Coffee and cocktails go brilliantly together – we've got everything from an Irish coffee affogato to a gingerbread martini for you to try. We also have lots of cocktails with coffee liqueur to explore, including a classic espresso martini and retro white russian. We've even got a recipe for homemade coffee syrup so you can give a coffee-flavoured boost to anything from a negroni (trust us, it works!) to a simple bowl of vanilla ice cream.


Before you get started, check out our best coffee liqueurs to try, then see our pick of the must-buy cocktail accessories. For more coffee recipe inspo, check out our coffee desserts and coffee recipes.

11 coffee cocktail recipes

Espresso martini

We love espresso martinis! One of the coolest cocktails around, this punchy little number blends hot espresso and vodka for the ultimate party drink. This classy glassful is easier to make than you think.

A martini glass filled with espresso martini on a grey background

Irish coffee

If you’re into coffee cocktails, try experimenting with this decadent, boozy coffee using different spirits like bourbon, cognac, dark rum or amaretto.

A glass of Irish coffee with a brass spoon on a green background

White russian

Vodka, coffee liqueur and cream is all it takes to make this smooth, classic cocktail. Serve in an old fashioned glass, to be really authentic.

White Russian Recipe

Baileys cocktail

Coffee and Baileys are perfect partners in this creamy evening cocktail, garnished with chocolate shavings for extra indulgence.

Two Baileys cocktails topped with chocolate shavings

Irish coffee affogato

Affogato is the ultimate cheat’s pudding. Adding a slug of any spirit or liqueur you fancy (we've used Irish whiskey) makes it even more grown-up.

Irish coffee affogato

Chai white russian

Colder autumn months call for the warming spices of chai. We’ve used the spice to infuse milk for a wonderfully aromatic twist on a classic white russian.

White Russian Recipe

Iced coffee

Iced coffee is a brilliant way of keeping cool and getting your caffeine fix, all in one. You can add a splash of your favourite liqueur to make it a boozy treat.

Iced latte in a tall glass with ice

Black russian

Make this classic dark cocktail with vodka and coffee liqueur. Serve in an old fashioned glass with ice for an elegant after-dinner drink, or try our fun flavour twists.

A selection of Christmas cocktails lined up in a row

Gingerbread espresso martini

This velvety smooth espresso and gingerbread cocktail is the perfect warmer for chilly days – or as a cheeky, alcoholic alternative to pudding.

A gingerbread and espresso martini served in a martini glass with a cinnamon and sugar rim

Coffee syrup

Make a batch of this rich, syrupy concoction to flavour drinks with a coffee hit.

A bottle of homemade coffee syrup


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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