This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.

Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.

Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm on chilly days.  This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly-brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.  This post is sponsored by Drizly.

Last fall, on one of our Bourbon Trail escapades, the husband and I found ourselves dashing through a Lexington parking lot on a blustery, stormy day.  We hurried inside the Alltech distillery, toured the brewery and distillery, and relied on their bourbon tastings to keep us warm as we made our way to the different buildings in the tour.  The tour ended with their delicious, warming, smile-inducing Bluegrass Sundown– a bourbon-ized version of the classic Irish Coffee.  When I came home, I was convinced that I could make my own bourbon-licious coffee!  This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is the perfect winter cocktail– an easy-to-make, Southern version of the classic Irish coffee.

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This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.

Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

Gathering Ingredients

Navigating the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Navigating the Kentucky Bourbon Trail

If you, like me, are somewhat ‘caffeine sensitive,’ you may gaze at caffeinated cocktails in confusion.  When does one drink these rich, earthy drinks?  If you’re like my husband– you drink them whenever you want, and never ever find yourself staring at the ceiling at 3am, cursing your poor caffeine-decision-making skills.  If you’re like me, you drink them in the early afternoon, or swap the coffee out for decaf.  (I’m wild and crazy like that, y’all.)

Once you’ve decided on regular or decaf coffee, and are ready to start cocktailing it up, you’re going to need some bourbon, coffee liqueur, a little sugar (if you want!), and cream.  Drizly*– my favorite liquor store on the go– provided the bourbon for this recipe.  If you, too, need bourbon– whether it’s to impress all your friends with your bartender skills or to responsibly sip bourbon with a decaf coffee– Drizly is on it!  Simply order your bourbon (here) and your coffee liqueur (here), and they’ll have you sipping away on a freshly made cocktail in less than an hour.

This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.

Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

Making Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

Once you’ve gathered all your ingredients, start mixing your cocktail!  Simply pour coffee into a mug (fill it about halfway), and add the bourbon and coffee liqueur.  Stir it all up, and sweeten to taste.  Next, hold a spoon, curved side up, against the inside rim of the mug.  Pour the cream slowly over the spoon so that the cream settles on the top of the drink.  Serve immediately, and sip slowly to stay warm on even the most blustery days!

*Also Note: Drizly is still growing and has a limited delivery area.  Check out their site for more details. 

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Mint Tea Hot Toddy

 

This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on an Irish coffee, and is the perfect drink to keep you warm this winter. This caffeinated cocktail is made with freshly brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.
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Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

Yields 1 cocktail

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 person
Calories 301 kcal
Author Champagne Tastes

Ingredients

  • 4-6 oz freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional, sweeten to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 oz heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Pour hot coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee liqueur into a mug.  Stir, and sweeten to taste with brown sugar (optional).

  2. Hold a small metal spoon, curved side up, against the inside wall of the mug and just above the coffee drink.  Pour cream over spoon.  (Spoon will help the cream remain mostly on the top of the drink).  Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Calorie Information was calculated per serving using My Fitness Pal.

This cocktail was inspired by Alltech’s ‘Bluegrass Sundown.’

47 thoughts on “Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

  1. Meg | Meg is Well says:

    I love bourbon and often will use it over whiskey when making Irish Coffees. I absolutely love the addition of coffee liquor! That’s such a great way to add some sweetness but strengthen that coffee taste!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      It’s definitely a little tamer in this than in a lot of bourbon drinks 🙂 if you like it with whiskey you’d probably love! It’s a little smokier this way!

  2. Taylor says:

    There’s just something so comforting about a bourbon cocktail during the winter and holidays. Add coffee and you’ve got the most luxurious, cozy drink! And Drizly sounds like such a great idea right about now – I can’t stand heading into most stores nowadays. With so much shopping to do I have about zero time for errands (and yes, grabbing ingredients for delicious cocktails like these is an absolute must!), so this would be the perfect service for me!!!

  3. Shelley says:

    Nice! It’s like that saying: coffee’s there to say “atta girl go get ’em!” and bourbon’s there to say “that’s okay honey you’ll get ’em next time!”

  4. Mark, CompassandFork says:

    We just toured through Kentucky and visited 3 bourbon distilleries there. Not only did I enjoy the bourbon but also those wonderful bourbon balls. I’m a bit of a coffee snob, which I freely admit, so this sounds like a match made in heaven.

  5. Srivalli says:

    I LOVE freshly brewed coffee and you have made it so interesting by adding bourbon and cream..I love the technique you have showed to add the cream..very nice!

  6. Manila Spoon says:

    Why do I have to see this when I am trying to lessen my coffee intake??? Oh, I am sure I can find an excuse to try this! Except for the bourbon I have the rest of the ingredients after all! Certainly, a must-try!

  7. Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy says:

    Ok..hubby just finished having a shot of bourbon, then he saw this recipe. Looks like a nice treat for a cold afternoon. That should be too long from now…since we are in the dead of winter here. This should warm things up nicely.

  8. swathi says:

    You got me with bourbon. I have seen recipe in a book with bourbon and coffee but didn’t noted it down. Now I can use your recipe to make grown up coffee.

  9. Jennifer A Stewart says:

    I was never a big bourbon drinker but the hubby loves it. We are remodeling our kitchen and I had to move his bourbon collection. 64 bottles! That’s not including the ones that were empty and he was keeping the bottle because it is cool, but 64 actual bottles. I started drinking it with raspberry ginger ale (don’t judge it’s awesome) and bourbon cream over ice. I love the idea of bourbon and cream with coffee. It is getting cool here finally so I might be busting this out soon!

    • champagne-tastes says:

      wooooaaaah… I just told the hubs and he is SO JEALOUS! Our bottles… never last that long lololol. That’s some collection!

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