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Fun Coffee Cocktails Worth Trying

Andrew Pautler

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Experimenting with coffee to try new drinks is one of my favorite things to do. It is amazing how well coffee mixes with things. There are the more standard mix-ins like milk, but also some more adventurous ones like orange juice and lemonade that are actually quite delicious. Below is a list of recipes and infographics featuring some fun coffee cocktails I’ve discovered.

What are coffee cocktails?

While traditional cocktails always include alcohol, coffee cocktails don’t necessarily. Many of the coffee cocktails feature boozy options, but most can be made without any alcohol.

Should I use espresso or cold brew in my coffee cocktails?

The recipes below flip flop between cold brew concentrate or espresso. Either should work for most of the cocktails. The key is concentrated coffee though. You don’t want the coffee to water down the drink too much, so the super concentrated espresso or a strong cold brew concentrate work best.

The Cold Brew Arnold Palmer

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The Cold Brew Arnold Palmer

Add a nice twist on a classic Arnold Palmer by swapping the iced tea for cold brew concentrate. Refreshing and crisp, it’s a great option for any summer afternoon.
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 3 oz cold brew concentrate
  • 6 oz lemonade

Instructions
 

  • Add ice to a tall glass.
  • Pour in lemonade over ice.
  • Add cold brew concentrate over lemonade.
  • Stir to mix and garnish with a lemon slice.
Keyword cocktail, coffee, cold brew
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The Cold Brew Arnold Palmer

The Spritzy Americano

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The Spritzy Americano

An espresso tonic with a sweet twist of orange.
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 5 oz seltzer water chilled
  • 2 oz espresso chilled, or cold brew concentrate
  • 2 oz orange juice

Instructions
 

  • Add cold seltzer water to glass
  • Add chilled espresso or cold brew concentrate
  • Top with orange juice
  • Stir to combine and garnish with an orange slice

Notes

Be careful mixing the espresso with the seltzer water. If not poured slowly and carefully, it can cause the drink to get extremely bubbly and overflow.
Keyword cocktail, coffee, espresso
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The Spritzy Americano

The Cold Brew Dark & Stormy

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The Cold Brew Dark & Stormy

Add an ounce of cold brew concentrate to this signature drink to give a caffeinated twist to this classic cocktail.
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz cold brew concentrate
  • 4-6 oz ginger beer

Instructions
 

  • Add rum, lime juice and cold brew concentrate to an ice-filled glass.
  • Top with the ginger beer.
  • Stir, garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy!
Keyword alcoholic, cocktail, coffee, cold brew
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The OJ Express

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The OJ Express

A simple coffee cocktail with only two ingredients: espresso (or cold brew concentrate) and orange juice. It's refreshing and delicious
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz espresso or cold brew concentrate

Instructions
 

  • Add orange juice to a tall glass with ice.
  • Pour chilled espresso or cold brew concentrate on top.
  • Stir to combine.
Keyword cold brew, espresso, iced coffee, orange
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The OJ Express or Sunrise

The Espresso Mudslide

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The Espresso Mudslide

Mix Kahula, Bailies and espresso in any combination and you can’t go wrong. That's what you get with this delicious espresso mudslide. Enjoy either iced or frozen!
Prep Time 3 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 oz heavy cream
  • 2 oz espresso
  • 1.5 oz Irish cream
  • 1.5 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1.5 oz vodka

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients with ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake until well combined and you hear the ice starting to break apart (around 30 seconds)
  • Strain into glass. (Optional: drizzle with chocolate sauce)

Notes

For a frozen variation: Add ice and all ingredients to a blender, blend on high until well combined.
Keyword alcoholic, coffee, espresso
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The Espresso Mudslide cocktail infographic

The Iced Coffee Shakerato

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The Iced Coffee Shakerato

A sweet frothy iced coffee drink perfect for warm summer afternoons.
Prep Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 oz espresso freshly pulled, but cooled
  • 0.5 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup
  • ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake vigorously until frothy
  • Strain into ice-filled glass & enjoy!

Notes

This recipe originally came from an article by Chris Morocco on Bon Appétit
Keyword espresso, iced coffee
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The Iced Coffee Shakerato infographic
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