7 Alcoholic Coffee Recipes To Give Your Afternoon Pick-Me-Up An Extra Kick

To put it simply, some days require that your afternoon pick-me-up contains something that also takes the edge off. But before you step out of the office to take your "coffee break" at the local watering hole or are caught scandalizing onlookers by upgrading your Frappuccino with whatever's in your flask, consider these superior alcoholic coffee recipes. Here's a list of seven deliciously fresh ways to add a little booze to your daily brew so you're prepared for any and every day of the week. Not that we're suggesting anything.

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by Dacy Knight

Vietnamese Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee is an obvious go-to for booze-infused-brew, but consider going the remixed route and adding your Irish whiskey to what I Am A Food Blog describes as the “bastardized version of Vietnamese coffee.”

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Caramel Espresso Martini

This coffee concoction cuts to the chase combining espresso with vodka for a quick, potent, one-shot solution. Jelly Toast suggests caramel flavored vodka for added sweetness.

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Spiked Iced Chai Latte

For spiking your spiced chai, The Kitchn recommends an aged rum “if you like your sip with nutty, chocolate, and coffee notes,” and a mild white rum “if you want the chai with a touch of coconut.” Essentially, you can’t go wrong.Image: The Kitchn

Spiced Bourbon Coffee

On colder days, cozy up with this option by Offbeat & Inspired. Spiced with cloves and cardamom, spiked with bourbon, and garnished with an orange, this hot concoction warms your soul as you sip.

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Tipsy Affogato

For the more indulgent set, the affogato is the perfect marriage of work and play: a scoop of vanilla gelato is drowned in a hot shot of espresso. Douse this dessert dream with a shot of amaretto or other liqueur, and you’ve just made your own day.

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Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail

If you appreciate the taste of good coffee and good booze, this creation by A Better Happier St. Sebastian keeps it simple. The straightforward recipe does nothing to compromise flavor, keeping your brew and bourbon on point.

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Long Island Iced Coffee

We’re all familiar with the kind of nights that necessitate Long Island Iced Teas. If it’s only 4

o’clock and you’re already there, Little Leopard Book has you covered.


cocktail strays just enough from the original to caffeinate your afternoon. There’s no going back to work after this one.

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