Delicious Afternoon Coffee Recipe to Satisfy Your Cravings

Welcome coffee lovers! I’m thrilled to share with you my perfect afternoon coffee recipe that’s sure to become your new favorite pick-me-up. Whether you’re a seasoned coffee drinker or a curious newcomer, this recipe has something for everyone.

As a barista, I believe that coffee is more than just a beverage – it’s a ritual that brings people together and lifts our spirits. That’s why I’ve taken the time to craft a recipe that will not only satisfy your taste buds but also brighten your day.

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can create a delicious and refreshing iced coffee that’s perfect for any occasion – whether you’re enjoying an afternoon snack or hosting a tea time gathering with friends. This recipe is versatile enough to be tailored to your specific tastes and preferences.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your favorite mug and let’s make some magic happen.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Afternoon Coffee
Afternoon Coffee

As a barista and coffee aficionado, I can confidently say that this afternoon coffee recipe is one of the best coffee drinks you can make at home. Not only is it delicious and refreshing, but it also packs a punch of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Firstly, this recipe includes two of the best liqueurs for coffee: Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua. The combination of these two creamy, decadent liquors adds a depth of flavor to your coffee that is simply indulgent. Whether you are looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a sweet treat after dinner, this recipe has got you covered.

Moreover, this recipe is versatile and customizable to your liking. You can use any type of brewed coffee or even cold brew as the base. You can also substitute regular milk with almond milk or oat milk if you prefer or want to make it healthier. And if you’re feeling adventurous or want to experiment, you can add other ingredients such as cinnamon or even whipped cream on top.

Lastly, this recipe is perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re having guests over for an afternoon snack or just want to treat yourself on a lazy weekend afternoon, this recipe will surely impress anyone who tries it. It’s easy to make and takes only a few minutes to whip up.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a coffee recipe that is both delicious and indulgent, look no further than this afternoon coffee recipe. With its perfect blend of liqueurs and customizable options, it’s sure to become your go-to drink for any occasion.

Ingredient List

“Get ready for the perfect cup of warmth on a lazy afternoon.”

Let’s dive into the ingredients that you’ll need for this perfect afternoon coffee recipe.


Naturally, coffee is the star of the show for any coffee recipe. For this recipe, it is recommended to use cold brew as a base. Cold brew coffee is great for making iced coffee drinks as its smooth taste pairs well with other flavors. However, if you don’t have access to cold brew, regular brewed coffee or even instant coffee can be used too.


To add a hint of warmth and richness to your afternoon coffee, we’ll need some spices. Cinnamon is a classic choice to add a little sweetness and depth while cardamom can add an exotic touch of flavor. If you prefer something unique, try using nutmeg or vanilla extract instead.


For this recipe, we suggest going all out with creamers such as Baileys Irish cream, almond milk, or a splash of whole milk. You can also use soy milk, oat milk or any other kind of milk depending on your preference. A little bit of sweetness goes well with afternoon tea time so feel free to add sugar, honey, or stevia as needed.

Optional Ingredients

If you prefer your afternoon coffee with an extra kick of alcohol, feel free to add some Kahlua or other similar liqueurs if their taste suits you well. You can also experiment with espresso shots for a bolder flavor or even adding cocoa powder for some chocolate goodness.

Keep in mind that these optional ingredients may affect the overall taste and aroma of your drink so adjust the amount according to your tastes.

The Recipe How-To

“One sip of this afternoon coffee and you’ll be transported to a cozy café in Paris.”

Now, onto the fun part: making the perfect afternoon coffee! Before we begin, make sure you have all the ingredients on hand. Trust me, you do not want to run out of anything halfway through this process!

Step 1: Brew the Coffee

The first step in creating a delicious cup of afternoon coffee is to brew strong coffee with either a French press or drip coffee maker. You can use your favorite blend of coffee beans or try something new to mix it up.

Step 2: Add Flavors

Once you have brewed your coffee, add in the flavors that will bring your drink to life! Start with a splash of delicious Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua for a boozy kick. If you prefer your coffee without alcohol, feel free to skip this step.

Step 3: Chill It Out

Pour the hot brewed coffee into a glass filled with ice and let it chill for a few minutes. If you like your drink more cold-brew-like, you can also try brewing the coffee overnight in the fridge for an extra smooth flavor.

Step 4: Add Milk or Almond Milk

For those who prefer their afternoon coffee with milk, you can use regular milk or opt for dairy-free almond milk as a delicious alternative. Lot’s of our customers’ favorite drinks at the shop is an au lait or flat white, so feel free to experiment and find what works best for your taste buds.

Step 5: Garnish and Enjoy!

Top your drink with whipped cream or sprinkle some cinnamon on top – whatever makes it special for you! This tasty afternoon beverage will be perfect no matter how you choose to garnish it.

Now that you have all of these simple steps down, there is no excuse for boring afternoon coffee ever again. Enjoy!

Substitutions and Variations

“The aroma of freshly brewed coffee is enough to make any afternoon better.”

Looking to switch things up? Here are a few substitutions and variations to try with this afternoon coffee recipe.

– If you’re looking for an alcohol-free option, skip the Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua and add a splash of vanilla extract or a sprinkle of ground cinnamon instead.

– For an iced coffee version, simply let your hot coffee cool and pour it over ice. You can also try making cold brew for a smoother flavor.

– Want a healthier twist on this indulgent drink? Swap out the heavy cream for almond milk or oat milk.

– Add some spice to your brew with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg. You can even try experimenting with other flavors like vanilla or peppermint extract.

– If you’re feeling adventurous, try topping your coffee with whipped cream or creating latte art for an extra special touch.

– Looking to make it as cake pairing? Serve it up with a slice of your favorite cake – it’s the perfect combination.

These substitutions and variations can help you tailor this recipe to your taste preferences and make it your own. So go ahead, get creative, and enjoy your perfect afternoon cup of coffee!

Serving and Pairing

“Sip on this afternoon coffee and let all your worries fade away.”

The perfect way to enjoy this afternoon coffee recipe is to serve it ice-cold with your favorite pastry or cake. The coffee’s strong, deep and aromatic flavor will be an amazing contrast to the sweetness of the cake or pastry.

For a more indulgent treat, you can add some Baileys Irish Cream or Kahlua to your coffee drink. This will create a smooth, creamy texture that blends perfectly well with the bold coffee taste. Alternatively, for those who prefer a lighter option or want to cut back on calories, you can make this recipe with almond milk instead of whole milk.

If you’re a fan of tea time, then an iced coffee or cold brew cappuccino would make a great addition to your menu. This recipe is so versatile that it complements any dish in your afternoon tea party menu.

For those who love smoothies or healthy drinks, you can make an iced coffee smoothie using this recipe as the base. Just blend it with some fresh fruits and ice and enjoy a healthy treat for any time of the day.

However you choose to serve it, this perfect afternoon coffee will surely give you that much-needed energy boost and satisfying refreshment during your break time or while relaxing at home.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“This afternoon coffee is the perfect balance between bold and smooth.”

The beauty of this afternoon coffee recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use. If you’re someone who likes to plan ahead, simply brew a batch of your favorite coffee and store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

When you’re ready to serve, simply pour the cold brew coffee into a glass filled with ice and add your desired amount of Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua. Voila! A refreshing and indulgent iced coffee drink right at your fingertips.

If you have leftover afternoon coffee, no worries! You can store it in the fridge for up to 2 days. When you’re ready to enjoy it again, simply heat it up in the microwave or on the stove until it’s hot.

For those who want to switch things up, try making a warm version of this recipe by using hot brewed coffee instead of cold brew. Simply heat up the cold brew coffee on the stove or microwave and follow the recipe how-to as normal.

Whether you prefer your afternoon coffee iced or warm, this recipe can be tailored to fit your mood and taste preferences. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and find what works best for you!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Take a break from your day to enjoy a cup of liquid gold.”

To achieve the perfect afternoon coffee, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Use fresh and high-quality coffee beans

The flavor of your coffee greatly depends on the quality of the beans you use. Choose freshly roasted coffee beans and grind them just before brewing to ensure maximum freshness and flavor.

2. Adjust the water to coffee ratio

For a perfect cup of coffee, it’s essential to get the right balance between water and coffee grounds. The standard ratio is two tablespoons of coffee grounds per six ounces of water. But feel free to adjust the ratio to your preference.

3. Brew with filtered water

Using filtered water helps eliminate any unpleasant taste or impurities in your coffee, producing a smoother and more enjoyable drink.

4. Temperature is key

The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 195°F and 205°F. If the water is too hot or too cold, it can affect the extraction process, leading to a less flavorful cup of coffee.

5. Try different brewing methods

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different brewing methods like cold brew, pour-over, or French press coffee. Each method offers unique flavors and aromas that you might enjoy.

6. Add flavorings

If you want to add extra flavor to your coffee, try adding cinnamon or vanilla extract to enhance its taste.

7. Froth milk like a pro

Achieving perfectly frothed milk takes practice, but having the right equipment makes a big difference. Opt for a milk frother or use an espresso machine with a steam wand to create a smooth microfoam for making lattes or cappuccinos.

8. Serve with a tasty treat

Enjoying your afternoon coffee with a tasty snack is classic! Pair your beverage with a cake slice or biscuit for the best experience.

These tips will help you achieve the perfect afternoon coffee that you deserve!


Before we wrap up, let me answer some frequently asked questions about this afternoon coffee recipe. As a professional barista, I understand that new recipes can be daunting, and everyone might have some lingering questions. So, let’s address some of these common queries to help clarify any confusion and ensure you get the most out of this recipe.

What is a good afternoon coffee drink?

In the afternoon or evening, an espresso is commonly chosen as it is a milk-free coffee option.

How to make the best homemade coffee?

As a seasoned barista, I’ve found that there are certain guidelines that must be followed in making a delicious cup of coffee. Firstly, I highly recommend using fresh coffee beans. The taste of coffee is always at its peak when used within days of being roasted. Secondly, keeping the coffee beans fresh is also imperative. To do this, ensure that your opened coffee beans are stored in an airtight container, away from moisture and light.

Another important tip for making a great cup of coffee is to grind your own beans. This allows for customization of the coarseness to suit your preferred brewing method. It also cuts out the possibility of using pre-ground coffee which may have already lost its flavor and aroma.

Using good quality water is another vital step in making an excellent cup of coffee. Although it may sound trivial, the type of water you use does affect the taste of your coffee. If your water has a strange odor or aftertaste, then it will definitely affect the final outcome of your brew.

Finally, as much as it may be tempting to opt for cheaper filters, it is advisable to avoid them at all costs. Cheaper filters tend to leave a papery taste in your coffee which can be off-putting. Choosing good quality filters may seem like a small detail, but it can make all the difference in the quality of your coffee.

What food goes with afternoon coffee?

As a barista, part of my job is to provide guidance and tips on crafting various types of coffee. Some of the most popular orders I receive include lemon meringue pie, egg sandwiches, French toast, banana nut bread, lemon shortbread cookies, peanut butter-banana pancakes, salmon and cucumber sandwiches, and berries. With my expertise, I am able to recommend the best practices for creating each unique and delicious item.

What is the best coffee to start your day?

As a barista, I am knowledgeable in the diverse realm of coffee-making. One essential component used in crafting most coffee beverages is the espresso. Moving on to the popular cappuccino, you may be interested to know that its name resembles the brown hoods of Catholic Capuchin monks. The flavorful Caffe Americano is also a delicious option to try. If you’re in the mood for something creamy, the Café au lait or Café latte could be just what you need. Finally, there’s the exquisite Turkish coffee – a unique and exotic experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Bottom Line

With these recipes, you’ll surely take your afternoon coffee game to the next level. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic iced coffee or want to switch things up with a Baileys Irish Cream latte, there’s a recipe here for every taste bud.

So why not skip the coffee shop and make your own delicious brews at home? Not only will you save money, but you’ll have the freedom to customize your drink however you like. Plus, isn’t there something satisfying about crafting the perfect cup of coffee just for yourself?

Try out some of these recipes today and start elevating your afternoon coffee break to a whole new level of enjoyment. And who knows, maybe you’ll even impress your friends and family with your newfound barista skills. Cheers to delicious coffee and happy sipping!

Afternoon Coffee

Afternoon Coffee Recipe

A lovely nightcap from drinkswap, you'll sleep like a baby after this. Recipe calls for only 1 tsp of cream but feel free to increase that if you like a milky coffee. I added a lot more than 1tsp myself.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine World Cuisine
Calories 81.9 kcal


  • 15 ml Frangelico
  • 10 ml Kahlua
  • 10 ml Baileys Irish Cream
  • 100 ml hot brewed espresso
  • 1 teaspoon cream (to taste)


  • Build ingredients & float cream on top.

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Serving: 128gCalories: 81.9kcalCarbohydrates: 6.1gProtein: 0.6gFat: 2.8gSaturated Fat: 1.7gCholesterol: 9.4mgSodium: 26.6mgSugar: 5.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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