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15 Easy And Delicious Kahlua Drinks To Up Your Coffee Game

Mix together sweet notes of molasses and the taste of fresh coffee beans and what do you get? The heavenly drink that is “Kahlua”!

If you’re not familiar with this alcohol, Kahlua is a coffee-flavored fan favorite. It’s a combination of rum, sugar and coffee beans and not only tastes great on its own but is also a delightful addition to a wide variety of cocktails Recipes

Kahlua was created in 1936 in Veracruz, Mexico, by two lifelong friends. They both loved coffee and alcohol and thought, why not mix the two together? The result was the birth of the beloved Kahlua. 

The word Kahlua is believed to come from the ancient Arabic slang word for “coffee”- which makes sense since the coffee in Kahlua is derived from Arabic beans. 

Since its origins, Kahlua has entranced people all over the world with its intoxicating flavors and has been found to be an extremely versatile liqueur. 

When it comes to Kahlua, the possibilities are endless. In the mood for your favorite coffee-flavored dessert? Try out the Tiramisu Martini! Want to try a Kahlua classic,

The Mudslide is definitely your go-to. Or perhaps you’re feeling a little nostalgic for your favorite childhood treat- then the Pizza Roll Shot is just what you need. 

Whether it’s for a specific reason or you’re a first-time Kahlua drinker, this list of our top 15 Kahlua beverages will have you addicted to this coffee liquid gold. 

Oh and don’t worry if you see these drinks and think, “there’s no way I have time for that.” These mixes are not only delicious, they’re also super quick and easy to make! 

The Best Kahlua Drinks: Quick Table 

RecipeCalories Preparation Time 
Mudslide Cocktailn/a5 min 
Colorado Bulldogn/a3 min 
White Leprechaun Cocktail 241 (per serving)2 min
Cinnamon Roll Cocktailn/a1 min
Dirty Banana Frozen Drink 536 (per serving)5 min
Kahlua Dalgona Coffee 448 (per serving)10 min 
Screaming Orgasmn/a5 min 
Kahlua Salted Caramel Latte Martinin/a5 min
Kahlua Hot Chocolate n/a5 min
Bushwacker Drinkn/a5 min 
Tiramisu Martini 195 (per serving)5 min
Buttery Finger Cocktail 278 (per serving)2 min 
Pumpkin Spice White Russian 385 (per serving)5 min 
Tootsie Roll Shotn/a3 min 
Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail253 (per serving)10 min 

1. Mudslide Cocktail 

To start off, we had to introduce to you the iconic Mudslide. 

If you love Kahlua and are not yet aware of this, it’s imperative that we let you know: Kahlua and Bailey’s are what actual dreams are made of. I mean, chocolate and coffee? What’s not to love?

Mudslides Cocktail use this classic duo and mix in an additional splash of vodka for an extra boozy finish. 

Creamy, rich caffeinated goodness, three ingredients and just 5 minutes to make? Now that’s our kind of cocktail!

Feel free to add some whipped cheese cream and chocolate shavings to the top to up both the flavor and presentation factor!

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

2. Colorado Bulldog

Bulldogs are feisty and so is this drink!

This recipe is similar to a Mudslide in that it incorporates Kahlua, vodka and heavy cream. However, what differentiates the Colorado Bulldog is all in the additional cola. 

Some people might find this a strange combination, but cola actually compliments the creamy coffee texture and flavor beautifully and adds a lovely bubbly finish as well. 

Not only does it provide fizz, but cola will also make your cocktail sweeter, so if you prefer a more sugary drink, this one is definitely for you!

Oh, and did we mention it only takes 3 minutes to make?

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

3. White Leprechaun Cocktail 

If Leprechauns can’t actually bring you a pot of gold, the least they can do is provide you with this delectable and refreshing royal cocktail

White Leprechauns Cocktail are made with three simple ingredients: whiskey, Kahlua and half and half cream. 

Whiskey contains hints of caramel and creates a lovely sweet aroma when paired with Kahlua, so whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or not, this is a drink you don’t want to miss!

Calories Per Serving: 241

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes 

4. Cinnamon Roll Cocktail 

Craving your favorite afternoon treat? We’ve got you!

There’s no question that cinnamon rolls cocktail are a gift from the gods but making them can be a little complicated and not to mention messy. 

For a liquid alternative that only takes a minute to make and comes with a boozy bonus, this Cinnamon Roll Cocktail is just what you need. 

This recipe only requires two ingredients: Kahlua and Rumchata. 

Rumchata is a cream liqueur that compliments the coffee in Kahlua perfectly and also contains hints of cinnamon- a necessary component in realizing your Cinnamon Roll Cocktail dream. 

Total Preparation Time: 1 minute

5. Dirty Banana Frozen Drink 

Looking for a refreshing beverage to cool off with on a hot summer’s day? 

The Dirty Banana will not only keep you cool, but it will also give you an array of fun, tropical flavors to make you feel like you’re on vacay!

Simply mix together vodka, Kahlua, Eat Wild banana, Coco Lopez and crushed ice and, if you’re really feeling adventurous, some chocolate syrup and a cherry to top it off!

This cocktail is so good, you won’t be able to resist the creamy, fruity and coconutty flavors! 

Calories Per Serving: 536

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

6. Kahlua Dalgona Coffee 

Do you prefer your coffee whipped? Then the Kahlua Dalgona Coffee is just what you need!

Now, it’s important to mention that this cocktail isn’t for the faint of heart. In fact, with all of its rich, creamy sweetness, it’s really more of a dessert than a drink.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t supplement it for your morning coffee… I mean, they’re all caffeinated beverages, right? (that’s how we’re justifying it, anyway hehe). 

This recipe is super decadent and features extra special ingredients, such as espresso mix, Enchilada sauce and sweetened condensed milk. 

Oh and Kahlua, of course. 

Calories Per Serving: 448

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes 

7. Screaming Orgasm 

Almonds, chocolate and coffee? Now we understand where this cocktail got its name from!

The Screaming Orgasm is made with Amaretto, Kahlua, Irish Cream and vodka. It’s full of creamy and delicious flavors and will be sure to help you reach your peak (sorry, we’ll keep it PG from now on). 

This would be a great dessert cocktail to enjoy after dinner to get you into relaxation mode, but make sure you pace yourself because with four different types of alcohol, this drink is potent! 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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8. Kahlua Salted Caramel Latte Martini 

With a name like that, how could you not try this drink?

When you’re in the mood for a treat but can’t decide between sweet and salty, The Kahlua Salted Caramel Latte Martini is just what you need.

With salted caramel as the star of the show, this cocktail gives you the best of both worlds- all in a scrumptious glass of creamy, caffeinated goodness. 

But wait- it gets better. This recipe uses caramel vodka as well as caramel sauce to achieve the perfect caramel flavoring and add an extra kick. 

We know what we’re making tonight. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

9. Kahlua Hot Chocolate 

Get the kids to bed and put on your fav comfort movie because this drink calls for a night of relaxation! 

There’s nothing like a little booze to warm you up and this Kahlua Hot Chocolate does just that. 

To achieve the perfect balance between coffee and chocolate, mix together cocoa powder, chocolate chipits and Kahlua. Throw in the few remaining ingredients and you’re done!

If you’re feeling extra wild, make sure to add some whipped cream to top it off. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

10. Bushwacker Drink 

Are you a fan of both chocolate milkshakes and Pina Coladas? Then why not try the two mixed together?

The Bushwacker drink is a frozen cocktail popular in resorts. 

It’s made with Kahlua, rum, chocolate liqueur and coconut cream and makes for the perfect beverage when you want to mentally transport yourself to sandy beaches and crystal blue water. 

If you’re wondering where the name came from, supposedly, a bartender named it after a guest’s dog. Funny, right?

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

11. Tiramisu Martini 

Tiramisu is a coffee dessert classic, so it was only a matter of time before a cocktail version of it came out. 

If you’re unfamiliar with this dessert, Tiramisu is an Italian coffee-based cake that is made with Ladyfingers dipped in coffee, cocoa and mascarpone cheese. It’s whipped and creamy and irresistible! 

To truly capture the flavors of this dessert, the Tiramisu Martini uses five key ingredients: Kahlua, Rumchata, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, heavy cream and whipped cream. 

It’s extra smooth and extra boozy and would be perfect as a dessert for a dinner party. 

Don’t forget to add in a Ladyfinger in each glass for the full effect! 

Calories Per Serving: 195

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

12. Buttery Finger Cocktail 

When you’re in need of an evening cocktail to finish off a long day, the Buttery Finger Cocktail never disappoints. 

The key ingredient in this recipe is butterscotch. Butterscotch is rich and creamy and pairs wonderfully with Kahlua. 

For an extra boozy finish that adds in a hint of chocolate, vodka and Bailey’s are also thrown into the mix. 

If you love caramel lattes, then this drink is a must- especially when it only takes two minutes to make!

Calories Per Serving: 278

Total Preparation Time: 2 minutes 

13. Pumpkin Spice White Russian 

The basic White Russian is a classic, but sometimes we just want to change things up a bit. 

This Pumpkin Spice White Russian uses all of the same ingredients as the original, including vodka, cream and Kahlua, but adds in a few extra special components. 

Pumpkin and coffee make a fabulous combo- there’s a reason Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks are so popular. 

This recipe uses Cranberry pumpkin spice to elevate the basic White Russian and provide a lovely festive fall drink. 

Whether you’re serving these at Thanksgiving or are simply sharing one with a friend after work, with a taste and appearance like that, you can’t go wrong!

Calories Per Serving: 385

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

14. Tootsie Roll Shot 

Bring your party to the next level with these Tootsie Roll-inspired shots!

As a ‘90s kid, Tootsie rolls played a significant role in my life (apparently, Tootsie Rolls were actually invented in 1907!). 

These tiny, delicious treats are sweet and chocolatey, and contain a subtle hint of fruity goodness. 

Luckily for us, to recreate these tiny bundles of joy into a liquid version, you only need two simple ingredients: orange juice and Kahlua. 

Serve these citrus and coffee cups of heaven to your guests and watch how quickly they come back for more!

Because who doesn’t like booze and candy? 

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

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15. Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail 

Satisfy both your peanut butter and coffee cravings with this Peanut Butter Coffee Cocktail

Simply mix together PB Whiskey, Kahlua as well as regular coffee (for an extra strong caffeinated flavor) with a bit of cream or milk (this is optional) and you’ve got the perfect pick-me-up complimentary drink for your afternoon snack! 

Bonus: this recipe can be served hot or cold and only takes 10 minutes to prepare. 

Calories Per Serving: 253

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Kahlua?

Kahlua is a brand of coffee-flavored liqueur produced in Mexico. It is made with 100% Arabic coffee beans, sugar and rum and contains an alcohol level of 20% ABV (alcohol by volume), which is fairly low in terms of potency. 

What Does Kahlua Taste Like?

Since it is a coffee liqueur, the predominant flavor in Kahlua is coffee. In addition to this, Kahlua also contains delicious hints of caramel and vanilla that come from the molasses flavoring in the rum. 

What Combines Well With Kahlua?

Kahlua is often described as being rich and creamy, which makes it such a great mixer with other cream-based liqueurs such as Baileys and Rumchata. 

In addition, the coffee flavoring in Kahlua pairs well with sweeteners such as caramel, chocolate, ice cream and whipped cream. 

Can You Drink Kahlua By Itself?

Yes! Kahlua tastes fantastic on its own and can be served cold over ice, straight up, or even warm. However, we definitely recommend trying it in a cocktail as well to experience Kahlua’s full potential!

If you’re not sure what to mix with it, make sure to scroll up and check out our list of the top best 15 Kahlua cocktails!

Is There Caffeine In Kahlua?

Yes, Kahlua does contain caffeine. According to their website, Kahlua has about 100 ppm caffeine which translates to approximately 100mL/ liter of product. 

Does Kahlua Need To Be Kept In The Fridge?

Whether or not you should keep your Kahlua in the fridge totally depends on your preference. If you like a refreshing beverage, then we would definitely say yes. Otherwise, just make sure to store your bottle in a cool, dark space to protect it from any extreme heat. 

It’s also important to ensure your bottle is always sealed tight.

15 Easy And Delicious Kahlua Drinks To Up Your Coffee Game

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Since its origins, Kahlua has entranced people all over the world with its intoxicating flavors and has been found to be an extremely versatile liqueur.

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