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Kahlua Coffee

Kahlua and Coffee is a gorgeous flavor combination. This coffee cocktail is tasty, fun, and perfect for drinking with friends.
Published December 14, 2021
Johan Hedlund
Coffee experts@The Coffee Lab












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When it comes to mixing flavors in food and drink, we’re often told to avoid mixing matching flavors, which might make the idea of coffee with a coffee liqueur a little odd. However, in the case of Kahlua coffee, it works. 

What is Kahlua?

Kahlua is a Mexican coffee liqueur. It’s rum-based with added sugar and vanilla bean. Kahlua is often compared to Bailey’s, but it is a much stronger, less creamy coffee flavor, which makes it perfect for adding to coffee and other hot drinks.

More Drinks Made with Kahlua

Kahlua is a great flavor that you can add to a wide range of coffee drinks.

For a Kahlua latte, use the steamer on your espresso machine or a milk frother to warm and foam milk and add to your espresso and Kahlua.

Another fantastic option is adding flavored syrups and sauces to your Kahlua drinks for a brilliant hot coffee cocktail. Add a tablespoon of vanilla syrup to really emphasize the vanilla flavor of the liqueur. A shot of chocolate syrup would make a great mocha, and hazelnut is a flavor that always works wonderfully with coffee.  

If you want to try other Kahlua recipes, try adding a shot to a hot chocolate, or serving your espresso and Kahlua over ice for a cool alcoholic iced coffee.

Whatever you decide to do, top with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles or shavings for a really decadent and warming treat.

Of course, warm coffee drinks aren’t the only things that you can spice up with this tasty liqueur. Many of your favorite cold cocktails including espresso martini, white Russian, and a mudslide all include at least one shot of Kahlua.

Even adding a shot or two to a creamy, thick chocolate milkshake can taste fantastic.

Other Alcoholic Coffee Drinks

Kahlua isn’t the only alcoholic beverage that you can add to coffee. Bailey’s is a popular choice with Irish Coffees being especially popular around Christmas time.

Bailey’s, and other Irish Cream drinks are creamy whisky drinks that mix well with coffee and hot chocolate. Because they are so creamy, you can add a splash to instant coffee in place of milk, or try two shots with milk, and warm for a creamy Irish latte.

Other alcoholic drinks that you can add to coffee include:

  • Whisky
  • Brandy
  • Amaretto
  • Rum
  • Any cream-based liqueurs
  • Frangelico – a hazelnut liqueur
  • Chocolate Liqueurs




About the author

Johan Hedlund

I´m living in Karlstad, Sweden with my family. Been working the last 25 years with several start ups in the tech industry. Coffee has been an integral part, both professionally and privately. Eager to learn new things and happy to be a member of the era of we community.


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