Coffee shops morphing into night time bars, serving caffeinated nightcaps is developing into the latest trend as businesses, as owners look to expand their trading hours and range of clientele. The Blend has rounded up the top 6 coffee cocktails, with recipes, flavour profiles and top serving suggestions.
When prepared correctly, this shot should form three distinct layers and packs a rich, fruity punch. For an added ‘Wow Factor’, the top layer can be ignited upon serving.
- 20ml orange cognac
- 20ml Baileys Irish Cream
- 20ml coffee liqueur
Best served: Layered in a shot glass with a stirrer.
A bold drink with a clean, smooth finish. Add cola over the top to make it a Dirty Black Russian.
- 50ml vodka
- 20ml coffee liqueur
- Ice cubes
Best served: Stirred over ice in an old-fashioned glass.
The gentler sibling of the Black Russian, the White Russian has a similar flavour profile with a creamier flavour. The cream can be substituted for full fat milk for those who don’t wish to have the waistline of ‘The Dude’ from The Big Lebowski.
- 30ml coffee flavoured liqueur
- 30ml vodka
- 125ml single cream or milk
Best served: Over ice, gently stirred with cream floating on top.
Sweet caramel flavours with a strong underline of coffee. There are many variants of this recipe but it remains the most iconic of all coffee based cocktails.
- 40ml Vodka
- 15ml Nectar Pedro Ximenez
- 35ml espresso
- Sugar to taste
Best served: Shaken with ice and strained into a chilled martini glass.
A rich classic, with balance of bitter and sweet flavours to find a happy medium. The perfect evening nightcap.
- 1 shot of hot black coffee
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 shot Irish whiskey
- Double cream
Best served: Coffee, whiskey and sugar heated together, poured into a glass topped with unwhipped cream that marbles into the coffee.
Flat White Martini
This alcoholic take on the trendy Australian coffee, combines all forms of indulgence. For an extra kick, double the vodka and halve the Baileys, adding a dash of gourmet sugar syrup.
- 50 Baileys Irish cream
- 25ml vodka
- 25ml espresso
Best served: Shaken and strained into a frozen martini glass.