Drinks that Feature Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

A lot of people like Kahlua. This is a brand of coffee liqueur, maybe the most popular brand of coffee liqueur in the world.  While not very strong in terms of alcohol content, it is certainly delicious and can add some bittersweet complexity to your adult beverages.

With that, then, here are a few of the most popular  École du Bar de Montréal recipes featuring Kahlua (coffee liqueur).


This classic is sweet and simple. Just mix vodka and coffee liqueur in a glass to get a Black Russian; add just a little cream and you have a White Russian

  • ½ oz vodka
  • ¾ oz coffee liqueur
  • ¾ oz light cream/milk


Perhaps more of a dessert than a cocktail, the Mudslide is kind of like an Irish Cream Coffee milkshake.  The ingredients are vodka, Kahlua, and Bailey’s Irish Cream all blended together with cream and ice until smooth.  Some recipes use vanilla ice cream instead of half-and-half.  Here is a sample base recipe:

  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 oz [Bailye’s] Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 oz of milk/cream
  • 1 cup of ice



For those who prefer bourbon, but also like Kahlua, the Revolver may be just the thing. The ingredients are simple:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters

Just combine the [preferably rye-heavy] bourbon with the coffee liqueur and the bitters in a mixing glass and fill with ice.  Stir well to chill and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest and a wide orange peel.


The B-52/-53

Why it is named after a bomber plan may remain a mystery forever, but this very sweet and rich shot is more a flavor bomb than a stiff drink, but it is tasty if not inebriating. The B-52 consists of:

  • 1/3 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1/3 oz Irish Cream
  • 1/3 oz Grand Marnier (orange liqueur)

Layer the three in a shot glass or a pousse cafe glass. Some only use a float of Grand Marnier.

The B-53 is the same drink, but substitutes the hazelnut liqueur Frangelico for Grand Marnier

There is another modern version of this drink called the “T-52” which switches out Tequila Rose strawberry cream liqueur instead of Bailey’s Irish Cream.

And yet, there is another off shoot—called the Quick Fox—that features Midori (melon liqueur) as the bottom layer, Kahlua as the middle layer, and then Bailey’s Irish Cream as the top layer.