reached California by the 1950's and has remained a popular hot cocktail since.  When topping the drink with thick or whipped cream, take care to make sure it stays afloat on the drink, pouring the cream over the back of a spoon if you need to, to ensure that it doesn't get mixed into a drink, a sign of a well-made Irish Coffee.

1 1/2 oz. Irish Whiskey
Hot Coffee
Sugar to taste

Into Irish coffee glass rimmed with sugar, pour Irish Whiskey.  Fill to within 1/2 inch of top with coffee.  Add sugar, if desired.  Cover surface to brim with whipped cream.
Handicapper's Choice
This drink is akin to an Irish Coffee, except that it is sweetened with Amaretto instead of sugar.  No complaints there though -- that just means more liquor with a touch of almond essence.

1 oz. Irish Whiskey
1 oz. Amaretto
5 oz. Hot Coffee

Pour whiskey and Amaretto into Irish coffee glass and fill with hot coffee.  Top with whipped cream.
Black Maria
This is the only drink on the list that is chilled and contains ice.  With 4 ounces of booze though, which is half the drink, it can stand to be a little watered down.  So we'll let this one slide.  This one packs a punch, yet is still refreshing.

2 oz. Coffee-Flavored Brandy
2 oz. Light Rum
4 oz. Strong Black Coffee
2 tsp Powdered Sugar

Stir in brandy snifter and add cracked ice.
Cafe di Amaretto
A cocktail doesn't get any simpler than this -- just flavor your coffee with Amaretto for that wonderful almond aroma.

Add 1 oz. Amaretto to a cup of black coffee.  Top with whipped cream.
Italian Coffee
Similar to the Cafe di Amaretto, except you replace a portion of the Amaretto with coffee ice cream for a more adult ice cream float.

1/2 oz. Amaretto
Hot Coffee
1 1/2 tbsps. Coffee Ice Cream

Pour amaretto into Irish coffee glass.  Fill with hot coffee.  Top with coffee ice cream and sprinkle with ground coriander.
Jamaica Coffee
A Caribbean rum is recommended for this drink.  It is, after all, called the Jamaica Coffee.

1 oz. Coffee-Flavored Brandy
3/4 oz. Light Rum
Hot Coffee

Pour brandy and rum into Irish coffee glass.  Fill with hot coffee.  Sweeten to taste.  Top with whipped cream and fresh-grated nutmeg.
Spanish Coffee
As the sole two ingredients are digestifs in and of themselves, this is the ultimate digestif.  To turn this into a German Coffee, use German Brandy instead.

1 oz. Spanish Brandy
Hot Coffee

Add coffee to brandy in Irish coffee glass and top with whipped cream.
Russian Coffee
Get transported to snowy Russia when you imbibe on this vodka drink.  You might as well be wearing a valenki and ushanka.

1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
1/4 oz. Vodka
Hot Coffee

Pour liqueurs and vodka into Irish coffee glass.  Add coffee.  Top with whipped cream.
Mexican Coffee
Tequila is more than just body shots and margaritas; it's good with coffee, too.

1 oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz. Tequila
5 oz. Hot Coffee

Stir coffee liqueur and tequila in Irish coffee glass, add coffee, and top with whipped cream.
Cafe Pacifico
Another Mexican-inspired coffee cocktail.  If you want to get extra fancy with this one, a cinnamon-sugar rim could also be employed.

1 1/2 oz. Blanco Tequila
1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
4 oz. Freshly Brewed Coffee
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Superfine Sugar, plus more for garnish
Freshly Whipped Cream
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Combine the tequila, coffee liqueur, and coffee in a preheated Irish coffee glass.  Stir in the cinnamon and sugar.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a pinch of sugar and a cinnamon stick.
Containing both coffee and berry liqueurs, the Razzmatazz is like a piece of berry coffee chocolate in a cup.  Tangy, yet earthy.

1 oz. Black Raspberry Liqueur
1/2 oz. Creme de Cassis
1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
Hot Coffee

Pour liqueurs into Irish coffee glass.  Add coffee.  Top with whipped cream and garnish with berries in season.
Hot Kiss (cocktail)
So hot, it calls for both white Creme de Menthe and Creme de Cacao.  Similar to the Coffee Nudge, this is akin to a boozy white mocha latte.

1/2 oz. Creme de Menthe (White)
1/2 oz. Creme de Cacao (White)
1 oz. Irish Whiskey
6 oz. Hot Coffee

Pour liqueurs and whiskey into Irish coffee glass.  Add coffee and stir.  Top with whipped cream and garnish with a chocolate covered mint.
Cafe L'Orange
The Cafe L'Orange is as if you dunked a Terry's Chocolate Orange into a cup of cognac-spiked coffee.

1 oz. Cognac
1 oz. Mandarine Napoleon
4 oz. Freshly Brewed Coffee
Freshly Whipped Cream
Garnish: Finely Grated Orange Zest

Combine the cognac and liqueur in a preheated Irish coffee glass.  Add the coffee and stir.  Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a pinch of orange zest.
Cafe Royale
The Cafe Royale is similar to the Reudesheim Kaffe, but with slightly less sugar and brandy, and instead of coffee being stirred into the flaming brandy-sugar mixture, a brandy caramelized sugar cube is dropped into a cup of joe.

1 Sugar Cube
1 cup Hot Black Coffee

Put cube of sugar, well soaked in brandy, in teaspoon and hold so that it will rest on top of the cup of coffee and ignite.  Hold until flame burns out.  Drop contents in coffee.
Cafe D'Amour
This lemon-y coffee cocktail calls for a shot of flaming cognac, A.K.A. flaming gold.

1 1/4 oz cognac
5 oz hot black coffee
1/2 lemon
1 cinnamon stick
1 sugar

Rim a coffee cup with lemon juice and sugar. Simmer coffee, zest of half a lemon, cinnamon stick and sugar (to taste) in a small saucepan. Heat and ignite cognac in a soup ladle, add to coffee, and extinguish. Strain into the cup, and serve.
Cafe Diablo
With all of these ingredients, it's as if you're mixing a potent hot toddy liqueur into coffee.  More than just a citrus-y coffee cocktail, the making of can actually be quite the fiery performance.

2 sugar cubes
1 1/2 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
5-8 whole cloves
1 strip orange peel
1 strip lemon peel
8 ounces black coffee

Gently heat all of the ingredients except the coffee in a chafing dish or, if one is not available, a saucepan. Pour the hot coffee into coffee mug. The brandy should begin to release its aroma after a few minutes. At this point, ignite the brandy and allow the flames to burn for 15-20 seconds, then ladle the brandy mixture over the hot coffee. Mix the coffee and brandy together.

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November 21, 2011
These look great; however, each could be brutal on the intestines.
November 23, 2011
You could always drink in moderation... ;)
November 16, 2011
Anything that contains fire is cool in my book. Toss in the element of coffee, and cool jumps up to awesome! Cool (or maybe I should say, "Hot") list you got here, Devora!
November 16, 2011
Hahaha, thank you, K!
November 16, 2011
Too bad I'm not much of a coffee drinker; some of these look fabulous, especially number 13! Fantastic list as usual Devora...
November 16, 2011
Well, with a little sauce in it, you might make an exception! ;P Thanks, Brenda!
November 15, 2011
Oh my coffeeness....this list is AWESOME! Now I know what I'll order next time I'm in Tahoe instead of my usual Snuggler (Peppermint Schnapps and Hot Cocoa) ;p
November 15, 2011
Ooooh, I'll have to try the Snuggler. That sounds good, too!
November 15, 2011
It is! That's my usual go-to when I'm snowboarding...so tasty!
November 16, 2011
oooo the Snuggler sounds yummy too
November 17, 2011
Oh, it is, trust me! You might like some of the drinks on my 10 Drinks to Keep You Warm list.
November 14, 2011
I love about 16 of these! I have to try 17 and 20! Thanks!!
November 14, 2011
Only 16? ;) And if you try #20, you're going to have to videotape it!
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