Kahlua Coffee Drinks - Top 10 Kahlua Coffee Liqueur Recipes

Kahlua Coffee Drinks – Top 10 Kahlua Coffee Liqueur Recipes

Last updated on May 20th, 2024 at 11:49

If you are stuck for Kahlua coffee liqueur recipes, check out this list of amazing and tasty Kahlua Coffee Drinks!

These Kahlua drinks can be enjoyed after dinner or as a cheeky afternoon tipple on a hot sunny day – especially the Kahlua Long Island Iced Tea!

Keep reading for 10 tasty Kahlua coffee liqueur recipes.

Kahlua Coffee Drinks – What Is Kahlua?

Kahlua is an established in 1936 and owned by the Pernod Ricard company is a brand of coffee liqueur with an alcohol content of 20% which is reduced from the previous 26.5%. Special high-end market versions of Kahlua Especial have a hearty 36% alcohol.

There are currently steps being taken to reduce the alcohol content to 16% for the new emergent market that enjoy low alcohol beverages.

Kahlua is made with 100% Arabica coffee, rum and sugar and is produced in Veracruz, Mexico, where it was first produced by its creator Pedro Domecq. The coffee used to produce the beverage is sourced locally from Veracruz.

It’s a liqueur that is seldom enjoyed straight, and more often as part of a cocktail. It is popularly added to coffee drinks.

Kahlua Coffee Drinks
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Kahlua Coffee Liqueur Recipes

Since this is a very versatile liqueur that goes magnificently well with a variety of cocktails and after dinner drinks, I’ll include a good range of beverages and uses for this coffee liqueur.

Let’s start with…

#1. Kahlua Coffee

The classic of all Kahlua coffee drink. Here is how to make the best version of this classic drink.

Ingredients For Making A Kahlua Coffee

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Cream.
  • 4 Oz (120 ml) Well-brewed Arabica Coffee.
  • Whipped cream.

Instructions And Coffee Brewing Options

The better your coffee, the much better your Kahlua coffee drinks will be. Use your favorite coffee brewing method and your favorite coffee beans. Average beans will only make an average Kahlua coffee. Use your favorite premium quality coffee.

Personally, I rule out my drip coffee maker as it does not produce the quality coffee base that I want.

The pour over coffee brewing method is a more thoughtful coffee method and gets all the more intricate and delicate flavors from the beans and into your cup. Pour over coffee brewing is known for getting more total dissolved solids into your cup and thus more flavor. It’s also fresher due to the constant flow of hot water.

Other Brewing methods to consider:

  • Caffe Americano: Pull a top quality double shot of espresso with your best beans and add a little water.
  • French Press: A full immersion brewing method that allows you to have full control over all the variables and get a good quality extraction.
  • Moka Pot: The Italian and Southern European way of making coffee. To get a better extraction start with water that is 70C (160F). Good quality coffee, ideal for making Kahlua drinks.

Add your Kahlua shot to the bottom of your cup, add your coffee, mix well and then add your cream. Serve and enjoy. Optional, top with whipped cream.

#2. Coffee With Kahlua And Baileys

This is tasty, delicious and so easy to make!

Ingredients To Make Coffee With Kahlua And Baileys

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Of Kahlua.
  • 1 Ounce (30 ml) of Irish cream.
  • 4 Ounces (120 ml) of well-brewed hot coffee.
  • Whipped cream.


  • 1. Pour your shots of Kahlua and Baileys into an Irish coffee glass.
  • 2. Fill your Irish coffee glass with well-brewed hot coffee.
  • 3. Top your beverage with whipped cream. Serve and enjoy.
Coffee With Kahlua And Baileys
Coffee With Kahlua And Baileys

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#3. Kahlua Coffee White Russian

This is the classic of all Kahlua coffee drinks, the Kahlua coffee white Russian.

Ingredients Needed To Make A Kahlua Coffee White Russian

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Absolut Vodka.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Heavy cream.
  • Ice cubes.


  •  1. Fill your glass with ice cubes.
  • 2. Add your Absolut Vodka and Kahlua.
  • 3. Finish it by adding a layer of heavy cream.

#4. Kahlua Coffee Black Russian

Making a Kahlua Coffee Black Russian beverage is easy, very easy.

Ingredients For Kahlua Coffee Black Russian

  • 2 Oz (60 ml) Absolut Vodka.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • Ice Cubes.
  • 1 Whole Cherry.


  •  1. Add your double shot of Absolut Vodka and Kahlua coffee together and mix well.
  • 2. Add ice.
  • 3. Garnish with a fresh cherry and enjoy.
Kahlua Coffee Black Russian
Kahlua Coffee Black Russian

#5. Kahlua Mudslide

A Kahlua mudslide is the classic Kahlua coffee drinks, here is how to make it.

Ingredients For Making A Kahlua Mudslide

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Absolute Vodka.
  • 1.5 Oz (45 ml) Irish Cream Liqueur.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • Ice Cubes.

How To Make It

  • 1. Add your Absolute Vodka and Irish cream liqueur to a cocktail shaker.
  • 2. Add your ice to a shaker and shake for 20 seconds.
  • 3. Serve on the rocks with fresh ice.

#6 Kahlua Iced Coffee

This Kahlua coffee drink is a summer time variation of Kahlua coffee, it’s tasty and nice.

Ingredients Needed To Make Kahlua Iced Coffee

  • 2 Oz (60 ml) Iced Coffee.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Milk.
  • Ice Cubes.


  • 1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • 2. Add your 2 Oz (60 ml) of coffee.
  • 3. Add Kahlua coffee liquor, 1 Oz (30 ml) and mix well.
  • 4. Add milk or cream as per your own preference.
Kahlua Iced Coffee
Kahlua Iced Coffee

#7 Kahlua Irish Coffee

Kahlua Irish coffee is a cute and tasty variation of the classic Irish coffee. Try it!

Ingredients Needed For Making A Kahlua Irish Coffee

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Jameson Irish Whiskey.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml). Kahlua.
  • 4 Oz (120 ml) Hot, well-brewed coffee.
  • 1 Pinch Grated nutmeg.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Whipped cream.


  •  1. Using an Irish coffee mug, add your Jameson Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, and hot coffee. Mix them well together.
  • 2. Spoon the whipped cream on top of your drink and garnish with your grated nutmeg.

#8 Kahlua Cold Brew Martini

Let’s get making a tasty Kahlua Cold Brew Martini.

Ingredients Needed To Make Kahlua Cold Brew Martini

  • 2 (60 ml) Oz Kahlua.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Absolut Vodka.
  • 3 Oz (90 ml) Cold Brew Coffee.
  • Ice Cubes.


  • 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • 2. Add 2 Oz (60 ml) and 1 Oz (30 ml) and 3 Oz (90 ml) cold brew coffee.
  • 3. Shake well for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • 4. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  • 5. Garnish with coffee beans.
Kahlua Cold Brew Martini
Kahlua Cold Brew Martini

#9 Kahlua Iced Flat White

This Kahlua coffee drink is an excellent play on a flat white, and great on a hot day.

Ingredients For Making An Kahlua Iced Flat White

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Shot Of Ristretto.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Absolut Vodka.
  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • 2 Oz (60 ml) Milk.


  • 1. Fill a glass with ice.
  • 2. Add your ingredients and mix well.
  • 3. Top with milk and mix well.

#10 Kahlua Long Island Ice Tea

Obviously this Kahlua coffee drink is a play on the classic beverage. Try it!

Ingredients For Making A Kahlua Long Island Iced Tea

  • 1 Oz (30 ml) Kahlua.
  • 2.5 Oz (75 ml) Cold Brew Coffee.
  • 1/2 Oz (15 ml) Beefeater Gin.
  • 1/2 Oz (15 ml) Absolut Vodka.
  • 1/2 Oz (15 ml) Olmeca Altos Tequila.
  • 1/2 (15 ml) Lime Juice.
  • 1 Wedge Lime.
  • Ice Cubes.


  •  1. Fill your cocktail shaker with Ice.
  • 2. Add all the ingredients and shake for 20 to 30 seconds.
  • 3. Strain the contents into a tall glass.
  • 4. Add ice to your beverage and garnish with the wedge of lime.

Frequently Asked Questions About Kahlua Coffee Drinks

What Is The Drink With Kahlua And Coffee?

Kahlua coffee is a delicious hot coffee that is spiked with a tasty shot of Kahlua liqueur. You can be exotic and add a drizzle of cream and top it with whipped cream, which is a great option as an after dinner drink.

As an after-brunch beverage, you can serve a Kahlua as an exotic change to a Bloody Mary or mimosa.

It is also a perfect dessert drink for a nice sweet ending.

The ingredients needed are:

  • Coffee, well brewed, preferably a top quality single origin medium-dark roast. Any brewing methods, a double espresso shot works well.
  • Cream, oat milk is a great alternative.
  • Whipped cream. You can use an alternative non-dairy alternative.

What Mixes Well With Kahlua?

Kahlua goes well with a lot of mixers, and not just coffee. I’ve cheekily switched coffee for hot chocolate, but it was an amazing Belgian chocolate….and yes it was worth it!

Here are some Kahlua mixers you can consider:

  • Cola.
  • Club Soda.
  • Irish Cream.
  • Milk Or Heavy Cream
  • RumChata.
  • Ginger Beer and Ginger Ale
  • Chambord or other similar liqueurs with berry flavors.
  • Grand Mariner and Cointreau.

Can You Drink Kahlua Coffee Liqueur Straight?


It is entirely your own choice if you want to drink Kahlua straight. It is sweet and tastes as you would exact it to – like a sweet coffee syrup. If you want to try it straight, try it on the rocks, poured over ice.

What Does Kahlua Taste Like In Coffee?

When added to coffee, Kahlua can give your beverage a sweet, rich flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel. It has a strong taste of coffee on its own and is perhaps best added to a good dark roast to match the flavors.

Start with a small amount, a dash, a single shot and adjust until you get the perfect blend of flavors that suit your own personal taste.

Does Kahlua Need To Be Refrigerated?

According to the Kahlua website, the makers of the beverage recommend that you store the drink in a cool dry place once the bottle has been opened.

Is Baileys And Kahlua The Same?

No, Baileys and Kahlua are two different drinks that both compliment a freshly brewed cup of coffee of all types perfectly. Baileys is a rich and creamy with the taste derived from Irish Whiskey, cocoa and cream while Kahlua does not have the rich creamy taste and is dark.

Kahlua is made with rum, sugar and 100% Arabica coffee.

Final Thoughts – Kahlua Coffee Drinks

Which one of these 10 Kahlua coffee drinks do you like the best, which was your favorite? I’ll get the ball rolling and openly admit Kahlua Long Island iced tea is my favorite. It is just so refreshing and awesome.  

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or Derek@LatteLoveBrew.com, mentioning your name and location

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