How to Make Coffee Infused Liquor

How to Make Coffee Infused Liquor

By Logan Mulholland

It is actually really simple to infuse just about any spirit with your favorite coffee. This is a perfect way to add another layer of flavor to a spirit or cocktail, as well as make use of any older beans you may have lying around. All you need to do this is a 750 mL bottle of your spirit of choice, I’d recommend bourbon or vodka for their versatility, and 1 cup of whole bean coffee. Ground coffee will work as well, but I would recommend using less coffee as the increased surface area will impart a stronger coffee flavor.

 Steep your cup of whole coffee beans in a container with the 750 mL of chosen spirit for 24-48 hours. Then pour your infusion through a strainer and back into the original bottle, discarding the used beans.

When making a cocktail using your coffee infused spirit, I would try to stay simple and spirit-forward.Here are a few examples of some classic cocktails you could try. 


  • 2 oz coffee-infused bourbon or rye whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Stir and serve up or on the rocks


Moscow Mule 

  • 2 oz coffee-infused vodka
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Build in glass and serve on the rocks


Old Fashioned 

  • 2 oz coffee-infused bourbon
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Stir and serve on the rocks, garnished with an orange peel



  • 2 oz coffee-infused white rum
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Shake and serve up

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