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Six Cocktails to Mix Up on National Kahlua Day

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When was the last time you mixed up a tasty White Russian cocktail? If it’s been awhile, the time is now to rediscover this sweet coffee and rum liqueur – just in time for National Kahlua Day, celebrated yearly on February 27.

Kahlúa is the original rum and coffee liqueur — made with rum, Mexican coffee, sugar, and vanilla. So, what do you make with it? It’s versatile, meaning Kahlúa plays well with others. There are the classics, plus a new twist. 

Six of the Best Kahlúa Cocktail Recipes

The Revolver


  • 2 oz of Bourbon
  • 1/2 of Kahlúa
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters 

Combine a rye-heavy bourbon, coffee liqueur, and orange bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a wide strip of orange zest.

Black Paloma Cocktail


  • 5 parts Blanco tequila
  • 5 parts Kahlúa
  • .75 part Fresh Lime Juice
  • .5 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Pinch Salt
  • Top with Club Soda

Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila, Kahlúa, salt, and juices. Top it off with club soda. 

White Russian


  • 2 parts Vodka
  • 1 part Kahlúa
  • 1 part cream (or milk)

Fill a rocks glass with ice, add Kahlúa, vodka, cream, and enjoy. 

Black Russian 


  • 1 part Kahlúa
  • 2 parts vodka

Fill a rocks glass with ice, add Kahlúa and vodka, and enjoy.

Kahlúa Espresso Martini 


  • 1 Part Kahlúa
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part espresso (strong coffee may work as well)
  • Optional: Add simple syrup to taste

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.

Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled Martini glass.  

Kahlúa Twist 


  • 4 oz. Kahlúa
  • 2 oz. tequila
  • Fill with chocolate milk

Pour tequila and Kahlúa into a hurricane glass. Fill the rest with chocolate milk. Stir well.

PRO TIP: When in doubt, simply add a little Kahlúa to your after dinner coffee or hot chocolate. It will never fail you.

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