Carmelly flavors of almond, vanilla, and citrus make Amaretto Coffee one of my most favorite drinks. Swapping syrup for liqueur, this recipe winks at the term “coffee buzz.” Stir up a generous pour of aromatic coffee, luscious creamer, and fragrant amaretto topped with a garnish of whipped cream, and you have a boozy brew sure to sweeten your morning or mellow your evening.
If another summer of daydreaming about the European vacation on your bucket list has you feeling bummed, liven up your weekend coffee with some classic Italian flair!
A simple spin on your mundane cup of joe is all it takes to make an Amaretto Coffee worthy of a vineyard terrace. Oh, and did I mention that this recipe takes five minutes tops once you’ve got your coffee prepared?!
The decadence of this creamy amaretto coffee will whisk you away from your cluttered kitchen table to a romantic Tuscan cafe—rolling hills sadly not included.
How To Make Amaretto Coffee
- In a large coffee mug, mix the freshly brewed coffee, your creamer of choice, and the splash of amaretto liqueur.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Sip on your new favorite caffeinated treat!
Tips and Variations
- For those allergic to almonds, there are quality amarettos that derive their almond flavor from apricot pits rather than nuts.
- Transform your coffee further by mixing in a packet of instant hot chocolate along with the amaretto and creamer for a tiramisù inspired java!
- Give your automatic coffee maker a break: substitute the eight ounces of coffee in this recipe for a serving of rich espresso using the Moka pot stove-top method for a truly Italian experience.
- Achieve that barista-level coffee you crave by using an electric milk frother and milk steamer to crank up the creaminess.
- If iced coffee is more your style and you don’t have a hyperchiller on hand, cool your coffee with a makeshift ice bath to reduce dilution: Take two nesting bowls, the smallest should be large enough to accommodate the fresh coffee; add a scoop of ice cubes and some water to the larger of the two bowls; place the smaller of the two bowls in the larger bowl full of ice water; carefully pour the hot coffee into the smaller bowl, swirling it around until cooled to your liking. Then, prepare the recipe as written, add some ice, and voilà!
- Instead of using regular whipped cream, amp up the flavor using Amaretto whipped cream instead.
Storage and Reheating
As a single serving recipe, we recommend making each cup of amaretto coffee fresh.
Reheating: If you like to take your time enjoying your amaretto coffee, you may need to reheat it before you’re done. To prevent scalding or curdling the cream in this recipe, we recommend warming it in a small pot on the stove with the burner on low heat until steaming. Keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t reach boiling!
Recipe Card with Ingredient Amounts and Instructions
- 8 ounces freshly brewed coffee, freshly brewed
- 1 to 2 ounces coffee creamer, half and half, cream, or milk
- 1 ½ ounces amaretto liqueur, We used Disaronno.
- whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
- In a large coffee mug, combine freshly brewed coffee, creamer of choice, and amaretto liqueur. Top with whipped cream.8 ounces freshly brewed coffee1 to 2 ounces coffee creamer1 ½ ounces amaretto liqueur
- Serve immediately.