Coffee and Vodka Recipes: a Winning Combination

Coffee drink recipes can run the gamut from classic to trendy to downright weird, but a true coffee lover is up for trying them all.

At this time Americans drink approximately 400 million cups of coffee per day, and that number rises steadily. 

Research has indicated that people who consume moderate amounts of coffee and alcohol live longer than those who don’t. So why not make the best of both and combine the two?

One of the recently popular coffee concoctions making the rounds is coffee and vodka. You can simply combine a cup of coffee with a shot of vodka if you like, but you can try a number of ways to spice up this simple mixture from hot to cold, innocent to naughty, and morning pick-me-ups to late-night libations. 

In this article we share some of our favorite coffee and vodka combinations with you.

1. Coffee-Flavored Vodka

One of the best and simplest ways to make flavored vodka is to infuse plain vodka with freshly-ground coffee beans.

  1. Coarsely grind about 1/2 cup of good quality espresso beans. 
  2. Add this to a quart size mason jar, and pour over 2 cups of plain vodka. 
  3. Screw a lid on tightly and give the jar a good shake. Let it sit for a couple of days and shake it occasionally.
  4. Once the liquid turns a nice, rich, dark-brown color, strain it through a coffee filter and discard the grounds
  5. Store the coffee-flavored vodka in a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. You can then keep it in the fridge for several months.

This coffee-infused vodka makes a fantastic espresso martini! 

Add to a cocktail shaker 2 oz. of your espresso-infused vodka, one shot of espresso, 1 oz. of Bailey’s Irish Cream and some ice. Shake well and serve.

If you’re not up to infusing your own vodka, you can make caffeinated vodka drinks in all sorts of different ways. Instant coffee, flavored liqueurs, sugar syrups and dairy products can be used to make a drink that suits your particular tastes, from mugs of hot, spiked coffee to elegant caffeinated martinis. 

2. Iced Coffee Ideas

Iced coffee with vodka can be incredibly refreshing. While a simple mixture of cold-brewed coffee and vodka is tasty, you can include lots of other things to enhance its flavor. Try adding any of the following:

  • An accompanying flavored alcohol: Kahlua, Triple Sec, Amaretto and Frangelico
  • Something sweet: Brown sugar, chocolate syrup, simple syrup, or a sugar substitute if you’re going carbohydrate-free
  • Heavy cream, half-and-half, non-dairy cream, or coconut milk
  • Ice cubes, bitters, or ice cream (Chocolate and vanilla are the most obvious choices.)
  • Hazelnut or vanilla extract

Finish it off by giving the top a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg. Unmute your taste buds and listen to them sing!

3. Hot Coffee Ideas

Sometimes you just need a bit of something hot, caffeinated – and spiked with vodka. We’ve all had those kinds of days.

Don’t worry; we won’t judge!

  • Make a hot vodka coffee by combining freshly brewed coffee, flavored vodka (Cinnamon is particularly good.), and milk. Garnish with whipped cream.
  • You can make a hot white Russian by adding a touch of Kahlua to the above concoction.
  • Try a vodka espresso – combine fresh, hot espresso with vodka, simple syrup, and coffee liqueur.
  • Add vodka and coffee liqueur to a mug of hot chocolate for an adult hot cocoa.

4. Coffee Cocktail Recipes

4.1 White Russian

The most famous coffee cocktail is arguably the White Russian, that classic, creamy mixture of Kahlua and Vodka. Here’s our recipe:

  1. Fill an old fashioned glass half full of ice cubes.
  2. Add 1 oz. Kahlua and 2 oz. of your favorite vodka.
  3. Pour over 1 oz. heavy cream and serve. 

4.2 Black Russian

The IBA specified recipe for Black Russians calls for 2 parts vodka to one part Kahlua. Pour these over ice cubes or cracked ice and serve.

4.3 Variations On A Theme

You can try variations on the basic White/Black Russian cocktail with these ideas:

  • A Colorado Bulldog is a Black Russian in a highball glass with Coca-Cola added.
  • To make a Brown Russian, add a splash of ginger ale to a Black Russian.
  • Add a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream to a White Russian, and you have a mudslide!
  • An Orange Russian is a Black Russian with a shot of Triple Sec and an orange slice.

4.4 Kahlua’s Irish Espresso Martini

First fill your cocktail shaker with ice, then add one part Kahlua, one part Irish whiskey, and one part freshly brewed espresso.

Shake well and finally strain into a cocktail glass. It’s delicious!

4.5 Vodka Irish Coffee

This is a lovely vodka-infused variation on a traditional Irish Coffee:

 Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then add the following: 

  • 4 oz. cold-brewed coffee
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream

Pour into your glass and finish with a dusting of nutmeg.

4.6 Frangelico Espresso Martini

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 4 oz. freshly-brewed espresso, 1 oz. Frangelico and 1 oz. vodka.
  3. Shake well and serve.
  4. For the finishing touch garnish with chocolate shavings.

4.7 Instant Espresso Martini

  1. First dissolve 2 tablespoons of instant coffee in 2 oz. ice-cold water.
  2. Add 1 oz. of your favorite vodka and stir.
  3. Pour into your martini glass and serve cold.

Final Word on Coffee and Vodka

Whatever way you choose to prepare your coffee vodka, enjoy these recipes to help make it memorable. Serve some of these at your next holiday get-together and wow your guests.

Let us know in the comments below how you like to make your coffee and vodka drinks!