10 of the best coffee cocktails

Mon 19th September 2016
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Serving coffee cocktails once the 9 to 5 trade has gone home is a growing trend in UK cafes. Out go the laptops and in comes a crowd who want to unwind with something that has an added kick beyond the caffeine. Here are the recipes for our round-up of the 10 best cocktails currently doing the rounds…
+All recipes serve 1


Espresso Martini
The classic coffee cocktail, this was created in the 1980s by legendary London barman Dick Bradshaw. His version was an icy espresso shaken with sugar syrup, a double vodka and Kahlua, and it soon became a classic. For a new take, we like this idea from Black Cow Vodka (made entirely from milk, the vodka itself is crystal clear), created by The Larderhouse in Dorset.


40ml Black Cow Vodka
15ml Nectar Pedro Ximenez
35ml Espresso
Sugar to taste
Coffee beans to garnish

Shake ingredients together vigorously over ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with three coffee beans. Try serving it with a salted caramel rim – delicious.

Flat White Martini
This went down a treat at the London Coffee Festival earlier this year. It has a smooth rich flavour, frothy finish and a real coffee kick. It combines three of our favourite things in one glass – coffee, alcohol and dairy.

50 Baileys original Irish cream 
25ml vodka
25ml espresso
Ice cubes
Coffee beans to garnish

Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until everything is blended and silky smooth. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Black Eagle
Dreamt up by the bartenders at the Savoy’s American Bar, this new cocktail is named after East London’s historic Black Eagle Brewery. It’s made with Sandows Cold Brew, blended whisky, red wine, a dash of bitter Campari and some sweet Grenadine for some mixology magic.

30ml 12 year old Dewars
30ml Barolo Chinato
15ml Campari
10ml Grenadine
80ml Sandows cold brew coffee

Stir ingredients together in a jug and serve over ice cubes in a tall glass.

Magnum Mocha
Visitors to the New York Coffee Festival this month will be able to try out this cocktail, which has been created especially for the show. It’s a bit like a frappuccino but with a kick, and combines coffee, chocolate, almond milk and banana with Magnum Cream Liqueur, which is made with Speyside whisky.

340ml iced coffee
110ml almond milk
2 tablespoons cacao powder
2 dates
1 banana
450ml Magnum Cream Liqueur

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, add plenty of ice and serve.

Napoli Bitter [non-alcoholic]
Nespresso has a huge library of recipes on their website including some great ideas for cocktails. This non-alcoholic one caught our eye, made with the Italian sparkling non-alcholic aperitif San Pellegrino Bitter, and a great choice if you don’t have a license.

40ml Grand Cru Napoli Limited Edition (or 2 shots of espresso)
Ice cubes
1 small bottle San Pellegrino Bitter
10ml vanilla syrup

Fill a glass with ice cubes. Pour the bitter on top. Add the vanilla syrup. Prepare the espresso, then add to a shaker with two ice cubes and shake. Add the contents of the shaker into the glass and serve.

Coffee Negroni
Caravan created a fresh new take on the classic cocktail at the London Coffee Festival last year using their Ethiopia Biftu Gudina roast and leaving out the vermouth. They also serve a Dante’s Reserve at their London restaurants, a mix of Caravan coffee infused bourbon, muscovado and orange bitters.

35ml Campari
35ml London dry gin such as Oliver Cromwell
35ml coffee syrup (make up a batch with the ratio 65g coffee, 250g sugar and 500g water)
Orange wedges to garnish

Fill a short glass with ice then add the three components. Give it a quick stir, add a slice of orange and serve.

Chocolate Espresso Martini
This is an indulgent spin on the classic recipe, adding melted dark chocolate and vanilla-flavoured vodka.

100g dark chocolate
1 tbsp double cream
35ml shot of Espresso
50ml of Absolut Vanilla Vodka

Melt the chocolate using a microwave or bain-marie. Stir in the cream then add the espresso and vodka. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Pour into a cocktail shaker over cubed ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish using cocoa powder and coffee beans.

White Mochatini
People who like mocha will love this cocktail, a concoction of chocolate and coffee

30ml Patron Cafe XO Tequila Coffee Liqueur
30ml Mozart White Chocolate Liqueur
30ml Espresso

Chill a cocktail glass. Add all ingredients to a shaker with some ice cubes and shake. Strain the mixture into the glass.

White Russian
With a deep smooth flavour, this is a popular cocktail and is the perfect drink to kick back and relax with (it doesn’t have any espresso but has coffee flavoured liqueur instead).

30ml coffee flavoured liqueur, such as Kahlua
30ml vodka
125ml single cream or milk
Chocolate powder and coffee bean to serve

Add the ingredients to a shaker. Shake for 10-15 seconds, then strain the ingredients over ice cubes into a glass. Sprinkle with chocolate powder and garnish with a coffee bean.

The Irish Coffee
This is where it all began of course…

I measure of hot black coffee
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 shot Irish whiskey
Double cream

Add the sugar and coffee to a large wine glass and stir until completely dissolved. Add the whisky to the mix and stir again. Using the back of a teaspoon, slowly pour the cream over the surface of the coffee until you hit the rim of the glass.

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