Recharge with 5 Cold Coffee Cocktails

Ah, summer. Time for sandals and sand, sunshine, surf, green grass, green trees and patio umbrellas… and cocktail umbrellas, too!

Recharge with these Five Cold Coffee Cocktails |

If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you may be wistful for a steaming cup o’ joe (maybe with a lil’ somethin’ extra, wink wink,) but there’s no need to sweat the loss of cold weather and your favorite cozy beverage – chill out, pep up, and have your coffee on ice!

Here are five cold coffee cocktails sure to keep your summer parties going long after the sun goes down.

Espresso Martini

We’ll start by keeping it classic and simple: the martini. Shaken, not stirred. Here’s how to coffee-fy your martini.

Two espresso martinis with sugar rims in glasses with decoratively bent stems, on a slate surface with a stainless steel cocktail shaker and a measuring jibber, on a blue cloth, with a charcoal gray background.
Photo by Meghan Yager.

Espresso Martini – Get the Recipe Now

If you feel like enjoying something a little more decadent, but still want a simple recipe, try a hazelnut version. Just swap out the Kahlua for Frangelico. Mmmm… hazelnutty.

Iced Drunken Mocha

Now that the sun is sizzling, are you missing your favorite chocolate comfort drink?

Horizontal image of a glass mocha drink topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder, next to a metal shaker, cocoa powder, and whipped cream.

Iced Drunken Mocha – Get the Recipe Now

Try an icy mocha with a Kahlua kick!

Pumpkin Spice Margarita

Wouldn’t it be great if you could have the best of both worlds – the refreshing zing of a margarita and the warm, spicy sweetness of a pumpkin treat that’s perfect for autumn? Well, now you can!

Two pumpkin spice margaritas with ice, in glasses rimmed with spiced sugar, on a dark brown wood surface with scattered whole cloves and cinnamon sticks, with two gold decorative pumpkins and a white saucer in the background.
Photo by Meghan Yager.

Pumpkin Spice Margarita – Get the Recipe Now

Dark Mint Dream

Mojitos make for minty, lime-y good times. Take out the lime and add espresso, and what have you got? Something simply divine.

Looking for another flavorful alternative to the classic mojito? It’s not made with coffee, but it does have the added tang of homemade rhubarb syrup.

Two lowball glasses filled with a coffee cocktail topped with whipped cream, a paper straw with gold foil decoration, and a sprig of fresh green mint, with more mint, a metal cocktail shaker, and a gathered white cloth, on a brown wood background.
Photo by Meghan Yager.

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Bubbly Sugar Plum

A champagne cocktail is the epitome of elegance. Jazz it up with your favorite espresso for a knockout drink, and use it to impress crowds of friends.

Vertical oblique shot of two champagne flutes filled with a brown beverage with purple sugar rims, with a black square dish of sanding sugar and a white square dish of sugar cubes beside a bottle of champagne on a dark brown wood surface, with a lighter brown background.
Photo by Meghan Yager.

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There you have it. Five excellent cold coffee cocktails, from the simple to the sublime. Enjoy these tasty, energizing beverages poolside, on a rooftop terrace, by the lake or in the cool comfort of your own back yard.

When your friends ask you how you got to be such a genius bartender, just smile knowingly and serve them up another round.

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About Mike Quinn

Mike Quinn spent 20 years in the US Army and traveled extensively all over the world. As part of his military service, Mike sampled coffee and tea from all virtually every geographic region, from the beans from the plantation of an El Salvadorian Army Colonel to "Chi" in Iraq to Turkish Coffee in the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spent nearly a decade in the Republic of Korea where he was exposed to all forms of traditional teas. Mike formerly owned and operated Cup And Brew, an online espresso and coffee equipment retail operation.

26 thoughts on “Recharge with 5 Cold Coffee Cocktails”

  1. Let me just say, that picture is amazing! I had to click on the link to see what all the deliciousness was about! I wouldn’t have even cared if these were mocktails. They look so delicious, and have me craving some coffee!

  2. I honestly think that most countries, at least in Europe, are experiencing some type of heatwave. I have literally abandoned my love for herbal tea as it is honestly too hot to drink at the moment. I am trying to drink my hot coffee in the morning but I am begining to ponder the thought of stopping all hot beverage consumption for the time being.

    However, I might give a few of these a go and see how they turn out. However I don’t know how many are 9am appropriate! But sure coffee is not just for the morning so it might be a nice evening pick me up !

    • Cazala, I’ll be publishing a couple of articles in the next few days on cold-brewed beverages that might be just up your alley.

  3. Oh man, this is the perfect weekend for making drinks like this. I wish I’d seen this before I hit the road earlier and did all of my holiday shopping. The traffic is horrendous here at the holidays, because I live near a few tourist destinations, so I’ll have to bookmark this page. I’ve been craving Frangelico lately, and Kahlua and Tia Maria sound pretty good, too. These are on my menu for this Summer, for sure.

  4. What I love the most about coffee is that you can drink it all year round. Drink it hot when it is cold weather. Make an iced version when It is hot weather. These drinks look great in the photos and makes me wish I had one now.

  5. Everyone knows I’m not a big fan of coffee, because these sound absolutely incredible! The others in my family are all regular drinkers, and like to start off each morning with a nice hot cup of joe. These looks like a great treat to surprise them with someday, maybe an afternoon boost during the break from work. My dad does long hours of physical labor, and this was be the perfect treat to greet him with. The Dunken Mocha looks especially good – I’d actually like to try that one out myself. Great ideas, thanks a bunch for sharing them!

    (Loved the James Bond reference in there by the way. 😉 Very clever.)

  6. I love an espresso martini but my preferred recipe is vodka, espresso coffee, coffee liqueur (the clear kind with no cream), and sugar syrup I comes out dark brown but not quite opaque and is absolutely delish. I don’t mind the other type either but I think the creamy flavor reduces the coffee flavor and makes it less martini and more “pudding”.

  7. These recipes are great. I combine my two favorite drinks! coffee and liquor – my husband can enjoy it too and it wont look like we’re having too much happy hour in front of the kids!
    I’m a big fan of kahlua but I don’t know how to make good coffee so I just mix a tablespoon of kahlua to instant Nescafe. Its really my lazy-go-to drink.

  8. Tall Dark and Bubbly looks totally perfect. Great photos, really! Makes me wish I had these ingredients on hand all the time! I like to freeze espresso in ice cube trays, pour a small glass of Kahlua, or Frangelico and add a couple espresso cubes. Topped with whipped cream of course. It doesn’t get watered down which is good for me because I’m a slow drinker most of the time. This is my lazy quick fix – sweet and relaxing.

  9. Page bookmarked…fitting those recipes onto my kitchen-to-do list…am spoilt for choice, they are amazing…making me choose will be the punishment of the century…plus I know by the time I’m done, I’ll be having numerous topping ideas especially for Dark Mint Dream and Tall Dark & Bubbly…can’t wait to make my own homemade coffee cocktails…quite thrilled 😉

  10. I’m typing my comment with an iced coffee in hand – unfortunately, it’s of the non-alcoholic version. Of the 5 you’ve posted, I have to say the most intriguing is “Tall, Dark & Bubbly”. Champagne with espresso?? Now that’s definitely worth trying! Pinned.

    • Care to share the recipe of iced coffee in hand, am quite eager to know what’s in that ‘iced’ glass, 😉 kindly be generous and do tell 🙂 I’ll definitely appreciate the gesture 🙂

  11. These are amazing! I’m not a big drinker, but I’m willing to get drunk trying everyone of these. Thought I think I’ll start with the ‘Dark Mint Dream’ because it doesn’t seem to hard core alcohol. Then I think I would like to try the ‘Tall, Dark and Bubbly’ because I like Champagne. 🙂 I’m a bit sad that I’ve found this article at the end of the summer, but if I like I’ll definitely make it for next summer.

  12. I’m not a coffee person myself but I think I just fell in love with the cocktails. I hate the taste of regular coffee but when it’s iced or has a more sweet taste I’m down for it. Looks like I could drink those everyday in the morning while the summer is going on! 😀

  13. These certainly leave my mouth watering. I love coffee and I love a drop of Kahlua in it. Kahlua coffee, especially in the winter is delicious. These iced coffees are really spectacular for summertime. An ice-cream mixture sounds most delicious to me.

  14. Let me just say, that I am a coffee lover of any sort hot or cold and definitely as a martini. The expresso martini and spiced pumpkin will be on my menu of beverages tonight. I can’t wait to try these tonight. I am sure my husband will also enjoy these as he loves coffee perhaps even more than I do, especially with some liquor.

  15. Let me start out by saying WOW! These look so refreshing, and appetizing. I am always looking for new cocktails to make for my friends when we get together; these drinks will most certainly be brought to the table. I cannot wait to try the Dark Mint Dream! How delightful!

  16. Those look wonderful. I actually have not made any fancy foo fooed drinks at home, other than the standard coffee or latte’s. But, these look very delicious, I think I will have to give them a try.

  17. It’s OH-SO-HOT in my part of the world. Thus, the pictures of these cold coffee cocktails drew me in! I’m saddened that they contain alcohol. Haha, I still clicked them even though the label said cocktails. Pity for me. But that’s just me. I can still envision them to be something to have to ward off the heat. They’re definitely something my friends can thoroughly enjoy – a mix of their favorites: espresso and their favorite alcohol (more the vodka and tequila).

  18. The Drunken Mocha and the Pumpkin Spice Iced Margarita seem too good to be true. I may have to try them in my kitchen. I’ve had coffee flavored alcoholic beverages such a Buttery Nipple. That’s only because I love cold coffee only and Bailey’s Irish Cream liquor is just so sophisticated, not to mention tasty. I’m not a huge fan of club soda or vodka, but the Dark Mint Dream drink is definitely worth trying I imagine.

  19. Wow! Great recipe ideas to different unique hacks for dressing up your cup of Joe. I plan to use a few of your recipes for a dinner party that will WOW my guests. I also love to incorporate coffee in my cooking.

  20. Wow, what an interesting way to combine two of my beverage favorites: alcohol and coffee. I found the Tall Dark and Bubbly fascinating. I would have never thought of combining champagne and brandy, not mention then mixing this with espresso. The recipe seems easy enough to follow. I will have to try it for myself first, but this looks like a drink that I wouldn’t mind sharing with friends. We are always looking for new ideas for after dinner drinks.

  21. I’m not really a drinker but I don’t see why I shouldn’t try at least one of this recipes, they all look extremely delicious and refreshing!
    My favorite is a competition between the martini and the tall and bubbly one, and I really liked the idea of vanilla vodka, my mouth waters just by thinking about it, yum!

  22. Well I think that the Iced Drunken Mocha is the most appealing to me right now, but I have to say that the pumpkin margarita just has a ring to the name. Of course it also sounds like it would be quite delicious, and this is the time of year to do anything pumpkin-related, so I might have to at least try that one. I have been getting more into the mochas and flavored coffees here lately, so this seems like a natural step in the right direction for me. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I do not like hot coffee, but I do like iced, and these sound really good. I have a friend who adores pumpkin spice anything, and I immediately thought of her with that margarita. I’d never heard of making a mojito with coffee before now; I ‘ll have to try this one. I think one of the nice things about these recipes is that they can be made with or without alcohol. These sound like really good drinks to serve with brunch or in the afternoon. I’ll have to pass this on to my coffee-loving friends!


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