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Ah, we’ve missed you, warm weather! Time for sandals, pools, sunshine, surf, green grass, patio umbrellas… and cold cocktails, too!
If you start your morning every day with coffee, you may be hesitant to make yourself a hot and steamy cup when the weather outside is also hot and steamy.
But you don’t have to sweat the loss of cold weather and your favorite cozy beverage. Chill out, pep up, and serve your coffee beverage on ice!
When you’re off from work, hosting an outdoor party, or enjoying a long weekend – or an even longer vacation – be on board with adding a little something boozy into the mix.
Here are five cold coffee cocktails sure to keep your summer parties going long, well after the sun goes down!
Recharge with 5 Cold Coffee Cocktails
1. Dark Mint Dream
Mojitos with lots of mint and lime will make for a fun evening. Take out the lime and add espresso, and what do you have now?
Something simultaneously energizing and refreshing!
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Our chilled dark mint dream provides a delightfully creamy way to wet your whistle at the end of a long day, or a great way to kick off a fun party at home.
Start by making a mint syrup from scratch – there are so many tasty mint varieties out there, so take your pick!
After muddling more fresh mint in your cocktail shaker, you then shake together white rum, espresso, cream, and the syrup.
Top the cocktail off with club soda, and garnish with whipped cream and a sprig of mint.
2. Espresso Martini
Simple and classy, the martini provides a fashionable inspiration for a coffee-based beverage.
Shaken, not stirred.
Here’s how to add a little pep to your martini!
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Shake together chilled espresso with vodka and your favorite coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahlua.
If you feel like enjoying something a little more decadent, but you’re still hoping to make a simple recipe, try a hazelnut version – all you have to do is swap out the Kahlua for Frangelico, a hazelnut-based liqueur.
Bond might not approve, but we’ll drink it to the last drop!
3. Iced Drunken Mocha
Now that the sun is sizzling, cool off with a double dose of buzz in your mug!
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Try this icy mocha with a Kahlua kick – our iced drunken mocha cocktail is the recipe for you if you want your coffee with a bit of chocolate and booze.
The mixture of chocolate syrup, espresso, and coffee liqueur is a devilish trio! It’s like drinking your favorite mocha beverage, but with a fun punch at the end.
A whipped cream topping with a dusting of cocoa powder are the final garnishes that help to take this classic from an everyday drink to an exciting, special beverage you can sip and enjoy when the mood is right!
You can make your own chocolate syrup or keep a store-bought option on hand like this deep and rich hot fudge sauce from Coop’s, available now on Mouth.
4. Italian Affogato
An interesting pairing of a hot drink and a frozen dessert, an Italian affogato is a simple, two-ingredient recipe you can endlessly customize.
Made by pouring hot espresso over a cup of ice cream, it’s a small, sweet indulgence to serve as an after-dinner treat.
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Easily booze it up with a splash of amaretto or your preferred whiskey, brandy, or rum – you’ll have a lot of fun making a different version every time company comes over!
As a fruity suggestion, our recipe for cherry chocolate chip ice cream would be a delightful match with a strong espresso and a little Heering Cherry Liqueur, or something similar.
5. Sugar Plum
Champagne is the epitome of elegance!
When combined with espresso, plum brandy, and sugar cubes, you can make a beautifully bubbly cocktail that’s perfect to enjoy during a celebration.
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Serve this drink to impress friends and family when you want to feel fine and fancy. Pinkies up!
This would be a lovely beverage to serve your guests during a company dinner party, bridal shower, or an engagement party that you are hosting.
You can dress up the glass by rolling sanding sugar around the rim – choose a colorless sugar for an air of sophistication, or go for a colorful option to match the theme of the evening.
A Jolt of Java and Fun
Do you have a weekend off coming up soon? We hope you’ll be able to make one of our five excellent cold coffee cocktails, from the simple to the sublime.
Enjoy these tasty, energizing beverages poolside, on a rooftop terrace, on the beach, or in the cool comfort of your own backyard.
When your friends ask how you manage to be such a genius bartender, just smile knowingly, pull another shot of espresso, and serve them a second round.
What do you think of the combination of espresso and cocktails? Do you have a favorite recipe not mentioned here? Leave a comment below as soon as you can – we have our cocktail shaker ready to go.
What about the kiddos under 21, or any adults choosing not to imbibe? Here’s your opportunity to mix together equally refreshing, yet 100% alcohol-free, delicious beverages for the rest of the crew:
Photos by Meghan Yager and Nikki Cervone, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on July 3, 2015. Last updated on June 5, 2023. Uncredited photos via Shutterstock.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.