Cold brew is the newest coffee fad that has almost surpassed the hot variety. Cold brew is a method of brewing coffee with cold water for up to 24 hours, creating a cold coffee drink with a super-strong flavor.
The rich coffee flavor inherent in cold brew makes for a delicious foundation for elaborate coffee drinks. It’s also the ideal mixer for cocktails, as its strong flavor stands up to liqueurs and spirits of all kinds.
Read on to discover a diverse list of cold brew cocktails to try at home.
The bourbon-to-coffee ratio ensures that bourbon is the star of the show, but the rich coffee flavor neutralizes the alcoholic bite. This easy recipe makes one cocktail by pouring all ingredients into a glass and stirring.
A caffein-fueled take on the classic bourbon cocktail, this Cold Brew Coffee Old Fashioned adds equal parts bourbon and cold brew to simple syrup and bitters. The dash of water is a much-needed flavor neutralizer.
The orange slice and maraschino cherry garnish offer a delicious dessert garnish to compliment the bitter smokiness of a coffee-filled Old Fashioned.
Another novel take on a classic, the Cold Brew Negroni makes a few changes, including swapping traditional gin for aged rum. The cold brew gets a rich, smooth finish with the aged rum that’s preferable to gin’s botanical nature.
Campari and sweet vermouth add a dry and sweet finish to this elegant cocktail.
Considering tequila and vanilla are Mexican natives, this tequila cold brew recipe is an homage to Mexico. It blends cold brew and tequila with vanilla-infused simple syrup and heavy cream in a cocktail shaker.
Shaking the cream creates a velvety texture and frothy head to this cocktail, reminiscent of an iced latte.
A more convenient alternative to the classic Espresso Martini, a cold brew martini delivers the same ultra-caffeinated, rich coffee cocktail you crave without all the fancy machinery.
It’s a simple three-ingredient vodka martini recipe that combines equal parts vodka, coffee cream liqueur, and cold brew in a cocktail shaker for an elegant cocktail that’ll surely give you a second wind.
The perfect brunch cocktail for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, this Irish Cold Brew Coffee honors brews of every kind, from beer to spirits to coffee. It adds Irish stout and Irish whiskey to a full cup of cold brew, finishing it off with a pour of thick creamer.
If you’re a fan of elaborate Starbucks coffee drinks, this cocktail is an alcoholic version of Starbucks’ brown sugar oat milk espresso. Cold brew is a perfect espresso alternative with an equally rich coffee flavor.
It has you make a brown sugar simple syrup to sweeten a cup of equal parts cold brew and whiskey, adding a dash of dairy-free milk for creaminess.
This cocktail is for those amateur mixologists looking for a challenge. Black Mountain Coffee is the height of modern mixology, consisting of a cold brew concentrate and a sophisticated mix of Irish whiskey, bitter liqueurs, and banana liqueur.
If that flavor explosion isn’t enough, the recipe then has you top the cocktail with a scratch-made salted-cinnamon cream.
No brand would know how best to craft a cold brew cocktail than Kahlua, the king of coffee liqueurs. They’ve created the perfect cocktail to showcase their signature liqueur with this simple, three-ingredient Kahlua Cold Brew.
It blends lemon, Kahlua, and cold brew for the perfect summertime coffee cocktail.
A dairy-free twist on the classic White Russian, this vodka cocktail is just as rich without the cream. It’s a single-serving low-ball glass that combines vanilla vodka, Kahlua, and cold brew in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Vanilla and coffee are a match made in flavor heaven, and you get double doses of both ingredients.
Cinnamon is the most popular garnish for coffee drinks, so it follows that cinnamon whiskey would be a perfect pairing for cold brew cocktails. This three-ingredient cocktail spikes cold brew with a dash of cinnamon whiskey and a dash of milk.
Cinnamon whiskey is spicy and smokey, with a little going a long way. Therefore, this cold brew cocktail is flavorful without being too boozy.
The Siciliano is another less alcoholic cold brew cocktail consisting of cold brew and sweet vermouth. Not only does this cocktail prove that the unlikely pairing of wine and coffee works, but it also adds club soda to the mix.
Against all odds, a fizzy coffee and wine liqueur cocktail is both flavorful and refreshing.
This Cointreau cold brew cocktail adds nearly equal parts of cold brew and Cointreau, finishing it off with a rich pour of coconut milk. The combination of orange and coconut milk makes for the ultimate boozy cold brew creamer.
Cointreau has a lower alcohol content than the standard spirits, so this is a beverage you can enjoy two of.
I’m ending with the ultimate winter-season dessert cocktail. The spiked caramel pumpkin cold brew is a boozy macchiato served in a large mason jar and topped with heaping dollops of whipped cream and caramel sauce.
This cocktail calls for scratch-made pumpkin cold brew concentrate spiked with spiced rum and Bailey’s Irish cream.
You can enjoy a glass of cold brew to fuel your mornings while enjoying a cold brew cocktail to fuel your evenings. My list of cold brew cocktails offers coffee-flavored twists on classics along with creative new cocktails.
Let me know which cold brew cocktail you enjoyed most in the comments below!
I have always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. My restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time I turned 17 I was serving tables, and by 19 I was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.
In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, I opened my first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.