Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe for a Blissful Evening

Welcome to my recipe article for Nightcap Iced Coffee! As a barista, I know the importance of having a quality coffee recipe for your nighttime pleasures. This spiced and boozy nightcap is the perfect way to unwind after a long day or enjoy the company of loved ones on special occasions.

The Nightcap Iced Coffee recipe is easy to make, versatile, and customizable to suit your taste preferences. Whether you are a coffee lover or just need something to spice up your evenings, this recipe is perfect for you!

I recommend this recipe because it’s a unique and refreshing take on traditional iced coffee. With a blend of sweetened condensed milk, Kahlua, cognac, spices like cardamom and nutmeg, and turbinado sugar, this iced coffee is sure to satisfy your sweet cravings while still delivering the kick of caffeine you crave.

So, let’s dive into this nightcap coffee recipe together and get ready to enjoy a cozy evening treat that you’ll be making again and again!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Nightcap Iced Coffee
Nightcap Iced Coffee

If you are a coffee lover, you are going to fall in love with this nightcap iced coffee recipe. Nightcap iced coffee is the perfect drink for those who enjoy the bold and rich flavors of coffee but also want a slight kick of liquor to help them unwind. Let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe.

The first reason is that it’s incredibly easy to make. With just a few ingredients and some patience, anyone can make this delicious drink. All you need to do is brew some strong coffee and mix it with sweetened condensed milk, Kahlua, cognac, nutmeg, and cardamom. Shake it in a cocktail shaker and pour it over ice. You can even add whipped cream on top for a beautiful presentation.

Secondly, this nightcap iced coffee is unique in flavor. It combines the classic flavor of iced coffee with the subtle yet tantalizing taste of liquor. The sweetness of the sweetened condensed milk blends perfectly with the cognac and Kahlua to create a perfect balance between sweetness and strength. The spices – nutmeg and cardamom – give it an exotic twist that makes it stand out from other coffee drinks.

Moreover, this recipe caters to different preferences – strong or mild. If you prefer your coffee mild, you can try substituting cognac for Irish whiskey or using less Kahlua. On the other hand, if you like your drinks strong, increase the amount of cognac or Kahlua and use brown sugar instead of turbinado sugar for its earthy flavor.

Last but not least, it’s versatile enough to be served at any time of day. This iced coffee recipe can make the perfect nightcap after a long day or a perfect morning indulgence during summers. It’s suitable for celebrations, parties or even as an energy-booster after workouts.

In conclusion, this nightcap iced coffee recipe is for anyone who loves coffee and wants to try something new and refreshing. With its unique flavor, ease of preparation, versatility, and customized strength, you won’t regret trying this recipe. So why not give it a try? Indulge in this perfect nightcap – fyp coffee style!

Ingredient List

 A refreshing coffee that's perfect for sipping under the stars
A refreshing coffee that’s perfect for sipping under the stars

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe:

For the Spiced Sugar:

  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For the Nightcap Iced Coffee:

  • 2 cups strong brewed cold brew coffee
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz cognac
  • 2 tsp sweetened condensed milk

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Optional Additions:

  • Whipped cream
  • Espresso
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Baileys vodka
  • Irish whiskey

This ingredient list is for making a perfect Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe. Make sure to have these ingredients on hand before getting started. Don’t hesitate to add your own personal spin by incorporating some of the optional additions listed.

The Recipe How-To

 Get ready to indulge in a delicious coffee cocktail
Get ready to indulge in a delicious coffee cocktail

Step 1: Brew the coffee

First thing first! Grab your favorite 2 cups of ground coffee and make strong brewed coffee using cold brew method.

You can also use coffee Baileys vodka, if you’d like to add some extra booze to the mix. It will give a little kick to your Nightcap Iced Coffee. Alternatively, you can brew coffee using espresso or any other brewing methods.

Pour brewed coffee into a container and keep it in the refrigerator to chill.

Step 2: Spiced Sugar

A crucial step to make your Nightcap Iced Coffee recipe stand out is by preparing spiced sugar ahead of time. Just mix together 2 tablespoons of turbinado sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom, and 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg in a small bowl.

Not a fan of spice? No big deal! You can always skip this step to create regular sweetened iced coffee.

Step 3: Whipped Cream

No nightcap recipe would be complete without whipped cream! To make whipped cream, take 1 cup of heavy cream, and whip it till stiff peaks form in it using an electric mixer.

If you are really feeling indulgent, add a splash of cognac or Kahlua, it will definitely take the whipped cream to another level.

Step 4: Making Your Nightcap Iced Coffee

Take your chilled brewed coffee out from the refrigerator, give it a quick stir, and pour 1/2 cup of the coffee into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Add 1 oz cognac, and 1 oz Kahlua, then place the lid on it and shake well until thoroughly chilled.

Take a glass filled with ice cubes, rim the glass with spiced sugar prepared earlier, and strain the cocktail mixture into the glass

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Top the cocktail with a good amount of whipped cream, sprinkle some of that spiced sugar on top as the finishing touches, and enjoy your delicious Nightcap Iced Coffee!

Substitutions and Variations

 Brew, shake and pour your way to pure bliss
Brew, shake and pour your way to pure bliss

When it comes to making nightcap iced coffee, there are a few ingredient substitutions and variations you can experiment with to make the recipe your own. Here are some ideas:

1. Swap out the alcohol: The original recipe calls for Kahlua and cognac, which add a touch of sweetness and depth of flavor. However, if you don’t have these on hand or prefer a different type of alcohol, feel free to switch things up! Irish whiskey, Baileys, vodka, or even a chocolate liqueur would be tasty options.

2. Experiment with spices: The recipe features cardamom and nutmeg for a warm and spicy touch. However, if you have other spices you love, go ahead and sprinkle them in! Cinnamon, ginger, or even a pinch of cayenne pepper could be interesting choices.

3. Vary the sweetener: The recipe suggests turbinado sugar for the spiced sugar rim, but brown sugar or maple syrup would also work well. You could also adjust the sweetness level by varying the amount of sweetened condensed milk used.

4. Try different coffee blends: The recipe calls for cold brew coffee, but you could use regular iced coffee instead for a stronger coffee flavor. You could also mix things up by using flavored coffees like hazelnut or vanilla beans.

5. Non-alcoholic options: While nightcap iced coffee is typically an alcoholic beverage meant to be enjoyed at night time as a nightcap, there are ways to make a non-alcoholic version of this drink! Simply substitute the alcohol with extra sweetened condensed milk and some whipped cream on top!

Remember that these are just suggestions – don’t be afraid to get creative and make this recipe your own!

Serving and Pairing

 This iced coffee will have you dreaming of tropical beaches
This iced coffee will have you dreaming of tropical beaches

When it comes to serving and pairing, the Nightcap Iced Coffee is an extremely versatile drink that can be paired with a variety of foods due to its strong coffee taste and creamy texture.

For those who have a sweet tooth, serve the Nightcap Iced Coffee with a side of chocolate treats or bite-sized pastries such as madeleines or macarons. You can also pair this drink with a rich slice of chocolate cake for the perfect after dinner dessert.

If you’re looking for a lighter pairing option, try pairing the Nightcap Iced Coffee with fresh fruit or muffins. The fruity notes in blueberries or strawberries complement the sweet undertones of this drink to create a satisfying sweetness without being too heavy.

Additionally, if you’re looking for something boozy to go along with your caffeinated beverage, try a nightcap cocktail such as cognac or Kahlua. These liqueurs add an extra layer of richness and complexity to the drink that enhances its flavors.

In terms of serving style, enjoy the Nightcap Iced Coffee in a tall glass filled with ice. This makes for a refreshing sip on a hot summer day or as an after-dinner treat. Sprinkle some spiced sugar or nutmeg on top for added flavor and garnish with whipped cream and/or cinnamon sticks for extra flair.

Overall, the versatility of the Nightcap Iced Coffee means that it can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere – whether it’s as part of your morning routine or at night before bed as the perfect nightcap.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Savor the flavors of rich coffee, creamy coconut and velvety chocolate
Savor the flavors of rich coffee, creamy coconut and velvety chocolate

One of the best things about this Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe is that you can make it ahead of time and have it ready to enjoy whenever you want. Simply brew the coffee, mix the ingredients, and store the mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply shake the mixture well and pour it over ice. You can also add some whipped cream or spices to enhance the flavor. This is a perfect option for those who are short on time, as it allows them to enjoy a delicious and refreshing iced coffee without having to worry about making it from scratch each time.

If you have any leftover Nightcap Iced Coffee, you can easily store it in the fridge for later use. Just make sure to transfer it to an airtight container or bottle before storing it away. When reheating, we suggest using either a microwave or stovetop method. Simply heat it up until it reaches your desired temperature and serve.

For added convenience, you could also freeze this coffee mixture into ice cubes and use them instead of regular ice cubes when serving. This will not only keep your drink cool but also preserve its flavor intact.

One last thing to note is that if you plan to store this recipe for longer periods—like a week or more—you should avoid using dairy-based creams or whipped cream as they may not reheat well. Instead, opt for non-dairy alternatives like coconut cream or almond milk-based whipped cream for better results.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Take a break from the norm and enjoy a Nightcap Iced Coffee
Take a break from the norm and enjoy a Nightcap Iced Coffee

If you want to create an indulgent iced coffee that will leave you wanting for more, here are a few tips to ensure that your nightcap iced coffee is the star of the show.

First, make sure to use fresh, high-quality ingredients. The better the quality of your coffee, the richer and more flavorful your drink will be. Try using freshly brewed cold brew or strong-brewed coffee for optimal results.

Next, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spirits and flavors. While cognac and Kahlua are recommended as traditional options, other spirits like whiskey or vodka can add their unique kick to this recipe. Additionally, spices such as nutmeg and cardamom can enhance the flavor profile.

When creating the spiced sugar mix for your nightcap iced coffee, take your time in mixing the sugar and spices together thoroughly. This step is crucial in ensuring a consistent flavor profile throughout your drink.

Another important aspect to consider is the amount of sweetened condensed milk that you add. Playing around with the amount can alter the creaminess of your drink, giving it a richer or lighter consistency based on personal preference.

For a more elevated experience, try topping off your nightcap iced coffee with whipped cream, cocoa powder or even sprinkles on top of a frothy base – this gives an Instagram-worthy appearance to any glass!

Finally, always remember to enjoy and savor every sip of your perfectly crafted nightcap iced coffee – may it be enjoyed after-dinner under a full moonlight gazing up at the stars or shared with friends during any summer celebration!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe is a perfect way to end your day on a sweet note. This recipe is not only easy and quick to make, but also delicious, versatile and customizable based on your preferences. It can be enjoyed as a non-alcoholic coffee float or a boozy cocktail with cognac, Kahlua or Baileys vodka.

You will be amazed by the spiced flavors of cardamom and nutmeg mixed with the sweetness of turbinado sugar and sweetened condensed milk. Moreover, the recipe includes helpful tips and recommendations for perfecting its rich texture and aroma.

So why not try this nightcap coffee today? Whether you’re celebrating summer, hosting a party or simply seeking a cozy drink while watching your favorite show, this recipe is suitable for all occasions. It’s time to forget about the boring iced latte from Starbucks and embrace the unique taste offered by the Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe. So grab your glass of ice, your shaker, and get creative with this incredible coffee cocktail!

Nightcap Iced Coffee

Nightcap Iced Coffee Recipe

This iced coffee recipe (from Alison Ladman) was published in my local newspaper on July 7, 2011. I hope you enjoy it! A wonderful beverage to sip on the deck, on a warm summer night. An adult beverage with a spiced sugar rim on the glass. The 1 minute "Cooking Time" is actually the shaking time.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Beverage
Cuisine Fusion
Calories 186.7 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 1 pinch of grated nutmeg
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 ounce milk chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce vanilla cognac
  • 1 ounce Kahlua, especial
  • 2 ounces espresso, well chilled
  • 1 ounce sweetened condensed milk


  • On a small plate, mix the turbinado sugar, nutmeg and cardamom.
  • Lightly moisten the rim of a double old-fashioned glass (or a large tumbler), invert the glass onto the plate so the sugar mixture sticks to the rim.
  • Fill the glass with ice.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the chocolate liqueur, vanilla Cognac, Kahlua Especial, espresso and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Shake for 1 minute and strain into ice filled glass.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 221gCalories: 186.7kcalCarbohydrates: 29.1gProtein: 2.4gFat: 2.7gSaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 9.6mgSodium: 46.3mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 28.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, Summer
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