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German Cherry Coffee Cocktail Recipe

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What is kirschwasser?

So, here’s the deal, German people are quite fond of liqueurs — they have lots of schnapps, liqueurs, brandies and many other alcoholic goodies. How do they use them? They’ll just drink them, of course, but they also cook with them and add them to their coffee.

It is the coffee we’re interested in today, particularly one fortified with the fantastic cherry liqueur called kirschwasser or cherry water.

Kirschwasser is no regular water — it’s a clear brandy, double-distilled with morello cherries for a fragrant hard spirit that’s utterly delicious! The spirit is a lovely apéritif, and when sweetened like in the cocktail we’re making today, it’s also a nice after-dinner drink. 

Here’s a warning, though, kirschwasser is not sweet! So, you’ll need to sweeten your coffee cocktail with sugar or simple syrup.


What Goes into a German Cherry Coffee Cocktail?

Our coffee cocktail recipe calls for an ounce of the cherry-scented spirit, and there’s no real substitution, so get the authentic stuff. You can use cherry liqueur if you don’t find kirschwasser, but you won’t need the sugar since it will probably be sweet.

You’ll also need a double shot of freshly brewed espresso. Make sure it’s nice and creamy. Finally, there’s the sugar or your favorite sweetener (brown sugar adds a lovely caramel feel) and whipped cream as a garnish. That’s easy enough, right?

Four ingredients, and you’ve got yourself a coffee and a cocktail in the same cup. And if you top the whipped cream with a glossy cherry, this drink is fit for the most memorable occasions!

When to Make a German Cherry Coffee Cocktail?

This pretty, cherry-flavored drink is a lovely way of ending a fancy dinner party with friends or family. It’s also fantastic for when you need a caffeine boost enhanced with a splash of liqueur. Think of this one as an upscale coffee shop drink that you could also order in a bar.

Sadly, kirschwasser is not commonly found at coffee shops, bars or restaurants, unless, of course, it’s a German restaurant — even then, kirschwasser is a hard find, so if you want to enjoy this specialty drink, you must by the kirschwasser make the drink yourself. 

The good news is that it literally takes five minutes, and it’s easier to make than most coffee drinks and cocktails. You know what? You should make a whole batch and call some friends over for a round of German cherry coffee cocktails!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy258 cal




Brew the espresso and divide it between two cups, add the sugar and cherry brandy and stir until dissolved.


Top with whipped cream.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories258
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat15 g78 g19.23%
  • Saturated Fat9.4 g20 g47%
  • Cholesterol33 mg300 mg11%
  • Sodium43 mg2300 mg1.87%
  • Total Carbohydrate27.2 g275 g9.89%
  • Dietary Fiber1.2 g28 g4.29%
  • Total Sugars24.9 g
  • Protein1.7 g50 g3.4%
  • Calcium23 mg1300 mg1.77%
  • Potassium160 mg4700 mg3.4%
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