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.
One of the best and simplest ways to make flavored vodka is to infuse plain vodka with freshly-ground coffee beans.
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.
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:
Finish it off by giving the top a light dusting of cinnamon or nutmeg. Unmute your taste buds and listen to them sing!
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!
The most famous coffee cocktail is arguably the White Russian, that classic, creamy mixture of Kahlua and Vodka. Here’s our recipe:
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.
You can try variations on the basic White/Black Russian cocktail with these ideas:
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!
This is a lovely vodka-infused variation on a traditional Irish Coffee:
Fill your cocktail shaker with ice. Then add the following:
Pour into your glass and finish with a dusting of nutmeg.
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!