Spring and Summer Coffee Cocktails

Author: Rob   Date Posted:6 October 2014 

As spring and summer approach, there are times when a nice chilled cup of coffee appeals more than hot coffee.

We covered some delicious iced coffee recipes in a previous blog, Cool off with Iced Coffee and have offered a few coffee cocktails in other blogs. To round out your spring and summer coffee drink selections, these are a few of the world's “coolest” coffee cocktails.

Francis the Mule

Francis the Mule is a summer coffee classic. The only tools you'll need to make it are a cocktail shaker and strainer and it's best served in a cocktail glass. These are the ingredients for a classic Francis the Mule, but some aficionados skip the lemon juice and add a little more orgeat syrup in its place:

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. orgeat syrup
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. chilled, brewed coffee, chilled
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Cracked ice


Just mix everything together, shake and strain into your cocktail glass. Add a lemon twist for garnish and enjoy.

Black Forest

Another classic, the Black Forest is best served in a flute. It has a delightful nutty/chocolate taste, but the coffee you choose will make a difference, so you might want to experiment with a few Lavazza coffee blends to find your personal favourite. These are the ingredients:

  • 2 oz. chilled coffee
  • 1/4 oz. Bénédictine
  • 1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
  • Ice cubes

After shaking the ingredients (including the ice), strain into the flute. The Black Forest looks as great as it tastes, with a deep brown colour and tan head.

White Russian

Adding coffee to this classic cocktail just makes it taste better.


  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. Kahlua
  • 1 oz. cream
  • 1/2 oz. fresh-brewed coffee, cooled
  • Ice cubes

Put all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Add your ice cubes to your Old Fashioned glass and pour the liquids over the top. The coffee will settle to the bottom, giving the cocktail a touch of two-toned class when you serve it.

The Beccaccino

The Beccaccino hails from Seattle, the coffee capital of the United States. We've mentioned it before, but that was the hot version. The chilled Beccaccino is just as delicious and perfect for spring and summer. These are the ingredients you'll need:

  • 1 oz. brandy
  • 1/2 oz. Bénédictine
  • 1/2 oz. amaretto
  • 1/2 oz. Irish Mist
  • 2 1/2 oz. chilled, strong coffee
  • Ice cubes
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Pour all ingredients except the whipped cream into a mixing container, but stir, don't shake them together. Then strain them into a cocktail glass and top with a little whipped cream.

These spring and summer cocktail recipes come courtesy of Imbibe online.



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