When it comes to coffee, a lot of us think “WORK, WORK WORK”, Coffees great before we head to work, bringing some from home in a thermos for work, or going out to grab some during work. But what about some coffee for after work. Surely we’ve all had some after dinner coffee or tea before, but what about something that helps you to really unwind? Coffee Pods has just the thing for you! Some buzz-worthy cocktail ideas you can make right at home.
1. Joes Nespresso Martini
Here, the classic martini is given a nice caffeine kick that’s sure to spice up your evening!
- 50 ml of your choice of vodka
- 35 ml of coffee liqueur
- 1 shot, about 25 ml, of any of our Cafe Joes range
- For Dolce Gusto try the Barista Italiano Creamy Top Espresso
How its done:
Pour the vodka, liqueur and the espresso into a cocktail shaker (or plastic protein shake bottle, your secret’s safe with us!) and add ice to the shaker and some ice cubes to the martini glass, you can also chill the Martini glass to keep it frosty. When the ice is added, shake it like the devil! Keep shaking until the ice is smashed up and the liquid looks frothy. Remove the ice from the glass and use a strainer to pour the contents of the shaker into the glass. Feel free to embellish this one with some extra sugar or syrup!
2. Vanilla White Russian
You don’t have to have your rug stolen to pretend to be the Dude from the Big Lebowski. And you can certainly enjoy a classic White Russian with some coffee pods. The Tre Venezie Vanilla creates a great synergy for this famously frothy and foamy libation.
- 50 ml of vodka
- 20 ml of Kahlua
- 20-40 ml heavy cream
- 1-2 shots of Tre Venezie Vanilla
How its done:
This one is pretty simple, befitting the laid back nature of the character who popularised it. Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour in the shot of Tre Venezie. If you want to try and keep the ice intact, you can pour the coffee in a separate cup and place it in the fridge to cool it off. Next, add the coffee, vodka and Kahlua to a rocks glass with ice cubes. Shake or whip some whole fat, soy, almond, or coconut milk up for a creamy addition. Finally, stir it up, and sit back and relax! A variation that circumvents the coffee melting the ice, you can freeze the coffee in an ice cube tray, then instead of regular cubes add these to the glass with the vodka, Kahlua and cream instead! Just make sure to keep stirring as they melt.
For those who want a deeper variation of the nice light and easy-going White Russian, swap out our Tre Venezia Vanilla and the cream with our Tre Venezie Arabica for a Black Russian! Another simple, but delicious one for an after dinner relaxation aid. Feel free to add some sugar to suit your taste with this one.
3. Caramelo Irish Coffee
Whether it’s St. Patty’s day or if it’s just a relaxing morning worthy of a treat, the Baggio café Caramelo Irish coffee is a decadent take on this classic drink.
- 40-50 ml of whiskey
- 1-3 shots of hot Baggio café Caramelo
- Sugar cubes
- Whipped cream.
How its done:
Make sure the glass you use is nice and warm, feel free to use a mug as well. Fill the glass or cup to about 60-75% full (depending on how much whiskey-coffee ratio you want, i.e. whether your favourite sports team won or lost), add the sugar cubes, this, too is up to how much of a sweet tooth you have. My favourite part! The whiskey! And finish it up with the cream, whipped cream is fine but so too is some whipped milk based on our milk pods. You’ll be feeling the ‘Luck of the Irish’ when you taste the synergy of the Baggio Caramelo flavour with the whiskey and cream. This one is a real pot of gold.
4. Mint Chocolate Bavarian coffee
Bavaria has got more than beer to offer to thirsty jungen und mädchen. Check out the Bavarian coffee. A great one for the holidays, or any day really!
- 15 ml of peppermint schnapps
- 15 ml of Kahlua
- Sugar, white or brown
- Whipped cream (OR! You guessed it, our Barista Italiano milk pods)
- 150 ml of Baggio Mint Chocolate Bavarian Coffee
How its done:
Pour the coffee and the schnapps together with the Kahlua in a glass (or beer stein or lidded tankard. Just kidding, unless you’d like to and then, that is awesome!). Next sweeten it up with some sugar if you’d like and use some whipped cream or our milk pods to give it a nice foamy finish. The mint chocolate flavour of the Baggio along with the peppermint schnapps is out of this world. Lederhosen not included.
5. Delicato Café Amore
Here is where the rarity of the drinks increase, but so too do the rich and decadent flavor and one of a kind experience these cocktails will pay you back in return! The almond notes of the Tre Venezie Delicato compliment the tour de force that is the Café Amore. Another hot one, but feel free to ice if you’d like to pretend you are in the French Riviera embracing the joie de vivre of an excellent coffee cocktail.
- 30 ml of Cognac (one of my personal favorites)
- 30 ml of Amaretto
- 1-3 shots of Tre Venezie Delicato
- Whipped cream (once again our Barista Italiano pods come in handy!)
How its done:
A deceptively simple but extraordinarily immaculate drink, pour the Cognac and Amaretto in a warm or preheated glass (or mug, you barbarian!...I usually use one of my wider mugs…). Fill up the rest with our Tre Venezie Delicato and stir! Feel free to garnish with some whipped cream or our hot milk pods, its up to you, c’est la vie!
6. Café Arabica Italian Coffee
When it comes to rarity, nothing is rarer than magic of course. And what do I mean? Have I perhaps sampled too many cocktails? Definitely! But the secret ingredient to this otherworldly drink lies in a guarded liqueur from Benevento, Italy. If you have the chance to enjoy this one, perhaps Hecate has you in her good graces! Keep reading to find out why!
- 1-3 shots of Tre Venezie Café Arabica
- 15 ml of Strega
- 1 teaspoon of sugar, cubes can suffice
- 30-40 ml of whipped cream (or our Barista Italiano, just sayin’!)
How its done:
Again, no magic incantations, other than adding the booze into a pre-heated or warm glass, mug is fine here as well! Pour in the coffee, add sugar to the witch’s brew, and if you’d like to provide some double, double, toil and trouble, crown it at the top with some whipped cream or our milk pods. Now to finally explain the witch references, “Strega” is Italian for witch, and when learning of the alchemical ingredients of this special liqueur, one can understand why! Feel free to swap out our Tre Venezie Arabica with our Tre Venezie Ginseng to complete the alchemical herb theme and make what I call a “Sorcerer’s Apprentice”. Not to be confused with the Nicholas Cage film of the same name!
The list here is by no means finite! There are tons more great combinations and recipes out there. Feel free to give one, or all, of these great cocktails a spin! These are great for a lazy Sunday mid morning / afternoon, a quiet movie night at home or to show off at a dinner party. It’s all up to you, and there in lies the fun! Personalise each one with your own variations and different ratios for each drink, just make sure to do so responsibly. Cheers!