The 6 Best Coffee Drink With Kahlua Recipes

Trying to make a coffee cocktail? Why not use Kahlua coffee liqueur? Discover the six best recipes for a coffee drink with Kahlua. 

a cup of coffee drink with kahlua
Step up your coffee game by adding Kahlua

Although coffee is a stimulating beverage, its flavor profile allows you to create some pretty extravagant drinks. One of the best ways to up your coffee game is by adding alcohol to the beverage. 

While most spirits will blend well with coffee, one stands out above the rest: Kahlua coffee liqueur. Since this alcohol is already coffee-flavored, you can mix it in without overwhelming or changing the flavor of your cocktail. 

So, with that in mind, here are six options for a coffee drink with Kahlua. 

1. Smooth Kahlua Coffee

Smooth Kahlua Coffee
Smooth Kahlua Coffee

Starting us off is this simple option that mixes the best of both worlds. When making coffee cocktails, you don’t have to get too creative, at least at first. Once you master the correct ratio of coffee to Kahlua, you can expand your repertoire. 

You might also be interested in our Geisha coffee guide.

This beverage is similar to an Irish coffee, except the Irish cream liqueur is replaced with Kahlua. 

Ingredients: 6 oz hot or iced coffee, 1 oz Kahlua, whipped cream garnish

2. Midnight Coffee Cocktail

Standard Kahlua is about 40 proof, which is more than enough to help you feel a little buzz. However, if you want to kick things up a notch, you can try Kahlua Midnight, which is 70 proof.

Although you can mix and drink this cocktail at any time, we recommend doing so at night instead of early in the morning. The Midnight version packs quite a punch, and when you mix it with coffee, you won’t notice its effects until later. 

Ingredients: 6 oz hot coffee, 1 oz Kahlua Midnight, 1 oz Irish cream, whipped cream garnish

3. Iced Kahlua Coffee

Since we’re talking about coffee cocktails, you may prefer something a bit cooler and refreshing. An iced Kahlua coffee is similar to a white Russian in that you mix a bit of cream, liqueur, and ice.

However, since you’re using chilled coffee, this cocktail will give you a bit of a jolt. Use heavy cream or whole milk for an even smoother and richer experience. 

Ingredients: 1 cup milk, 1.5 oz espresso, 1.5 oz Kahlua

4. Chocolate Chip Milkshake Kahlua Coffee

chocolate chip milkshake with Kahlua coffee
Chocolate Chip Milkshake Kahlua Coffee

Since Kahlua is already sweet, you can use it for a dessert cocktail. This recipe goes above and beyond most others, in that you can drink this as a literal dessert. If you’re into milkshakes or other iced beverages, you will love this concoction. 

Best of all, you can mix day-old coffee with the shake without sacrificing flavor, making it an excellent way to avoid food waste. All you have to do is put everything in a blender and watch the magic happen. 

Ingredients: 2 scoops of coffee ice cream, 1 ounce chilled or iced coffee (mocha works great), 4 chocolate chip cookies, 2 ounce Kahlua, chocolate chip cookie crumble on top

5. Kicked Up Coffee Granita

If a milkshake is too thick or sugary for your tastes, you can opt for this frozen dinner drink instead. For the uninitiated, a granita is a shaved ice dessert that usually uses fruit. However, we’re using coffee liqueur and iced coffee instead. 

This beverage is perfect for a hot summer day, as it will cool you down while providing a little boost of energy. Just make sure that your blender can make shaved ice. Otherwise, it’s not a granita and just a chilled coffee cocktail. 

Ingredients: Shaved ice, 4 oz cold brew coffee, 2 oz Kahlua, 2 oz Irish cream, 2 cups half-and-half, 1 vanilla bean

6. Kahlua Espresso Martini

Kahlua Espresso Martini
Kahlua Espresso Martini

As far as cocktails go, nothing really beats a classic martini. Drinking this beverage out of a martini glass makes you feel classy and refined, much like James Bond. So, adding some coffee and Kahlua to the mix is an excellent way to have an elegant palate without worrying about international espionage. 

Ingredients: 1.5 oz vodka, 1.5 oz Kahlua, 1 oz espresso, espresso beans to garnish

Final Word on Coffee Drink With Kahlua

Although we’ve listed some top-notch cocktail recipes, feel free to experiment with any ingredients you have on hand. Coffee works well with rum, whiskey, and other liqueurs, so you can raid your own liquor cabinet and craft the perfect beverage. 

That said, always drink responsibly and keep in mind the alcohol content of any of your drinks. You don’t want to go overboard, especially because Kahlua has relatively high alcohol proof. 

FAQs About Coffee Drink With Kahlua

Can I use hot chocolate instead of coffee? 

Yes, any of these recipes will work well with hot chocolate. However, if you don’t like coffee flavor, we recommend using a latte or cold brew coffee, as those versions are much smoother and less bitter. 

What kind of prep time do I need for these beverages? 

Unless you’re blending ingredients in a blender, you should be able to mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour them into a glass. Only the granita and milkshake have a longer total time than the others. 

Which garnishes are best for a coffee drink with Kahlua? 

Coffee and Kahlua work well with dark chocolate, peppermint shavings, pumpkin spice, and even marshmallows. Get creative with your garnishes!


  • Jonathan

    Jonathan is an avid coffee drinker, although he's known to knock back a few energy drinks too. He's been a writer for over seven years, which is why caffeine runs through his veins.