7 Must-Try Coffee Cocktails Around Boston

By Scott Kearnan  |  February 25, 2014

Need a buzz? Whether you mean the caffeine- or booze-invoked variety, we've found a handful of coffee cocktails that allow for the best of both worlds. 

  • Boozy Iced Latte at West Side Lounge

    Last weekend, the lounge launched a new brunch menu that includes the Boozy Iced Latte: a frothy concoction of Bailey's, Tia Maria coffee liqueur, Frangelico and chilled espresso with a milk topper. Just what you need while brunching on grits and pork or a Farmstand Omelet of asparagus, wild mushroom and Vermont goat cheese. 

  • Celtic Pride at Cask 'n Flagon

    This winter the Fenway-side sports bar launched an entire menu of hot-chocolate- and coffee-based cocktails, including the Celtic Pride of Bushmills Irish whiskey, Gozio amaretto and coffee topped with whipped cream and dark crème de menthe drizzle. Try not to dribble; you won't want to miss a drop. 

  • Ice Box at Five Horses Tavern

    Featured on the Saturday and Sunday brunch menu at the Somerville and South End locations, this jazzy mix features iced coffee concentrate from Grady's Cold Brew out of Brooklyn, vanilla vodka, white crème de cocoa, espresso liqueur, milk and a drizzle of Boston Olive Oil's Dark Chocolate Balsamic. Adds a jolt of horse power to our brunch. 

  • Wake Up Already at Forum

    Not subtle in name or style, this straight-up glass of boozy caffeine is served during the Back Bay restaurant's weekend brunch hours and offers a pre-shopping-spree buzz courtesy of espresso-infused Zubrowka vodka, simple syrup and a lemon twist. 

  • Hair of the Dog at The Painted Burro 

    Another brunchtime treat with South of the Border flair: The Hair of the Dog combines iced coffee horchata (a traditional Mexican beverage of ground almonds, sesame seeds, rice and barley) with RumChata cream liqueur and espresso liqueur. This dog has bite, but on a bleary Sunday it's also man's (or woman's) best friend. 

  • The Coffee-Tini at Davio's

    Like a shot of espresso, this double-shot-sized sipper packs a punch. It's an ounce of 44 Vodka and an ounce-and-a-half of Caffè Borghetti, an Italian liqueur made from actual espresso coffee; the two are shaken and served in a coffee cup with one lump. 

  • Irish Coffee at Area Four

    The Kendall Square spot's cafe annex recently added some coffee cocktails to its weekend menu. There are Nighthawks at the Diner (made with Barrington Cold Brew, Plantation rum and housemade falernum, a sweet syrup with notes of almond, ginger and cloves) and an Irish Coffee (hot or cold Barrington coffee with Kilbegga Irish whiskey and topped with maraschino whipped cream), pictured.