How to make Fancy Coffee Drinks

Coffee is one of those things that has become part of our daily life. One reason for coffee’s popularity is that it’s a drink everyone can enjoy. It’s a simple pleasure that can bring friends and family together. There are so many different styles, tastes, and brews of coffee. Here we’ll talk about some of them, ones you are familiar with and ones you may never have heard of.

collage of six fancy coffee and espresso drinks.

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Drip/Filter Coffee Variations

These delicious coffees can easily be made at home with a regular drip coffee maker with ground coffee beans. There’s no need to go to a cafe or coffee shop for them.

drip coffee maker and two cups of coffee.

Black Coffee

A standard coffee brew that many people love. Just pick your favorite coffee. Find out more about how to make the best black coffee.

Black Coffee With Cream

If you don’t enjoy black coffee, adding milk or cream is perfectly ok. Read more about the different types of dairy and non-dairy coffee additions.

Black Coffee with Cream and Sugar

If you like your coffee to have a sweet taste, you can add sugar or some other kind of sweetener. If you are trying to cut down on sugar, learn more about alternative sweeteners.

Café Au Lait

This style of coffee is often served in the South. If you’ve been to Café Du Monde in New Orleans, you have seen it on the menu. Café au lait is usually made with equal parts of regularly brewed coffee and milk, but there isn’t a set rule regarding this ratio. Read more about café au lait.

cafe au lait in a coffee cup on a plate.

Cold Brew Coffee

This is ground coffee steeped in cold water in the refrigerator for approximately 10 to 12 hours. Cold brew coffee is so smooth because it is low in acid. If you enjoy cold coffee without bitterness, this is the drink for you. Check out my thorough guide and learn how to make cold brew coffee.

iced cold brew coffee in an insulated clear mug.

Iced Coffee

Many people turn to iced coffee during the warmer months as a way to cool off and still enjoy the flavor and energy-boosting effects of coffee. However, making excellent iced coffee involves a bit more than just throwing some ice cubes in your coffee. Dunkin has an innovative way to make iced coffee, they add extra coffee to the brewing process so that when you ice melts, the coffee remains strong. Try the Dunkin method of making iced coffee.

iced coffee with cream in a tall glass.

Espresso-Based Drinks

Espresso is different from ordinary coffee because the water goes through the coffee as steam, giving you that signature espresso taste. Super-strong coffee will work for making a latte, but if you want an authentic espresso flavor, you need the right tools. 

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can still make espresso-based drinks at home. The best coffee makers to use are a Moka pot, AeroPress, or French press, in that order.

You can also get by with espresso powder such as Medaglia D’Oro Instant Espresso.

Many of these espresso-based drinks involve steamed or frothed milk. Learn how to froth milk at home without an espresso machine.


If you see this tasty treat on the menu, you may want to order one for dessert or as a special treat on a hot day. Affogato is a delicious combination of espresso, vanilla ice cream, and a shot of liqueur. Learn more about making an affogato.


This style of coffee was created in Europe when Italians watered down espresso for Americans who were used to their coffee having more volume. Simply put, Americano is an espresso-based brew with hot water added to give it the volume of a drip but with an espresso taste.

Use 1 part espresso to 2 parts water. Pour the espresso into the water, rather than the other way around, to prevent burning the coffee. Get detailed information on how to make an Americano.

Café con Leche

Café con Leche is Spanish for coffee with milk. It’s a common drink in Latin America and Spain. It consists of equal parts of espresso and scalded milk. Sugar or sweetener may be added for taste. Learn more and how to make cafe con leche.


This drink’s silky magic is not beyond the grasp of home baristas. It just takes some practice with water, steam, and foam. You don’t necessarily need an expensive espresso machine with a built-in steaming wand. However, if you did get one as a holiday gift, see how to use an espresso machine to make the perfect cappuccino. And, if you don’t have an espresso machine, find out how to make a cappuccino without an espresso machine.

cappuccino in a glass mug.


Derived from the Spanish word for cut, a cortado is a small-sized hot coffee beverage made with half espresso and half warm milk. The milk primarily serves to reduce the acidity of the espresso. The milk is steamed but doesn’t have as much milk foam or froth as some Italian coffee drinks. Learn how to make a cortado with an espresso machine or moka pot.

cortado and a spoon on a plate.


Doppio is a double shot of espresso and is suitable for veteran espresso imbibers early in the morning before a twelve-hour workday! Find out how to make doppio with an espresso machine. You can also make doppio with a Moka pot.

doppio in a small shot glass.

Espresso con Panna

Espresso con Panna means espresso with cream in Italian. It’s also known as Café Viennois in France and the United Kingdom. It’s a double shot of espresso topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

espresso con panna and coffee beans.

Flat White

Flat White: A flat white originated in Australia and is a super-strong espresso topped with creamy milk froth. A flat white also serves as a great base for other espresso-based beverages, like Baileys Flat White. Learn how to make the perfect flat white coffee.

homemade Starbucks flat white coffee, coffee beans, frothing cup, and espresso machine.


This is a Portuguese version of a latte that’s often accompanied by pastel de nata, a type of custard tart. The Galão is created with one part espresso and three parts steamed milk. Read how to make a Galao.

Portuguese galao drink and pastel de nata.


The latte is a beloved way to drink coffee everywhere. A simple combination of coffee and milk creates this delicious and popular drink. The preferred ratio is 1 part coffee to 4 parts milk. This drink also allows you to get creative with latte art. Pour the steamed milk into a glass with the foamed milk on top. Leave this for 30 seconds and then pour the espresso into the glass. Get more in-depth info on making lattes.

latte in a glass mug.


A classic Italian macchiato is a shot of espresso topped with a dollop of steamed milk. Macchiato means “stained” in Italian, and it’s easy to see why. The steamed milk makes a white mark (stain) on the espresso. See how to make a macchiato with an espresso machine or a macchiato without an espresso machine.

macchiato and coffee beans.


This is an irresistible blend of coffee and chocolate. If you want to liven up your morning cup of coffee or combine coffee and dessert, a mocha latte is perfect for you. Check out this mocha recipe for the proper ratio of espresso, milk, and chocolate syrup and easy instructions.

homemade Starbucks cafe mocha coffee drink in a glass coffee mug.


A ristretto is a short (restricted) espresso shot that is made to be more concentrated, richer, and sweeter. Basically, a ristretto shot is made like an espresso but uses less water. Many people regard the ristretto as the ultimate coffee experience. Read more about it and how to make a ristretto.

ristretto in a shot glass.

Other Types of Coffee

Dalgona Coffee

Dalgona coffee is made by whipping instant coffee powder, sugar, and hot water until it becomes creamy. This mixture is poured over cold or hot milk. Learn more about it and how to make Dalgona coffee.

Nitro Coffee

This is simply cold brew coffee infused with nitrogen, a colorless, odorless gas. If this sounds strange, think about how we regularly put gases into cold drinks. For example, carbon dioxide is what gives sodas their characteristic bubbles and why we refer to them as being carbonated. Read more about nitro coffee.

Can you make nitro coffee at home? The answer is yes – you will need a whipped cream dispenser and a pressurized nitrous oxide cartridge. Find out how to make nitro coffee.

Turkish Coffee

This is a coffee brewed by slowly heating very finely ground coffee in cold water up to the boiling point. A unique Turkish coffee pot (called a cezve), mostly made of copper, has traditionally been used. However, nowadays, automated Turkish coffee machines are available. Read more about it and how to make Turkish coffee.

Turkish coffee in a cezve and coffee beans.

Coffee Cocktails

What’s a better way to keep the party going than spiked coffee? Mixing caffeine and alcohol is a popular choice for those who want to indulge in a combination of two of the world’s most popular enjoyments. Here are just three coffee cocktails if you fall into this category of coffee drinkers.

Irish Coffee

The ingredients for this delicious hot coffee drink couldn’t be simpler – brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, dark brown sugar, and heavy cream. This coffee cocktail is also wonderful for brunch, after dinner, or anytime in between. And it’s obviously just made for St. Patrick’s Day – sweet, creamy, boozy, and divine. Get the Irish Coffee recipe.

A classic Irish coffee drink with coffee beans scattered around it.

Old Duck Blind (ODB)

This is a hunting-inspired spiked coffee drink made with hot coffee, bourbon, Kahlua, cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla. You get a beautifully layered coffee cocktail that tastes as good as it looks. Get the Old Duck Blind recipe. ODB is part of a family of hunting camp cocktails.

Southern Limerick

This is a Southern-style Irish coffee, a warm, creamy, boozy drink that is delightful to sip. It is made from coffee, rye whiskey, demerara syrup, amaro liqueur, and angostura bitters, finished off with floated cream on top. Read about how this fabulous cocktail was created and how to make a Southern Limerick.

Equipment You Will Need

The equipment you need depends on the type of coffee you are making. Here’s the full list:

collage of six fancy coffee and espresso drinks.

Fancy Coffee Recipes

Has your enthusiasm for coffee drinks been enhanced? Here are some more fancy coffee recipes and coffee cocktails for you to try:

Peppermint Mocha
Starbucks Peppermint Mocha is a wonderful holiday coffee drink. Save money and get the easy copycat recipe to make the best peppermint mocha coffee at home.
Peppermint Mocha Recipe
homemade Starbucks peppermint mocha topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and peppermint candy
Cinnamon Coffee
Enjoy flavorful cinnamon coffee any time.
Cinnamon Coffee Recipe
cinnamon coffee, cinnamon sticks, and cream in a small pitcher.
Caramel Cappuccino
You don't need to wait in the drive-thru to enjoy a McDonald's McCafe Caramel Cappuccino. Make one at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Caramel Cappuccino Recipe
caramel cappuccino in a glass mug
Traditional Macchiato
A traditional, Italian espresso macchiato made with a shot of strong, high quality espresso, and topped with frothy milk foam.
Macchiato Recipe
Traditional Macchiato
Apple Crisp Macchiato
You can make Starbucks Apple Crisp Macchiato at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Apple Crisp Macchiato Recipe
homemade Starbucks apple crisp macchiato.
Iced Caramel Macchiato
Make a Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Iced Caramel Macchiato Recipe
copycat Starbucks iced caramel macchiato.
Almond Milk Latte
This almond milk latte is vegan, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. It can be made iced or hot and is the perfect drink for busy mornings!
Almond Milk Latte Recipe
Almond Milk Latte
Caramel Latte
You can make a Starbucks Caramel Latte at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Caramel Latte Recipe
homemade Starbucks caramel latte in a glass mug.
Cardamom Latte
This creamy and fragrant cardamom latte is warm and inviting. Adding this unique spice brings a sweet, floral and peppery flavor to your homemade latte that you won’t soon forget.
Cardamom Latte Recipe
Cardamom Latte
Cinnamon Dolce Latte
You can make Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Cinnamon Dolce Latte Recipe
homemade Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte drink.
Dirty Chai Latte
This Dirty Chai Latte Recipe combines a sweetly spiced masala chai latte with a shot of espresso for an aromatic, cozy beverage.
Dirty Chai Latte Recipe
Dirty Chai Latte
Eggnog Latte
You can make your own Starbucks Eggnog Latte at home. 
Eggnog Latte Recipe
homemade Starbucks eggnog latte in a glass mug
Iced Cake Batter Latte
You can make Dunkin Iced Cake Batter Signature Latte at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Iced Cake Batter Latte Recipe
copycat Dunkin Donuts iced cake batter latte drink.
Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
This homemade Starbucks Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte is an amazing coffee indulgence to enjoy at home!
Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte Recipe
Iced Sugar Cookie Almond Milk Latte
Iced Vanilla Latte
You can make Starbucks iced vanilla latte drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Iced Vanilla Latte Recipe
homemade Starbucks iced vanilla latte drink.
Lavender Latte
This lavender latte with espresso and lavender infused frothed milk is served hot or over ice.
Lavender Latte Recipe
Lavender Latte
Maple & Smoked Salt Oat Milk Latte
This latte is simple, frothy, and scrumptious. It has a complex savory-sweet flavor that is divine.
Maple and Smoked Salt Oat Milk Latte Recipe
Maple & Smoked Salt Oat Milk Latte
Nutella Latte
Nutella Latte is a comforting coffee drink with hazelnut and chocolate notes that is oh so delicious.
Nutella Latte Recipe
Nutella Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte
You have got to try this amazing Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, you can enjoy this any time of year. 
Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe
homemade Starbucks pumpkin spice latter in a glass coffee mug
Snickerdoodle Latte
Is there anything better than a sweet, cinnamon-scented Snickerdoodle Latte on a cold morning? Making it at home in minutes with no special equipment!
Snickerdoodle Latte Recipe
Snickerdoodle Latte
Ube Latte
This latte gets a pretty purple hue and a bit of coconut flavor from ube, a purple root vegetable!
Ube Latte Recipe
Ube Latte
Honey Almond Milk Flat White Coffee
You can make Starbucks Honey Almondmilk Flat White Coffee drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Honey Almond Milk Flat White Coffee Recipe
copycat Starbucks honey almond milk flat white coffee drink.
Butter Pecan Iced Coffee
You can make delicious butter pecan iced coffee like Dunkin Donuts with this easy copycat recipe.
Butter Pecan Iced Coffee Recipe
two copycat Dunkin Donuts butter pecan iced coffee drinks.
Caramel Iced Coffee
You can make delicious iced caramel coffee like Dunkin Donuts with this easy copycat recipe.
Caramel Iced Coffee Recipe
copycat Dunkin Donuts caramel iced coffee, donuts, and bag of coffee.
Maple Iced Coffee
Rather than plain iced coffee, how about whipping up some totally maple-icious Maple Iced Coffee instead? It's the perfect just-a-little-bit-extra-special sipper.
Maple Iced Coffee Recipe
Maple Iced Coffee
Chocolate Cream Cold Brew
You can make Starbucks chocolate cream cold brew drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Chocolate Cream Cold Brew Recipe
two copycat Starbucks chocolate cream cold brew iced coffee drinks.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew
You can make Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew iced coffee drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew Recipe
copycat Starbucks pumpkin cream cold brew coffee drink.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew
You can make Starbucks Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee Drink at home with this easy copycat recipe.
Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew Recipe
homemade Starbucks vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffee drink.
Greek Freddo Cappuccino
This espresso drink is a type of iced coffee from Greece. It is made with strong espresso and topped with thick cold foam.
Greek Freddo Cappuccino Recipe
Greek Freddo Cappuccino
Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped Coffee
This Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped Coffee is sweet and creamy and topped with an extra fluffy whipped coffee topping.
Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped Coffee Recipe
Bailey’s Irish Cream Whipped Coffee
Mocha Latte Cocktail
This decadent Mocha Latte Cocktail, with coffee, tequila, white chocolate liqueur & cream creates the perfect cocktail for cold weather.
Mocha Latte Cocktail Recipe
Mocha Latte Cocktail
Creamy Espresso Martini
Make a creamy classic cocktail by combining your coffee with vodka, coffee liqueur, and Baileys.
Creamy Espresso Martini Recipe
Creamy Espresso Martini
Kentucky Bourbon Coffee
This Kentucky Bourbon Coffee is a Southern take on Irish coffee and is the perfect drink to keep you warm on chilly days. This cocktail is made with freshly-brewed coffee, coffee liqueur, bourbon, and cream.
Kentucky Bourbon Coffee Recipe
Kentucky Bourbon Coffee

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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