11 Impressive Coffee Liquor Cocktails

From Kahlua to Espresso Vodka, these recipes have a boozy kick

The Classic Coffee Cocktail

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Whether it's a coffee liqueur like Kahlua or an espresso-flavored vodka, distilled spirits that take on the flavor of coffee will long be favorites in the bar. These are very useful and make it easy for anyone to add the rich, dark flavor of coffee to a variety of cocktails.

From popular cocktails like the white Russian to espresso martinis, these cocktail recipes can satiate your craving for both alcohol and coffee in a single drink. 

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    White Russian

    White Russian

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    While there are many great cocktails that feature coffee liqueurs, none get quite the same attention as the white Russian. Yet, This mixed drink of vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream is not all on its own. With a quick ingredient switch, you can enjoy an entirely new drink.

    There is, of course, the black Russian, which skips the cream. You can also hold the vodka for the Smith and Kearns or switch to whiskey and mix up a sneaky Pete. Want something with a little fizz? Add cola and enjoy the interesting Colorado bulldog. And, if there's no cream in the house, grab that trusted bottle of Irish cream and you'll have a mudslide.

    This drink family is quite fun and, with all these easy substitutions, it's hard to get bored. It's another reason why the white Russian is one of the best cocktail options when you want to save a little money in your home bar.

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    Toasted Almond

    Easy Roasted Toasted Almond Cocktail with Vodka
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    If you're in the mood for a white Russian, but want something just a little sweeter and lighter on the alcohol, the toasted almond is a good choice. It pairs coffee liqueur with amaretto while retaining that creamy deliciousness. Bring back the vodka and you have a roasted toasted almond.

    Similarly, you can opt for Irish cream and mix up the popular orgasm cocktail. And, again, giving that a shot of vodka creates a screaming orgasm. Easy, right?

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    Widow Maker

    Jagermeister Widow Maker Cocktail

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    With the most popular coffee liquor drinks out of the way, it's time for something new. That brings us to the rather unique Jägermeister cocktail called the widow maker.

    If you thought that Jäger was reserved for get-me-drunk shots, think again. This recipe treats the herbal liqueur quite nicely, pairing it with equal parts vodka and coffee liqueur. Add a bit of grenadine, and you have a rather pleasant drink.

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    Talking Monkey

    Van Gogh Vodka's Talking Monkey Cocktail
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    Coffee liqueur is not your only option. Your next trip to the liquor store can prove interesting if you pick up an espresso vodka such as that from Van Gogh.

    One taste of one of these coffee-infused spirits will prove useful because your mind will swarm with ways to use them. To kick start that adventure, give the fun talking monkey recipe a try. It uses a chocolate vodka and banana liqueur with a hint of espresso vodka and coffee liqueur. It's creamy, too, and quite the delight.

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    Mochatini Cocktail

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    Another flavored vodka shares the stage with coffee liqueur in this tasty martini recipe. While you might be tempted to pour Kahlua like always, use this recipe as an excuse to explore options such as Tia Maria, Patron Cafe, and Firelit. You may just discover a new favorite.

    The mochatini opts for vanilla vodka and it's an equal pour with the coffee liqueur you choose. Bring in a bit of chocolate liqueur and rim the glass with even more chocolate. It's a tempting after-dinner drink.

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    Midnight Martini

    Midnight Martini

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    Similar to the mochatini, the midnight martini recipe skips the chocolate, turning it into a short two-ingredient vodka cocktail. It's quite interesting in its simplicity and offers some possibilities for experimentation.

    The basic recipe requires vodka and the coffee liqueur of your choice. To ramp up the caffeinated aspect, pour on of those coffee vodkas instead. We also highly recommend the optional cinnamon syrup to give the drink a little extra dimension.

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    Carrot Cake Shot

    Carrot cake shot

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    Despite not having a bit of carrot, this carrot cake shot tastes just like its namesake dessert thanks to the Irish cream, coffee liqueur, and butterscotch schnapps. Cream cheese frosting and crushed walnuts rimming the glass seal the deal.

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    Golden Cappuccino

    Golden Cappuccino Martini
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    Straight coffee-flavored cocktails are nice, but when you're in the mood for something considerably more interesting, give the golden cappuccino a whirl. It's another creamy cocktail that features espresso vodka.

    The key ingredient here is Galliano, a golden liqueur known for its vanilla and anise profile even though it contains over 30 herbs and spices. When paired with your preferred espresso vodka and cream, it becomes a luscious libation that rivals any coffee house drink.

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    Bushwacker Cocktail

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    Creamy smoothies are great and they get even better when you sneak in a little booze. "A little" may be an understatement for the bushwacker, though, because we're going all out for this recipe.

    This is a bit like a coffee-chocolate frozen piña colada, hold the pineapple. You'll need dark rum, Kahlua, creme de cacao, and cream of coconut. Add milk and ice, and blend it up. It's delicious and you'll probably be back for a second round.

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    Bahama Mama

    Bahama Mama Cocktail Recipe

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    Coffee liqueurs are also quite useful in tropical cocktails. After all, the Coffea plant is tropical, so this pairing only makes sense. To prove the point, we look to the one and only Bahama mama, a favorite on the beach scene.

    With a pineapple juice base, you'll add coffee and coconut liqueurs along with dark and 151-proof rums. It's a powerful one in both flavor and alcohol and that's probably why we can't get enough of it.

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    Ice Kaffe

    Svedka Ice Kaffe
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    Little more than an amplified white Russian, the ice kaffe cocktail has a very interesting twist you can bring into any drink served on the rocks. The drink itself pairs plain and vanilla vodkas with coffee liqueur and cream, but the ice is of greater interest.

    Rather than watering down your drink, take some time to make café con leche cubes. They're made with cold-brew coffee, milk, sugar and vanilla and they are as fantastic as they sound.