8 Buzzworthy Coffee Cocktails

Another Friday afternoon at the office. You struggle to make it through your afternoon nap-attack. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s about 2 or 3pm and llate enough that lunch is just a distant memory, but too early to begin the countdown to the weekend. The words on your computer screen blur and before you know it you’re checking your forehead for paperclip imprints, hoping none of your coworkers heard your head bounce off your desk.

How are you going to make it through the rest of today, let alone out for the evening? It’s Friday, afterall. You deserve to celebrate surviving another week. Plus, that cute co-worker from accounting is supposed to be there. You can’t miss that.

You’re finally free from the office, and you’ve got just enough time to fight rush hour traffic home… so you can get ready to go back out. After all, there’s your accounting amore to consider.

By the time you get home, you’re amazed you have any energy at all. Perhaps a little pick me up is in order before you head out. Just a little something to sip while you get ready.

We’ve got two words for you. Coffee Cocktail. It’ll give you the energy you need to make it out, and the liquid courage you need to approach that accounting cutie once you get there.

Check out these 8 buzzworthy cocktails you can easily make at home. Order the ingredients before you leave the office and we’ll meet you at your place. No delivery fees, no hassle, just add coffee.

1. Espresso Martini

Original Recipe Courtesy of KAHLÚA
Original Recipe Courtesy of KAHLÚA

The bold, dark, and delicious cousin to the classic Martini, the Espresso Martini is exactly what you need. An ounce of espresso for energy, an ounce of Kahlúa for courage, and an ounce of vodka because well, it’s a martini.

Fun Fact: The Espresso Martini originated in the 1980s when a (now) famous model walked into a British Pub and asked for a drink that would wake her up while being intoxicating. Dick Bradsel is credited with crafting her what he called the Vodka Espresso. Later called ‘Pharmaceutical Stimulant’, they finally landed on the now widely used ‘Espresso Martini’.


1 part  Kahlúa
1 part Absolut Vodka
1 part Espresso
Simple Syrup to taste optional


Shake the Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka and espresso together with plenty of ice. Strain into a cocktail glass.

2. Black Jack

Original Recipe From Death Wish Coffee
Original Recipe From Death Wish Coffee

Everything’s better with a cherry on top, and coffee cocktails are no exception. Made with a base of cold coffee and combined with cognac and cherry liqueur, you’ll be dreaming about this drink for days.

Cognac is basically concentrated wine, which is the perfect companion for cherry liqueur. Combine them with coffee, and you’ve got a caffeine infused cherry bomb, ready to detonate in drinkable form.


1 oz Dr. Mcgillicuddy’s Cherry Liqueur
1 oz Cold Coffee
Cherries and Sugar for garnish


Combine ingredients and shake over ice. Strain into sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with skewered cherries.

3. Nose Warmer


Cold weather got you down? Warm your nose, and the rest of your body, with a Nose Warmer cocktail. Made with hot coffee and a delicious combination of five complimenting liqueurs, this coffee cocktail is a little more complicated than the others. But, we promise it’s worth it.

Although we wouldn’t make this drink if we had somewhere to go, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially when snuggled up in a robe in front of a cozy fireplace. No need to put on pants, you can get it all delivered to your door in minutes. Just add coffee, and let us do the rest.


¼ oz Kahlúa
¼ oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
¼ oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
¼ oz Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
¼ oz Tempus Fugit Crème de Cacao
6 oz Hot Coffee or Fresh Espresso
Whipped Cream and Cinnamon for garnish


Pour all the liqueurs into hot coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon.

4. The Truffle

Original Recipe From Death Wish Coffee
Original Recipe From Death Wish Coffee

This dessert inspired after dinner drink is definitely worth checking out. It’s delicious, decadent, and alcoholic. Does it really get any better? Plus, it’s got Hazelnut Liqueur in it, and hazelnut is hip. Just ask Nutella.


1 oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
1 oz Absolut Vodka
¾ oz Espresso
Shaved Chocolate for garnish


Shake over ice and strain. Top with shaved chocolate.

5. Iced Paradise


Welcome to the Island of Energy. Iced coffee, spiced rum, and butterscotch Schnapps, this drink is a buttery island paradise. It is way better than overdone and artificial tasting ‘island’ drinks like the Bahama Mama. Plus, the coffee gives it (and you) just the right kick.


1 oz Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz Bols Butterscotch Schnapps
6 oz Iced Coffee
Whipped Cream and Coffee Beans for garnish


Combine in a glass with ice and stir. Add sugar to taste. Optional: Top with whipped cream and garnish with coffee beans.

6. Cloud 9 Coffee


After a single sip, you’ll be transported to a land where your wildest fantasies become a reality. Surely this must be heaven… but alas, it’s only Cloud 9. Alright, you won’t actually be transported anywhere, but this drink is pretty heavenly. Coffee combined with Irish Whiskey and Hazelnut Liqueur and chocolate syrup, why didn’t we think of this? It’s basically Nutella flavored Irish Coffee. Sounds like a great way to start the night!


1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
½ oz Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
½ oz Chocolate Syrup
1 Cup Coffee
Whipped Cream for Garnish


Combine in mug or heat-safe glass and stir.Top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzle.

7. B-52


I know it’s shallow, but my favorite thing about this drink is the way it looks. It’s a beautifully layered shot that’s enough to convince yourself that you have calling in Mixology. Although there isn’t any actual coffee in it, it does have coffee flavored liqueur, which we’re totally counting. You can make these shots in under a minute, and drink them even quicker.

Fun Fact: The B-52 got its name from the iconic pop-band by the same name. The bartender who originally crafted the cocktail was a big fan of Love Shack, apparently.


1⁄3 oz Kahlúa
1⁄3 oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur
1⁄3 oz Grand Marnier Liqueur


Pour into shot glass in the order listed.

8. White Russian


I couldn’t make a list of coffee cocktails without giving a shout-out to an OG like the White Russian. A cocktail (and cinema) classic, the White Russian is a creamy and delicious coffee flavored cocktail. Made with Kahlúa, Vodka, and heavy cream, the coffee flavor is definitely subtle. This one is for coffee drinkers that like more cream than coffee. If it’s good enough for the Dude, it’s good enough for me. This drink abides.


1 part Kahlúa
1 part Absolut Vodka
1 part Heavy Cream


Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Add Kahlúa and Absolut Vodka, finish up with a cream layer.

Coffee Cocktails = The Perfect Pick-Me-Up

There’s no shame in needing a little pick me up. We’ve got your back. Enjoy a buzzworthy cocktail anytime from the comfort of your couch. First time getting Saucey? Use code READINGROOM for $10 off your first order!

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