If you’re a fan of both coffee and liquor, sometimes it’s a good idea to bring them together and whip up a coffee cocktail from time to time.
Bavarian coffee is a personal favorite of mine, with its candy-like peppermint schnapps and strong brewed coffee mellowed down by a dollop of whipped cream.
The best part is, it’s very easy to make if you have the right ingredients of course. Let me share with you a simple recipe you can follow at home.
What is Bavarian Coffee?
Bavarian coffee is a combination of strong coffee, peppermint schnapps, Kahlua, milk, and whipped cream. It’s a sweet drink that deliciously blends the bold flavors of coffee, the sweetness of peppermint schnapps and Kahlua, and the creaminess of whipped cream.
So where did it get its name from? Bavaria is a large state in Germany where the Zugspitze mountain, the country’s highest peak, is located. No wonder a warming brew will originate from such a state.
I’ve never actually had Bavarian coffee in Germany, my first encounter with it was at a cafe in Vienna. Having tried a couple of coffee cocktails such as the Amaretto and Corretto before, I gave it a “shot”. It was a pleasant surprise as it took the sweetness and creaminess up a notch, and that slight peppermint flavor makes it even more interesting.
I like sipping on this drink during winter nights, it’s my go-to coffee cocktail next to the Espresso Martini.
Ingredients and Equipment for Bavarian Coffee
Here are the things that you will need to make Bavarian coffee:
- 120 ml strong brewed coffee: It’s up to you how you want to make your black coffee. Most people prefer using a drip coffee machine for quick and convenient brewing.
- 15 ml Kahlua: A blend of coffee and rum that goes well in loads of coffee cocktails. You can buy one or just make your own Kahlua at home.
- 15 ml Peppermint schnapps: This strong spirit tastes like peppermint candy, which gives a distinct sweetness to the coffee cocktail.
- 30 ml Half and half: This combination of milk and cream gives the Bavarian coffee a more mellow taste and a slightly thicker texture.
- 1 tsp sugar (optional): Gives the beverage a sweeter taste if you prefer it.
- Whipped cream: A dollop of whipped cream on top adds indulgence to the final drink.
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Make Bavarian Coffee
Once you have everything you need, fixing yourself a cup of Bavarian coffee is very easy. Just follow the steps below:
1. Brew your black coffee.
- First is to make your coffee. I recommend going for dark roast Arabica for a strong coffee base.
- Pour your black coffee into a mug.
2. Add the Kahlua, Peppermint schnapps, and Half and Half.
- In the mug, add the Kahlua, Peppermint schnapps, and half and half. If you like a sweeter drink, you can also add a teaspoon of sugar.
- Stir until fully mixed or until your sugar is completely dissolved.
3. Top with whipped cream and serve.
- To finish off the drink, top it with whipped cream.
- Serve and enjoy!
What kind of cup should I serve a Bavarian coffee in?
Use a mug or tall glass that can accommodate about 7 oz for the drink, while leaving room for your whipped cream on top.
Barista Tips for Making Bavarian Coffee
Here are some extra tips to make your Bavarian coffee more delicious:
- Finish it off with chocolate shavings: Before serving your Bavarian coffee, grab a chocolate bar and use a grater to sprinkle chocolate shavings over the whipped cream. Try it, it’s really good.
- Tia Maria can be used instead of Kahlua: Similar to Kahlua, the Jamaican coffee liquor Tia Maria contributes to the booze and sweetness of your beverage with its caramel, vanilla, and citrus notes.
- Try other milk options: If you prefer a non-dairy or vegan drink, you can swap the half-and-half with almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. Of course, leaving out the half and half will make it less creamy. The same goes for the whipped cream, which has vegan alternatives.
If you’re passionate about your coffee, don’t be afraid to explore its different forms like this coffee liquor. So were you able to whip up a delicious Bavarian coffee? Let me know in the comments.