Relaxing weekend mornings, after dinner dessert or late evening night cap, fresh brewed coffee dressed with spirited elixirs, creamy add-ins and fluffy toppings with sprinkled spice hit the spot when the swirled chill in coffee stain wide - clip artthe air nips at our heels and licks at our bones.  When leaves begin to fade from lush green to golden yellow and auburn and twirl to the ground, thoughts of hot coffee cocktails laced with favorite spirits begin dancing in our head like the sugar plum fairies of Christmas lore.  These are the warming drinks that fill us with warmth.

The hot coffee and espresso guide below contains drink recipes with brewed coffee and espresso as well as those that contain coffee liqueurs and espresso spirits.

Brazilian Cream – created by Cheri Loughlin

Brazilian Cream Kahlua Coffee Cream - Created by Cheri Loughlin - photo copyright Cheri Loughlin3/4 part Seagram’s Brazilian Rum

3/4 part Kahlua Coffee Cream

Fresh Hot Chocolate

Grated Nutmeg

Whipped Cream

Cacao Bits Garnish

Place Seagram’s Brazilian Rum, Kahlua Coffee Cream and sprinkle of nutmeg in bottom of large mug or Irish coffee cup.  Add fresh hot chocolate.  Top with whipped cream, sprinkle of grated nutmeg and cacao bits.  Wowser!  Talk about the ultimate sweetly, seductive spiked hot chocolate with hint of coffee.  Nutmeg definitely adds a nice spice touch with the cacao bits give a wee bit of nutty bitter to the bite.

Jamaican Coffee

1-1/2 parts Coffee Liqueur

4 parts Dark Roast Coffee

Whipped Cream Optional

Place coffee liqueur and fresh brewed coffee in heat resistant mug. Stir. Add whipped cream float to top.

Keoki Coffee

1 ounce Brandy

1 ounce Coffee Liqueur

4 ounces Dark Roast Coffee

Whipped Cream Topper

Place brandy, coffee liqueur and fresh brewed coffee in heat resistant mug. Stir. Add whipped cream float to top.


2 ounces Cognac

4 ounces French Roast Coffee

Place cognac in bottom of heat resistant mug. Add fresh brewed coffee. Stir. Serve hot.

Gingerbread Java

1 part Brandy, Rum or Vodka

1-1/2 part Gingerbread Liqueur

4 parts Hot Coffee

Whipped Cream Garnish

Cinnamon Stick

Place base spirit and liqueur in heat resistant mug. Top with fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream. Stir with cinnamon stick.

Newfoundland Night-cap

1-1/4 ounce Newfoundland Screech Rum

1 – 2 Teaspoons Brown Sugar


Whipped Cream Garnish

Place Screech Rum and brown sugar in bottom of heat resistant mug. Fill with fresh brewed coffee. Stir to dissolve brown sugar. Top with whipped cream.

Café Pacifico

1-1/2 ounce Blanco Tequila

1/2 ounce Coffee Liqueur

4 ounces Freshly Brewed Hot Coffee

3 Bar Spoons Cinnamon & Sugar Mix*

Heavy Cream

Cinnamon & Sugar Sprinkle Garnish

Place tequila and coffee liqueur in bottom of heat proof mug. Add hot coffee. Stir in cinnamon and sugar mixture. Float heavy cream on top. Garnish with sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar.

*Cinnamon & Sugar: 4 parts fine granulated sugar – 1 part ground cinnamon. Mix.

Kahlua Coffee Bar at Tales of the Cocktail - photo property Cheri Loughlin - The IntoxicologistKentucky Coffee

1 part Bourbon

1 part Coffee Liqueur

1/2 part Hazelnut Liqueur

Fresh Brewed Coffee

Whipped Cream Garnish

Place bourbon and coffee liqueur into heat proof mug. Add Frangelico. Fill with fresh brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream garnish.

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  • Wow, we’re always on the lookout for exceptional coffee cocktail recipes – and these are great. We like to play with different brews of coffee as they all impart a different value. An espresso shot, dark or medium roast brewed coffee or our newly added Kohana Cold Brew – the possibilities are almost endless. Your photos are inviting – making me want to start testing right away….ok, maybe I’ll wait till later with friends.

    Nicely done.

    Piper Jones
    Kohana Coffee