Iced Coffee Cocktail

[1] Iced coffee with spiced rum and coconut liqueur. You can use any liqueur you like (photo courtesy The Skylark | NYC).

Iced Coffee With Cream
[2] Use milk or half-and-half, or enjoy it black (photo courtesy The Wayfarer | NYC).


We drink our fair share of iced coffee, and see swarms of people carrying it down the street. (We live in New York City, where there are swarms of people.)

Here’s how to turn your iced coffee into an after-work drink or a weekend tipple.

The inspiration comes from from The Skylark, a cocktail lounge in Midtown Manhattan with panoramic views of the city.


For a tall drink, combine:

  • 6 ounces iced coffee
  • 1-2 ounces spiced rum (buy it; or here’s how to make spiced rum with a bottle of regular rum)
  • 1 ounce coconut liqueur
  • Milk or half-and-half to taste
  • Ice
  • Garnish: coconut chunks (substitute coconut flakes)
  • Optional: turn it into dessert with a scoop of ice cream

    Combine the first four ingredients, stir, and garnish as desired.

    While spiced rum is a natural with iced coffee, you can use plain rum; or experiment with other spirits.

    If you don’t want to invest in a bottle of coconut liqueur, substitute:

  • Amaretto or any nut liqueur
  • Anisette or other licorice-flavored liqueur
  • Any cream liqueur
  • Coffee liqueur
  • Creme de cacao or other chocolate liqueur
  • Vanilla liqueur
  • Anything you have on hand that will pair well with coffee
    Bottoms up!


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