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5 Coffee Cocktail Recipes for the Hellidays

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Nothing Spreads Holiday Cheer like a Coffee Cocktail

‘Tis the season to spread holiday cheer. There’s nothing a little bit of holly jolly jingle juice can’t solve. This list of highly caffeinated helliday cocktails will certainly make your yuletide merry.

1. Deathmas Coffee Cocktail

A festive christmas coffee cocktail featuring two wine glasses filled with coffee and whipcream on top.

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Almost too much alliteration for your own good, but this one is a classic and a guaranteed crowd pleaser—even amongst the Grinches of the family squad. Plus, it’s super easy to make and can be served hot or cold. 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces Death Wish Coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces amaretto liqueur
  • 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 ounce crème de cocoa
  • Fresh whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate, for garnish
Directions:
  1. Combine coffee and liqueurs in a glass.
  2. Stir to combine and top with fresh whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with grated chocolate.
  4. Serve warm or over ice.

2. Gingerdead Espresso Martini

A cocktail glass with a cinnamon sugar rim and a gingerbread martini in it.

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Even Death Incarnate loves warm gingerbread on a winter’s morning. Like a fiery kick to the tastebuds and a cozy hug from the Grim Reaper, this sweetly spiced blend is sure to warm your cold, dead heart this holiday. [Source: Eat, Drink, Play]

Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces Death Wish Coffee Gingerdead
  • 2 ounces vodka, like Tito’s or Grey Goose
  • 1 tablespoon gingerbread syrup
  • Whole coffee beans, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine Death Wish Coffee Gingerdead, vodka, gingerbread syrup and ice in a martini shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously for about a minute.
  3. Rim a chilled martini glass with cinnamon and sugar.
  4. Strain, pour and enjoy.

3. Peppermint Espresso Martini

Peppermint Espresso Martini featuring a crushed candy cane rim.

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It’s always a good night when you cap it off with an espresso martini. Add a little bit of peppermint to turn this classic into a holiday hit, and you’ll soon be on your merry way to candy cane lane. [Source: Brocc Your Body]

Ingredients:

  • 1 packet Death Wish Dark Roast Instant Coffee
  • 2 ounces vodka, like Tito’s or Grey Goose 
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce crème de cacao, white
  • 1 1/2 ounces half and half or milk alternative
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Crushed candy cane and honey, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for about a minute.
  3. Rim a chilled martini glass with honey and crushed candy canes.
  4. Strain, pour and enjoy.

4. Lump of Coal Cocktail

A coffee cocktail with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and an Oreo garnish.

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The perfect cocktail for those who made the naughty list this year. Topped with crushed Oreo cookies straight from the chimney Santa wedged himself down just to deliver coal and place in your stocking.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Death Wish Coffee Cold Brew
  • 5 ounces vanilla-infused brandy
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
  • Whipped cream and Oreo cookies for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake vigorously for about a minute.
  3. Strain into a cup.
  4. Top with whipped cream and crushed Oreo cookies.

5. Coffee Old Fashioned

A coffee based old fashioned cocktail with a lemon peel as a garnish.

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Forget about holiday traditions and old-school cocktails. Kick it up a notch with a Coffee Old Fashioned. No one will be calling you old when you’re the last one standing at the party.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Death Wish Coffee Cold Brew
  • 1 ounce bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • Dash of Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 1-inch piece of lemon peel

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Stir with a bar spoon for 30 seconds and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  3. Twist lemon peel over the drink and rub around the rim of the glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon peel.

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