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8 Kahlúa Cocktails for Kahlúa Fanatics

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Coffee cocktails may give you that buzz you crave (in more ways than one), but it can be difficult to balance coffee’s bitter flavor with the robust taste of booze. Enter Kahlúa, the sweet coffee liqueur that adds sweetness, depth, edge and body all at once, which makes it an amazing mixer in a host of classics. Here, the best cocktails to mix with Kahlúa.

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For Kahlúa purists—yes they exist, and they’re here on staff—the cream in a White Russian is nothing but a distraction. But the Black Russian truly highlights the coffee liqueur, altering it only slightly with the addition of vodka. The added booze thins the liqueur to make it more palatable, and also enhances the kick of coffee flavor.

The Essentials

Vodka
Kahlua
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This balanced Espresso Martini is nothing like the wonky versions that earned the cocktail a bad name back in Kahlúa’s heyday. The flavors of freshly brewed espresso and Kahlúa intermingle perfectly—one sweet and light, the other dark and bitter. Vodka makes it boozy, and a touch of white crème de cacao blankets your palate in sweet, buttery flavor.

The Essentials

Vodka
Coffee Liqueur
Espresso
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We have three words for you: boozy coffee milkshake. If you’re not salivating, please see a doctor because your tastebuds might be dead. The classic elements of a White Russian get blended into this thick classic dessert cocktail, made from vanilla ice cream, Kahlúa, vodka and Baileys Irish Cream. A float of chocolate syrup (or more Kahlúa) gives the drink its namesake mudslide effect.

The Essentials

vodka
Kahlua
vanilla ice cream
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Fireball may lead the pack in a popularity contest among sweet spirits, but loyalists of RumChata and Kahlúa will forever rep their fave liqueurs. When the three get together, though, they emerge as a boozy version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. We know it’s hard to believe, but taste it and tell us it doesn’t taste like the best cereal ever.

The Essentials

Fireball
Rumchata
kahlua
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The banana-rific flavor in this classic cocktail comes from a duo of fresh fruit and liqueur, while milk and cream give it a heavy, silky body. It’s spiked with Kahlúa and dark rum for a tropical, bittersweet twinge that you’ll crave during your next beach outing.

The Essentials

aged rum
Kahlúa
banana liqueur
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An easy-drinking mix of Kahlúa, vodka and tonic, the Mind Eraser doesn’t blast through your synapses with high alcohol, but rather eases you into total relaxation. You won’t even remember why you started drinking coffee in the first place.

The Essentials

Kahlúa
vodka
soda water
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Tiramisu is all sorts of fancy. Instant pudding, on the other hand, not so much—even if it is flavored with Kahlúa and nutty amaretto liqueurs to mimic the classic Italian dessert. While the former is a great way to finish a meal in Rome, the latter is much more fitting for eating by the bowlful while getting cozy on the couch. Honestly, which sounds more appealing?

The Essentials

Coffee Liqueur
Amaretto
Jello vanilla pudding
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If you tell people you had Kahlúa for breakfast, they’ll give you weird looks. If you tell them you had a cocktail called Breakfast, made from Kahlúa, vodka, coffee and an energy drink, you’ll get looks of sheer respect. OK, you shouldn’t actually drink this for breakfast, but it’ll give you a jolt at whatever hour you decide to indulge.

The Essentials

vodka
Coffee
Java Monster Mean Bean

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