Coffee is fantastic, but it’s even more exciting when amped up with a splash of coffee liqueur. Kahlua, Tia Maria and other coffee liqueurs are incredibly intense and flavorful — they’re concentrated coffee that’s already sweet and a bit boozy. What’s not to love?
There’s no doubt coffee liqueur can make any coffee better, so you can just skip the recipe and get yourself a bottle of Kahlua, then just spike your favorite coffee. Of course, to get it right, you need to consider a few other things, like the milk and the garnish.
To make coffee and Kahlua, you need a shot of espresso, another one of Kahlua, and milk or your favorite milk alternative. Use half & half for a creamier drink. You might also need a sweetener. Kahlua is already sweet, but you might want to sweeten your coffee a bit more. Use any type of sweetener.
Garnish coffee and Kahlua with whipped cream. Hand whipped cream is nice, but you can also use the stuff from a can; it’s no biggie.
To make this specialty, brew the espresso with your favorite method and combine it with the coffee liqueur and milk. This one’s easy. There’s no other way to make this one, really. Add the milk and adjust the sweetness before garnishing your glass with whipped cream.
Of course, now that you know how to booze up your coffee, experiment with different types of liqueurs. Chocolate, peppermint or cherry liqueurs are delicious when combined with coffee.
Coffee and Kahlua is quite an intense drink, so balance it with vanilla-flavored cakes and bakes, nutty pastries, biscuits and scones.
Of course, chocolate desserts are also nicely compatible with coffee and Kahlua, and red berries are pretty with it as well. Think of a thick slice of black forest cake or something like that; just follow your heart. After the first sip of this coffee, you’ll know exactly what to serve with it. Just have fun with this one — this is a festive drink, and it’s a crowd-pleaser as well, so make some coffee and Kahlua for your friends and family.
Brew the espresso either in an espresso machine, a coffee pod machine or a stove-top mocha pot. Set aside.
Pour the espresso into the serving cup, add the Kahlua and top with whole milk. Stir to combine. Taste and adjust the sweetness.
Garnish with whipped cream.