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Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail – Coffee Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

Cold Brew Coffee and Bourbon together? Yes, please! This cold brew cocktail is very refreshing!


With summer coming, we need a way to get our caffeine fix with out having a hot cup of coffee. So, we have been drinking a lot of cold brew coffee. We make cold brew coffee almost every morning, it is a delicious way to make some great tasting coffee using only cold water, fresh coffee beans and time.

Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail in rocks glass, orange peel garnish on napkin with coffee beans and burr grinder in back

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The coffee is smoother and not as bitter. We think the flavors of the cold brew coffee more nuanced and delicate. The cold process reduces the acid and keeps some of the volatile oils that normally dissipate in the hot process.


Cold Brew Cocktail

So when we had the idea of making a coffee based cocktail, we knew that we wanted to use cold brew in the cocktail.  Add in the arrival of our new hand cranked burr coffee mill we were given by UncommonGoods, and we just had to make the Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail.

Cold brew coffee cocktail in a rocks glass with cream being poured into it. Coffee grinder, white napkin and coffee beans in the background

Rocks Glasses / Jigger / Measuring Glass

Coffee based cocktails have been gaining popularity, as the many varieties of coffee gives mixologists new bold flavors to play with. We started out with a medium roast breakfast blend coffee that we used to make a strong batch of cold brew. We made our cold brew by coarsely grinding our whole beans and adding that to a batch of cold water and letting it steep overnight.

What Ingredients are Needed for the Cold Brew Cocktail?

  • Maple Syrup
  • Triple Sec
  • Cold Brew Coffee
  • Bourbon
  • Heavy Cream


Once we had the cold brew ready, we mixed in nice smooth bourbon, which is a classic pairing. The sweet vanilla and caramel notes of the bourbon complimented the dark flavors of the coffee. This is a classic way of making a warm adult coffee that we love in the winter. Since we were going with a cold cocktail for the summer, we wanted to mix it up and come up with something different.

Cold brew coffee cocktail in a rocks glass with cream being poured into it. Coffee grinder, white napkin and coffee beans in the background

A splash of dark maple syrup adds a sweet note. This added a flavor that really works with the coffee and bourbon in this cold brew cocktail. Adding a bit of orange liqueur brightened the cocktail and added a nice orange perfume. It really mixes nice with the aroma of the coffee.


Topping the drink with some heavy cream gives the drink a rich creaminess and a wonderful silky mouth feel. Plus, gives the cocktail a classic latte look. If you want a warm coffee cocktail, may we recommend our Toasted Cream Irish Coffee!




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Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail in rocks glass on white napkin with coffee beans. Coffee grinder and French press behind
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Cold Brew Bourbon Cocktail - Coffee Cocktail

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A perfect mix of cold brew coffee, bourbon and cream!


Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail

  • 1.25 ounces bourbon
  • .50 ounce triple sec
  • 2.50 ounces strong cold brew coffee
  • .50 ounce maple syrup
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • orange peel for garnish


Combine coffee, bourbon, triple sec and maple syrup with ice in a shaker.

Shake to mix.

Strain into a rocks glass over ice, and top with cream.

Add orange peel for garnish.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 10.5gSaturated Fat: 6.5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 1100mgCarbohydrates: 10.3gFiber: 0gSugar: 19.8gProtein: 0.7g

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Matthew From Nomageddon

Saturday 27th of August 2016

Leah, this looks awesome!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 28th of August 2016

Thanks much, Matt!

Rahul @samosastreetblog

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Coffee and bourbon, life does not get much better.

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 25th of May 2016

Nope, it's a great combo! Thanks for stopping by!

Aileen @ Aileen Cooks Blog

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

I'm not a huge bourbon fan, but this sounds great!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

It really is a great combo, and the orange tempers the bite of the bourbon! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday 21st of May 2016

This sounds really good! Your photos are outstanding!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

Thanks so much! Such kind words!


Friday 20th of May 2016

You make THE most amazing cocktails in the world! Seriously - I want to drink every single cocktail recipe you share. =) Have you made any cocktails with beet syrup? I would love to collaborate with you and feature you on my site: Just Beet It. You are fabulous!

The 'Noms.

Sunday 22nd of May 2016

Aw, thanks Aarika! We have made a beet shrub before, it's on the blog. But, we haven't ventured into anything else, but would be willing to! ;)

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