14 Tasty Kahlua Coffee Recipes To Liven Up Your Day (2024)

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By Starla Gatson

Last updated: December 17, 2021

Wrestling with whether to label yourself a coffee connoisseur or a foodie? Who says you have to choose? If chefs around the world have made use of ground coffee in their signature dishes for years, why can’t you do it, too?

All you need is the right recipe — fortunately, we’ve given you plenty to choose from — and you’ll see just how well the culinary and coffee worlds collide.


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Homemade Kahlua

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The best way to kick off a Kahlua coffee recipe roundup is with a step-by-step guide to make Kahlua itself. Besides, it’ll take quite a bit of coffee liqueur for you to make everything else on this list, so learning how to make it yourself can save you a few bucks and trips to the store in the long run. We like Vegan in the Freezer’s recipe; it’s easy to follow, and it doesn’t take too much time to whip up.

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Spanish Coffee co*cktail

When you need something a little stronger than the average espresso-based beverage, a Spanish coffee co*cktail can save the day. And we’ve got the perfect recipe for it here! Rum, triple sec, Kahlua, and, of course, brewed coffee give this beverage its strength, and the whipped cream, cinnamon, and sugar topping make it sweet. Simply delicious!


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Pumpkin White Russian

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If you love a good white Russian, you’ll appreciate it even more with a pumpkin-flavored twist. Carefree Mermaid’s pumpkin white Russian recipe hits the spot when the leaves begin to change (or any other time of the year, really). Round up some Kahlua, vodka, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin pie spice, and prepare to enjoy the autumnal co*cktail of your dreams.

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Dirty Horchata co*cktail

A glass of traditional Mexican horchata is good for everyone, but this dirty coffee and alcohol-infused variation of the beverage is just for the grown-ups. Our recipe produces something creamy, sweet, and strong, perfect for when you need a cool pick-me-up on a hot day or just want something a little different than your typical after-dinner co*cktail.


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Espresso Martini co*cktail

Sometimes, you need a more sophisticated drink in your hand, and when that’s the case, we highly recommend you have a good espresso martini co*cktail. A few ounces of your favorite espresso, a bit of vodka, Kahlua, simple syrup, and a co*cktail shaker are all you need to sip in style...well, all of that, plus our easy-to-follow recipe.


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Hot White Russian co*cktail

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Normally, the white Russian is served over ice, which is fine when the temperatures are warmer and the sun is going full force. When the colder winter months come around, though, you’re going to want something hot in your cup. Enter the hot white Russian. It still uses all the good stuff — a.k.a., vodka and Kahlua — but you’ll need hot brewed coffee and warm cream instead.


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Pumpkin Spice Kahlua Coffee

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Pumpkin spice and everything nice, that’s what good coffee is made of...or something like that. Maybe that’s not exactly how the saying goes, but we can at least confirm that’s what this beverage is made of. And by “everything nice” we, of course, mean Kahlua. Fall-themed happy hour, anyone?


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Baileys & Kahlua Iced Coffee Shake

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This milkshake might not bring all the boys to the yard, but it’ll definitely bring your friends back for seconds! Vanilla ice cream, chilled coffee, Kahlua, and Bailey’s Irish cream blend beautifully, creating a smooth and rich spiked treat. Bring out this recipe at your next summer gathering; it’s a crowd-pleaser for sure.


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Kahlua Iced Coffee co*cktail

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Morning coffee time and co*cktail hour are two of our favorite parts of the day, and this cold coffee co*cktail brings them together well. All you’ll need to do is round up some Kahlua, iced coffee, and milk, then head on over to this video for a full rundown of making the beverage!

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Kahlua Dalgona Coffee

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You may think the fluffy whipped Dalgona coffee recipe that rose to popularity in 2020 couldn’t get any better. But that’s just because you haven’t tried it with Kahlua yet! The addition of coffee liqueur takes this fun drink from day to night, so when you’re ready to make happy hour a bit more fun, check out this recipe!


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Kahlua Coffee

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Warning: this recipe may be highly addictive to those with a big sweet tooth! This hot beverage combines five of our favorite things — freshly brewed joe, chocolate syrup, cinnamon, whipped cream, and Kahlua — to create a treat that’s creamy and delicious. Watch this video to see the drink-making process, then, whip this stuff up to keep warm on a cool winter evening.


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Espresso Martini

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If the classic espresso martini is your co*cktail of choice on a night out, this recipe is for you! The good folks on Artisti Coffee Roasters’ YouTube channel explain how you can make this drink at home. Just make sure to stock up on coffee, Frangelico, vodka, and Kahlua before you begin.


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Kahlua Peppermint Coffee Cups

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Every holiday party needs a signature drink, and if you’re taking suggestions, we recommend this Kahlua peppermint coffee be yours. It’s just like peppermint hot chocolate but with a grown-up twist your guests are sure to go crazy for.


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Irish Coffee with Kahlua and Coconut Cream

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You may have sipped Irish coffee before, but we’re willing to bet you haven’t had it quite like this. Most recipes call for Irish whiskey, black coffee, sugar, and whipped cream, but this one from Lori and Michelle adds Kahlua and whipped coconut cream to the mix. It’s a bit different from the traditional version of the drink, but this variation is still delicious!

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14 Tasty Kahlua Coffee Recipes To Liven Up Your Day (2024)


What is good to mix with Kahlúa? ›

But the pairing of Kahlua coffee liqueur, sweet Irish cream, and orange liqueur is close to perfection. The combination is so classy, we've recreated it here as a slow sipping after dinner drink in a stemmed co*cktail glass.

How much Kahlúa should I put in my coffee? ›

  1. 1 part Kahlúa. 2 parts Coffee.
  2. 30 ml Kahlúa. 60 ml Coffee.
  3. 1 oz Kahlúa. 2 oz Coffee.

What is a coffee with Kahlúa called? ›

Kahlua coffee is hot coffee spiked with a shot of Kahlua liqueur. You can add a drizzle of cream if you like, or top it with whipped cream if you're serving after a meal. Serve it as a brunch drink as an alternative to the mimosa or Bloody Mary, or it's perfect as a dessert drink for a sweet ending to a meal.

Should I put Baileys or Kahlua in coffee? ›

Baileys and Kahlua both complement a freshly brewed cup of coffee, but there are distinct differences between the two liqueurs. Baileys is creamy and derives its taste from cream, cocoa, and Irish Whiskey. Kahlua is dark without the creaminess of Baileys and is made with 100 percent arabica coffee, rum, and sugar.

What is stronger Kahlua or Baileys? ›

The Kahlua alcohol percentage is around 20%—slightly higher than Baileys alcohol content which is typically 17%. Kahlua and Baileys are versatile liqueurs that make delicious co*cktails when combined with other ingredients.

Can I just add Kahlua to my coffee? ›

Since Kahlua is already coffee flavored it goes fabulously well in coffee! And topped with some delicious whipped coconut cream and vegan chocolate shavings this is a seriously good drink!

How long does Kahlua last once opened? ›

Kahlua can last for several months after opening if stored properly. However, the shelf life of an opened bottle of Kahlua can vary depending on several factors, such as the storage conditions, temperature, and how the bottle is sealed.

Can you mix Kahlua with coffee creamer? ›

Yes! The best white Russian recipe includes a coffee liqueur that gives sweet, slightly bitter notes of mocha. Kahlua and coffee creamers are a great pair for that!

Can I drink 10 year old Baileys? ›

Does Bailey's Irish Cream go bad or expire? Generally as long as you don't subject it to temperature extremes it will last well beyond the official 2 year "best taste before" date. Over time the taste will change and the liquid tends to go a bit darker but only really noticeable if you do a side by side comparison.

Does unopened Kahlua go bad? ›

Once you purchase Kahlua from a store shelf, plan to drink it within two years of the purchase date. If stored in a cool, dark place it may last up to four years! If Kahlua is stored in an area that receives direct sunlight or heat over time the flavor will be affected and potentially lose its rich coffee taste.

Does homemade Kahlua go bad? ›

If stored properly, homemade Kahlua will maintain its flavor and potency for about three to four years. Kahlua that has gone bad will smell off and have a watered-down taste.

Which is better Tia Maria or Kahlúa? ›

Tia Maria tends to have a slightly more complex and smoother flavor profile compared to Kahlúa, with hints of chocolate and citrus.

What liquor goes with coffee and Kahlúa? ›

Pour Baileys and Kahlua into Irish coffee glass. Fill glass with hot coffee. Top with whipped cream and serve.

What is coffee with a bit of milk called? ›

A latte is an espresso and steamed milk, generally in a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio of espresso to milk, with a little foam on top. In Italy it is called caffè latte or caffelatte, which means 'coffee and milk'.

What's good to mix with coffee liqueur? ›

Here are 4 easy and delicious ways to drink our coffee liqueur:
  • Splash some in your coffee. No need to measure. ...
  • Make a quick little coffee soda. Pour 2 ounces of coffee liqueur into a glass, add ice and top with club soda. ...
  • Make a White Russian. ...
  • Pour it over a couple scoops of ice cream.
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What is best to mix with liqueur? ›

It pairs really well with a twist of lime, too. Add Cointreau to drinks that are normally a little bitter, like cranberry or grapefruit juices, to open up their sweeter notes. Orange liqueurs like Cointreau and triple sec go really well with tequila drinks like margaritas, as well as run drinks.

What is a standard drink of Kahlua? ›

Kahlua Coffee 16% ABV Liqueur 700mL
Alcohol Volume:16.0%
Standard Drinks:8.85
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Is Kahlua good to drink alone? ›

I recently grew to love Kahlúa. Mix it with coffee or cold brew and a splash of [product:baileys-original-irish-cream-liqueur,-200-ml-(34-proof)] and you have an awesome Sunday brunch pick me up. It's sweet and can be drank on its own over ice and even better for use in mudslides.


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