Spiked coffee is almost too good to be true. Coffee alone is already an essential drink, but when you combine it with sweet liqueur or creamy Bailey’s, you really are taking your morning pick-me-up or after-dinner indulgence to the next level.
These tasty beverages might not be the best thing to consume before a long day in the office, but after a workday, they are perfect, and they also easily serve as a sophisticated after-dinner drink.
So get your coffee brewing and pull out your stronger stuff from the top shelves. You might typically take your coffee with cream and sugar, but after these recipes, you could have some new favorite add-ins.
1. Classic Irish coffee
The quintessential spiked coffee drink is Irish coffee, and that’s why we’re highlighting this recipe from Chow for you first. This recipe requires only freshly brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream, so the ingredients list won’t rob you of your bottom dollar but will still knock you off your feet.
- 4 ounces freshly brewed coffee
- 1½ ounces Irish whiskey
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Dollop of freshly whipped cream
Directions: Combine the coffee, whiskey, and sugar in a hot Irish coffee mug, then float whipped cream on top.
2. Baileys hazelnut coffee
Next up is a recipe for Baileys hazelnut coffee from PopSugar. The creamy liqueur mixed with coffee is irresistible, and it’s safe to say that it’s going to be hard to go back to virgin coffee beverages after this.
- 6 ounces fresh-brewed coffee
- 1½ ounces (1 shot) Baileys With a Hint of Hazelnut
- 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mix, optional
- Whipped cream or milk foam, to top
Directions: Pour coffee and Baileys into a large mug. If you would like a more chocolatey flavor, stir in hot cocoa mix (optional). Top with whipped cream or milk foam. Serve immediately.
3. Spiked coffee
Up next is a spiked coffee recipe from Giada De Laurentiis herself. This drink involves a different coffee liqueur (Kahlúa), and instead of freshly brewed coffee, it calls for a cup of espresso. This coffee cocktail will knock you off your feet in the best way possible — and we should also mention that vodka might be involved. This recipe serves 8.
- 1½ cups coffee liqueur (recommended: Kahlúa)
- 1 cup dark creme de cacoa
- 1½ cups vodka
- 1 cup espresso, cooled
- 1 orange wedge
- Orange sugar crystals
- 12 ice cubes
Directions: Mix the coffee liqueur, creme de cacoa, vodka, and espresso in a small pitcher. Cover the pitcher with plastic wrap and place it in the freezer until the mixture is very cold, about 3 hours. Meanwhile, rub the rims of 8 martini glasses with the orange wedge. Dip the rims in the sugar crystals to coat lightly. Place the glasses in the freezer. Add the ice cubes to the vodka mixture and briskly stir the mixture until the ice begins to melt. Strain the mixture into the prepared glasses and serve.
4. Hot shot espresso
This recipe from Cosmopolitan looks a bit stronger than the aforementioned coffee formulas on this list. A glass of this caffeinated gold will surely wake you up in the morning, but let’s just say that we hope you like Patrón.
- 1 ounce Patrón XO Coffee Liqueur
- 1 ounce Baileys Original Irish Cream
- Double shot of espresso
- Steamed milk
- Mint sprig, to garnish
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.
5. Hot White Russian
Last but not least is this hot White Russian from Epicurious. Similar to the other recipes on this list, this drink is probably better suited for an evening aperitif rather than a morning pick-me-up, but it’s your call when you want to try out this drink — just make sure you do.
- 2½ cups freshly brewed coffee
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup Kahlúa or other coffee-flavored liqueur, or to taste
- ¼ cup vodka, or to taste
- Whipped heavy cream for garnish, if desired
Directions: In a saucepan, stir together the coffee, ½ cup cream, Kahlúa, and vodka, and heat the mixture over moderate heat until hot. Divide the mixture among heated mugs and garnish each drink with some of the whipped cream.