Nitro Coffee Hacks

Nitro Coffee Hacks

Coffee infused with nitrogen bubbles—better known as nitro coffee—is rewriting the book on what can be done with a cup of coffee. Invented in 2013 by Nate Armbrust, a food scientist from Portland, OR, nitro borrows from the beer brewing process by adding tiny nitrogen bubbles to the brew. The bubbles give nitro a similar effect as cream and sugar normally do, with a smoother mouthfeel (much like Guinness)— Men’s Journal has called it a “textural wonderland.” It was only a matter of time before some enterprising chefs began riffing on the new beverage and incorporating it into their recipes.

Below you’ll find a handful of the most amazing nitro recipes out there:

S’mores Nitro Brew

Why not start with a bit of decadence? Serves one. 


  • 1 C Nitro coffee
  • ½ C Chocolate milk
  • ½ C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 T powdered sugar
  • 1 T Marshmallow bits
  • Crushed graham cracker


  1. Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form.
  2. Add powdered sugar and beat again until stiff peaks form.
  3. Fold in marshmallow bits.
  4. Add chocolate milk to the coffee, top with marshmallow whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed graham crackers.

Cold Espresso Martini

Perhaps the classiest coffee cocktail you’ll ever have. You may need a trip to your closet to don that old tuxedo before drinking this one. Serves one.


  • 45 ml of vodka
  • 30 ml of nitro coffee
  • 15 ml of butterscotch schnapps
  • 15 ml of coffee liqueur
  • Ice


  1. Measure all ingredients out accurately into a shaker.
  2. Shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Long Island Nitro Coffee

For adults only! Serves one.


  • 1 T dark rum
  • 1 T vodka
  • 1 T gin
  • 1 T tequila 
  • 1 T Tia Maria
  • 2 T ginger beer
  • 1-2 T lime juice
  • Nitro coffee, to top it off
  • Lime wedges to serve

1. Half fill a tall glass with ice.
2. Fill a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the spirits and the lime juice. Shake briefly.
3. Strain over the ice in the glass. Add the ginger beer and cold brew to top up and stir.
4. Garnish with lime wedges and serve.

Pumpkin Spice Nitro Coffee (adapted from the Keg Outlet Blog)

Particularly suited to Autumn, but delicious any time of year. Serves one.

First make your Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup:


  • 1 C Water
  • 1 C Granulated Sugar (can substitute ½ C agave syrup)
  • 1 t Vanilla Extract
  • 2 T Pumpkin Spice


Simple Pumpkin Spice Coffee Syrup

  1. Combine ingredients in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until boiling.
  2. Boil for a few minutes until the sugars dissolve and the spices begin to open up.
  3. Cool; transfer to a mason jar and refrigerate.

Once you’ve made your Syrup, it’s a cinch make Pumpkin Spice Nitro Coffee:

  1. Put desired amount of syrup into the bottom of your glass. (1-2 tablespoons are recommended.)
  2. Pour your nitro coffee straight down the glass and allow the pressure of the pour to mix the pumpkin spice syrup in.
  3. Garnish the frothy head on the nitro coffee with a light dusting of pumpkin spice.


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