Maker's Mark Kentucky Coffee Cocktail
Maker's Mark Kentucky Coffee Cocktail

Kentucky Coffee

In addition to Maker’s Mark® and coffee, this recipe is rounded out with the sweetness and spice of crème de cocoa liqueur and homemade cinnamon simple syrup. The syrup lives up to the “simple” in its name and is worth revisiting for use in other recipes.


  • 1 part Maker’s Mark Bourbon
  • 3 parts hot coffee
  • 1/2 part crème de cocoa
  • 1/4 part cinnamon simple syrup
  • Top with heavy cream or whipped cream
  • Grated chocolate or cinnamon for garnish
Pro Tips
Crème of the crop
Crème de cocoa is different from chocolate liqueur, which is a bit sweeter and more syrupy. In addition to cocktails, crème de cocoa is nice poured over desserts. And, try adding a shot if you’re making whipped cream.
Bourbon & coffee, unplugged
If caffeine gets you easily wired, there’s no need to deprive yourself of this cold-weather classic. Substituting your favorite decaf coffee will work just as well with this recipe.
Float on
Improve your presentation by floating cream over your drink. Just place a spoon, curved side up, against the rim of the glass. Pour the cream slowly so that it rests on the top of the coffee.

How to

  1. Add all ingredients to a mug or Irish Coffee Glass and stir.
  2. Top with heavy cream or whipped cream.
  3. Garnish with grated chocolate or cinnamon (or both!)
  4. To make cinnamon syrup, mix equal parts sugar and water with one broken-up cinnamon stick per half cup.
  5. Bring to a boil.
  6. Once sugar is completely melted, remove pan from heat and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Strain out cinnamon.
  8. Syrup can be stored up to three weeks.

COFFEE COUSINS History of Kentucky Coffee

Kentucky Coffee, or Maker’s® Bourbon and Coffee, is a not-so-distant relative of Irish Coffee, which is typically credited to Joe Sheridan, a chef at the Foynes Airbase in Ireland. In the early 1940s bad weather forced a group of passengers to disembark a Canada-bound flight. Sheridan added whisky to his guests’ coffee to warm them. When asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan is said to have joked that no, it was "Irish coffee." Even before this rainy encounter, drinks mixing coffee and a spirit were common in French and Viennese coffee houses during the 19th century.

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