3 Coffee Cocktail Recipes To Keep You Warm

3 Coffee Cocktail Recipes To Keep You Warm

As much as we love winter, we have to admit that it’s not an easy season to deal with at times. Not only can temperatures go down below 40°, but the intense cold makes it difficult to stay cozy. 

One quick solution to your chilly problems can be found in your nearest coffee mug or rocks glass. Coffee and alcohol have always had the curious power to bring a comforting warmness inside us. 

If you like these drinks, then why not combine them into one? A hot coffee liqueur cocktail provides the best of both worlds. This flavorful and sweet beverage allows your tastebuds to experience the caffeinated deliciousness of coffee with the stimulating complexity of liqueur. 

With temperatures falling this month, a warm drink seems like the best thing to have in your hands. Hot coffee cocktails provide both a soothing warmness and a sweet way to enjoy your winter. 

We understand if you don’t want to leave your house and venture into the freezing snow to buy one at your nearest coffee shop. Instead, why not learn to make hot coffee cocktails at home?

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Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee has become an iconic beverage in the “coffee cocktail world.” This classic initially appeared in the 1950s. While its exact introduction to the world has yet to be determined, there are two central claims to the drink’s original recipe. 

One claim comes from the Irish town of Foynes. The former head chef of the Foynes Airport Restaurant, Joe Sheridan, created Irish Coffee to warm the passengers and crew on a grounded flight. Another claim is that a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, named Stanton Delaplane, helped popularize the drink.

Thanks to these two people, the wonderful Irish Coffee was introduced to the world! 

What makes this drink so great is its rich flavor. This richness is due to a combination of a strong coffee taste, a vivid sweetness, and a creamy texture. However, this recipe would not be complete without Irish whiskey. Irish whiskey adds a distinct fruity note, floral scent, and smoothness to the coffee.

Irish Coffee Ingredients

  • Coffee
  • ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 1 & ½ ounces of Irish whiskey
  • ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar
  • Lightly whipped cream

The Recipe

  • Preheat your mug with hot water and brew coffee using your preferred method. 
  • Pour your coffee into an 8-ounce cup, filling it up about ⅔rds of the way.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of brown sugar and ½ tablespoon of granulated sugar to the coffee, then mix.
  • Add 1 and ½ ounces of Irish Whiskey to your sweetened coffee, and stir thoroughly to combine. 
  • Finally, top the coffee with your cream by gently pouring the cream over the back of a spoon. If done correctly, the cream should form a “collar” on the top of the glass and not mix into the coffee itself.

White Russian 

You can’t talk about cocktails without mentioning one of the most iconic ones out there: the White Russian. 

If this name sounds familiar, then you probably recognize it from the 90s film, The Big Lebowski. Thanks to the various appearances that it has in the movie, the White Russian has been a favorite among film buffs and “dudes” everywhere. 

Similar to The Big Lebowski, White Russians were often looked down upon by many. As time went on, people started to appreciate the film and drink more. Eventually, The Big Lebowski and White Russians gained a “cult classic” status, and they have each other to thank for. 

A White Russian is mainly made up of vodka and coffee. However, the third ingredient varies from person to person. Some choose to top their drink with a splash of heavy cream, while others prefer to use milk or half and half. Whatever you choose to add, just know that you’ll have a delicious drink with sweet flavors, a velvety texture, and pop culture fame!

Though the White Russians in The Big Lebowski were iced, you can make a hot one by warming the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

Hot White Russian Ingredients

  • Small saucepan
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 ounce of either: heavy cream, half & half, milk, or milk alternative
  • One coffee mug (or whatever glass you have on hand)
  • Whipped cream (optional)

The Recipe

  • Pour your vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream into a saucepan over medium heat until warm. Do not boil.
  • Pour the mixture into a coffee mug. Top with whipped cream if desired.


Siciliano kills two birds with one stone by, simultaneously, giving you a delicious drink and a way to unwind. This drink is a digestif, which is a post-meal liqueur that has been around for centuries. Digestifs allow the drinker to soothe a full stomach after a meal and relax.

Our Sicilianos can be considered a digestif because we like to include Averna Amaro into the recipe. Averna Amaro is a Sicilian digestif, which is derived from the Italian Amaro. What makes Averna Amaro different from its Italian counterpart is Averna’s spiced, caramel/herbal flavor. 

Even though you can make necessary replacements and variations to the recipe, we recommend you follow our Siciliano guide if you’re new to the drink.

Siciliano Ingredients

  • Sweet Vermouth (preferably Italian made)
  • Amaro (preferably Averna Amaro)
  • Coffee
  • Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • Oranges

The Recipe

  • Start by mixing 2 ounces of Vermouth with 1½ ounces of Averna Amaro and 1½ ounces of coffee. Finish off with 1 ounce of simple syrup. 
  • Pour the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat until warm. 
  • Top the mixture off with club soda, just to the top of the mug.
  • Garnish with a decorative orange peel and enjoy!

Stay Warm With Amora

We hope that you can find some coziness with these delicious coffee cocktails. However, if you want to change a certain aspect of a recipe or many parts of it, then feel free to do so! Just make sure to contact us when you find a variation that you love. We’re always willing to learn from our readers and try their favorite drinks!

When you decide to create these recipes, you’re responsible for obtaining the alcohol. On the other hand, you can get delicious coffee at Amora! Our goal is to bring quality coffee to as many people as possible. With our coffee subscription service, you receive freshly roasted coffee beans at your doorstep every month.

Also, if you want to learn more coffee tips, tricks, and recipes, check out our Bean Blog!

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