Kahlua: A Quick Guide

Kahlua: A Quick Guide

Kahlua is the most popular coffee liqueur. This article will tell you everything you need to know about Mexican liquor and how to use it.

It is rich and bittersweet and tastes like sweetened coffee. Kahlua is everyone’s favorite coffee liquor. This Mexican liquor dates back to the 1930s and is key to many famous drinks such as the White Russian or Mudslide. What is it made from, and how can you use it best? These are the answers. This is what you need to know about this coffee liqueur.

What is Kahlua?

Kahlua is an espresso liqueur made with coffee, sugar, vanilla bean and rum in Veracruz, Mexico. Pedro Domecq created it in 1936. Contrary to popular belief, there is no dairy in Kahlua. Kahlua has a dark brown color and is not creamy, although many popular drinks use it.

After the invention of the Black Russian in 1948, and the subsequent spin-off of the Russian in 1995, Kahlua was popular. These classics helped Kahlua to the forefront of the market in the 1960s, 1970’s. It was the top-selling coffee liqueur in the world by 1980.

Note: While Kahlua has no dairy, it isn’t 100% vegan. One of its suppliers uses a sugar refining procedure that isn’t vegan-friendly.

What is the taste of Kahlua?

Kahlua is full-bodied and has a sweet, rich flavor. The taste is strong and reminds you of coffee with caramel notes at the end.

The alcohol content of Kahlua Kahlua has 20% ABV (alcohol per volume)? It is therefore relatively low in alcohol. It is comparable to whiskey, vodka, vodka, and gin which are 40% ABV.

Do you have any alternatives? Any coffee liqueur can be substituted: The most popular is Tia Maria’s and Sheridan’s.

It’s why we love it.

Kahlua is a part of the historic cocktail lexicon. We’re here to help! It would be best if you did not use too much of it. It’s well-known for after-dinner drinks such as the White Russian or Mudslide. However, you can also enjoy it in Kahlua.

What is the cost of this?

Kahlua is a mid-priced liquor compared to other liquors. The 750ml bottles cost about $20. Kahlua has a shelf life of 4 years, so it can be used for a long time.

Most popular Kahlua cocktails

Kahlua is great for drinking on the rocks, but its best-known use is in drinks. It is a key ingredient in many delicious cocktails, which are after-dinner drinks.

Black Russian

The original Kahlua cocktail, the Black Russian, is vodka and Kahlua. Although it’s less well-known than the White Russian, we may even enjoy it more.

History: Invented in 1949 in Brussels, it was first served in a bar in the hotel for the American Ambassador to Luxembourg. It is not Russian; it is named after Kahlua vodka.

White Russian

The White Russian is a timeless classic that’s perfect for any season. This cocktail combines vodka, cream and Kahlua in a richly creamy sweet drink. You may have seen it in the 1990 movie The Big Lebowski.

History: Adding cream to a Black Russian was first done in 1955 in Oakland (California).


The classic Mudslide doesn’t taste like a boozy milkshake. The classic Mudslide is made with Irish cream and Kahlua and then served in a cocktail glass.

History: In the middle of the 1970s, Grand Cayman Island was home to Wreck Bar.

Espresso Martini

Espresso Martini is a traditional Kahlua coffee drink that’s great for coffee lovers. Kahlua’s rich sweetness pairs well with bittersweet coffee.

History: Invented in 1983. The drink was created by Dick Bradsell, a bartender at Soho Brasserie London. He wanted to wake up a woman who had asked him for it.

Kahlua Mudslide

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


  • 1 ounce* vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish cream (like Baileys)
  • 1 1/2 ounces heavy cream (or 2 scoops vanilla ice cream and 1/2 cup ice*)
  • Optional: Chocolate sauce to garnish the cake (optional).


  1. Classic Mudslide Spread the chocolate sauce onto a plate and dip the glass rim. In a cocktail shaker, combine the vodka, Kahlua and Irish cream. Mix in 2 tablespoons of ice. Shake until chilled. Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass. If desired, garnish with shaved Chocolat
  2. Frozen Mudslide Mix the vodka, Kahlua and Irish cream with vanilla ice cream in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass.


*1 ounce = 2 teaspoons

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