Coffee liqueur is an emulsive liqueur made of ground, roasted coffee beans. No other flavor enhancers are added. It is usually served in a special liqueur coffee glass, often with whipped cream and sugar.
There are numerous types on the market. Some have cream added (like Cream Mocca and Coffe with Cream), while others have herbs and vanilla (Tia Maria) or even Tequila (Kahlua).
Coffee liqueur is a fairly strongly flavored sweet liquor which is often served after a meal, but is also becoming increasingly popular as an ingredient in a wide range of alcoholic cocktails. If asked to think about an alcoholic coffee drink, most of us would probably immediately think of a hot mug of coffee blended with an alcoholic liqueur. We might even imagine it topped with whipped cream, cinnamon or chocolate sprinkles. The majority of people would think of this first, completely disregarding coffee liqueurs such as Kahlua and Tia Maria which are becoming increasingly popular.
Best Selling Coffee Liqueur Brands
Some of the most popular brands of coffee liqueur include Allen’s Coffee Brandy, DeKuyper, Godiva Liqueur Cappuccino, Kahlua , Kamora, Starbucks and Tia Maria. The most well known, and indeed best selling of these brands is Kahlua. Kahlua dates back to before World War II, although it was not introduced to America until 1962. It is not only the best selling coffee flavor liqueur, but also the 2nd largest single liqueur brand in the world. Kahlua is a rich, dark liqueur made from the finest Mexican coffee, fine sugar cane, corn syrup, vodka and a hint of vanilla. The next best selling brand of coffee flavored liqueur in the United States is Kamora, another Mexican brand. Kamora is slightly less sweet than other coffee liqueurs and is made with freshly brewed coffee.
Coffee liqueur can be served in a variety of different way depending on personal preference. It can be served straight up as a shooter, over ice, in coffee or mixed with either milk or coca cola. However, an increasingly popular way to enjoy liqueurs such as Kahlua and Kamora is as one ingredient in a refreshing cocktail. There a hundreds of different cocktails which contain coffee flavored liqueur with something to suit every taste.
This is a list of common liqueur coffee names there are many variations in both names and liqueurs liqueur used it is best to specify the liqueur:
Whisky Coffee, Whisky
- Highland Coffee or Cup o’ Evening, Scotch whisky
- Irish Coffee, Irish whiskey
Cream Liquer Coffee
- Bailey’s Coffee, Baileys Irish Cream
- Sultan Special Coffee, Baileys Irish Cream
French Coffee, Grand Marnier
Brandy Coffee, Brandy
- Parisienne Coffee, (Brandy)
- Cafe Royale, (Brandy)
Italian Classico, Amaretto
“‘Caffe Corretto’”, (Grappa and/or Sambucca)
German Coffee, German brandy from grapes or from fruit (also known as traditional German schnapps, for instance Kirschwasser or Himbeergeist)
English Coffee, Gin
Calypso Coffee, Tia Maria or Kahlúa and rum
Shin Shin Coffee, Rum
Spanish Coffee, or Jamaican Coffee, Tia Maria & Rum
Australian Coffee, (Bundaberg Rum)
Monk’s Coffee, (Bénédictine)
Seville Coffee, (Cointreau)
Witch’s Coffee, (Strega)
Russian Coffee, (Vodka)
Corfu Coffee, Koum Quat liquor
Karsk, moonshine or vodka
Skye Coffee, Drambuie
The Real Foul One Absinthe
How to make delicious coffee liqueur?
Coffee liqueur recipe #1:
The following is sufficient to fill a 750 bottle.
Coffee, grounded just before making the coffee, enough to make 1 pint – Dark Roast
1 cup Grain Alcohol, 190 proof alcohol or 151 proof – typically goes by the name Everclear in the states. For our international friends this shouldn’t be too hard to find as 190 proof, for Americans you typically will only get 151.
1/2- cup of raw Sugar or turbinado sugar, or if you want white boring sugar.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
I will be using a Moka pot (Bialletti). Its typically an Italian coffee maker that makes something in between strong french coffee and espresso. Ideally you want your coffee as strong and as flavored as possible. Moka pots are fairly cheap ($20-$30) if you can find them. Bialletti makes sizes from 1 cup to 6. You’ll be waiting awhile if you go with a 1 cup coffee maker, but a 6 cup coffee maker is tough to use for your morning shot.
You’ll also need a large mixing pot, a pot for caramelizing sugar, and a coffee filter of some sort. Paper coffee filters don’t seem to work well because the flow stops after awhile, so I found a reusable coffee filter that seems to work alright. The mesh may have been a bit too big though.
Coffee liqueur recipe #2:
4 cups white sugar
4 cups water
3/4 cup instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
4 cups vodka
In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in instant coffee, and allow to cool.
When cool, stir in vanilla extract and vodka. Pour into clean bottles. Close bottles tightly, and store in a cool dark place.
Coffee liqueur recipe #3:
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
3 1/2 tbs instant coffee
1 quart vodka
1 tbs vanilla extract
Combine sugar, water and coffee crystals in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let it simmer for around 10 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and let cool to room temperature. Add the vodka and vanilla. Pour the liquid into containers with breath-able lids (cheesecloth perhaps) and let sit for a month. After that, transfer to air-tight containers and enjoy!
Coffee liqueur recipe #4:
3 1/2 cups water
4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup instant coffee crystals
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 bottle vodka (750mL)
Melt together the water, sugar and coffee in a saucepan. Simmer for 15 minutes and then remove from heat. Let cool thoroughly. Add vanilla and vodka. Pour into bottles and store in the refrigerator.
Coffee liqueur recipe #5:
2 cups water
1 1/4 cups white sugar
2 tbs freshly ground coffee
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups vodka
Mix everything except vodka in a saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Strain out the coffee grounds. Add vodka. Pour finished liqueur into a bottle and store in a cool place.
Coffee liqueur recipe #6:
2 cups coffee
1 1/4 cup sugar
2 cups vodka
1/2 vanilla bean (split)
Add the sugar to hot coffee, and mix until dissolved. Let cool and add the vodka and vanilla bean. Transfer liquid to a bottle. After 2-4 weeks, strain out the vanilla bean and pour liqueur into a new bottle