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Here are all the most popular Kahlua drinks to use for this coffee liqueur! Try classic Kahlua cocktails from the White Russian to the Mudslide.

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Got a bottle of Kahlua? You’re one step away from some of the tastiest sweet cocktails around. This coffee flavored liqueur was invented in Mexico in 1936, and inspired some of the most classic cocktails of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. The White Russian? The Mudslide? All classic cocktails brought to you with the magic of Kahlua.

Here are all the top most popular Kahlua drinks to make with this tasty liqueur! There’s everything from a classic Black Russian to a frosty boozy milkshake and a sophisticated coffee martini. Where there is Kahlua, there is fun! Let’s get to the drinks.

More about Kahlua

This special liquor has spawned loads of classic Kahlua drinks. But what actually is it? Here’s what to know about this coffee liqueur:

  • Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that’s made in Mexico. It’s made with rum, sugar, vanilla bean, and coffee. Contrary to what you might think, there’s no dairy! However per the official website, Kahlua is not vegan: one of the company’s suppliers uses a sugar refining process that is not vegan friendly.
  • Does Kahlua have caffeine? It does have some caffeine, but only about 25% as much as the same volume of coffee.
  • Fun facts: It takes seven years to make a bottle of Kahlua, because of the length of time it takes to grow the coffee beans in the shade (six years).
  • Does Kahlua go bad: The recommended shelf life of Kahlua is 4 years.
  • How much does Kahlua cost? It costs about $20 per 750 ml bottle.
  • What to use instead of Kahlua? Try other types of coffee liqueur for these Kahlua cocktails, like Tia Maria or Sheridan’s.
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White Russian

Top Kahlua Drinks: White Russian & More

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Here’s how to make a White Russian! This creamy and sweet Kahlua drink hits the spot anytime and in any season. 


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) Kahlua (or other coffee liqueur)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) heavy cream
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)


  1. Add the vodka and Kahlua to a low ball glass. Fill it with ice.
  2. Top with the cream. Stir until cold (or stir just a bit to get the swirl effect).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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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. Diane Wilkinson says:

    I bought a bottle of kahlua out of curiosity but no idea how to drink it , these recipes have cheered me up no end . Thanks

  2. Peg Thompson says:

    Awesome list of drink ideas using kahlúa, thank you!! I made bottles of kahlúa for Christmas gifts, but wasn’t sure how to tell people to use it. I’m directing them to you! Love how you provide interesting info about the origins of the drinks too :) All the best to you both! From your new follower, Peg