Coffee Cocktail Recipes

Coffee cocktails are trending. The nostalgic, crowd-pleasing espresso martini has been at the top of cocktail menus for the last two years, and consumers are demanding more caffeinated cocktails from on-premise venues. With National Espresso Day on November 23, we've rounded up a few "buzzy" coffee cocktail recipes for you to add to your cocktail menus.

PSL Martini Noir 


coffee cocktail recipe
Recipe served at Finback Brooklyn

1.25 oz Halftone WAVELENGTH: noir Gin

1 oz Coffee Liqueur

1 oz Cold Brew

0.5 oz Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Simple Syrup


Pumpkin Spice Vanilla Simple Syrup

1.5 cups brown sugar

1.5 cups water

1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1.5 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground ginger

Large pinch of kosher salt



For the pumpkin spice vanilla simple syrup, combine all ingredients. For the cocktail, dry shake all ingredients. Then add ice and shake again until chilled. Strain and serve up. Add three coffee beans to garnish.


Jitterbug Café


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Photo credit Eugene Lee. Recipe by Daniel Lee and Shannon Murphy, Bartenders, Big Bar (Los Angeles)

2 oz Slane Irish Whiskey

1/2 oz Cynar

1/4 oz Mr. Black

1/4 oz Toasted Pecan Syrup*

1 oz Cafe de Olla cold brew

Grated cinnamon and 3 espresso beans



For the toasted pecan syrup, in a large stock pot pour enough pecans to cover bottom. Roast on medium/medium high heat tossing occasionally, 10-20 minutes. Add 8 cups water, let simmer for 15 mins. Strain nuts, add equal parts sugar to pecan liquid. Let cool. For the cocktail, add ingredients to cocktail shaker over fresh ice. Shake. Strain into Irish Coffee glass. Garnish with grated cinnamon and three espresso beans.


Chipotle Irish Coffee

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Recipe courtesy of Tanteo Tequila


2 oz Tanteo Chipotle Tequila

5 oz espresso

0.5 teaspoon granulated white sugar

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Whipped cream for topping


Add fresh coffee to glass, stir in white and brown sugar until dissolved. Add Tanteo Chipotle Tequila and stir. Top with whipped cream.





Irish Coffee Colada


coffee cocktail recipe national espresso day
Recipe created by Palmer Matthew, Pearl and Lime, for Glendalough Distillery 

1.5 oz Glendalough Double Barrel Whiskey

1 oz cold brew concentrate

0.5 oz velvet falernum

0.5 oz espresso liqueur (Galliano Ristretto)

0.5 oz coconut cream

0.25 oz banana liqueur





Holiday Joe

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Recipe by Manny Hinojosa, Mixologist and Bacardi International Brand Ambassador.
Photo by Wendy White, TRYBE Creative/Courtesy of The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley.


1 1/2 oz. Bacardi 8 rum

3/4 oz. Disaronno

1/2 oz. chocolate liqueur

2 oz. The Perfect Purée Red Raspberry Puree

hot espresso

whipped cream

cinnamon powder


Combine Bacardi, Disaronno, chocolate liqueur and Raspberry puree into a mug. Add hot coffee, filling mug almost to the top. Add whipped cream layer to the top of the liquid. Drizzle Raspberry puree onto the whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon powder on top to finish.




Red Raspberry Mochatini


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Recipe: Aloha Juice Company
Photo: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley

1 1/2 oz. gin

3/4 oz. raspberry vodka

3/4 oz. chocolate vodka

2 oz. coffee liqueur

2 oz. The Perfect Purée Red Raspberry Puree, thawed

1 oz. creme de cacao


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.



Calculating the Coordinates

Coffee cocktail
Recipe courtesy of Mad March Hare Irish Poitín


1.5 Mad March Hare Irish Poitín

1 oz espresso .5 spiced blueberry syrup*

Combine all ingredients in a shaker set.

Add ice


For the blueberry syrup, combine one cup of demerara sugar with one cup water, one cup blueberries, 2-3 cinnamon sticks, and 5-6 cloves. Cook over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour to overnight. Fine strain. Can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week. For the cocktail, shake vigorously for about 20 to 30 seconds. Fine strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with fresh blueberries or a sprig of rosemary and a few grains of pink Himalayan salt.