Coffee-Infused Vodka to Wake Up Your Tastebuds

Published April 18, 2022
Coffee Beans In Jar On Table

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup coarsely crushed whole coffee beans; you can use up to a ½ cup
  • 750mL vodka
  • Two large clean bottles or jars
  • Cheesecloth or other fine strainer
  • Funnel

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker or mortar, coarsely grind the coffee beans with a muddler or pestle.
  2. In a large clean bottle or jar, add coarsely ground coffee beans and vodka.
  3. After capping, shake the container gently for approximately 15-30 seconds.
  4. Store in a cool, dark place for approximately 3 to 4 days, swirling the container gently each day.
  5. Sample by pouring into a glass. If you want more flavor, allow to steep longer.
  6. Pour the infused vodka into the second clean bottle, filtering with the cheesecloth.
  7. Carefully seal.

You can use this right away. You can also store unused coffee-infused vodka in a cool, dark place for approximately one to two years without affecting flavor. Discard when flavors start to fade or taste off.

Variations of Coffee-Infused Vodka

It's a well-known fact that coffee vodka is a work of beauty all on its own, but even the Mona Lisa could use a little extra help.

  • Add a pinch of sugar or brown sugar to add some sweetness.
  • Give your coffee vodka a nutty profile by infusing it with nuts. Use a half to a three-quarter cup of coarsely chopped almonds, ground hazelnuts, or chopped toasted pecans.
  • Add a caramel swirl by dropping in a third cup of unwrapped soft caramel candies with your coffee beans.
  • Include a cup of pitted and roughly chopped cherries.
  • Give a little citrus zest by adding one to two clean and sliced lemons or a whole, sliced orange.
  • Add three to four whole cinnamon sticks for a cozy coffee vodka. For a different spice twist, add a tablespoon of whole star anise, and use just one whole vanilla bean for a soft touch.
  • Make your coffee vodka richer by adding 2-3 ounces of a dark chocolate bar, finely chopped, to your coffee beans. You can use a ¼ tablespoon of cocoa nibs instead, too.

Coffee-Infused Vodka Cocktails

Your newly infused vodka is incredible to sip all on its own, but why not play around with it in cocktails, too?

Double Shot Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini cocktails with coffee beans

The espresso martini already does a ton of lifting; give it even more by using coffee vodka.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Chill a martini glass or coupe.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, coffee-infused vodka, espresso, coffee liqueur, and simple syrup.
  3. Shake to chill.
  4. Strain into chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with three whole coffee beans.

Buzzing White Russian

Preparation of white russian cocktails

Double up on the coffee flavors in your classic white Russian by using coffee vodka. You'll be totally in your element.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces coffee-infused vodka
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce heavy cream or milk
  • Ice
  • Ground nutmeg for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add ice, coffee vodka, coffee liqueur, and heavy cream.
  2. Stir to mix.
  3. Garnish with ground nutmeg if desired.

Sunday Morning

Bartender preparing Irish Cream Liqueur cocktail

Keep it simple by adding a little Irish cream and let your coffee vodka do the talking.

Ingredients

  • 2½ ounces coffee-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce Irish cream
  • 2-3 dashes cinnamon bitters
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail glass, add ice, coffee vodka, Irish cream, and cinnamon bitters.
  2. Stir to mix.

Not Don's Old-Fashioned

Old-Fashioned on the table

You won't see Don Draper whipping this old-fashioned up on Mad Men, but you can easily imagine him sipping this for breakfast anyway.

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces coffee-infused vodka
  • ½ ounce bourbon
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes orange bitters
  • 4-5 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ice
  • Orange peel for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a mixing glass, add ice, coffee-infused vodka, bourbon, simple syrup, and bitters.
  2. Stir rapidly to chill.
  3. Strain into rocks glass over fresh ice.
  4. Garnish with orange peel.

Mixers for Coffee-Infused Vodka

Are you stuck in your usual coffee cocktail rut? Bust through with your coffee-infused vodka, or even in combination with another flavor mentioned above.

A Coffee-Infused Vodka to Kickstart Your Cocktails

Your friends will be all abuzz, wondering how you took your coffee cocktails from good to great and how your boozy hot chocolate could be so rich and tasty. Whether or not you share your secrets is up to you. So spare a handful of your coffee beans in favor of adding a little coffee to your night, too.

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