Top five coffee cocktail recipes

coffee-cocktailsFeeling a little low after Christmas? At this time of year, it can seem there’s nothing much to look forward to until the spring – which is why it’s the perfect time of year to throw a party! Whether you opt for a formal function or just have a few friends over for supper, these top coffee cocktails will lend the evening a real buzz. While all these drinks can be mixed by hand, a cocktail shaker will produce a better result as well as helping you unleash your inner Tom Cruise for the evening.

Cherry coffee Martini

Definitely shaken not stirred! The cherry flavours work will with coffee, bringing out fruity flavours. Cherry vodka is perfect with coffee, bringing out the red fruit notes in many coffees. Make a pot of fresh espresso coffee, let it cool and use one shot (30ml) per person. Add 30ml of cherry liquer and 20ml of coffee-flavoured liqueur such as Kahlua or Tia Maria. Shake everything together with crushed ice, and strain into a Martini glass.

Orange coffee booster
This punchy drink is flavoured with orange liqueur. Mix together 45ml vodka with 15ml orange liqueur such as Cointreau. Add 30ml cold espresso and 30ml cold milk. Shake everything together over ice and strain into a tall glass. Garnish with a coffee bean.

Tropical coffee cocktail

For coffee with a totally tropical taste, combine 45ml of coconut-flavoured spirit such as Malibu with 15ml of Irish cream liqueur and 30ml of cold espresso. Shake everything together over ice and pour into a tall glass – coconut garnish optional!

Raspberry ripple

For a fruit hit, mix one shot (30ml) of cold espresso with 30ml vodka and 30ml raspberry liqueur. Shake with ice and pour into a glass. Top with whipped cream and fresh raspberries.

Black Russian

Finally, keep things simple with this classic drink. Mix equal parts (30ml of each) of coffee liqueur and vodka, half-fill a whisky glass with ice cubes and pour the mixture over.

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