10 Unique Coffee Drinks In NYC

Whether or not you are a morning person, everyone needs an energy boost to start the day. Some choose jogging, others yoga, a healthy meal or a green juice. Some do it all, and some go for the comfort of a good cup of joe. I – not a morning person – define myself as a true caffeine addict and forever in need of a strong iced coffee, so these recipes are a godsend for my Monday mornings, and I suspect for yours too. With these mixtures, your early morning commute will seem like a stroll in the park, and your mind will awaken with the smooth taste of a fresh brew.

This unusual list of coffee drinks will not only bring a refreshing twist to your morning routine, but also… who knew tonic and coffee could ever taste good together? Who knew that a chunk of butter in your mug is actually a great idea? It’s always fun finding new ways to spice up the ordinary.

Espresso Tonic

An odd mix, this two-step recipe is perfect for a midday caffeine boost. Start by getting a tall glass and filling it halfway with tonic water. Add ice and then stir in an espresso. You will have a bubbly, frothy light brown drink that believe it or not, is exactly what your day needs.

Mocha On The Rocks

A day before you plan on making this sweet treat, fill up an empty ice cube tray with coffee and leave it overnight to freeze. When you’re ready for your coffee the morning after, throw your beautiful coffee ice cubes into a tall glass, add milk and a few drops of chocolate syrup and enjoy! For iced coffee lovers this drink is everything.

Butterscotch Pudding Coffee

Prepare by mixing butterscotch powder, cream, cinnamon and your morning coffee. With a smooth brew, this creamy mix is the (strange) answer to your winter chills. Both cozy and complex, it will get you prepped for the snow in no time.


Pour one table spoon of vanilla syrups and one of chocolate syrup in a tall glass. Add cold milk and one shot of espresso and mix. Add ice and top with plenty of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. This will quickly become your morning go-to drink of the season.

Iced Coconut Coffee

In a blender, pour one cup of fresh coconut water – unless you’re in the city in which case Zico works too  – later add a shot of espresso. Stir, add a cute straw and voilà! Your favorite iced drink is ready.

Café de Olla

A traditional Mexican drink, this coffee contains pure cane sugar and cinnamon. Stir in about one table spoon of sugar and half a tablespoon of cinnamon into your morning coffee and a boost of energy will kick in before you know it.

Hazelnut Double

After your double shot of espresso is ready, pour into a mug and add one teaspoon of hazelnut syrup and a sprinkle of shaved hazelnut. Decorate with whipped cream and enjoy the seasonal delight of this sweet mix.

Coconut Mocha

Heat one cup of delicious coconut milk and then stir into your freshly brewed cup of coffee. Add chocolate syrup to your liking and enjoy! Simple yet incredibly tasty, this drink is a tropical treat.

Coffee Float

Like the root beer float of every cool kid’s childhood, this coffee sweetness is perfect for an end-of-the-meal drink. To prepare, start with your classic cup of coffee and add one tablespoon of cocoa powder. Stir. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream and watch it float. Enjoy!

Energy Boost 

After brewing your coffee, put it in the blender and add one to three tablespoons of coconut oil (depending on your commitment to this concoction) as well as a tablespoon of unsalted butter. Blend. As strange as it may seem, the taste is quite interesting and the oil helps your body process caffeine faster and better, so really this is the perfect solution to your morning exhaustion!