This festive coffee cocktail is perfect for holiday brunches

There’s nothing quite like a little caffeine and crème de cacao to kick off Christmas morning on a high note

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(Image credit: Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand)

While fine wine and champagne was made for celebrating, there’s something so much more festive and cozy about a well-made, holiday-themed coffee cocktail that fosters a sense of Christmas cheer with every sip—and it doesn’t have to be a whole complicated ordeal, either.

Below, we’ve included a cozy little cocktail recipe that was made to indulge the senses, warm you up and encourage holiday cheer—but the best part is that despite looking like it came from an expert mixologist’s Instagram page, it’s wildly easy to make… and doesn’t require any niche or hard to find ingredients.

Whether you’re planning to indulge in a holiday brunch or you’re just looking for something a little more cozy than mimosas to serve come Christmas morning, this sweet and decadent coffee cocktail from Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand will be a hit among every caffeine fiend you have around the tree this year.

All you need is some hot coffee, crème de cacao, your favorite amaretto, and a couple tablespoons of coffee ice cream (or whatever ice cream you may have in the freezer) and you’ll impress even the pickiest coffee/cocktail snobs.

Check out the recipe below for the exact method you’ll need to serve up this decadent and warming holiday cocktail.

Looking for more holiday cocktails to get into festive mode? Be sure to check out our list of the best holiday cocktails to start feeling festive—because it’s really never too early to get into the Christmas spirit.

Nutcracker sweet holiday coffee cocktail

Just like its namesake, this comforting drink will make you think of the holidays. Grab a couple of shortbread cookies and sip it by the fire. 


  • ½ oz [15 ml] crème de cacao 
  • ½ oz [15 ml] amaretto 
  • 6 to 8 oz [180 to 240 ml] hot coffee 
  • 2 Tbsp coffee ice cream 
  • Sliced almonds, for garnish


Pour the crème de cacao and amaretto into an Irish coffee glass. Add coffee, leaving 1 in [2.5 cm] of space at the top. Stir until blended. Top with coffee ice cream and sliced almonds. Makes one drink.

Reprinted from Very Merry Cocktails by Jessica Strand with permission by Chronicle Books, 2020