Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Coffee Cocktail!

It’s September 29th, better known as NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Now, many people are going to be celebrating this momentous occasion by enjoying a variety of different coffee drinks to start their day, like mochas and lattes. But we’re here to tell you about some coffee drinks you may prefer to drink at the end of the day, because they’ll be a little bit spicier than your average drink…we’re talking about coffee cocktails! What’s more, everyone knows that coffee drinks=fall, thanks to pumpkin spiced lattes, so we also have some awesome suggestions for fall cocktails and Halloween drink ideas as well.

Dublin Iced Coffee

Glassware: Highball glass

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces cold brew coffee, strong
  • 2 ounces stout
  • 1 ½ ounces Irish whiskey
  • ¾ ounces simple syrup
  • ½ ounces heavy cream
  • Cinnamon stick, freshly grated (for garnish)

The Dublin Iced Coffee is a sneaky coffee cocktail; it just looks like a beautiful coffee drink, but it packs a hefty punch. Combine the coffee, stout, Irish whiskey, and simple syrup in a highball glass. Slowly pour the heavy cream into the drink, and garnish with the cinnamon stick.

Hot White Russian

Glassware: Heated Irish coffee glasses

Servings: 4

Supplies: Saucepan

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups coffee, freshly brewed
  • ½ cup Kahlúa, or to taste
  • ¼ cup vodka, or to taste
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • Whipped cream (for garnish)

Any good list of coffee cocktails couldn’t ignore this tasty White Russian. Combine coffee, Kahlúa, vodka, and heavy cream in a saucepan and heat on the stove until the mixture is hot (make sure you do not turn the heat up any higher than medium, though, to avoid scalding the cream). Pour into heated mugs and top with whipped cream.

Coffee Collins

Glassware: Highball glass

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce gin
  • 3 ounces tonic water
  • 1 ounce Mr. Black coffee liqueur

Gin and coffee liqueur make a surprisingly good mix – try them out in this Coffee Collins. Mix the gin and coffee liqueur in a highball glass, top with tonic water, and enjoy this fresh twist on a classic taste.

The Blind Abbot

Glassware: Irish coffee glass

Servings: 1

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey
  • 1 ounce coffee, freshly brewed and then chilled in a refrigerator
  • ¾ ounce Galliano Ristretto liqueur
  • ½ ounce cinnamon syrup
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Whipped cream and ground cinnamon (for garnish)

The Blind Abbot is a more intense coffee cocktail with a cinnamon twist reminiscent of fall, which makes it an excellent Halloween drink idea. Mix the whiskey, coffee, Galliano Ristretto liqueur, cinnamon syrup, and bitters in a shaker filled with ice. Shake for half a minute, or until the outside of the shaker is frosty with condensation. Strain into an Irish coffee glass and top with whipped cream and cinnamon to taste.

Pineapple Cold Brew Gin & Tonic

Glassware: Stemless wine glass
Servings: 1
Supplies: Shaker
Ingredients:
● 4 ounces cold brew coffee
● 1 ounce gin
● ⅓ ounces simple syrup
● Tonic water, for topping
● Pineapple, for garnish
You may not think pineapple and coffee can go well together, but you would be wrong. Shake all ingredients except tonic water and pineapple in a shaker with ice, then strain into the glass. Top with tonic water and the pineapple and enjoy!

Coffee Old Fashioned

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Glassware: Rocks glass

Servings: 1

Supplies: Shaker, bar spoon

Ingredients:

  • Double shot of room temperature espresso
  • 1 ounce whiskey, either bourbon or rye
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
  • Freshly cut lemon peel (not just for garnish!)

If you’re looking to give your old fashioned a kick – perhaps to gear up for a night of Halloween shots – this could be the drink for you. Mix espresso, whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters in a shaker with the bar spoon. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Rub the lemon peel around the rim of the glass, and use it in the drink for garnish, as desired.

Momma’s Breakfast

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Glassware: Snifter, chilled

Servings: 1

Supplies: Lighter, cast-iron plate, shaker

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Afrohead Briland 07 Rum
  • 2 ounces cold brew coffee
  • 3-4 dashes Fee Brothers’ cardamom bitters
  • Cloves, for smoking

Momma’s Breakfast takes a little extra effort to make, but the delightful smoky taste makes it all worth it. With the lighter, burn the cloves on a cast-iron plate until they are giving off a large quantity of smoke. Upend the snifter on top of the smoking cloves so that the smoke is trapped inside the glass. Mix the remaining ingredients in a shaker and strain into the smoked glass. Hey, the smoke could even make this a perfect Halloween cocktail – what better way to spice up a Halloween party?

Dark Moon

Glassware: Rocks glass

Servings: 8

Supplies: Large pitcher

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups cold brew coffee
  • ½ cup coffee liqueur
  • ½ cup spiced rum
  • 1 12-ounce bottle Coca-Cola, Mexican if you can get it
  • ½ cup heavy cream

This cocktail is a great way to mix some sugary carbonation with a classic coffee flavor. Combine all ingredients except the heavy cream in the large pitcher and mix well. Pour over ice into glasses and drizzle with heavy cream.

Holiday Coffee

Glassware: Irish coffee mug, warmed

Servings: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounce Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel whiskey
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Halloween candy, for garnish

The Holiday Coffee is a great drink idea for any holiday, but it’s especially impressive as a Halloween drink idea. Simply pour the whiskey into a warm Irish coffee mug, mix with the coffee, and top with whipped cream and whatever cute candy you have on hand to make the perfect Halloween cocktail!

Bon Fire Nights

Glassware: Coupe glass

Servings: 1

Supplies: Shaker

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce espresso
  • ⅔ ounce hazelnut Schnapps
  • ⅓ ounce Jamaican rum
  • ⅔ ounce port wine chocolate syrup
  • One sprig rosemary, tip lightly burned (for garnish)

The fall feeling continues with the Bonfire Nights drink. Combine all ingredients except the rosemary sprig and strain into a coupe glass. Top with the rosemary sprig and breathe in the fresh scent of autumn. This may be an ideal drink for recovery after a night of too many Halloween shots!

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