We love drinking coffee and it’s not because of any health benefits derived from coffee. No, that would be too simple. Regular, home brewed coffee tastes good to me and Grandpa, but nothing tastes better than when we create our own recipes for spiked coffee. Spiked coffee, in all of its goodness, tastes a lot better than beer ever could.
“Grandpa” enjoys his crown and coke on occasion too, and we’re not opposed to doing a little wine tasting from time to time either, but neither of us are big drinkers either way. Getting together with friends over the holidays usually includes trying a new brand of wine with dinner, or as an after dinner drink, but I don’t think I’ll ever become accustomed to being a wine drinker.
There’s nothing wrong with drinking wine, if that’s your thing, but I’m more of a mixed drink type person. Margarita’s with Mexican food is an all-time favorite, but offer me a cup of coffee with Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua or whiskey in it and it’s all good from there on. I’ve seen some spiked coffee recipes online that recommend adding vodka to coffee, but that’s one I haven’t tried. Yet.
Since it’s usually over the holidays that we’ll treat ourselves to a bit of the booze, it’s often disappointing to see the current price of buying Baileys at the liquor store. $45.00 for a bottle of Baileys Irish Cream is ridiculous, so this year we opted to make our own spiked coffee at home.
Make Your Own Spiked Coffee
Making your own spiked coffee is not only easy to do but is a heck of a lot cheaper than buying the ready-mix booze at the store, considering it only costs about $20.00 for a large bottle of whiskey that will last us for awhile. I don’t know how much Vodka costs at the liquor store, but I would guess Vodka is probably cheaper than buying Baileys or Kahlua, but I could be wrong since I’ve never bought Vodka before.
Anyway, if you like coffee, you will love spiked coffee. Here is a spiked coffee recipe we have in our collection. I’m providing measurements for each of the ingredients, but feel free to spike your coffee a bit more than the recipe calls for if you’re so inclined. If you like the taste of Creme de Menthe, that’s another ingredient sometimes included in spiked coffee recipes, but I say no thanks to that idea. Creme de Menthe has a disgusting taste, in my opinion.
Brazilian Coffee – Recipe
3/4 oz Coffee Liqueur
3/4 oz Brandy
3/4 oz Orange Liqueur
Fill with hot Black Coffee
Top with Whipped Cream
Sprinkle Brown Sugar on top (optional)
As a matter of fact, I’m drinking a cup of spiked coffee as I write this. All I did was pour a cup of hot coffee and then I added 2-3 tablespoons of our favorite coffee creamer (International Delight French Vanilla), then add about 2 tablespoons of whiskey and stir. Some people like their spiked coffee a little more spiked than I do.
Note: I don’t know your thoughts on the difference between instant coffee and home brewed coffee, but there is no way I would even consider drinking instant, let alone make spiked coffee using instant coffee granules etc. Why would you want to ruin a good tasting recipe with instant coffee anyway?
One more thing – I don’t like the taste of whiskey by itself, so if I go much heavier on the whiskey than that, all I taste is the whiskey. How anyone can stand the taste of Scotch, Whiskey or Vodka straight out of the bottle I’ll never understand. Ick.