Spiked Cold Brew Recipe

Make this spiked cold brew recipe when you new a pick-me-up on cold (or warm!) nights. It’s perfect for coffee lovers who want to add a kick to their cold brew.

Make this easy and delicious spiked cold brew recipe for any special occasion.
Make this easy and delicious spiked cold brew recipe for any special occasion.


  • Cold Brew Coffee: Brew your own coffee at home or use a store bought variety. You will want a full-bodied coffee for this drink to carry the flavors of Kahlua and the sweetness of the schnapps and vodka.
  • Kahlua: Known as the perfect coffee liqueur, Kahlua pairs perfectly with cold brew, or even rum if you are looking for other ways to pair the liqueur.
  • Vanilla Vodka: This might seem like a strange choice, but vanilla adds a sweet boozy flavor to your coffee.
  • Butterscotch Schnapps: Seemingly unexpected but just as delicious,
  • Cream: Just a touch of cream (or even milk if that’s what you have in the fridge) will compliment the alcohol and the coffee flavors perfectly. Add as much or as little as you would like.
  • Whipped Topping: Totally optional, but something that adds that extra “umph” is a bit of whipped topping.
  • Caramel Sauce: Completely optional, but a great addition if you have it, is a caramel or butterscotch sauce topping. Drizzle the sauce over the whipped cream.

How to Make a Spiked Cold Brew:

To make this spiked cold brew recipe, you will need the ingredients listed above.

Fill your glass with ice. I like making this drink in a handled mason jar, but you can use any types of jar or glass of your choosing.

After filling with ice, measure out the alcohols and give them a stir.

Then top off with the cold brew and cream.

After adding the alcohol, coffee and cream, you can choose to add the whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
After adding the alcohol, coffee and cream, you can choose to add the whipped cream and caramel drizzle.

If you would like, use the whipped topping (also known as whipped cream) and drizzle on the caramel sauce. If you add these ingredients, you will likely need a straw.

Serve your spiked cold brew immediately before the ice begins to melt or the whipped topping begins to sink into the coffee.

Another option instead of using cream or whipped cream is to use vanilla sweet cream cold brew in your spiked cold brew.

Making Your Own Cold Brew at Home

It’s best to choose a full-bodied cold brew for this recipe. There is a way to make your own coffee at home or you can opt to go for a store-bought version.

I usually have a glass or two of cold brew coffee in the morning, so I always have a pitcher in the fridge. If you want to make some just for this recipe, start the night before.

You will need some kind of cold-brew maker. I purchased mine years ago from Amazon. You simply add the ground coffee to the inside filter and add cold water to the coffee maker. You add the coffee maker to the fridge and allow it to brew overnight to 24 hours.

The flavor of the cold brew will depend on a couple of things. Firstly, what kind of coffee you buy. And Secondly, how long you let it brew.

I generally purchase Starbucks dark or medium preground coffee.

Making your own cold brew at home is not only cost effective, but also is so much easier than going out to your local coffee shop every time you want a cup of coffee.

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Spiked Cold Brew

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Recipe by Sarah
Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • .75 oz Kahlua

  • .75 oz vanilla vodka

  • .75 oz butterscotch schapps

  • 1 oz cream

  • 6 oz cold brew coffee

  • ice

  • whipped topping (optional)

  • carmel sauce (optional)


  • Add ice to highball glass or mug. Add in the butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka and Kahlua to the ice.
  • Add in the coffee and cream and stir.
  • Top with whipped cream and caramel sauce if desired. Serve.

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