A Complete Guide on Kahlua Drinks
Are you among those who like to experiment with their coffee drinks? Or do you prefer a drink which gives a punch of caffeine and the hit of alcohol on your lazy days? If so, you have come to the right place. This website is dedicated to the Kahlua – which is one of the finest coffee liqueur available.
What Is Kahlua?
The Kahlua is a Mexican sweet coffee drink flavoured with alcohol. This rich caffeine and sugar-based drink is a blend of the finest roasted coffee beans from Mexico and vanilla beans with a dash of rum.
The Kahlua adds a kick to your ordinary cocktails, martinis, shakes and other drinks. It can also be consumed as it is (without any cream) or with milk and ice to get you energised for the rest of the day.
You can also use Kahlua in desserts to add extra flavour or as an ice-cream topping for a bittersweet layered flavour. It can be mixed with milk, cream, coffee, cocoa or chocolate and has remained a popular coffee liqueur ever since it was introduced in 1936.
The History of Kahlua
The origin of this decadent and energising drink is from the Mexican state, Veracruz. The idea of Kahlua began way back in the 1930s with the help of Pedro Domecq and a few other people.
After the drink was formulated completely, it started manufacturing in 1936 and was exported to the United States for the first time in 1940. Jules Berman, a liquor merchant, was the first to import the Kahlua to the United States and thus, received the nickname “Mr Kahlua”.
Also, around the 1960s Kahlua gained popularity and press attention for being operated by an all-female team, which was regarded as a massive progressive move back then. It typically takes up to seven years to produce a single bottle of Kahlua, largely because of the growing and harvesting of its coffee beans.
How To Serve Kahlua Drinks
Drinks made with Kahlua are famous because of its bittersweet caffeine and booze punch. The versatility of Kahlua is such that it can be made in different ways with a combination of a few ingredients as per the person’s preference. It is mixed with cocktails, shots, milkshakes, hot chocolates, ice creams, desserts, cakes and so on.
Kahlua drinks or desserts can be served with:
- a dollop of cream, ice cream or whipped cream
- a splash of milk or a sweetener
- a swirl of chocolate syrup or shards of chocolate
- a dusting of cocoa and coffee mixture or just cocoa and coffee grounds
- a slice of orange or other fruit which goes well with the coffee flavour
The most famous Kahlua drinks are the classic White Russian cocktail and the indulgent Mudslide, which is both a cocktail and a dessert.
How To Drink Kahlua
Kahlua is a key ingredient in many popular drinks, making it a staple party drink. Kahlua can be drunk in several ways, I’ll list out a few of them:
- Straight, without any additions such as milk or cream. It is typically served as a shot and it tastes like a sweet coffee syrup with the bitter punch of alcohol.
- With iced coffee for a stronger drink, you may add a dash of vanilla essence to mellow down the bitter taste.
- Mixed with an energy drink for an extra energy dose. Make sure you know how much you can handle, as two doses of caffeine may give a person symptoms of anxiety.
- For an indulgent experience add Kahlua to your milkshake or hot chocolate and even in your cakes as a syrup after mixing a sweetener.
- Kahlua can also be drunk with decaffeinated coffee.
- Mix Kahlua with your choice of a chocolate liqueur to shake things up a little.
These are some of the ways you can drink the coffee liqueur, Kahlua. Make sure to top the drink with ice for a chilled out, cool treat.
50 Best Kahlua Drinks Recipes
1. Kahlua Classic Coffee
3. Irish Espresso Martini
4. Cold Brew Martini
5. Mexpresso Martini
7. Kahlua Cold Brew Tonic/Soda
8. Brave Bull
9. Dirty Mother
13. Frozen Mudslide
15. Colorado Bulldog
16. Kahlua Hot Cocoa
17. Chili Chocolate Hot Cocoa
18. Hot Tamale
- Peppermint Cocoa
- Chili Chocolate Sombrero
- Chili Chocolate Shot
- Chili Chocolate High Ball
- Chili Chocolate White Russian
- Kahlua Strawberry Milkshake
- Kahlua Chocolate And Cream Milkshake
- Kahlua Mocha Milkshake
- Kahlua Cookie Milkshake
- Kahlua Classic Iced Coffee
- Kahlua Coke Float
- Kahlua With Cherry Cola
- Kahlua Mint Julep
- Kahlua Ginger Ale
- Kahlua Hot Cider
- Mayan Chocolate
- Mule De Cafe
- Apple Cocktail
- Salted Caramel Layered Shot
- B-52 Layered Shot
- T-52 Shooter
- Kahlua Peppermint Schnapps
- Sombrero Cocktail
- Mind Eraser
- Ice Cream Shots with Kahlua
- Raspberry Espresso Shot
- Happy Hooker
- Duck Fart Shot
- Rattlesnake Shooter
- Earl Grey Kahlua
- Vanilla Tea with Kahlua
- Long Beach Iced Tea
How to Make Homemade Kahlua (DIY Kahlua)
Did you know Kahlua can easily be made at home without any specialised equipment or a distillation license? Well, of course, you cannot produce the exact taste of bottled Kahlua, it takes years to accomplish that. But, you can make an almost Kahlua flavoured liqueur.
You may wonder why one wants to make Kahlua at home when you can simply purchase one from a liquor store. Well, it could be because some of us enjoy trying famous drinks and foods in our kitchen. While in some places Kahlua is not available in the local market, you would have to place an order online and wait another 3 days or weeks for it to arrive. Sometimes you don’t have the time to wait around, you may need a coffee liqueur at the very moment. That is when the homemade Kahlua recipe comes handy.
Typically there are two methods of making coffee liqueur, the infusion method and the boiling method. Both of these methods, however, requires no special tools and have the same ingredients: sugar, water, ground coffee or instant coffee, rum, vanilla beans or essence. Let us discuss these two methods.
- Pour the desired amount of coffee grounds and water in a jar. Stir them well, cover and let it steep for 12 hours or a day for a deep and rich coffee flavour.
- After 12 hours or a day, line the coffee filter with a mesh strainer and place it over a bowl or a large container.
- Slowly pour the steeped coffee mixture over the strainer and into the container. Be patient during this step as the coffee passes slowly.
- After you have finished the solution, discard the coffee grounds don’t pour them in the container.
- Meanwhile, place an appropriate amount of water and sugar in a pot on high heat and bring it to boil until the sugar dissolves. Switch off the heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
- In the container with coffee, mix the cooled sugar syrup, rum and vanilla bean or essence, then stir the mixture well.
- Now cover the container tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for at least 2-3 weeks while shaking the container once a week.
- After 2-3 weeks, remove the container and pour your Kahlua in a mason jar or an empty bottle and enjoy your first sip of hard work.
- Combine water, sugar and instant coffee in a pot over medium heat.
- Let the mixture simmer for about an hour until it resembles a syrup. Be careful during this step, stir occasionally to avoid forming any sugar crystals.
- After the mixture has reached the consistency of syrup, turn off the heat and let it cool completely at room temperature.
- After the mixture has cooled, add the rum and vanilla beans or essence.
- Pour the solution into a container and let it sit in a cool dark place for 3-4 weeks while shaking the contents every 2 days or once a week.
- After 2-3 weeks, bottle the homemade Kahlua mixture and store it in your kitchen to be enjoyed leisurely by your guests and you.
Kahlua Nutrition Facts
The nutritional value of Kahlua depends on the type of drink and the Kahlua varieties. The nutritional value of Kahlua original is different from Peppermint Mocha Kahlua and Kahlua Martini. As each drink has distinct ingredients and flavouring agents which influence the overall calories and carbohydrates of the drink.
For instance, the Original Kahlua and Kahlua Especial contains about 53 calories per ounce, whereas the French Vanilla contains almost double, approximately around 103 calories.
The calorie content present in the Kahlua is because of the carbohydrates. Typically, most of the Kahlua flavours have around 11 grams to 11.5 grams of carbohydrates per fluid ounce. Majority of carbohydrates are present because of the sweeteners and other flavouring ingredients.
The fat content is Kahlua is not connected with the calories present. After we consume any alcohol, a small part of it gets converted into fat. This slow downs our fat metabolism making it difficult to lose weight.
But, who drinks Kahla for nutrition? We just want to have a laid back weekend with friends to relish the flavours of coffee and booze.
FAQs About Kahlua Drinks
Does Kahlua Have Caffeine In It?
It goes without saying that Kahlua contains caffeine, after all, one of its main ingredients is coffee. By regular standards, Kahlua contains about 20% alcohol and 101 milligrams of caffeine per litre. Roughly, the caffeine content in a 100 mL drink could approximately be about 10 mg.
However, the caffeine content in Kahlua is rather less, you should avoid drinking Kahlua drinks at night if your caffeine tolerance level is low.
What Is The Alcohol Content in Kahlua?
Traditionally, the alcohol content in Kahlua is about 20 per cent, which is similar to other standard liqueurs. The earlier versions of Kahlua had about 26 per cent of alcohol per bottle, but in 2002 the Kahlua Especial made from the finest Arabian coffee was introduced in the market which contains about 36 per cent of alcohol. The Kahlua Especial has the highest alcohol content and is considered much better in taste compared to regular Kahlua. Its taste is sweeter, and the consistency is not as thick as its previous versions.
Tia Maria vs Kahlua - Which Is Better?
Tia Maria is regarded as an alternate of Kahlua. It is also a coffee-based liqueur but is made from Jamaican coffee beans, whereas, the Kahlua originates from Mexico. The ingredients of Tia Maria and Kahlua are likewise, with the same alcohol content too, which is around 20 per cent.
But, the debate remains as to which is a better coffee liqueur? Tastewise both are almost similar, the only difference in taste comes from the origin of coffee beans used. They can, however, be used interchangeably while being unique in their own ways.
The consistency of Kahlua is thicker, similar to a coffee syrup with undertones of sugar and medium alcohol flavours, it is also typically sweeter. Whereas, the coffee flavours of Tia Maria are strong with a medium alcohol warmth and a smoother consistency.
It would be difficult to pick on as a better option, as both of them have slight differences. But, are consumed in the same way, with the same recipes. The only way to determine which is better is to pick both, Kahlua and Tia Maria, and do a blind taste test. Even if you have consumed both of them, the results of a blind taste test would leave you surprised.
Kahlua or Baileys - Which One To Use?
Baileys is an alcoholic beverage made with Irish cream, Irish whiskey and a slight flavour of cocoa. The alcohol content is Baileys is lesser than Kahlua and its taste is not as strong either. To put it simply, Kahlua is a coffee-based liqueur, whereas Baileys is a cream-based liqueur.
Baileys is suitable for hot and warm beverages during winter and snowy season. Nothing like a hot cocoa topped with whipped cream on a cold day to nourish your body. The use of Baileys is not restricted to hot beverages only, it goes well with a cup of iced coffee and other cold milkshakes as well.
As Kahlua has a bold and intense coffee flavour, it is suitable for when you need an instant caffeine and booze kick. Kahlua is a versatile drink and goes well with cocktails, shots, hot chocolate, mocha and the classic coffee/espresso as well.
The use of both these rich alcoholic beverages is different and depends upon personal taste and preference.
Is Kahlua Vegan?
The main ingredients used to make the natural Kahlua are vegan which makes the Kahlua a vegan-friendly beverage. However, the drinks made with Kahlua are suitable for vegetarians, but not for vegans. Some versions of Kahlua are not completely vegan as they may include milk, cream, ice cream and other ingredients. For instance, the White Russian contains milk and milk is not a vegan product.
Also, certain brand’s ready-to-drink cocktails and other pre-made drinks such as the Mudslide, White Russian, Kahlua Milkshakes and so on, are not suitable for vegans as they contain certain milk proteins.
Luckily, you can make your Kahlua drinks by substituting the non-vegan ingredients with vegan ones. For instance, instead of using the milk from a cow or any other animal for the White Russian, you can replace it with coconut milk or cashew cream. It not only tastes creamy and rich but is vegan and dairy-free!
Is Kahlua Gluten-Free?
It is still not sure whether or not Kahlua is gluten-free as the Kahlua drinks do not disclose their ingredients on the bottles. It is believed that the Kahlua ingredients may or may not contain any ingredients which could trigger gluten sensitivity.
But, as per some sources this coffee-based liqueur contains a secret neutral grain spirit derived from wheat. The neutral grain is distilled and the gluten protein diminishes during the process, making it a gluten-free liqueur. This makes Kahlua a gluten-friendly beverage.
A good deal of gluten-free people are able to consume Kahlua with no problems while a few report issues of sickness. So, I would not completely recommend this coffee-liqueur for gluten-free folks, you are to drink it at your own risk.
Does Kahlua Go Bad After Sometime?
Yes, just like other liqueurs Kahlua goes bad after a certain period of time. The main flavour in Kahlua, the coffee, with time begins to lose its aromatic compound. This reduces the smell of the brew while also making the liqueur taste flat.
Kahlua doesn't smell rancid or forms mould overtime, but its quality slowly degrades, regardless of whether the bottle had been opened or not. Also, its quality decline doesn't depend on its storage location and method.
The shelf life of Kahlua is four years from the date of production and manufacturers typically recommend consuming the Kahlua within those four years. However, even after four years from production date, the Kahlua is safe to be consumed, but because the quality is deteriorating your drinks may taste flat and will lack the vibrant punch of coffee and alcohol.
How to tell if your Kahlua has gone bad?
The easiest and the only way to check if the shelf life of Kahlua is still intact is by taking a good whiff of it. If the smell of coffee in the Kahlua is strong, then you are good to go. But, if the coffee smell is faint or has completely evaporated, this is an indication that your bottle of Kahlua has gone bad and the flavour of the liquor won't contain any depth.
Although it is highly unlikely, Kahlua could also contain bacteria or mould growth. This happens only if the contents of the bottle have been contaminated. To indicate this, smell if your Kahlua gives off any sour or other stale odours. If you smell any such odour, then know that the Kahlua apart from being bad is also not safe to consume and should be thrown away.