4 Coffee-loving cocktails and mocktails for summer

02 November, 2022 2 min read

For festive drink ideas that include a nip of the magical brown stuff, look no further than these popular coffee cocktails. Whether you pop them up your sleeve for party days or keep them filed for cheeky recoveries the morning after, we think you’ll love them. Be assured we’ve split the deck evenly between ideas for the 18+ audience and mocktail inspiration for the happily booze free.

Secret tip: Filter coffee lifts cocktails to a new level.


2 Coffee mocktails for the happily booze free

Espresso Orange with Tonic

espresso poured into a cup of tonic water with an orange slice

Fresh and fabulous for Christmas morning shenanigans perhaps? Big thanks to  @eli_bang for the recipe. 

Tip: You’ll want a sweet orange, as the juice balances the bitterness of the coffee. 


The ingredients:

  • Ice
  • 2 fresh orange slices
  • 1 part orange juice
  • 1 part espresso shot
  • 2 parts tonic

Watch how it’s made


Iced Avocado Latte

vanilla syrup poured into a cup containing blended avocado with almond milk

Now  Tanner Colson has a leftfield entry that we are curiously drawn to. The avocado adds a super creamy goodness. 

Tip: You could use cow or oat milk if you’d rather skip the almond milk. 


The ingredients

  • Ice
  • 20 grams vanilla syrup
  • Sliced avocado
  • 1.5 cups almond milk
  • 1 espresso shot

Watch how it’s made


2 Coffee cocktails that embrace the hard stuff

Christmas Coffee Gin Cocktail

It’s a resounding yes from us with this Christmas gin cocktail by local legends Four Pillars Gin. This one’s  topped by festive ground nutmeg.

Tip: Filter coffee works well with this one.


The ingredients

  • 30mL Australian Christmas Gin
  • 100mL coffee, brewed and chilled
  • 10mL Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
  • 1 bar spoon of honey
  • 30mL cream, fridge cold

Get the Four Pillars method


Espresso Martini

Melbourne’s  Ginger and Carman may be miffed if we don’t include a recipe for this classic Espresso Martini. You can watch them do their thing  here.  

Tip: If you want your pretty little garnish to float on your drink, be sure to make great foam.


The ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Double shot espresso
  • Coffee liqueur (Kahlua or Baileys)
  • Sugar syrup
  • Coffee beans for garnish

Get Nagi’s method


Or make up your own coffee cocktail

Have a play with these, as they each pair rather well with coffee:

  • Amaretto 
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Kahlúa
  • Schnapps
  • Hazelnut liqueur
  • Bourbon
  • Tequila (yes, really!)


And you know what they say

Please drink responsibly. Even a hearty pour of tonic with some fresh fruit and a cooled shot of espresso on ice is all kinds of delicious (see visual inspiration in the happy pic at the verytop of this blog). 


Filter coffee favourites for cocktail hour

Filter coffee lifts a cocktail to a whole new level. Try  Niugini Okapa,  Cafe Femenino or, for a luxe treat,  Yemen Mocha Matari