By Leslie Kelly

We've come a long way from the days when coffee was just coffee. Now, there are endless variations on the classic espresso drinks that combine shots and frothy milk. Here are 15 of the top-rated coffee drink recipes that are sure to make mornings much more bearable.

Some Like it Hot

The best lattes, cappuccino and Americano warms you up while delivering the wake-up call. It's nice, but not essential to have the fancy equipment to create the velvety creaminess latte lovers crave. A little whipped cream on top of the flavored drinks is a welcome finishing touch to a drink that you'd expect to pay $5.

Gingerbread Latte | Photo by Holiday Baker

The Big Chill

Strong coffee poured over ice, maybe mixed with milk and flavorings, is one of the joys of summer. (Though, many cold brew fans drink the bev year-round.) The key is to achieve strength without bitterness and these tried-and-true recipes share secrets on how to accomplish that worthy goal.

Photo by Vanessa Greaves

Perfect For Dunking

These Italian cookies are made for dipping in your favorite coffee drinks.

Try this recipe: Chocolate Dipped Orange Biscotti | Photo by LynnInHK

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