Save Some Coffee for Cocktail Hour

Whether you've just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these coffee cocktails are sure to put a smile on your face.

A cup before work, a cup to get through 3 p.m. — why not have a cup during happy hour? Coffee cocktails might be exactly what you need: something that melts away the stress of the day while simultaneously boosting your energy for late-night laundry. Add in some rum or chocolate, and you’ll enjoy your caffeine fix more than ever. Whether you’ve just finished a big dinner with friends or you’re spending a Friday evening in alone, these sips are sure to put a smile on your face.

Pitch-Dark Coffee Stout (pictured above)

Why not have both brews—coffee and beer—at the same time? Coffee liqueur and espresso give you a bit of a jolt while stout rounds out the richness of the drink.

Photo by: Pawel Kaminski

Pawel Kaminski

With vanilla, almond and chocolate flavors, this chilled drink is good enough to pass around for cocktail hour or dessert. Just dissolve espresso powder in some milk and add the liqueurs. Don’t forget the chocolate shavings on top—they’re essential.

This cup of joe is satisfying no matter what you’re craving; it’s got brown sugar, Irish cream whiskey and peppermint schnapps. And just in case that’s not enough, a big dollop of whipped cream with dark chocolate tops it all off.

Heads-up: This is no ordinary shake. The ice cream is traded for milk, half-and-half and some bourbon. And coffee, vanilla extract and sugar are added in for good measure.

Food Network's Chocolate Stout Affogato Egg Cream

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

The ultimate in ice cream shop throwbacks, the egg cream, gets a makeover with coffee liqueur and chocolate stout. And if you can’t find chocolate stout, any stout will do. Then, just add a scoop (or two) of your favorite chocolate ice cream and enjoy!

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