4 Creative Coffee Cocktails to Spark Your Senses

Coffee is a favourite beverage for many, especially for us over at YCB. However, a regular cup of coffee sometimes doesn’t cut it. When you crave something exciting, sophisticated, and yet caffeinated, the answer is coffee cocktails.

Sugary syrups and whipped cream mountains on coffee are pretty standard (few things are better than grabbing that treat from your local Starbucks or Nero). But for those who love the bold flavours of coffee, we have come up with some creative and delicious ways to combine spirits with your favourite coffee flavours that will tantalise your taste buds. Whether you want to impress guests at a dinner party or simply indulge in a luxurious drink at home, these cocktail coffees will surely delight all.

Irish Coffee Ulysses

The traditional Irish coffee is perfect for chilly evenings or a winter party. All you need are Irish coffee glasses, 1.5 oz Irish whiskey (Jameson whiskey is the go-to choice for Irish coffee cocktails), 6 oz freshly brewed coffee, 1 oz Irish cream liqueur, lightly whipped cream for toppings, and chocolate shavings for garnishing.


  • Brew a strong cup of coffee and sweeten it with a hint of brown sugar.
  • Pour a shot of Irish whiskey into a heatproof glass or mug.
  • Top with the freshly brewed coffee, leaving room for a dollop of freshly whipped cream.
  • Gently float the cream on top of the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon.
  • Finish with a sprinkle of nutmeg or chocolate shavings for an indulgent touch.

Espresso Martini

The espresso martini is a classic cocktail that adds a hint of sweetness with a twisted addition of simple syrup. The ingredients are 1.5 oz vodka, 1 oz coffee liqueur, 1 oz freshly brewed espresso, 0.5 oz simple syrup, and coffee beans for garnishing.


  • Start by brewing a shot of espresso and letting it cool to room temperature.
  • Combine the cooled espresso, vodka, coffee liqueur, and a splash of simple syrup in a shaker.
  • Shake vigorously until well combined and chilled.
  • Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with coffee beans or a twist of orange peel for an unexpected citrusy kick.

Cinnamon Affogato

This is a dessert cocktail and a perfect indulgence for those cosy nights when you want to treat yourself to something special. You need 1.5 oz spiced rum, one scoop vanilla or cinnamon ice cream, 2 oz hot espresso, and ground cinnamon for garnishing.


  • Brew a strong cup of coffee and pour it over a scoop of cinnamon ice cream in a chilled glass.
  • Drizzle with a shot of spiced rum or bourbon for an extra kick. Buy Top-Shelf Bourbon Brand Online at samliquor.com.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick for stirring and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top for a cosy and comforting treat.

Coffee Negroni

Negroni comes with an Italian twist that infuses coffee liqueur Campari for a deeper flavour. Campari has a bitterness that beautifully balances with the herbal notes of gin and the sweetness of vermouth. You need 1 oz coffee-infused Campari, 1 oz gin, 1 oz sweet vermouth, and an orange twist for garnishing.


  • Combine equal parts of coffee, gin, and sweet vermouth in a mixing glass filled with ice.
  • Add a dash of orange bitters for an extra layer of flavour.
  • Stir well and strain into a chilled glass filled with ice or a large ice cube.
  • Garnish with a twist of orange peel or a few coffee beans for an elegant touch.

Cocktails With a Kick of Caffeine

Always enjoy responsibly and adjust the recipes according to your preferences. These recipes are just a starting point. You can experiment with different ingredients and twists. Adjust sugar levels to your taste, and let your creativity flow! Treat yourself to these innovative coffee cocktails and take your drinking game to the next level.

Tatiana Rehmova

A glass half-full kind of a girl and a believer that everything happens for a reason, Tatiana works in Media Relations and is the Content Producer. She loves writing, spotting inspiring stories, and building meaningful relationships.