Café Caribbean Cocktail

Café Caribbean Cocktail

The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
211 Calories
8g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 211
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 45mg 3%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 198mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Rum and amaretto come together to give your coffee a taste of the Caribbean! This wonderful hot coffee cocktail is easy to make, has a deliciously sweet and nutty flavor, and is a fantastic way to warm up on a cold winter day.

The café Caribbean is a simple recipe. The two spirits are very common in home and professional bars, so it's also one of the quickest options when you feel like spiking your coffee. The whipped cream and shaved almonds are extra bonuses that add a sweet topping to the flavorful mix.


  • 1 ounce rum

  • 1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur

  • 6 ounces hot black coffee

  • Whipped cream, for garnish

  • Sliced almonds, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Café Caribbean Cocktail ingredients

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  2. Pour the rum and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass or coffee mug.

    Pour the rum and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass

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  3. Fill with hot coffee.

    coffee added to the cocktail in a glass

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  4. Top with whipped cream and garnish with sliced almonds. Serve and enjoy!

    Café Caribbean Cocktail

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar


  • Warm up your glass to ensure your coffee stays hot while you sip. To do so, fill it with hot water for a few minutes while the coffee brews. You can also heat a water-filled mug in the microwave for about 10 seconds.
  • For this drink to really work, make the richest, strongest cup of coffee possible. Consider adding more ground coffee to your drip brewer or using an alternative brewing method like a French press or pour over system.
  • The rum doesn't have to be anything special (save that for your daiquiris) because of the coffee's bold flavor. A good mid-range light rum will do just fine, though you can add a little more depth with aged rum.
  • If you want to make the café Caribbean really special, try it with homemade amaretto. In less than one hour, you can create your own liqueur with a little vodka (try it with rum) and a few common ingredients from the kitchen. The key ingredient is almond extract.

Recipe Variations

  • The two liquors also make a nice addition to iced coffee, especially if you use a cold brew. Add a splash of RumChata for a quick creamer.
  • For a high-octane version, add the spirits to an espresso shot. If you keep the liquor at 1 1/2 ounces total, a double shot of espresso is best because that's typically 2 ounces. It works well with cappuccino as well.
  • If you skip the amaretto and add two sugar cubes, you'll have a popular German coffee drink called Pharisäer kaffee. It's fun to note that the whipped cream was used to hide the rum's aroma from a pastor in the 1870s.
  • Swap the amaretto out for another nutty liqueur. Frangelico and Gabriel Boudier Roasted Hazelnut are great options for the taste of hazelnuts and nocino is a fun walnut liqueur.

How Strong Is a Café Caribbean?

The café Caribbean will have a stronger caffeine kick than an alcohol one. With a full six ounces of coffee and 80-proof rum, the drink's alcohol content will be just 7 percent ABV (14 proof). It's like drinking a strong beer, only far more interesting!