Energize Your Day with This Irresistible Coffee Nudge

I invite you to indulge in a delicious and warming coffee drink that will warm you up from head to toe, the Coffee Nudge. It’s a drink that has been around for decades, but with my unique recipe, I’m bringing it back with a renewed flavor and aroma. This drink is perfect for cold winter nights, or any day when you just need a little pick-me-up.

The Coffee Nudge combines the best of both worlds – the bitter taste of coffee and the sweet taste of liqueur. My recipe calls for dark creme de cacao, coffee liqueur, and brandy, which blend together perfectly creating a rich and flavorful mixture that will delight your senses.

I’m sure you’re used to drinking classic coffee or maybe an Irish coffee if you want something fancier, but why not try something different? The Coffee Nudge is easy-to-make, inexpensive and quicker than going to your local cafe. Trust me, once you take one sip of this cocktail, it will be your new favorite drink.

So join me in trying something new and exciting with my Coffee Nudge recipe!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Nudge
Coffee Nudge

Do you love cozying up with a delicious coffee drink on a chilly evening? If so, then you’ll adore this Coffee Nudge recipe. The Coffee Nudge is the ultimate dessert in a mug – a decadent blend of hot coffee, dark creme de cacao, and brandy whipped cream. It’s the perfect cocktail to sip beside the fire during the winter months.

The recipe is incredibly easy to make yet tastes like something you would order from a high-end coffee house. A delicious aroma of fresh-brewed coffee will fill your kitchen as you combine the ingredients of the lovely concoction.

What sets this recipe apart from other warm winter drinks is that it has an added kick of brandy which adds some warmth to the drink. Not only does this beverage provide a soothing and luxurious drinking experience, but it also has significant health benefits too. It is known to boost brain function, improve physical performance and mood.

In fact, this cocktail deserves to be on a menu at an exquisite restaurant due to its elegant flavor and presentation. So why not bring some luxury into your home tonight? Try out this easy-to-follow Coffee Nudge cocktail recipe and experience for yourself why it’s been a long-standing favorite amongst coffee lovers for decades.

Ingredient List

 Start your morning off right with a Coffee Nudge.
Start your morning off right with a Coffee Nudge.

Before you begin, gather all the ingredients needed to make this delicious Coffee Nudge Cocktail at home. It’s quite simple, actually: you’ll only need a handful of ingredients that are easy to find in stores or online. Here’s what you’ll need:

Main Ingredients

  • 4 oz hot coffee
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (e.g Kahlua)
  • 1 oz brandy
  • 3/4 oz dark crème de cacao
  • Whipped cream, for topping


  • Chocolate sprinkles or flakes, for dusting

As long as you have these ingredients on hand, you’re ready to start making this classic cocktail. Don’t worry if you want to make variations or substitutions to cater to your taste; we’ll be discussing that in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 This sophisticated coffee cocktail will impress your guests at any brunch.
This sophisticated coffee cocktail will impress your guests at any brunch.

Now that you’ve learned about what makes the Coffee Nudge Recipe so great, it’s time to make it happen! In this section, I’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to create the perfect Coffee Nudge.


  • 2 ounces hot coffee
  • 1/2 ounce Crème de Cacao
  • 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa)
  • 1 ounce brandy
  • Whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles for garnish


  1. In a coffee cup or mug, pour in 2 ounces of freshly brewed hot coffee.
  2. Pour 1/2 ounce of Crème de Cacao into the mug.
  3. Next, add 1/2 ounce of coffee liqueur.
  4. Measure out and add 1 ounce of brandy into the mug.
  5. Stir well until all the ingredients are evenly combined.
  6. Top with whipped cream in any way you like to achieve your desired creaminess or design.
  7. Complete your masterpiece by adding some chocolate sprinkles on top of the whipped cream.
  8. Take a sip and enjoy.

There you have it: the perfect Coffee Nudge recipe for any occasion.

Feel free to experiment with variations by using flavored liqueurs or different spirits such as rum or Irish whiskey instead of brandy. You can even swap out regular coffee for decaf, or substitute in espresso if you desire a stronger kick.

Don’t be afraid to get creative and make this delicious drink your own!

Substitutions and Variations

 A combination of coffee, brandy, Kahlua, and whipped cream make this drink decadent and delightful.
A combination of coffee, brandy, Kahlua, and whipped cream make this drink decadent and delightful.

When it comes to making a delicious Coffee Nudge cocktail, there are several ingredients that you can substitute or add to the recipe to suit your taste preferences. Here are some ideas:

– Creme de cacao: You can substitute this with other chocolate-flavored liqueurs like Kahlua or Godiva Chocolate Liqueur. These will add a slightly different flavor profile to your coffee nudge cocktail.

– Brandy: If you’re not a fan of brandy, you can try using Irish Whiskey, Bourbon or Rum instead. These spirits lend a unique character to the drink and you can expect some warm, spicy undertones in your coffee nudge.

– Coffee liqueur: For a richer coffee flavor in your nudge, consider using espresso-flavored liqueurs such as Patron XO Cafe or Tia Maria. These pack a punch of robust coffee flavor that goes well with the dark crème de cacao and brandy.

– Whipped cream: If you want a dairy-free or lower-calorie option for topping your coffee nudge, try using coconut whipped cream or almond milk whipped cream instead. They are lusciously smooth and still give that perfect creamy finish on top of the drink.

– Chocolate sprinkles: You can finish off the whipped cream garnish by adding some chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for extra visual appeal and chocolate flavor.

– Decaf coffee: If you prefer not to use caffeinated coffee for this cocktail recipe, go ahead and use decaffeinated coffee instead. It won’t alter the taste of the drink but you’ll avoid any unnecessary caffeine jitters.

Feel free to experiment with these substitutions and make it your own signature Coffee Nudge drink recipe.

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect pick-me-up for any dreary morning or afternoon.
The perfect pick-me-up for any dreary morning or afternoon.

My friends, the coffee nudge is a drink that deserves to be savored slowly, in small sips, while enjoying the company of great friends. This delicious beverage can be served as a dessert, an afternoon treat or an after-dinner indulgence. It has a rich and creamy taste, complemented by the distinctive aroma of coffee beans, and the sweetness of dark crème de cacao.

When it comes to serving this delightful concoction, use your best judgment as far as presentation goes. You can opt for traditional coffee mugs or even serve it in elegant champagne glasses to make an impression with your guests. There’s no compromising on the whipped cream topping because it is essential to the overall look and taste of the coffee nudge.

As for pairing, there are quite a few options at your disposal. The coffee nudge pairs beautifully with sweet bites like cake or pastries like chocolate éclairs or mille-feuille which complement its richness. For a more savory option, you can pair it with blue cheese or nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts or pecans – this would make for an indulgent mid-day snack.

For those who like to experiment with drink recipes further, you have the option of adding chocolate sprinkles on top of the whipped cream for added flavor and crunch. If you’re feeling adventurous with your drink pairings (maybe even giving Irish Coffee a run for its money), I’d suggest opting for cacao-kahlua over crème de cacao to add that extra kick towards the end.

The coffee nudge is not simply a drink; it’s full-bodied and velvety texture creates an experience that will surprise and delight many-a-palate. So take out those coffee cups from their shelves, and embark on this delicious journey through various flavors and aromas, ending in heavenly satisfaction – one sip at a time!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Sip on this cozy concoction while curled up with a good book or classic movie.
Sip on this cozy concoction while curled up with a good book or classic movie.

The coffee nudge cocktail recipe is quite straightforward and quick to make, but you might wonder if it can be made ahead of time or reheated if you had leftover. Let me tell you that you can prepare it ahead and store it in the fridge for later use.

To make-ahead, follow the recipe instruction to fix your drink all the way to the point of adding whipped cream, cacao or chocolate sprinkles, and don’t add any of the toppings. Then store it in an airtight container and put it in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. On serving day, give the cocktail a stir, pour it into a cup and top with whipped cream like normal.

I highly recommend making your coffee nudge drink fresh every time you want one as reheating could destroy its texture and taste. But sometimes reheating is inevitable when there are leftover drinks that need to be consumed, here are some tips on how best to reheat coffee nudge:

– Pour the cocktail into a microwave-safe mug

– Heat on high for 20 seconds

– Check its temperature

– Repeat heating in 10 seconds intervals until desired warmth is achieved

– Stir well before drinking

Note that overheating or boiling may cause the alcohol to evaporate and change your drink’s texture, let alone causing possible burn injuries when consumed hot. Therefore, always use with discretion while reheating.

In conclusion, you can make ahead your coffee nudge recipe by prepping all ingredients save for the whipped cream topping and storing them without any issue. However, reheating should only be done sparingly with adherence to heating tips provided above as excessive reheating may spoil your drink, but who needs leftovers anyway when coffee-loving friends are around.

Tips for Perfect Results

 This drink is perfect for holiday cheer at any time of year.
This drink is perfect for holiday cheer at any time of year.

If you’re looking to enjoy a tasty cup of Coffee Nudge, there are few things to keep in mind. Here are some tips to get you started making the perfect Coffee Nudge at home:

1. Use good quality ingredients.

The success of your Coffee Nudge cocktail recipe lies in the quality of ingredients you use. That means using top-shelf brandy and coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua or Tia Maria, as well as dark Creme de Cacao.

2. Hot coffee is key.

When it comes to coffee drinks recipes, temperature is everything. Brewed coffee should be served hot, between 160-175°F (71-79°C), to ensure that the flavors are fully extracted and mixed with your other ingredients.

3. Don’t be afraid to experiment with variations.

There’s no one hard-and-fast recipe for a Coffee Nudge. You can adjust the ingredient ratios and swap out some of the liqueurs for other flavors (such as Irish cream liqueur) to find your ideal version.

4. Take care when layering.

To achieve that neat layered look for a Coffee Nudge, pour your ingredients over the back of a spoon so they settle together cleanly. Work slowly and steadily, and don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get it right.

5. Add whipped cream on top.

A good Coffee Nudge always includes a generous dollop of whipped cream on top (and maybe even a sprinkling of chocolate) for a creamy contrast against the strong coffee and liqueurs.

With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a fantastic cup of Cacao Coffee Nudge Cocktail Recipe every time!


Before concluding this recipe article, let’s clear out some common questions regarding the Coffee Nudge Recipe. Whether it’s about the best creme de cacao brand or how to make a non-alcoholic version, these frequently asked questions will give you answers to make sure you get the perfect cup of coffee nudge every time. So keep on reading and let’s answer those queries one by one!

What is in a nudge?

Let’s start by giving your morning coffee a twist! First, grab 8 coffee mugs and measure out 1 ounce each of coffee liqueur and brandy, pouring them into the bottom of each mug. Next, add in 1/2 ounce of creme de cacao to each mug. After that, fill each mug with piping hot coffee and finish it off by topping each cup with some whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Not only will this recipe give your coffee a delicious kick, but it’ll also make your morning routine feel a little bit fancier.

Can you put Kahlua in coffee?

Kahlua is the perfect companion for coffee lovers who crave a hint of sweetness in their drinks. It’s a delightful coffee-flavored liqueur that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, adding depth and flavor to your favorite coffee blends. Whether you need a morning boost, a brunch refresher or an indulgent after-dinner treat, Kahlua can elevate your coffee experience to the next level. Get ready to savor the sweet taste of Kahlua in your coffee!

How many calories in a coffee nudge?

The Red Lobster Coffee Nudge contains 130 calories per serving, and the Daily Value (DV) shows the contribution of one serving of this food towards fulfilling the nutrient requirements of a daily diet.

Bottom Line

I hope that the coffee nudge recipe presented here has intrigued you and will inspire you to try it out. As a barista, I can confidently say that this drink offers a unique blend of flavors and aromas which will make you fall in love with it after the first sip.

By following the instructions mentioned in the recipe how-to, and utilizing some of the substitution options, you can adjust the coffee nudge to your own liking. Whether it’s adding a splash of Irish cream or sprinkling some chocolate shavings on top, the possibilities are endless!

Not only does this hot beverage warm you up on cold mornings or evenings, but it can also be served cold over ice for those who prefer a chilled treat. The coffee nudge is perfect any time of day and is versatile to match any food pairing or occasion.

In conclusion, I urge you to let your taste buds indulge in this delightful concoction. Give it a try and impress your friends and family with this amazing coffee cocktail at your next gathering. Enjoy!

Coffee Nudge

Coffee Nudge Recipe

A delicious after dinner coffee
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine International
Calories 109.6 kcal


  • 3/4 ounce dark Creme de Cacao
  • 3/4 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce brandy
  • 6 ounces hot coffee


  • Combine in mug and top with whipped cream.

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Serving: 213gCalories: 109.6kcalCarbohydrates: 6.9gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 5.4mgSugar: 6.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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