There’s something a little naughty about having booze in your coffee. Essentially, you’re combining two mind-altering substances in one glass: caffeine and alcohol. But we’re here to assure you that liquored-up coffee is a perfectly acceptable and delicious addition to your day.

The art of mixing booze with java goes way beyond the standard Irish coffee. See the eight recipes below to get ideas for your next boozy coffee concoction. 

The Dead Rabbit Irish Coffee


Variations on the Irish coffee are endless. Here, old-school New York City cocktail saloon The Dead Rabbit shares its simple recipe for a strong morning boost. The key is in using Demerara syrup, and garnishing with freshly grated nutmeg. (Photo:

East African Spritz

Recipe: Food Republic

This “spritz” features Rwandan and Ethiopian coffees, which are known for their hint of acidity. The cocktail pairs the coffee with golden rum and the orange liqueur Arancello, making for a delicate drink that has a relatively low ABV (so you can sip on it all day). (Photo: Food Republic)

Creamy and Boozy Iced Coffee

Recipe: Averie Cooks

We can’t even count the number of times we sat there wishing our iced coffee was spiked with booze. Averie Sunshine understands this craving. The blogger combines iced coffee with Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, half-and-half, and sugar, then tops it all off with whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chocolate syrup. (Photo: Averie Cooks)

Morning Stubble

Recipe: Cool Hunting

Coffee expert Amanda Whitt whipped up this aromatic, bitters-centric coffee cocktail for NYC bar Amor y Amargo. The recipe features coffee siphon-brewed in the Japanese method, and Bonal Gentiane Quina aperitif(Photo: Cool Hunting)

Café Brasileiro

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Recipe: Cocktails

We fell in love with Brazilian cachaça during World Cup season—and thanks to this recipe, we can now branch outside of caipirinhas when using the liquor. This recipe recommends stirring in dark roast French press coffee with the spirit, chocolate liqueur, and vanilla cream for a rich cup of boozy joe. (Photo: Cocktails)

Chantilly Laced Coffee Punch

Recipe: Food52

This whiskey-infused coffee punch is meant to be served up in copious party-sized quantities. Sounds like the makings of a very fun brunch. (Photo: Food52)

Grand Coffee Cocktail


The essence of this cocktail comes from orange-flavored Grand Marnier liqueur, which adds a hint of sweetness to the bitter coffee. (Photo:

Butterscotch-Spiked Coffee

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Recipe: Sweet Peas & Saffron

There’s a whole world of winter beverages outside of eggnog—and no, we’re not talking about pumpkin spiced lattes. This butterscotch and Kahlua drink showcases nutty Butter Ripple Schnapps, which add a creamy texture and praline flavor. (Photo: Sweet Peas & Saffron)