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Kahlua Cointreau French Coffee Recipe

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We don’t add liqueurs to our coffee as often as we should. And we rarely add coffee to our cocktails. Well, that changes today. We’re making a Kahlua Cointreau French Coffee, and you’ll love it. 

The thing with boozy coffee drinks is that they’re extraordinary after-dinner drinks. They’re an easy way to end any dinner party on a high note. You know what they say, everyone remembers dessert the most, well, that goes for coffee too! Especially if it’s as tasty as this one. 

Before we head on to the recipe, let’s talk about the key ingredients in this one, the liqueurs. Kahlua and Cointreau might not seem compatible, but they are. Here’s what you need to know.


What is Kahlua?

Kahlua is hands-down the most popular coffee-scented liqueur. It was created in 1936 in Mexico, and it’s made with the finest sustainably sourced coffee beans grown in the Mexican state of Veracruz. 

Sweet and creamy, and with an intense coffee flavor, Kahlua is the star in many cocktails and after-dinner drinks like the White Russian.

What is Cointreau?

Now, let’s meet the French liqueur in this recipe, Cointreau. This is an orange-scented liqueur made in France since 1875, and it’s flavored with the peels of exotic bitter oranges. The sweet citrusy liqueur is made with a secret formula, and the result is fabulous. You can make some mean margaritas with it.

The question is, is Cointreau’s orange flavors compatible with coffee? It is! And it livens the drink beautifully with bright, summery scents.

What Goes into a Kahlua Cointreau French Coffee?

We’re using an ounce of Kahlua and another one of Cointreau. The rest is French press coffee. It’s milder and fruitier than an expresso, so it’s more compatible with the fruit-forward Cointreau. Kahlua adds coffee intensity to the drink, so this is still a coffee drink and not an orange-flavored cocktail.

You’ll also need whipped cream and your favorite garnish, from cocoa powder to shaved chocolate or chocolate chips. Get creative here! Even a candied orange peel looks marvelous on top of this decadent drink.

Here’s a warning, although Kahlua has only 20% ABV, Cointreau has a whopping 40% ABV, so drink responsibly because delicious boozy drinks like these give the worse hangovers if you overdo them. Perhaps it’s worth it, though!

How to Make It

  • Prep Time5 min
  • Total Time5 min
  • Serving Size1
  • Energy243 cal




Brew the coffee in a French press.


Pour the Kahlua and Cointreau into a cup and pour in the coffee. Stir to mix.


Top with whipped cream and garnish with cocoa powder or chocolate shavings.

  • Nutrition Facts

  • Serving Size1
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories243
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat9.4 g78 g12.05%
  • Saturated Fat5.8 g20 g29%
  • Cholesterol33 mg300 mg11%
  • Sodium17 mg2300 mg0.74%
  • Total Carbohydrate14.2 g275 g5.16%
  • Total Sugars13.2 g
  • Protein1 g50 g2%
  • Calcium26 mg1300 mg2%
  • Potassium154 mg4700 mg3.28%
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