Are you looking for a delightful treat to end your day? This Coffee Nudge Recipe is the best hot dessert cocktail to wind down the night. Forget about a boring old cup of hot coffee and fill your coffee mugs with this yummy drink instead. It takes the phrase "a strong cup of coffee" to a whole new level.
If you've never considered having a coffee cocktail before, now is the time to make it happen. It's one of those cocktail recipes that are delicious and permit you to combine an alcoholic beverage with your other passion, a good cup of coffee. It's served as a hot drink, and it just might become your new favorite gourmet cup of joe. Add it to a fun cocktail glass for a cool and unique look, or just pour it straight into your favorite mug.
In terms of alcohol, the recipe card below will give you my favorite options, but don't be afraid to change it up a bit and see what you think. There are always ways to pivot and make this coffee nudge cocktail recipe exactly like you want.
If you're a coffee lover, be sure to check out this Bailey's Iced Coffee. It's a great way to have a cold coffee drink to compare to the flavors of this hot one. This Creamy Espresso Martini is also an amazing choice.
Creme de cacao - This is the brand of chocolate syrup that I like to add to this recipe, but you can vary it and add one of your favorites as well.
Kailua - Perfect flavor and pairing to go with the coffee notes.
Brandy - Because why not? Choose your favorite brand and add.
Hot coffee - You can use any type of coffee for this recipe, so change it up or use what you have on hand. If caffeine bothers you just brew some strong decaf.
How to Make This Coffee Nudge Recipe
Step One: Add all the ingredients to a glass mug or Irish coffee cup. Stir.
Step Two: Top with toppings.
Add your favorite coffee ingredients - Just because you're making this recipe doesn't mean you can't make it just like you want! You can easily add in other ingredients like almond milk, white sugar, heavy cream or half cream, coconut milk, or anything else that you might like to add. Just know that if you add other ingredients, it will change the flavor a little bit, and also might take down the hint of alcohol and coffee flavoring.
Change the type of coffee - Since this recipe just calls for hot coffee, you can add all types of coffee and choose what you prefer. Dark roast coffee adds depth, or have fun and add your own special blend of coffee made with ground coffee beans.
Use a different syrup - I love using the chocolate syrup addition to this dish, but you can easily use another option or flavor or even use dark creme de cacao as well.
What toppings would go well on this coffee nudge drink?
You can add any type of topping that you want! I love adding whipped cream and chocolate shavings on top. You can also add chocolate sprinkles or drizzle chocolate syrup all over as well.
If you're a fan of super sweet and want something different, adding some little scoops of ice cream is never a bad idea, either. In fact, a scoop vanilla ice cream in the morning sounds like the appropriate thing to do as an adult.
If you want to keep it simple, add a sprinkle of cinnamon onto the top of the coffee once it's done and ready to drink. You can also add some fun garnish options on the rim, like orange wedges, for a pop of citrus flavor and color.
Can I use decaf coffee for this drink?
You can. If you want to not have that extra burst of caffeine paired with the alcohol, you can use decaffeinated coffee and still have the exact same taste. This is a great option to have for people who want the flavor of coffee with their cocktail later in the day but don't want to have to worry that they're staying up all night because of the fact that they drank caffeine so late in the day.
Can I drink this cold?
For the best flavor and results, this should be drunk hot. The combination of the alcohol with the hot coffee is what creates the perfect texture and taste. This doesn't mean that you can't drink it chilled, it's just better flavor if you drink it warm.
- 0.5 oz creme de cacao
- 0.5 oz kahlua
- 0.5 oz brandy
- 5 oz hot coffee
- Combine ingredients in a glass mug.
- Top with whipped cream, if desired.