Seasonal Spotlight - "National Kahlua Day"

Celebrate with a classic Black Russian or White Russian or Screaming Orgasm or in a modern-day cocktail...

Toast that distinctively coffee-and-sugarcane laced liqueur from the Veracruz state of Mexico this February 27th. That’s National Kahlua Day.

For nearly 80 years consumers the world over have been enjoying the deliciousness that is Kahlua. Today, with international sales reaching two million cases per year, Kahlua is a popular choice for cocktails, in recipes both sweet and savory or in coffee. Its name is derived from the Arabic slang for coffee, kahwa.

For more than 70 years, the alluring taste of Kahlúa has created more than just delicious drinks; it has ignited connections around the world. Today, consumers raise their glass to nearly two million cases sold in more than 150 countries around the world each year.

1930: An Intriguing Idea
The Alvarez brothers harvest premium Arabica coffee beans from the fields of Veracruz. They engage Señor Blanco, a local entrepreneur, to include their highest quality Arabica beans in a spirits recipe he was backing.

1936: The Recipe is Born
Chemist Montalvo Lara uses the Alvarez brother’s coffee beans to create the original Kahlúa recipe that is still enjoyed today.

1950s: The World Meets Kahlúa
Kahlúa’s popularity takes off and the brand begins global distribution.

1960: Kahlúa Lets Women Take the Lead
Beginning in the late 1960’s, Kahlúa gains notoriety for its all female management team, dubbed the “Kahlúa Ladies.”

1962: North America Falls for Kahlúa
Kahlúa is first exported to the U.S. and quickly gains fame, intriguing consumers with its Mexican heritage and distinctive flavor.

1964: Prekes Chic
Pre-Colombian figures known as “Prekes” first appear in Kahlúa advertising to promote the brand’s Mexican heritage. The popular campaign evolves to include conversations between the Prekes as they discuss their favorite ways to enjoy Kahlúa.

1984: Kahlúa Goes for the Gold
A limited edition gold commemorative bottle of Kahlúa is issued to celebrate the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

2002: Intensely, Espresso
Kahlúa dares consumers to take their drinks to the next level, introducing Kahlúa Especial, an intense espresso based spirit.

2006: Introducing Special Occasions
Kahlúa gives its consumers a new way to enjoy the original coffee and cane spirit, introducing smaller packages and flavor variations for “Drinks to Go” and “Ready to Drink.”

2007 & 2008: A Captivating Flavor Portfolio
Kahlúa French Vanilla, Kahlúa Hazelnut and Kahlúa Mocha debut, delivering rich flavor and infinite cocktail possibilities.

Today: Kahlúa Peppermint, Kahlúa Pumpkin Spice

Some other coffee-flavored liqueurs or coffee-based spirits to indulge in that can be substituted in cocktails featuring Kahlua, some less expensive/some more expensive –

Kamora, Kapali Starbucks Coffee, Patron XO Café, Patron XO Café Dark Cocoa, Avion Silver Tequila and Italian Espresso, Three Olives Double Espresso Vodka

 

 

The Classics

 

Black Russian (after-dinner)

1.5 oz Vodka

½ oz Kahlua

Pour over ice in a rocks glass.

 

White Russian

½ oz Vodka

½ oz Kahlua

Fill with light cream (half-n-half)

Pour in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a fresh ice-filled highball glass.

 

Toasted Almond (after-dinner)

½ oz Amaretto

½ oz Kahlua

Fill with light cream

Pour in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a fresh ice-filled highball glass.

 

Orgasm

½ oz Kahlua

½ oz Amaretto

½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Fill with light cream

Pour in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a fresh ice-filled highball glass.

 

Screaming Orgasm

½ oz Vodka

½ oz Kahlua

½ oz Amaretto

½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Fill with light cream

 

B-52

½ oz Kahlua

½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

½ oz Grand Marnier

Pour over ice in a rocks glass or layer in that order in a pony glass as a shooter.

 

Original Mudslide (after-dinner)

½ oz Kahlua

½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

½ oz Vodka

Pour over ice in a rocks glass.

 

Modern

 

Honey Espresso

2 oz Absolut Vanilla Vodka or other vanilla vodka

½ oz Barenjager Honey Liqueur

½ oz Kahlua or other Coffee Liqueur

½ oz Fresh Honey Syrup

1 shot of fresh espresso coffee (un-fresh coffee makes a difference)

Pour ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish 3 coffee beans or rock candy stick.

For a regular Espresso cocktail, subtract the honey syrup

 

(Chocolate) Pumpkin Pie

1.5 oz Vanilla vodka

1 oz Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie vodka

½ oz Cruzan Velvet Cinn liq or Kahlua Pumpkin Spice

½ Godiva Chocolate Liqueur or white crème de cacao (optional)

1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)

Splash of light cream

Grated cinnamon or cayenne pepper on top

Pour ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.