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Kahlua coffee works anytime: use it as a pick me up for morning brunch or top it with whipped cream for a boozy dessert!

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Does Kahlua go in coffee? We’re glad you asked. This sweet coffee-flavored liqueur is at its best in a cup of joe, and it works any time of the day. Add it to morning coffee for a brunch pick-me-up, or serve it as a dessert drink topped with whipped cream like an Irish coffee. Anything goes, here! Add a hint of cream or just serve it black: it’s delicious whatever variation you choose.

What’s Kahlua coffee?

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. The ingredients for Kahlua coffee are:

Kahlua coffee

Coffee brewing methods

The better the coffee, the better the Kahlua coffee! Use your favorite coffee brewing method for this drink. Of course, run-of-the-mill coffee beans won’t taste nearly as good as high quality coffee, and pour over will taste better than a coffee maker. Use the best coffee and tools you can! Here are a few coffee making options:

  • Chemex (pour over): This is our top choice for a great cup of coffee. There’s a bit of equipment involved, but it’s our preferred method we’ve been making daily for years. Go to How to Use a Chemex to Make Coffee.
  • Americano (espresso): Kahlua coffee is fantastic with a good Americano. You’ll need an espresso maker for this one. Go to How to Make an Americano.
  • Aeropress: The Aeropress makes a great cup with a quick and easy method. Go to How to Use an Aeropress

Cream options (for all diets)

There are a few options for Kahlua coffee, depending on how you want to serve it! You don’t have to add dairy, but it adds a nice touch. Here’s what to know:

  • Black: Serve this Kahlua coffee straight up with no cream: it’s tasty.
  • Cream or half and half: Add a drizzle of cream to make it taste a little richer. It’s not necessary, but we like the look of it (especially that swirl!). You could also add whole milk or your dairy or non-dairy creamer of choice.
  • Whipped cream: Serving this as a dessert drink like an Irish coffee? Top it with homemade whipped cream! Homemade tastes infinitely better than store-bought. Try our Homemade Whipped Cream, or for dairy-free make Vegan Whipped Cream with coconut milk.
Kahlua coffee
Serve it black, with cream, or topped with whipped cream!

More about Kahlua

Kahlua is a type of coffee liqueur: the most popular brand, in fact! This coffee liqueur is made in Mexico using rum, sugar and coffee. Contrary to what you might think, there’s no dairy at all! Kahlua is naturally dark brown in color; many of the drinks made with it have cream or other dairy added.

Kahlua coffee

More coffee cocktails

Are you a coffee lover? (We assume so.) There are so many coffee-flavored cocktails to try! Once you’re done with this Kahlua coffee, line these up in your queue:

When to serve Kahlua coffee

Kahlua coffee is sweet and creamy! It works for brunch, after dinner, or anytime in between. Serve it as a:

  • Brunch drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Afternoon cocktail
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Girls or guys night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Kahlua coffee

Kahlua Coffee

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Kahlua coffee works anytime: use it as a pick me up for morning brunch or top it with whipped cream for a boozy dessert!


  • 1 cup (8 ounces) coffee
  • 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) Kahlua
  • 1 drizzle heavy cream (optional)


  1. Make 1 cup coffee using your favorite method (try Chemex, Aeropress, or an Americano with 2 ounces extra water).
  2. Add the Kahlua and cream and stir. Enjoy immediately!
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Kevin m says:

    Great tips and great recipes..thank you very much for your time and efforts for this information!! 😁

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!