29 Kahlua Cocktails That Coffeeholics Should Try

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Kahlua cocktail with various ingredients

If you are fond of drinking coffee and alcohol simultaneously, you would be delighted to know that there are plenty of Kahlua drink recipes out there. 

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Kahlua is a coffee-flavored liqueur with hints of rum, vanilla bean, sugar, and arabica coffee. Because of its coffee nature, it makes a significant component in many desserts and drinks. Here are Kahlua drink recipes worth trying out at your next party.

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The Best Kahlua Drink Recipes

1. Kahlua Espresso Martini

Two servings of Kahlua espresso martini

This Kahlua cocktail is a straight-up coffee made into a martini. It's creamy, foamy, and has a satisfyingly robust coffee taste that is just addicting. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Measure vodka and Kahlua with a jigger and pour them in a shaker
  2. Add in the espresso and the simple syrup. Add in ice cubes.
  3. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. 
  4. In a chilled martini glass, strain and pour in the mixture. 
  5. Garnish coffee beans on top. 

2. Sombrero Kahlua Cocktail

Milk being poured into Sombrero cocktail 

Kahlua is from Mexico, and this drink’s name honors this fact. The star of this drink is the Kahlua, which is complemented with the milk’s creaminess. Together? They make a milky and slightly bitter cocktail that you would have any time of the day.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure Kahlua and cream or milk with a jigger and pour them into the glass.
  3. Top it off with the whipped cream. 
  4. Gently stir the drink.

3. White Kahlua Recipe

White Kahlua with star-shaped biscuits

This famous white cocktail variation is a classic from the movie The Big Lebowski. From its simple ingredients comes a rich and creamy taste of coffee and cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz. Absolut vodka
  • 1 oz. Cream
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the glass. 
  3. Stir the drink using a bar spoon

4. Mudslide

Mudslide cocktail

One of the favorite cocktails among cocktail lovers is the mudslide. Its classic ingredients are a combination of vodka, Baileys, and Kahlua. It is somewhat similar to a White Russian, only that the mudslide is shaken. It is a rich and creamy drink that’ll make you feel cozy, like drinking a cup of Joe.

Ingredients 

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Measure the ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the shaker. Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds to get it creamy and frothy.
  3. Fill a rocks glass with fresh ice and strain, and pour the mixture into the glass. 
  4. For garnish, grate a chocolate bar on top as a topping.

5. Black Kahlua

Black Kahlua served in a glass with ice cubes

Black Kahlua is the brother of the White Kahlua. It’s the same as the latter minus the cream. So, if you want something less sweet, this cocktail is for you. It’s also one of the easiest cocktails to make, with only two ingredients: vodka and Kahlua. 

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 oz. Absolut vodka
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the glass. Stir it gently with a bar spoon. 

6. Long Tall Black 

Long Tall Black with a lemon slice and a straw

This cocktail is just like the Black Kahlua recipe with an added ingredient, the cola. It is also served in a highball glass rather than the lowball one. If you are curious about the taste of coffee and cola together, then here is something that can spark that interest. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Pour in the vodka and Kahlua into the glass. Top with cola. 
  3. Garnish with lemon and cherry. Serve with a straw

7. Black Magic

Black Magic cocktail being mixed with a bar spoon

This cocktail is similar to a Black Kahlua with a hint of lemony taste. It has a cool and citrusy twist that adds a different but satisfying flavor to the classic black. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff vodka
  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 dash Lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  2. Then,  pour in your Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, and Lemon Juice. Give it a quick stir. 

8. Colorado Bulldog

Colorado Bulldog cocktail with a chocolate bar as a garnish

This Kahlua cocktail resembles the classic White Kahlua but is topped with cola. It is unique for its name, making it easy to remember whenever you plan on having this again. The sweet cola plus the coffee’s bitter taste makes this drink a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. FiIl a Collins glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Pour in the vodka, Kahlua, and a half and half.
  3. Top it off with cola. 

9.  Dirty Banana

Dirty Banana with banana slices and straw

No, it’s not what it sounds. Just think of the classic banana smoothie with some bitter and spicy kick down your throat. On top of that, it contains a coffee liqueur. It’s an exciting combination that tastes very interesting. 

Ingredients 

  • 1.5 oz. White Rum 
  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz.  Milk
  • 1 oz.  Cream
  • 1 Banana
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make 

  1. Measure components with a jigger and add all the ingredients to your blender. Fill it with ice. 
  2. Blend for 20-30 seconds or until smooth
  3. Pour into a hurricane glass.
  4. Garnish with a slice of banana. Serve with a straw. 

10. Mind Eraser

Mind Eraser with coffee granules

No one wants to get their mind erased by drinking, but perhaps this drink can. The mind eraser is a layered drink. The first layer is a strong Kahlua, followed by the second layer with a mixture of vodka and crisp club soda at the top. It’s quite strong, so you might want to slow down on this one.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 part Absolut vodka
  • 1 part Club soda
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Pour in the Kahlua, then vodka, and top with club soda.
  3. Serve with a straw. 

11. Kahlua Pumpkin Martini

Kahlua pumpkin martini with pretzels on the side

People know Kahlua as a coffee liqueur. But did you know that they have a pumpkin spice variation? That’s right! Have a go at this Kahlua pumpkin martini and have a blast at the flavors of coffee, rum, and pumpkin spice combined. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Absolut vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Kahlua Pumpkin spice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange twist (for garnish)

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes. 
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the shaker. Shake very well. 
  3. Strain and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass. 
  4. Garnish with an orange twist. 

12. Kahlua Iced Coffee

Milk being poured in a Kahlua iced coffee

Coffee lovers out there can’t get enough of iced coffee because it is a refreshing version of a nice cup of hot coffee. But did you know that you can elevate your iced coffee even more by adding Kahlua? Just imagine a double shot of espresso in your coffee. The only difference with this one is that it gives off a nice spicy and bitter kick in every sip.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a regular glass, put ice cubes.
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the glass.
  3. Stir and serve with a straw. 

13. Kahlua Sour

Lemon being squeezed into a Kahlua sour

This Kahlua drink recipe is a nice twist on the classic whiskey sour. Because it has Kahlua, it adds a more decisive kick to the drink. It gives that tang from the lemon and a bitter yet powerful hint from the alcohol.

Ingredients

  • 2.5 parts Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1 part Fresh Lemon juice
  • 1/2 part Simple syrup 
  • 1 part Egg white 
  • Lemon wedge (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour Kahlúa, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white in a shaker. 
  2. Dry shake for ten seconds 
  3. Then add a big scoop of ice and shake again. 
  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge. 

14. Cold Brew Martini

Coffee being poured into a cold brew martini

Martinis are a great way to relax. But you can always double the experience when you add some Kahlua in it. Combining the nutty and bitter flavor of the coffee liqueur mixed with vanilla vodka and cold brew coffee creates an intense aroma and overwhelming bitter taste that will make your senses come alive.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Cold brew coffee 
  • 4 oz. Smirnoff vanilla-flavored vodka
  • 2 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 2 Espresso beans (for garnish)
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger. 
  2. Fill a shaker with ice and pour in the ingredients.
  3. Shake very well. 
  4. Strain and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a coffee bean. 

15. B-52 shot

A bartender adding some liquid using the bar spoon and jigger

This interesting layered shot is composed of three unique ingredients that, when combined, give you a invigorating experience. The secret? When the Kahlua coffee liqueur mixes with the sweet yet tangy orange liquor, it creates a fusion of zesty and bitter flavors in one shot. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a shot glass, pour in the Kahlua.
  2. Using the back of a bar spoon, pour over the baileys.
  3. Lastly, use the back of the spoon again and pour over the Grand Marnier. 

16. Mule de Cafe

Mule de Cafe in a copper mug with mint and lemon 

Fizzy, refreshing, and filled with delightful spices. This version of a classic Moscow mule has Kahlua in it, so it becomes stronger. It also complements the tangy and zesty ginger beer and tequila.

Ingredients

  • 1.25 parts Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • ¾ part Don Julio tequila
  • 3.5 parts Ginger beer
  • Ice cubes
  • Lime wheel (for garnish)

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a copper mug with ice. 
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the mug. 
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel. 

17. Kahlua Hot Chocolate

Kahlua Hote Chocolate with whipped cream

If you like your chocolate, you haven’t tried the best of it yet. Try adding Kahlua to your hot chocolate, and you’ll never have this beverage the same way again! Not only does it intensify the chocolate flavor, but it also makes your regular hot chocolate boozy and more enjoyable. 

Ingredients

Hot Chocolate

Assembly

Steps to Make

  1. Add all ingredients for hot chocolate to a saucepan and stir to combine.
  2. Place the pot on a stove at medium-high heat and frequently stir until the mixture boils.
  3. Remove from heat and pour it into a mug three-quarters of the way.
  4. Add the Kahlua and stir. Top it off with whipped cream. 

18. Dirty Mother

A glass of dirty mother

Some cocktails have names that kind of don’t make sense, including this one. But, don’t be fooled. This concoction is a well-crafted one that’ll knock your socks off. It combines the flavors of booze, coffee, milk, and cola, four of the world’s most iconic liquids. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. 
  2. Pour in the tequila, Kahlua, milk, and top with the cola. 
  3. Stir to combine. 

19. Brave Bull

A glass of brave bull with lemon wedge and straw

It sounds like an intimidating drink, but this is so easy to prepare. This Kahlua cocktail is a variation of the black, but it uses tequila instead. For all those tequila lovers out there, you may want to amp up your drinking experience with this new twist to your fave spirit.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Patron tequila
  • ½ oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes.
  2. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour them into the glass.
  3. Stir to combine.

20. Duck Fart

Duck fart in a shot glass

This shooter has a funny name with a funny story. There was once a woman and a bartender who tried various recipes and drank everything that they made. Then, suddenly the woman just named the drink she had with “duck fart.” 

It is also a layered shot similar to B-52, but it uses whiskey instead. This drink is popular in Alaska, where it originated. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Pour the Kahlua into a shot glass.
  2. Use the back of a spoon and pour over the baileys.
  3. Lastly, pour over the back of the spoon the whiskey.

21. Kahlua and Cream Milkshake

Kahlua and Cream Milkshake with straws

This Kahlua drink recipe will merge the kid and adult in you since it incorporates a nice milkshake with a little booze in it. Vanilla-flavored vodka is used to intensify the vanilla ice cream and complements the Kahlua. This is a great drink to serve at parties.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Add ice cream, vanilla vodka, and coffee liqueur into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the mixture into a glass and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and a drizzle of Kahlua. 

22. Aggravation

Aggravation served in three glasses

Don’t let the name scare you. This Kahlua drink recipe is an elevation of coffee and cream because it has alcohol in it. Enjoy the aggravation with friends or make yourself one at home. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Scotch whiskey
  • 1 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • Cream (to top)
  • Ice cubes

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. 
  2. Pour in the scotch, Kahlua, and cream. Stir to combine.

23. Bushwacker

Two glasses of Bushwacker with straws

This very creamy and boozy concoction makes an ideal after-dinner sipper. You can pair this with savory snacks to compliment the creamy taste of the drink. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. In a shaker filled with ice, pour all ingredients.
  2. Shake very well.
  3. Fill an old fashioned glass with fresh ice and strain and pour the mixture. 

24. Pink Kahlua Drink

Pink Kahlua with fresh strawberries

The image screams strawberry milkshake, but it’s more than that. It has flavors of coffee, strawberry, milk, and alcohol. Try to serve this at girls’ night and impress your friends with this adorable concoction. 

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. Tequila rose
  • 1/2 oz. Kahlua coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. Absolut vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Milk
  • 1 Strawberry (for garnish)

Steps to Make

  1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila rose, Kahlua, vodka, and milk. Shake well to combine. 
  2. Strain and pour the mixture into a rounded glass. Garnish with a strawberry. 

25. Quaalude

Quaalude in a glass with a spoon of whipped cream and strawberry on top

Despite the name, this drink blends the flavors of coffee, hazelnut, and vodka. It’ll not make you feel like you are under any medication as the real medication would. But it will give you an enjoyable time. 

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice. 
  2. Pour in the coffee liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, and vodka. Add a splash of cream. 
  3. Stir to combine. 

26. Pumpkin Spice White 

Pumpkin Spice White with whipped cream

If you always drink the classic White Kahlua and get tired of the flavors, you can add a little bit of spice to it. Try the pumpkin spice white, a twist on the classic. This Kahlua drink recipe is suitable for fall or any season.

Ingredients

For the Rim

For the Drink

Steps to Make

  1. Combine crushed graham crackers and pumpkin pie spice on a plate. Dip an old-fashioned glass into water and then into the mix, coating the rim. 
  2. Fill the glass with ice and add all the ingredients. Stir to combine. 
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

27. Mexican Coffee

Mexican Coffee with whipped cream

This Kahlua drink recipe may resemble hot cocoa, but it is a black coffee beverage. It is a blend of alcohol and coffee topped with whipped cream that’ll keep you company while working or watching a movie. This will make it to someone’s list of comfort drinks.

Ingredients

Steps to Make 

  1. In a mug, combine Kahlua and tequila. Fill the remainder of the glass with black coffee three-quarters of the way. Stir to combine.
  2. Top with whipped cream. 

28. White Float

White Float with vanilla ice cream on top and straws

You’ve eaten vanilla ice cream many times on its own, but add Kahlua in it, and you’ll get a fancy new experience. This drink is ideal for gatherings or whenever you feel like having your friends over. It’s more on the sweet side because of the ice cream, but the Kahlua balances it out with its intense flavor.

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and pour over vodka and a half and half. Shake vigorously.
  2. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream at the center of a martini glass and pour vodka mix on top.
  3. Drizzle Kahlua over top of ice cream. Garnish with a strawberry. 

29. Baby Guinness

Baby Guinness with coffee granules 

This shooter is probably the best way to enjoy Kahlua on its own, and it’s only perfect to top it off with Baileys to compliment the coffee taste. It’s straightforward to make with only two ingredients, so shot takers, give this one a “shot” and bottoms up!  

Ingredients

Steps to Make

  1. Fill a shot glass with Kahlua three-quarters of the way. 
  2. Use the back of the spoon and slowly pour over the Baileys to create a nice layer. 

Enjoy These Delicious Kahlua Recipes!

If you want to level up your Kahlua drinking experience, we suggest that you give these succulent cocktail recipes a shot. Most of the listed Kahlua drinks require only a few ingredients and steps to prepare. They are a great way to practice and start learning the basics of home bartending.

Which Kahlua cocktail got your mouth watering? Let us know in the comments.

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