The Amaretto-Coffee Freeze: A Booze & Caffeine-fueled Escape

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An exceptional fusion of flavors, the Amaretto-Coffee Freeze is a lovely blend of almond and coffee liqueurs, smoothed out with vanilla frozen yogurt. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the simple process of making this drink and explore variations, pairings, and tips for making your Amaretto-Coffee Freeze experience truly memorable.

The World of Alcoholic Coffee Drinks

In the world of cocktails, coffee, and alcohol, recipes have found a unique place where coffee’s flavors complement various liquors. Whether you enjoy whiskey, rum, tequila, or liqueurs, the combination of coffee and alcohol offers endless possibilities. From classics like Irish Coffee and Espresso Martini to contemporary creations like the trendy Cold Brew Negroni or the refreshing Mint Mojito Coffee, there are tons of beloved alcoholic coffee drinks to explore.

Enter Coffee Liqueur

Origin of Coffee Liqueur

Oh, where would we be without the humble coffee bean? Coffee liqueur typically consists of coffee beans, sugar, and spirits. The first version of coffee liqueur was said to have originated in the Caribbean in the 18th century1. Since then, it has become a household name, particularly for mixing splendid cocktails.

Kahlúa: A Household Name

When you think of coffee liqueur, one of the first names that likely comes to mind is Kahlúa. Introduced in 1936, Kahlúa is made using 100% Arabica coffee beans. The coffee beans are shade-grown in the foothills of Mexico, then mixed with sugarcane spirit. The result? A sweet, robust coffee flavor with a smooth finish that’s hard to resist.

Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur Being Poured Into A Glass
Kahlúa coffee liqueur | Photo by Taylor Beach on Unsplash

The Perks of Coffee Liqueur

Besides being a cocktail champion, the coffee liqueur is an excellent cooking ingredient. From tiramisu to our very own Amaretto-Coffee Freeze, it adds a rich, deep, and subtly sweet coffee flavor to dishes. Its unique flavor profile makes it versatile in savory and sweet dishes.

Key Ingredients

1. Almond Liqueur

The key ingredient in the Amaretto-Coffee Freeze is almond liquor. Two popular brands are Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur and Disaronno Originale Amaretto. Almond liquor has a distinct sweet flavor that goes perfectly with dessert drinks.

If you find yourself without access to Amaretto liqueur, there are several alternative options you can consider. One such option is amaretto syrup, a non-alcoholic substance that offers a flavor profile similar to amaretto, with its distinct almond notes. Another possible substitute is almond extract. Just a small amount of this extract can infuse your drink with the desired nutty taste. So, don’t worry if you’re missing Amaretto liqueur – it’s time to raid your pantry for these handy alternatives!

Disaronno Almond Liquor
Disaronno almond liquor | Source

2. Coffee Liqueur

To complement the sweetness of amaretto, the coffee liqueur is added. It adds depth to the blend with its dark and rich character, making the Amaretto-Coffee Freeze truly intriguing. If you don’t have coffee liqueur, you can replace it with a few espresso or chilled cold brew shots.

3. Vanilla Frozen Yogurt

Frozen vanilla yogurt is added to provide a creamy texture and a dessert-like experience to the drink. It enhances the sweetness of Amaretto while also balancing the bold coffee flavors. If you don’t have frozen vanilla yogurt, you can substitute it with vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt.

Pro Tip: If you choose to use Greek yogurt, remember to include a few ice cubes in the blender to get a good consistency.


How to Make

You can easily whip up one of these bad boys in 10 minutes with simple ingredients. Here’s the classic recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond liqueur (Amaretto or Disaronno)
  • 1/4 cup coffee liqueur (or espresso or concentrated coffee)
  • 1-quart frozen vanilla yogurt (sub vanilla ice cream)

Step-by-Step Blending Process

  1. Measure half of each ingredient.
  2. Place them into a blender.
  3. Blend until smooth, making sure to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender.
  4. Pour the mixture into serving glasses.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

To prepare, blend half of the ingredients until smooth in a blender, making sure to scrape down the sides. Pour the mixture into serving glasses and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. Take your time and avoid rushing the blending process. By blending the ingredients in two parts, you’ll achieve a well-incorporated blend, resulting in a smooth and creamy Amaretto-Coffee Freeze.

Amaretto-Coffee Freeze Nutrition

Trust me; you don’t want to know. But in the spirit of transparency, here you go. Remember, the items’ nutrition could vary greatly depending on the specific brands and types of items used.

Frozen YogurtVanilla Ice Cream
Total Calories1310 kcal1840 kcal
Total Carbohydrates206 g198 g
Total Fat12 g72 g
Total Protein28 g20 g
Total Alcohol24 g24 g
Calories in 1 serving

These are approximate values, and the actual nutritional content may vary based on specific brands and types of ingredients used. Also, some components, like fiber or certain vitamins and minerals, are not included in these estimates.


Amaretto-Coffee Freeze Variations

While the classic Amaretto-Coffee Freeze is undeniably delightful, there’s always room for a bit of creative play. Tweaking the original recipe can result in exciting new flavors.

1. Alternative Liqueurs

While amaretto and coffee liqueurs form the core flavors of this beverage, other liqueurs can also bring interesting twists. For instance, chocolate or hazelnut liqueurs can be used to replace or complement the coffee liqueur, giving a different depth of flavor.

2. Non-Alcoholic Version

If you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, replace the liqueurs with almond and coffee syrups. You’ll get a similar taste profile but without the alcohol content.


Serving and Presentation Ideas

An excellent presentation can enhance the overall experience of enjoying your Amaretto-Coffee Freeze. Here are some ideas to make your treat look as good as it tastes.

1. Glassware Choices

Glassware can dramatically influence the aesthetic appeal of your beverage. Choose elegant, clear, highball glasses that will showcase your Amaretto-Coffee Freeze’s creamy texture and tempting color. I like these highball glasses from AfternoonLight. You can get a set of 6 for about $70.

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2. Garnishing Tips

Sprinkle some cocoa powder or crushed almonds on top for added visual interest and an extra burst of flavor.


Recipe Card

Amaretto-Coffee Freeze

Amaretto-Coffee Freeze

Kelsey Todd
You can easily whip up one of these bad boys in 10 minutes with simple ingredients. 
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 people
Calories 1310 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup almond liqueur (Amaretto or Disaronno)
  • ¼ cup espresso liqueur (sub espresso or instant coffee)
  • 1 quart frozen vanilla yogurt (sub vanilla icecream)

Instructions
 

  • Measure half of each ingredient.
    1/2 cup almond liqueur, 1/4 cup espresso liqueur, 1 quart frozen vanilla yogurt
  • Place ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth, making sure to stop and scrape down the sides of the blender.
  • Pour the mixture into serving glasses.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients.

Notes

24 grams of alcohol
 
To prepare, blend half of the ingredients until smooth in a blender, making sure to scrape down the sides. Pour the mixture into serving glasses and repeat the process with the remaining ingredients. Take your time and avoid rushing the blending process. By blending the ingredients in two parts, you’ll achieve a well-incorporated blend, resulting in a smooth and creamy Amaretto-Coffee Freeze.

Nutrition

Serving: 1personCalories: 1310kcalCarbohydrates: 206gProtein: 28gFat: 12g
Keyword Amaretto, Blended
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FAQs

Can I use fresh yogurt instead of frozen?

While fresh yogurt can technically be used, frozen yogurt gives the drink a thicker, ice cream-like consistency. If you use Greek yogurt, add some ice cubes to improve consistency.

What can I use instead of amaretto?

If you can’t find Amaretto, you can substitute it with hazelnut or other nut-flavored liqueurs such as Disaronno. You can also add a few drops of almond syrup concentrate (for baking).

What can I use instead of coffee liqueur?

If coffee liqueur is not available, you can use strongly brewed coffee. However, the flavor may not be as intense.

Can I make this non-alcoholic?

Absolutely! You can replace the almond liqueur with almond extract and the coffee liqueur with strong brewed coffee or a coffee essence.

How can I make this dairy-free?

You can use dairy-free vanilla yogurt or even a dairy-free ice cream of your choice.

Conclusion

I don’t like to write conclusions!

References

  1. Kahlúa. (2023, March 22). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kahl%C3%BAa
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With over two decades in the coffee industry, Kelsey is a seasoned professional barista with roots in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Accredited by The Coffee Association of America and a member of The Baristas Guild, he combines practical expertise with a profound understanding of coffee's history and cultural significance. Kelsey tries his best to balance family time with blogging time and fails miserably.

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