Happy Kahlua Day!
Kahlua is a coffee liqueur. Now owned by Pernod Ricard, the drink was original produced by Pedro Domecq in 1936. It's name meant 'the house of the Acolhua people'. The Acolhua are a Mesoamerican people who arrived in valley of Mexico around 1200ce. They were a sister culture of the Aztecs, Tepanec, Chalca, Xochimilca and others.
Although it started out at 26%, over the years the abv has been reduced in a few times and now it sits around a more modest 16%, a move Pernod Ricard brought in to acknowledge the consumer trend of lower abv drinks.
Being a coffee liqueur, it is often used as a cocktail ingredient, although it can be drunk over the rocks, and is also used in cooking, proving a lovely addition to creamy deserts like ice cream or cheesecake.
Kahlua is one of the biggest selling coffee liqueurs in the world. At Your Drink Box we have three alternative coffee liqueurs that are ell worth a try:
Grown by small scale farmers in Mexico with no additives, chemicals, pesticides or preservatives. Just pure nature.
Made by Mexican men and women who have gathered their resources together to grow the coffee beans in a sustainable way. They receive a fair wage for their work.
FAIR. has put in a lot of love, time and patience to bring you an exceptional Arabica liqueur that retains all the flavour from the coffee beans.
”FAIR. Café Liqueur delivers a true taste of freshly roasted coffee, with full-bodied and rich flavours of almonds and hazelnuts followed by the pleasant taste of caramel. This coffee liqueur will make the best espresso martini but can also be enjoyed on its own.”.
|Style||Clear, amber brown with golden highlights|
|Nose||Pungent roasted coffee nose with chocolate, fudge and nutty aromas|
|Palate||Nutty flavors of hazelnut are immediately apparent on a chocolate coffee palate|
|Finish||Roasted coffee finish is bitter compared to the palate and fades with nougat chocolate|
Griffo Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
A damn good coffee liqueur starts with a damn good roast. That’s why we partnered with Equator Coffees & Teas to pair their premium Mocha Java Blend with our five-times distilled vodka. The result is a rich and smooth spirit with chocolate and berry on the palate, and a long-lasting caramel finish. Damn, that’s good.
“Together, we share a commitment to quality in both process and product while striving to make a positive impact on people and the planet. This premium spirit reflects the best kind of collaboration—working together to create something great.”
— Sarah Richmond, Equator Coffees & Teas
Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Perfect for coffee lovers. A bittersweet blend of top-grade Arabica coffees and Australian wheat vodka. Speciality beans from the best-growing regions are sourced to create a complex liqueur that is bold, balanced and unapologetically coffee. Each and every bottle is handmade near Sydney, Australia. With half the sugar and ten times the coffee of old-world liqueurs, Mr Black is the cold brew liqueur for coffee purists.
Tasting Notes: Fresh coffee, caramel, cacao. Not too sweet.