Cocktail Recipes

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Espresso Martini

Vodka , Classics

It’ll wake you up, then eff you up.

Prairie Buzz

Whiskey , Modern Classics

The ideal nightcap for the coffee-inclined, the combination of cold brew and chinato in this cocktail by The Bennett in New York City make for the perfect balance of caffeinated zip and herbal calm.

Lynx

Cognac , Modern Classics

If you’re looking to add a little chill to your pre-dinner coffee but don’t quite want to go the cold-brew route, the Lynx at Cambridge, Mass.’s Park is the cocktail for you. Instead of serving the drink over ice, the chilling agent is actually a giant, frozen cube of coffee. (This idea could get very dangerous, very fast.)

Spark & Stormy

Modern Classics

Who says coffee cocktails can’t be a little topical? This creation from Vance Henderson of Drambuie not only adds in the juiciness of pineapple but also notes of fresh basil and a splash of mezcal—just for fun.

Shoulda Benne Pirate

Rum , Modern Classics

This sweet, locally inspired coffee drink from Harold’s Cabin in Charleston, S.C., adds a crumble of benne seed wafers, a South Carolina low country staple, for a unique, crunchy garnish. If you can’t find benne seed wafers, use thin sesame wafers instead.

Midnight Oil

Rum , Modern Classics

“The Midnight Oil brings to life in cocktail form one of my all-time favorite snack combos: a morning coffee and a slice or two of banana bread,” says bartender Brett Esler of Whisler’s in Austin. “With an aged rum base, a touch of the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur for a little depth and some vanilla extract to round it out, you have yourself a slightly caffeinated, fall-driven sipper.”

Espresso Milk Punch

Bourbon / American Whiskey , Modern Classics

A coffee-flecked spin on the classic brunch cocktail the Bourbon Milk Punch, this drink has quickly become a weekend favorite at New Orleans’ Cavan. The chicory liqueur adds an extra special New Orleans flourish.

Brancamenta Frappe

Frozen / Blended

Mint liqueur, mocha gelato and a whole lotta love.

Crimson King

Rye Whiskey , Modern Classics

This drink takes the subtle flavors in a Boulevardier and adds dark cherry and bitter roasted coffee liqueur.