Millionaire's Coffee Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Millionaire's Coffee is a luxurious twist on the classic Irish Coffee. It's a beverage that caters to those who appreciate the finer things in life, combining rich coffee with the smoothness of Baileys, the depth of Kahlua, and the nutty sweetness of Frangelico.

  • Origins: While the exact origin is not well-documented, it's believed to have been inspired by the classic Irish Coffee, which was created in the 1940s.
  • Popularity: This drink has become a favorite in upscale bars and is often enjoyed as an after-dinner treat or a warm pick-me-up during cold weather.
  • Ideal For: Coffee lovers who enjoy a touch of luxury and those who like their caffeine with a kick of alcohol.

How Millionaire's Coffee Tastes?

Millionaire's Coffee is a harmonious blend of creamy, sweet, and nutty flavors with a robust coffee base. The Baileys provides a velvety texture, the Kahlua adds a rich coffee and vanilla undertone, and the Frangelico imparts a subtle hazelnut sweetness. The overall taste is indulgent and warming, with a balanced sweetness that's not overpowering.

Interesting facts about Millionaire's Coffee

  • Versatility: The Millionaire's Coffee can be enjoyed both hot and cold, making it a versatile drink for any season.
  • After-Dinner Favorite: It's often served as a dessert cocktail due to its rich and sweet profile.
  • Customizable: The drink can be easily customized with different garnishes or by adjusting the proportions of the liqueurs to suit personal taste preferences.


Baileys Irish Cream

A touch of creamy sweetness, Baileys gives our Millionaire's Coffee its smooth texture. Too much and you might find yourself in a sugar coma, too little and you'll miss out on the rich, milky goodness. Swap it for other cream liqueurs, and you’ll tweak the flavor profile; perhaps a hint of bourbon with a Bourbon Cream?

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The coffee meets its soulmate with Kahlua—a deliciously dark and sweet coffee liqueur. Overdo it, and your cocktail could become a caffeine power nap. Skip it, and you lose that deep coffee kick. A swap? Try Tia Maria for a tad lighter taste but still all the coffee punch.

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This is where the nuttiness comes into play. Frangelico brings in a hazelnut charm that’s hard to resist. Miss it out, and you’re missing a layer of complexity. Feeling adventurous? Amaretto could step in for a more almond-like twist.

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The star of the show, without it, you just have a bunch of liqueurs playing dress-up. Strong, bitter coffee balances out the sweetness and adds depth. Weak coffee is like bringing a knife to a gunfight—just doesn’t stand up to the other ingredients.

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Whipped Cream

This is the cherry on top, quite literally. It adds a cloud of creamy delight. Without it, your cocktail feels undressed, much like leaving your house without a hat on a bad hair day. No whipped cream? A scoop of vanilla ice cream can be a decadent substitute.

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The optional sprinkle of sophistication. Allspice can elevate the drink with its warm, winter-like charm. Forget this, and nobody will judge you, but you're missing out on that cozy holiday feel. Alternative? A dusting of cinnamon can work magic too.

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Recipe. How to make Millionaire's Coffee Drink

  1. Pour Baileys Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Frangelico into an Irish coffee cup.
  2. Add the hot coffee to the liqueurs and stir gently to combine.
  3. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream.
  4. If desired, sprinkle a pinch of allspice over the whipped cream for an extra hint of spice.

Pro Tips

  • Coffee Quality: Use freshly brewed, high-quality coffee for the best flavor.
  • Layering: Carefully pour the liqueurs over the back of a spoon to create distinct layers before adding the coffee.
  • Serving Temperature: Serve immediately while hot to enjoy the full aroma and flavors.

Perfect Pairings


  • Chocolate cake: The rich flavors of the liqueurs complement the deep, luxurious taste of chocolate.
  • Nut pastries: Frangelico’s hazelnut profile pairs wonderfully with pastries that have almond or pecan notes.

Savory Snacks

  • Roasted nuts: A bowl of roasted nuts can accentuate the nuttiness of the cocktail.
  • Cheese board: Choose aged cheeses like a sharp Cheddar or Gouda to cut through the sweetness of the drink.


  • Espresso: For those who love coffee in all forms, an additional side of strong espresso can enhance the coffee experience.

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What you could change in Millionaire's Coffee

  • Baileys Irish Cream: Can be substituted with any other Irish cream liqueur.
  • Kahlua: A different coffee liqueur like Tia Maria can be used.
  • Frangelico: Amaretto or any hazelnut liqueur can replace Frangelico for a similar flavor profile.

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Hazelnut Lift

  • Substitute the Frangelico with extra Baileys and add a dash of hazelnut syrup.
  • Skip the allspice and top off with chocolate shavings. It's a sweeter ride to nutty town with the unmistakable allure of velvety chocolate. Perfect for those who are nuts about nuts!

Irish Winter

  • Use half the amount of coffee and fill the rest with hot chocolate.
  • Swap Baileys with Irish whiskey cream. The cold can't touch you when you're sipping on this warm blend of coffee and chocolate with a whiskey hug. A bit of Ireland in your cup!

Spiced Caribbean Coffee

  • Replace Kahlua with a coffee-spiced rum.
  • Add a cinnamon stick as a stirrer and include a pinch of nutmeg with the allspice. You've just set sail to the tropics, matey! This twist is a treasure chest of warm spices and rum—batten down the hatches for a flavor storm!

In case you forgot basics how to make Millionaire's Coffee

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Millionaire's Coffee

What type of coffee should be used for a Millionaire's Coffee?

While any hot coffee can be used, a medium to dark roast will complement the liqueurs well, providing a strong coffee flavor to balance the sweetness of the mix.

Is Millionaire's Coffee suitable for non-alcoholic drinkers?

No, Millionaire's Coffee contains alcohol from the Baileys, Kahlua, and Frangelico. However, non-alcoholic versions of Irish cream and coffee syrups can be used for a similar taste experience without the alcohol.

Can I use cold brew coffee instead of hot coffee for this recipe?

The traditional Millionaire's Coffee is made with hot coffee, but for a cold variant, cold brew can be used although it will not have the same warming effect.

What's the best time to serve Millionaire's Coffee?

It's an excellent choice for an after-dinner indulgence or as a special treat on a chilly evening. It can also be a delightful addition to brunch menus.

How can I make a vegan version of Millionaire's Coffee?

Use a dairy-free Irish cream substitute, a vegan-friendly coffee liqueur, and top with coconut whipped cream or any other vegan whipped topping.

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