Boozy Iced Coffee

Sip into something more comfortable with Boozy Iced Coffee. It’s perfect for hot days, cool nights, and everything in between – it’s the trendsetting drink that defies the seasons.

Boozy iced coffee served in glasses with metal straws.

Today, I’m spilling the beans (literally!) on my go-to pick-me-up that hits just the right spot – Boozy Cold Brew Bliss. The boldness of freshly brewed coffee with the playful kick of your favorite liquor. It’s my not-so-secret weapon for turning an ordinary coffee break into a mini-celebration.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a good, straightforward coffee. But there’s something about adding a splash of spirit that transforms it. This Boozy Iced Coffee is a cool, sophisticated sipper that combines the best of caffeine and a touch of spirit. So, if you’re ready to elevate your coffee-drinking game, add a little boozy buzz to this adult beverage.

Reasons to Love Coffee Cocktails

  • This iced coffee cocktail provides a cooling refreshment of iced coffee with the comforting warmth of alcohol.
  • Its unique blend makes it a conversation starter, perfect for social gatherings or intimate meet-ups.
  • The caffeine kick from coffee and the relaxing effect of alcohol create a delightful mood-boosting experience.

Recipe ingredients

Two glasses of boozy iced coffee with metal straws on a table.
  • Chilled Strong Coffee: The foundational element that provides the robust coffee flavor.
  • Booze of Choice: Adds a unique alcoholic twist and is customizable to individual tastes.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • Romantic Date Mix-In – Chocolate Liqueur: Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven, and a splash of chocolate liqueur can turn your iced coffee into a sweet treat for a romantic date.
  • Amaretto Delight: Use amaretto for a sweet, almond-flavored twist on your iced coffee.
  • Whiskey: Whiskey, particularly bourbon, has long been a favorite pairing with coffee due to its complex character and undertones of caramel and vanilla. The subtle sweetness and warm, smoky notes of whiskey can bring out the richness in a robust coffee. Use an Irish Whiskey with some heavy cream lightly whipped and a little brown sugar, and you will think you are in Ireland with an Iced Irish Coffee.
  • Coffee Martini Magic: Transform your drink into a Coffee Martini by adding shots of coffee liqueur, like kahlua, to the mix for an extra espresso kick. Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake well, and then strain into a martini glass for a sophisticated and flavorful experience.
  • Hazelnut Liqueur (like Frangelico’s): Hazelnut liqueur offers a warm, nutty sweetness that matches well with coffee’s naturally robust flavors. The toasty undertones in this liqueur make it a perfect pairing for a cold, crisp day.

How to Make Boozy Iced Coffee

Step #1: Place the coffee and booze in a tall glass.

Step #2: Stir with a spoon. Then, top with ice.

Step #3: Drizzle cream over the top (if desired), and enjoy!

Spiked iced coffee concoctions in glasses on a table.

Expert Tips

  • Cold Brew Over Ice: For a smoother taste, use cold brew coffee instead of hot coffee. Cold brewing reduces acidity and bitterness.
  • Balance Booze and Coffee: Choose a spirit that complements coffee. Whiskey, rum, or Irish Cream like Baileys are popular choices. Balance the ratio to avoid overpowering the coffee.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Add syrups like vanilla, hazelnut, or caramel for additional flavor layers.
  • Consider Coffee Ice Cubes: Freeze coffee into ice cubes for a concentrated flavor that doesn’t water down as it melts.
  • Garnish Thoughtfully: Enhance the visual appeal and impart subtle flavor notes by incorporating garnishes such as cinnamon sticks, chocolate shavings, or orange zest. Sprinkle a fine dusting of cocoa powder on your drink to add a chocolatey flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use decaffeinated coffee for this recipe?

Yes, you can. The type of coffee you use, whether caffeinated or decaffeinated, won’t affect the flavor of the drink. It just depends on your personal preference or caffeine sensitivity.

What kind of cream should I use?

Any type of cream can be used for this recipe. Heavy cream will provide a rich and creamy texture, while half-and-half or milk will be lighter. You can use alternatives like almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk for a dairy-free option.

Can I use hot coffee instead of chilled?

While you can use hot coffee, it’s recommended to chill it first, so that it doesn’t melt the ice too quickly. If the ice melts too fast, your iced coffee may become watered down.

Can I use a different type of alcohol than those suggested?

Of course! While the suggested alcohols pair particularly well with coffee, feel free to experiment with others according to your personal preferences. Remember, it’s all about discovering what you enjoy!

How can I make my coffee sweeter?

To sweeten your coffee, you can add sugar or simple syrup. Sugar provides a straightforward sweetness, while simple syrup, a mixture of sugar and water that’s been heated until the sugar dissolves, blends more smoothly into your coffee.

Storage Info

For Boozy Iced Coffee, it’s best to consume it fresh, as the ice can dilute the flavor over time. However, if you need to store it, keep the coffee mixture (without ice) in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

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Two glasses of boozy iced coffee on a table.

Boozy Iced Coffee Recipe

Ideas for boozy iced coffee concoctions, whether the weather is hot, cold, or somewhere in between!
4.3 from 24 votes
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Course: Beverages
Cuisine: European
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 170kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces chilled strong coffee
  • 1 ounce booze of choice
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons cream - if desired
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Instructions

  • 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!

NOTES

Storage Info:
For Boozy Iced Coffee, it’s best to consume it fresh, as the ice can dilute the flavor over time. However, if you need to store it, keep the coffee mixture (without ice) in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 140mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 441IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Great info. Was looking for something to cool me down after I got home from work. I also save brewed coffee I don’t finish in a tumbler in the fridge.