Coffee Recipes

As a coffee lover, you may enjoy your morning cup black, or with sugar and cream. Then again, you may drop by the coffee house on the way to work and partake of something a little more exotic. Basic coffee house coffee starts with espresso and the standards are espresso, Americano, Breve, Cappuccino, Latte, and Mocha. But, today it does not stop with these basics. You can get an iced pumpkin spice latte or a caramel macchiato as well. Maybe you would like to make Irish coffee with a little Irish whiskey! With the right coffee recipes you can make these and more right at home!

Coffee Recipes

  • Coffee recipes starting with espresso
  • Coffee recipes starting with brewed coffee
  • Coffee recipes that include alcohol
  • Recipes for Iced coffee drinks
  • Cold Brewed Coffee Recipes
  • Chicory Coffee

Coffee Recipes Starting with Espresso

The Bronx Bomber

Coffee Recipes - Bronx Bombers
Bronx Bombers of an Other Era

No, we are not talking about the New York Yankees, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris, or Joe DiMaggio! A Bronx bomber is coffee, gin, absinthe, and ice.

  • Make a double shot of espresso
  • Fill your cocktail shaker with cracked ice
  • Add an ounce and a half of gin and an eighth of an ounce of absinthe.
  • Add the espresso
  • Shake for a minute then then pour through a strainer.
  • The process may be repeated as often as desired.
Bronx Bomber
Bronx Bomber

Home Made Pumpkin Spice Latte

So, you have become addicted to pumpkin spice latte at the coffee shop. Can you make this at home?

To do this right you need to use your new espresso maker.

  • 2 cups milk (non-dairy or dairy)
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (cook a small pumpkin and puree)
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • One-half teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, Allspice, cloves)
  • One-half cup of espresso
  • Whipping cream

Coffee Recipes That Include Alcohol

Irish Coffee

Irish coffee started when a flight from Ireland to New York had to return to Ireland because of inclement weather. The airport chef greeted the returning travelers with a hot drink of coffee, whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. This drink became very popular. When people asked what kind of coffee it was, the staff said that it was Irish coffee (as opposed to Brazilian, Colombian, Ethiopian, or Indonesian). An American traveler brought the recipe back to America and it caught on. Here is our recipe for Irish coffee.

Use Arabica coffee for the best flavor and aroma, Irish whiskey, whipping cream, and brown sugar.

Preheat the glass with hot water or a little coffee and then discard the liquid. Then add the coffee followed by the other, cooler, ingredients. This technique ensures that your Irish coffee is hot as well as tasty.

You will need:

  • Coffee mug (glass is traditional for this drink)
  • Tablespoon
  • 4 ounces of freshly ground and brewed Arabica coffee
  • 1 ounce whiskey, preferably Irish
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 ounce whipped cream (lightly whipped)
  • Nutmeg and/or cinnamon (optional)


  • Grind the coffee beans
  • Make the whipped cream
  • Brew the coffee
  • Pre-heat the mug(s)
  • Add brown sugar to mug
  • Add hot coffee and stir
  • Add whiskey and stir again
  • Pour the lightly whipped cream (over the back of a tablespoon) to sit on the top of the coffee
  • Sprinkle nutmeg and/or cinnamon on top of the whipped cream and serve
Coffee Recipes - Irish Coffee
Irish Coffee

This is a great drink for a snowy winter evening, especially after outdoor activities.

Hints: When you brew your coffee, have a little hot water left over for pre-heating the mug(s) and you want the lightly whipped cream to cover the Irish coffee and not float like a white ice cube on top of the drink.

A little cinnamon and or nutmeg sprinkled on top of the whipped cream are an American addition to this treat and are optional.

Rüdesheimer Kaffee

A nice Germanic alternative to Irish coffee is Rüdesheimer Kaffee. This drink was invented by television chef Hans Karl Adam in 1957 and named for the German city of Rüdesheim. It became an instant hit in German coffee houses.

What you need:

  • Your choice of Arabica coffees
  • Asbach Uralt brandy (any brandy will do in a pinch)
  • Vanilla Sugar (sugar mixed with vanilla extract)
  • Whipping cream
  • Chocolate flakes (semi-sweet chocolate)
  • Barbecue lighter or long matches
Coffee Recipes - Asbach Brandy
Asbach Brandy

Notes: Ideally this drink is made with espresso but a good strong Arabica brew will do just fine. And, you will not find vanilla sugar outside of Germany and Eastern Europe. Simply add a few vanilla beans to a cup of sugar and blend in a food processor. (Baking Moment)

A purist will use Asbach Uralt brandy and serve the drink in special Rüdesheimer Kaffee cups. (Weinquelle)

Rüdesheimer Kaffee is put together at the table so all of the ingredients and tools need to be ready at the same time.


  • Grind the coffee beans
  • Make your whipped cream using a dash of vanilla sugar
  • Trim off flakes from a semisweet bar of chocolate
  • Have these ready as you brew your coffee
  • Add a jigger (large shot glass or one and a fourth ounces of Asbach Uralt brandy and sugar cubes to a coffee cup
  • Flambé (set on fire) using a long match or barbecue lighter and stir for a minute to dissolve the sugar
  • Add the coffee your strong coffee or espresso
  • Spread the whipped cream across the top and then garnish with the chocolate flakes
Coffee Recipes - Rüdesheimer Kaffee Cup
Rüdesheimer Kaffee Cup

Serve your guests and accept their complements.

Another Note: Because of the steps involved and what is basically performance art in serving this drink, it is best to try it out by yourself and get the steps right before doing this in front of your guests. And, if you need to use up a little of the German brandy while you practice, so be it!

Recipes for Iced Coffee Drinks

Black Tie Coffee

In Thailand this is a traditional drink. Black tie coffee ingredients include black tea, espresso, star anise, orange blossom water, sugar, cloves, and cream or condensed milk, plus the coffee. It is served over ice.

Notes: You can buy a black tea mix including the other ingredients (minus the coffee) to make the tea. Or you can buy black tea and the individual ingredients for a fresher result.

For this drink you really want to make espresso and not just strong coffee.

Orange blossom water is also called “Essential Oil of Neroli.” It comes from distilling blossoms of the “bitter orange tree.” (Nielsen Massey)

Make the Thai tea first:

  • 5 cups of water
  • 6 bags of either black tea or Thai red tea, or 1 1/2 tablespoons loose tea
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Ice, a fourth of a cup
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Making the tea:

  • In a medium saucepan bring the water to a boil
  • Take the pan away from the heat and add tea bags, cloves, and star anise. Allow to steep for ten minutes
  • Using a strainer or large spoon, remove the tea, cloves, and star anise from the steeped tea
  • Add sugar and stir until dissolved
  • Put aside to allow the tea to cool to room temperature

Note: If you are just going to drink the tea, fill tall glasses with ice cubes, add tea to three-fourths full, and top off with sweetened condensed milk.
(The Kitchn)

Making Black Tie Coffee

  • Espresso coffee beans finely ground
  • Thai tea
  • Sweetened condensed milk or cream


  • Make a double shot of espresso for each tall glass of Black Tie coffee
  • Fill tall glasses with ice
  • Fill two-thirds full with tea
  • Add double shot of espresso
  • Top off with a layer of cream or sweetened condensed milk
  • Serve
Coffee Recipes - Black Tie Coffee
Thai Tea for Making Black Tie Coffee

Iced Mint Mocha

Mocha is coffee and chocolate. Cool this mixture, add ice, and blend with mint to make iced mint mocha for a hot summer day.

What you need to make two iced mint mochas:

  • Chocolate syrup, 2 tablespoonsful
  • Mint leaves, 10
  • Arabica coffee to make 8 ounces
  • Two scoops of crushed ice
  • Whipping cream

How to make them:

  • Make the coffee and let it cool to room temperature
  • While the coffee is cooling, whip the cream but not too much
  • Add coffee, chocolate, mint, and ice to the blender.
  • Start blending at the slowest speed and after half a minute increase to medium
  • Keep blending until the ice is all broken up
  • Pour into tall glasses
  • Top off with whipped cream and a dash of chocolate syrup
Coffee Recipes - Iced Mint Mocha
Iced Mint Mocha

(Blender Happy)

Cold Brewed Coffee Recipes

Cold Brewed Coffee and More

Cold brewed coffee is another great choice for a hot summer day, or for any time. Cold brewed coffee is steeped (like tea) at room temperature or in cold water for at least twelve hours. The resulting coffee is two-thirds less acidic than espresso or other hot-brewed coffees. This is because of the slow extraction absent a lot of heat. The caffeine content is higher and the flavor is smoother.

Making Cold Brewed Coffee

  • Good cold brewed coffee starts with good coffee. Use a lighter roast of a high quality Arabica and grind the beans to a coarse consistency.
  • If you use tap water, let it sit in an open container for a few hours to let the chlorine evaporate. Bottled water is a better choice but do not use distilled water.
  • Using a two quart pitcher, add one and three-fourths cups of ground coffee. Cover, place in the refrigerator, and forget for the next twelve hours.
  • The grounds will have settled to the bottom of the pitcher, but it does not hurt to pour through a strainer or cloth filter to remove any strays.

Note: Your coldbrewed coffee will often be stronger than you prefer. If that is the case you can add a little water, milk, or cream. Also, some folks like to add sugar, chocolate, or a little liquor, making this a cold brewed liqueur coffee.

Chicory Coffee

Chicory coffee is historically what people drink when there is no coffee. When the chicory root is roasted and ground up, it has a flavor similar to coffee. You can make chicory coffee part chicory and part coffee or just skip the coffee entirely. When you can commonly find this coffee is in New Orleans where they serve it with deep fried squares of bread dough dusted with powdered sugar (beignets).

  • You can grow chicory in your garden or buy from a well-stocked green grocer.
  • If you would like to try chicory coffee, here is how.
  • The chicory root should be fresh and clean. Slice and dice into small pieces and dry in the oven at low temperature or out in the sun. For a “dark roast” of chicory, roast for half an hour in the oven at 350 degrees.
  • You will want to grind the chicory “chips” a couple of times as they are full of fiber and do not grind as readily as your coffee beans.
  • For starters, use half coffee and half chicory and then adjust the ration according to your preference.
  • Brew this mixture and you will have a coffee with a malt-like aroma and flavor plus a hint of chocolate. It will be a bit more acidic than the coffee by itself.

If you want to do this right, try to find or make some beignets to snack on as your enjoy this drink.

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