By now, I think we’re all back to school. And what better way to celebrate being kidless during the day than with alcohol?


In the past year or two, this drink has become my signature. I learned how to make it at family camp, and I loved it so much that I didn’t stop. I made coffeetinis for anyone who was breathing and walked past the bar.

It’s a great transition to fall drink, though. Nice and chilled, with a delicious creamy coffee flavor. It feels like summer and fall all wrapped into one.

So here’s how I make mine. You’ll need:

coffeetini supplies

  • Kahlua
  • Vodka
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • a cocktail shaker (optional)
  • a shot of regular or decaf espresso (optional)

To start, fill your shaker (or glass) with ice. I’m not kidding, FILL IT. All the way to the top.

iceThe recipe is simple; it’s simply equal parts of vodka, Bailey’s, and Kahlua. I always start with the vodka, although I’m not sure why.

vodkaFill your shaker 1/3 of the way with vodka. Then I move on to the Bailey’s.

coffeetini4Good grief, I love Bailey’s. Again, another third of the way with the Bailey’s.

Now, the Kahlua:

kahluaOne more third! Now comes the optional part. If you want to get wired while you are drunk, then add a shot of regular espresso. If you love a stronger coffee taste but don’t want the jitters, then add a shot of decaf espresso. If you are really crazy, as one of my family camp comrades is, you can even add a little chocolate milkshake. Whaaaat?

Shake it up real good, and pour it into your chilled martini glass.

coffeetiniThat is pure, creamy, cocktail goodness. Drink one of these every time you have to help with math homework, and you’re golden.

coffeetini yum



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