Ideas for boozy iced coffee concoctions, whether the weather is hot, cold, or somewhere in between!
This time of year it seems like the weather is going through a pretty intense identity crisis. Here in Portland, the husband and I ate our lunch alfresco on Saturday, then spent Sunday night shivering under the covers after our preemptive thermostat adjustments.
No matter what the weather is throwing at me, I simply HAVE to start my day with coffee. I typically make a lot more coffee than I need to drink in the morning, then save the leftovers in the fridge so I can have iced coffee later on.
On the weekends (or, you know, Tuesdays), I sometimes like to stir a little booze into my iced coffee. It’s like flavoring syrup, but BETTER.
I’ve tried quite a few concoctions over the years, so I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you. The list is divided into hot weather vs. cold weather ideas, just because I love you and I know you needed it to be that way.
Boozy Iced Coffee: Mix-In Ideas
- Whiskey (duh)
- Spiced Rum (like Captain Morgan’s)
- Cinnamon Whiskey (like Fireball or Sinfire)
- Cinnamon Schnapps (like Goldschlager)
- Peppermint Schnapps (like Rumple Minze)
- Almond Liqueur (Amaretto)
- Rum + Butter Extract (trust me on this one!)
- Orange – (Triple Sec or Cointreau)
- Coffee Liqueur (like Kahlua) – add some vodka + cream and you’ve got yourself a White Russian 😉
- Bailey’s Irish Cream
- Caramel Vodka
- Whipped Cream Vodka
- Coconut Rum
- Hazelnut Liqueur (Frangelico’s)
Alright, these lists are starting to make me pretty darn thirsty.
I know it’s only February and might not *exactly* be iced coffee season yet, but Spring is right around the corner and I can’t wait to sit out on the patio of our new house (assuming we EVER get done with the remodel) with some girlfriends and sip a boozy iced coffee!
Last summer I went about 90 days without any alcohol as part of a fitness regimen I participated in, but I totally cheated when I went down to Phoenix for a blogger’s retreat. When I got there, my friend Nicole (who blogs over at The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie) picked me up from the airport and drove me to a restaurant after I demanded Mexican food.
I ordered a Sangria with my lunch and she ordered…. water. Suddenly, I felt like that awkward alcoholic friend, so I offered her a sip of my drink. She turned it down, so that was when I REALLY knew she thought I was a freak. She blogs about cocktail recipes all the time, so I just figured that day-drinkng was a Portland thing and forgot all about it.
Well, until she finally fessed up a few weeks later and told me she’s totally preggers!
Today, a bunch of her foodie friends (ahem, myself included) decided to host a virtual Baby Shower for her by sharing pizza, brownies, and booze recipes (her favorites!). She’ll have to wait a little bit longer to have a glass of boozy iced coffee herself, but I know she’s drinking with me in spirit 😉
Don’t forget to check out these other great recipes in honor of Nicole!
Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari’s Menu
Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat
Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.
Chocolate Cherry Brownies from Savvy Eats
Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen
Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life
Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats
White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender
Chile Relleno Pizza from Bread Booze Bacon
- 8 ounces chilled strong coffee
- 1 ounce booze of choice
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons cream (if desired)
- Place the coffee and booze in a tall glass. Stir with a spoon, then top with ice. Drizzle cream over the top (if desired) and enjoy!
If you don't have simple syrup, just add regular sugar to your coffee when it is still hot so it dissolves. Then, pop it in the fridge to cool and use it as directed in the recipe.
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