Coffee Dark and Stormy {+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur}

Coffee Dark and Stormy (+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur) |
  • Coffee Dark and Stormy {+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur}
  • Coffee Dark and Stormy {+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur}
Posted on December 11, 2015

Disclosure: Thank you Lavazza for sponsoring this post! I am grateful for opportunities like these, which allow me to continue to develop and share unique content with you. All opinions are 100% my own.

It’s Friday AND it’s just two weeks until Christmas. So do you know what that means?

It’s cocktail time!!!

And not only do I have a great cocktail recipe to share with you today. But I’ve also got a recipe for an easy to make homemade liqueur. Hip hip hooray!

The inspiration for this intoxicatingly delicious post (see what I did there?) comes from my friends at Lavazza, who sent me some of their Gran Selezione and asked me to come up with a way to spread some #LavazzaCheer with my friends and family this Holiday season. So I decided to make a Homemade Coffee Liqueur, because I knew it would make a great gift for any cocktail lover, coffee aficionado or hostess with the mostess.

And because you can’t just give someone a bottle of homemade liqueur without a suggestion for how to use it, I created this Coffee Dark and Stormy recipe (with a tangerine twist instead of the more traditional lime garnish) to go along with it. Move over Martha Stewart. There is a new blonde lady in town!

Coffee Dark and Stormy (+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur) |

The coffee liqueur is super simple to put together, but it does take a few days to complete the whole process. So you might want to get started on that, like, now. Just saying.

For more ideas on how to spread #LavazzaCheer this Holiday season, be sure to follow along with Lavazza on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. And if you make my Homemade Coffee Liqueur and have some awesome ways to use it (I’ll give you another hint: try adding some to a porter or stout beer!) come back and tell me all about it!



P.S. Be cool and drink responsibly. You know the drill.

Recipe for the coffee liqueur adapted from Serious Eats

Coffee Dark and Stormy {+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur}

Coffee Dark and Stormy {+ a recipe for Homemade Coffee Liqueur}


  • For the Coffee Liqueur
  • 1/4 cup Lavazza coffee grounds (i.e. not brewed coffee)
  • 1 1/2 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 cups dark rum
  • 1 fresh vanilla bean, split

  • For the Cocktail
  • Ice
  • Homemade coffee liqueur
  • Ginger beer
  • Tangerine, cut into wedges


  1. Cold brew the coffee. In a seal-able container (mason jars work great for this), combine the coffee and 1 cup of the water. Let it sit for 12-16 hours at room temperature. Then strain the mixture through a standard coffee filter, collecting the liquid into a clean container. Set aside.
  2. Make the simple syrup. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of water and the turbinado sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. Make the coffee liqueur. Add the cooled simple syrup, cold brewed coffee, rum and vanilla bean to a seal-able jar. Give it a shake and then let it sit for 4-5 days at room temperature. Remove and discard the vanilla bean. If you’re going to be giving the coffee liqueur as gift, bottle it into smaller containers.
  4. Make the cocktail. Add ice to a glass. Pour 3 ounces of the coffee liqueur over the ice. Top with 1/2 cup of the ginger beer. Squeeze the juice from a tangerine wedge into the glass and then garnish with the wedge. Serve immediately.


  • OMG Liz! You’re bringin’ it to the table with this one! What a perfect gift for friends for the holidays! I have a friend whose favorite drink is the Dark and Stormy, so this will be whipped up at my house soon! Thanks!


    • Yeah! Let me know how it goes!

  • Just like I said yesterday, if there’s a Liz involved, a delicious boozy concoction can never be far 😉 This looks amazing, I never even thought about making my own coffee liqueur so far!


    • Ha ha. Yeah I was kind of chuckling to myself about that yesterday, knowing this recipe was in the queue. I hope you try it, Nora!

  • Ok, well, this just sounds AMAZING! I’ll have to share this with my aunt-in-law… she’s a coffee fanatic and obsessed with fun cocktails! Yum!


    • Then this is right up her alley! Thanks, Jess!

  • Well, this is a beautiful cocktail! Coffee liqueur and ginger beer? Sold! Happy weekend, Liz!


    • Happy weekend to you too, Tessa! Thanks for the love!

  • And you KNOW already that I’m in love with this. Homemade coffee liqueur? Sounds rad. And I seriously want to try adding it to some stout!

    PS: Still crushing on those spheres…


    • Oh the spheres – they are so amazing! Everyone should get themselves some fun ice molds. So I had this liqueur with a Guinness and it was fantastic! Definitely do it. Beertails for life! XOXO!

  • Lizzzzzzzz!! I have some Serious Eats-inspired coffee liqueur aging in my cabinet right now! We are so in tune with the coffee gods right now. I love the idea of combining it with ginger beer. This sounds so perfect! I am thinking up some rough drafts for something with bourbon, this, and chai liqueur. The possibilities are endless! PS, I love the photos here! XO!


    • We are totally spirit animal, Jayme! And I love all your ideas. Chai liqueur = brilliant! I hope you try it with ginger beer. It’s so great!

  • Every Friday should start with this gorgeous cocktail. I love everything about it!


    • Awww…thanks, Jennie!

  • You are SO darn fancy with this gorgeous drink and your homemade coffee liqueur! I want one of these fancy cocktails, ASAP.


    • Ha ha. I try to be fancy every once in a while! Thanks, luv! XOXO!

  • This sounds amazing! I never would have thought to put coffee liqueur in a dark and stormy … you cray! And I love it!


    • Ha ha. I’m getting crazy with cocktails for sure!

  • This sounds so perfect… cheers!!!


    • Thank you, Rahul!

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  • I love a Dark & Stormy but with coffee it must be out of this world. Can’t wait to try it!


    • Thanks, Nicole! I think you’ll love it! Let me know when you try it!

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