Perfectly Rich and Indulgent Coffee Nudge Recipe

Hello there, coffee lovers! Are you in the mood for a warm and delightful beverage that will give you an extra nudge of energy during those chilly mornings? Look no further because I’m here to introduce to you my favorite coffee cocktail recipe: the Coffee Nudge!

This extraordinary drink is perfect for all the coffee and booze enthusiasts out there. Get ready to taste a combination of rich, aromatic coffee, velvety vanilla ice cream, and your choice of hazelnut or chocolate-covered coffee beans. The beauty of this recipe is its versatility – it can be enjoyed as either a steamy hot coffee nudge or an icy cold nudge cocktail.

With only a handful of ingredients, this nudge recipe is simple enough to make at home but elegant enough to impress your guests. Not only that, but it’s also perfect for any time of day! Start your weekend brunch off right with a soul-warming coffee nudge or share this irresistible treat with your dinner guests.

Trust me; once you try this coffee nudge recipe, you won’t go back to typical caffeinated beverages. Say goodbye to plain old lattes and welcome this deliciously decadent cocktail into your life. Get ready to indulge in delightful experience – it’s time to make yourself a cup of some seriously magical caffeinated goodness!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge
A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge

Folks, listen up! Do you want to add some excitement to your morning coffee routine or impress your guests with an unforgettable dessert drink? If the answer is “yes,” then you’ll love this recipe for a Coffee Nudge.

Imagine the rich aroma of hot brewed coffee, mixed with creamy vanilla ice cream and delectable chocolate-covered coffee beans, all anchored by two types of liqueur – brandy and Hazelnut-flavored Creme de Cacao. These indulgent ingredients are then topped off with a mountain of whipped cream, creating a decadent flavor explosion in every sip!

But that’s not all! This Coffee Nudge recipe is versatile too. You can easily customize it to fit your cravings by trying out different flavored liqueurs or replacing the brandy with Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream. You can serve it in a cocktail glass or Irish coffee mug depending on your mood, and use it as either morning coffee or an after-dinner cocktail.

Trust me; once you try this nudge cocktail recipe, you’ll be hooked for life! So what are you waiting for? Let’s grab those ingredients and make ourselves a delicious cup of caffeine-induced bliss!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your coffee cravings with A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge.
Satisfy your coffee cravings with A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge.

Below are the essential ingredients for making Coffee Nudge, a warm and inviting coffee cocktail perfect for cozying up on chilly nights.

– 2 oz coffee liqueur
– 1 oz brandy
– 1/2 oz hazelnut-flavored liqueur
– 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao
– 8 oz hot brewed coffee
– Top with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans

The primary ingredient of the Coffee Nudge is the coffee liqueur, which provides the bold coffee flavor that blends perfectly with the brandy’s rich taste. For a nutty twist, hazelnut-flavored liqueur adds delightful depth while the Creme de Cacao gives a slight chocolate note. The hot brewed coffee serves as the base for this elegant beverage, further intensified by topping it with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans.

These ingredients can also be substituted according to one’s preference. Instead of using brandy, consider Irish whiskey, bourbon, or dark rum. Different flavored liqueurs such as amaretto or Frangelico can be used in place of hazelnut-flavored liqueur; while Godiva chocolate liqueur can replace Creme de Cacao.

Note: Make sure to use freshly made hot coffee or espresso to get the best taste. Also, don’t forget to top with whipped cream and chocolate-covered coffee beans to complete your masterpiece.

The Recipe How-To

 Cozy up with a warm mug of this delicious coffee cocktail.
Cozy up with a warm mug of this delicious coffee cocktail.

Here’s how to make a coffee nudge cocktail that will give your taste buds an exciting boost!

Step 1: Make coffee

To begin the recipe, make a fresh batch of strong hot coffee. You can use any type of coffee beans you prefer, but I recommend using dark-roast coffee to highlight the rich flavors of this cocktail.

Step 2: Mix the ingredients

In an Irish Coffee glass or coffee mug, pour 1 ounce of coffee liqueur and 1/2 ounce each of brandy and hazelnut-flavored liqueur. Add 6-8 ounces of hot brewed coffee leaving room at the top for whipped cream.

Step 3: Top with whipped cream

Top the drink with a generous helping of whipped cream to balance out the flavors of the drink.

Step 4: Garnish and serve

Add a few chocolate-covered coffee beans on top along with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon to enhance the festive presentation.

Serve your Coffee Nudge recipe immediately while still hot in a heat-resistant serving glass. The creamy texture joins perfectly with the warmth of the hot coffee and creates an unforgettable joyous bustling experience for your taste buds!

Substitutions and Variations

 A perfect blend of coffee, brandy, and Irish cream.
A perfect blend of coffee, brandy, and Irish cream.

Now, let’s talk about substitutions and variations to this incredible Coffee Nudge recipe.

If you don’t have hazelnut-flavored liqueur, you can swap it with other flavored liqueurs such as Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream. Also, for a stronger and boozy version, replace the same amount of hazelnut-flavored liqueur with dark crème de cacao or brandy.

For a non-alcoholic version of Coffee Nudge, just remove the brandy and flavored liqueurs from the recipe. You can add more coffee or top up with hot water instead.

If you are a chocolate lover, you can experiment by adding chocolate shavings or cocoa powder to the whipped cream garnish on top of your coffee nudge cocktail. You can also use chocolate-covered coffee beans as a garnish or crush them into tiny bits and sprinkle them over your whipped cream.

If you want to add some frothiness to your nudge drink, foam up some milk and add it to your coffee. This would create an even smoother and velvety texture to your drink.

Or why not substitute vanilla ice cream with banana ice cream? This would give a lusciously fruity flavor to both the cocktail recipe and coffee nudge recipe.

In summary, there are numerous ways you can modify this coffee nudge recipe to suit your taste preferences. Be adventurous and create something unique; that’s what coffee cocktails are all about – experimenting and having fun!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect pick-me-up for a cold and dreary day.
The perfect pick-me-up for a cold and dreary day.

Once you’ve whipped up your delicious coffee nudge cocktail, it’s time to serve and enjoy! This indulgent drink is best served hot in a small coffee cup or Irish coffee glass. For an extra special touch, you can dip the rim of your glass into some melted chocolate and roll it in crushed chocolate-covered coffee beans.

When it comes to pairing, this rich and creamy beverage goes perfectly with a dessert featuring vanilla ice cream. You can even try making a coffee nudge sundae by scooping vanilla ice cream into a serving glass and pouring the warm coffee nudge over it. For an added crunch, sprinkle some chopped hazelnuts on top.

If you’re serving this drink as a dessert cocktail after dinner, why not pair it with some dark chocolate truffles? The bitterness of the chocolate pairs well with the sweetness of the nudge cocktail. Alternatively, if you prefer something lighter, try pairing your coffee nudge with some fresh fruit like sliced bananas or strawberries.

Overall, this versatile drink is suitable for any occasion; it’s perfect for warming up on a cold winter evening or indulging in a decadent treat after dinner. So go ahead and experiment with different pairings to find your perfect match!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A delightful way to warm up your evening.
A delightful way to warm up your evening.

Folks, if you’re thinking about making a batch of this sensational Coffee Nudge Recipe in advance or have leftovers to store, I’m here to give you the scoop.

First and foremost, it’s best to make coffee fresh before combining it with the nudge ingredients like brandy, hazelnut-flavored liqueur, and Creme de Cacao. Once you make the drink, it’s ready to be served hot or cold.

If you want to make a larger batch and store for later, I recommend storing the individual components separately, then combining them into an Irish Coffee glass when serving. You can store the coffee nudge mixture in a glass bottle with a tight-fitting lid where it can last for up to two weeks in the fridge.

If you want to reheat your leftover coffee nudge drink, then gently do so on the stove or microwave. Be careful not to let it boil! Once reheated, give your drink a good stir and add another dollop of whipped cream as needed.

To have a refreshing iced coffee option try refrigerating the coffee after brewing and whipping up vanilla ice cream ahead of time then assemble when ready to serve.

Remember folks this is a drink recipe that often contains alcohol, so practice caution when storing and serving. And don’t forget to keep those chocolate-covered coffee beans around for garnish!

With these tips, you are sure to enjoy a perfect cup of Coffee Nudge every time!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Indulge in the rich and creamy flavors of this coffee delight.
Indulge in the rich and creamy flavors of this coffee delight.

Now that you have the ingredients list in front of you and understand the recipe’s process let’s delve into some tips that will help you make a perfect coffee nudge.

Firstly, always ensure that the coffee is hot before adding any liqueurs or cream to it. Adding cold ingredients to hot coffee could cause it to cool down quickly, so making sure that you start with hot coffee is key. If your coffee has gone cold, don’t hold back from brewing a fresh pot, so your bevvie doesn’t end up being a cold coffee cocktail rather than a warm, indulgent treat.

Secondly, ingredients like creme de cacao and hazelnut-flavored liqueur come in handy as you try out different variations for cocktail recipes; adding them wisely can give the perfect burst of flavour. However, too much of these can overpower the taste of coffee and brandy. For best results, stick to recommended measurements and make sure you stir well so that they are evenly distributed in your drink.

Thirdly, making a layered coffee nudge is an art. A layer of cream atop a layer of liqueurs adds elegance to your drink. Pouring heavy cream over the back of a spoon onto the surface of your cup can do wonders for creating that distinct layer.

Fourthly, invest in good quality chocolate-covered coffee beans as topping; they’ll add not only a pop of colour but also an extra layer of rich flavour to complement the drink’s overall texture.

Finally, choose an appropriate mug or cup when serving your nudge – it matters! A generously sized irish coffee glass will allow enough room for whipped cream and garnishings while still retaining heat within the drink.

With these tips under your belt, you’ll be able to make a knock-out Coffee Nudge cocktail recipe every time guests are on their way over or sheer decadence calls your name!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Coffee Nudge Recipe is a perfect combination of coffee and liqueurs that can lift your mood and give you that energizing boost to start your day or unwind after a long day at work. It’s an excellent cocktail recipe that will impress your guests and make any occasion more enjoyable. With the rich flavor of coffee and the indulgent sweetness of chocolate-covered coffee beans and whipped cream, every sip will be a delightful experience that you cannot miss.

Don’t forget to try out variations by substituting different liqueurs or trying out different serving methods. Whether you prefer hot or cold, this nudge coffee recipe will never disappoint.

So fire up your kettle or espresso machine, grab your Creme de Cacao, brandy, hazelnut-flavored liqueur, and coffee liqueur, and get started! You’ll love how simple and easy it is to make this delicious Coffee Nudge Recipe. Trust me; it’s worth it!

A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge

A Nudge, a Coffee Nudge Recipe

Now this is a nudge.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 1 coffee
Calories 388.9 kcal


  • 3/4 ounce Creme de Cacao, dark
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur, Kahlua
  • 1/2 ounce hazelnut-flavored liqueur, Frangelica
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 8 ounces coffee, dark, hot, strong
  • 3 ounces vanilla ice cream, scoope
  • 1 1/2 ounces whipped cream
  • 2 chocolate-covered coffee beans, candied, ground


  • Put the scoope of ice cream in the bottom of a tall mug.
  • Pour the Creme de Cacao, Kahlua, Brandy and Frangelica over the ice cream.
  • Slowly pour in the coffee, add the whipped cream and sprinkle the ground coffee beans on top.
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy.

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Serving: 380gCalories: 388.9kcalCarbohydrates: 37.8gProtein: 3.8gFat: 12.4gSaturated Fat: 7.5gCholesterol: 44.9mgSodium: 86.9mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 33.9g
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