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How to Make Amaretto Coffee Recipe (Two Ways!)

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It’s easy to make this cozy Amaretto Coffee Recipe at home! If you’re looking for a grown-up hot coffee drink with a twist, you’re going to love this simple idea. Ready in minutes, I’ll show you how to take black coffee and turn it into a decadent drink perfect for colder monthsPlus I’ll give you an option for making it an Iced Amaretto Coffee instead!

Mug of amaretto coffee topped with whipped cream and cinnamon.
This boozy Amaretto Coffee with whipped cream is the perfect adults-only treat for a chilly day!

Why I love this recipe

Amaretto Coffee, sometimes called Cafe Amaretto, is quick and easy to make and super fun to share with friends. 

You won’t believe how easy it is to make a tasty mug (or chilled glass) of aromatic, almond-flavored Amaretto Coffee at home.

Sometimes you need your coffee to have something a little bit extra, which is where this choose-your-own-adventure Amaretto Coffee drink comes in.

When it is cold outside you can snuggle up and sip this boozy coffee with a shot of amaretto liqueur. Serve it in your favorite large coffee mug with or without a sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream.

Related: Amaretto Sour

And when it’s a hot summer day, you can still enjoy a boozy coffee while you cool down with my Amaretto Iced Coffee version. It is the same recipe but served two different ways.

Coffee drinks are great for groups and while some people like their coffee stronger than others, you can let each person make their own taste buds happy.

Part cocktail, part dessert, you can make an Amaretto Coffee day or night! 

Amaretto coffee ingredients on the countertop.
Here’s what you need to make a delicious amaretto and coffee drink.

This Amaretto Coffee recipe is a choose-your-own-adventure drink experience!

It is really up to you (and the time of year!) if you want to make a hot mug of delicious almond amaretto coffee or an iced drink (I think they would be great for a brunch party!).

I really enjoy strong coffee but if you don’t, just make sure the flavor of the coffee that would go well with the almond notes of the amaretto. My go-to is Lavazza.

​I never like to have bottles on my home bar that are just sitting around. And while you may not know of many things to make with a bottle of amaretto, this is a great start. You can use any brand of almond liqueur, but Disaranno is a popular brand. 

Whipped cream adds the perfect luxury finish this drink. You can make it yourself with a little heavy whipping cream. If you find black coffee to be a little bitter, the cream will help to smooth it out as it melts. But you can also add a dash of coffee creamer if you need it. 

A dusting of ground cinnamon on top of the whipped cream would be a delicious addition to both!

Obviously, if you are making the cold version you’ll need ice especially if you are chilling hot coffee and not starting with a cold brew.

See the printable recipe card for quantities and full recipe. 

Instructions

Mug of coffee with a cinnamon sugar rim.

How To Make Hot Amaretto Coffee

To make a hot amaretto coffee drink, brew a hot cup of coffee any way you prefer. (A Keurig makes this super simple, but I like to use my trusty coffee maker – which is especially good for making these for a crowd). 

Add 1 oz of amaretto almond liqueur and stir.

Top with whip cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

The cinnamon sugar rim is optional but I think it adds a nice finishing touch.

Glass with a giant ice cube and amaretto.

How To Make Iced Amaretto Coffee

Step 1

Pour the amaretto over ice in a short glass.

Glass of iced coffee with an ice cube.

Step 2

Top with cooled coffee or cold brew and stir gently.

Sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon, if desired.

An iced coffee and a mug of coffee next to a bottle of amaretto.

Whichever way you like to serve it, this ratio makes the best amaretto coffee! I can’t wait for you to try it!! It’s one of my favorite drinks on vacation.

Variations

  • Vanilla coffee – add a little vanilla extract to the coffee to add an extra flavor note. Or, if you want to make it sweeter, use vanilla or vanilla cinnamon simple syrup.
  • Make it an Irish Coffee  – simply switch the amaretto out for whiskey or bourbon instead! Bourbon coffee is a delicious alternative to amaretto!
  • Add a cinnamon sugar rim – this is how I rim my drinks with cinnamon sugar for the holidays! 
  • Don’t have Amaretto? ​Use a splash of almond extract instead.
  • Don’t like coffee? You can add amaretto to hot chocolate instead.
  • Dairy-free – You can make Amaretto Coffee dairy free by using dairy alternatives like almond milk whipped cream
  • Add more flavor – While I love the almond taste, you can add more flavor by using things like hazelnut syrup. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is amaretto?

Amaretto is a sweet Italian liqueur with a strong almond flavor.

Are amaretto and Disaronno the same thing?

Disaronno is a specific brand of amaretto. While all amaretto brands will taste subtly different from each other they’re totally interchangeable.

Can I use this recipe to add any other flavored liqueur to my coffee?

Yes! If it will work in a dessert, it will work to flavor your coffee, iced or regular. Bailey’s Irish Cream is a great option – it will add a creamier, sweeter flavor to the coffee.

How to I make my coffee sweeter?

How much sugar you’re adding to the coffee will depend on the brand of amaretto you’re using, but you can always sweeten your drink more to taste by adding simple syrup.

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Mug of coffee topped with whipped cream dipped in cinnamon.

Easy Amaretto Coffee Recipe – Iced or Regular!

You won't believe how easy it is to make a tasty mug (or chilled glass) of aromatic, almond-flavored Amaretto Coffee at home with this simple method!
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 90kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 oz coffee brewed any way
  • 1 oz amaretto
  • whipped cream optional
  • cinnamon optional
  • Ice, optional

Instructions

  • Brew your coffee any way you prefer or measure your favorite iced coffee over ice.
  • Add the amaretto and stir.
  • Topped with whipped cream (for hot coffee!) and / or a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.

Notes

How much sugar you’re adding to the coffee will depend on the brand of amaretto you’re using, but you can always sweeten your drink more to taste by adding simple syrup.
If you need it creamier you can add your favorite coffee creamer.

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 120mg | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.04mg
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