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Jan 24, 2011 11:19 AM

What can I do with Kahlua, besides give it away?

Have about half a bottle I inherited at some point. Hate the idea of throwing anything away. Not a fan of it with coffee, or in either of the "Russian" drinks.


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  1. I don't have a clue, since to the best of my knowledge those are the only things worth doing with Kahlua. Maybe you just really don't like Kahlua?

    Other than that, try substituting it for Triple Sec in your favorite cocktail. A Kahlua side-car? Sounds pretty nasty to me, but maybe it's worth a shot.

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    1. re: Fozzie_Bear

      How did you know the Sidecar was my fav cocktail?

      I don't hate it. But this bottle had just been sitting here for too long, taking up space I could use for something better. Maybe I'll just chug it and go out on a rager.

      1. re: Alcachofa

        I assure you that I didn't know, but now I'm very proud of myself for guessing correctly. :)

      2. re: Fozzie_Bear

        My favorite is the Port Antonio from Stan Jones' book -- a rather tasty Tiki-style drink! The coffee and lime notes complement each other surprisingly well:
        * 1 oz Gold Rum
        * 1 oz Dark Rum
        * 1/2 oz Lime Juice
        * 1/2 oz Coffee Liqueur (Kahlúa)
        * 1/4 oz Falernum
        Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

        1. re: yarm

          Might have to try that tonight...

            1. re: Alcachofa

              Sadly I only have about a tablespoon left. Need to make a new batch.

              I did a little research and came up with a rather good, abbreviated version based on this recipe:


              I just adjusted the volumes down and did not even bother with the simple syrup step. Really created a Falernum bitters to deliver the required taste. Very nice addition to tiki drinks.

      3. I sometimes use it in tiramisu......... I mix it with the espresso before I dip the ladyfingers in it. But, half a bottle is a lot.........

        1. If you don't want to give it to me (please don't, it's my worst addiction) I make a great Black Russian chocolate cake that uses a decent amount of Kahlua and vodka. Made with just boxed cake mix but you would never know. A great thing to bring to your next party/gathering, people go nuts for it. The recipe is all over the internet.

          And you can cook with it, subbing it anywhere coffee is called for, there's a thread on Home Cooking right now that has tons of ideas in that vein.

          1. Imo if you have half a bottle of booze that you don't like, just pour the damned thing down the sink already, it's not like it's a big loss, you don't even like it.

            Or give it to a homeless guy, he'll drink the hell out of it.

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            1. re: redfish62

              "Or give it to a homeless guy, he'll drink the hell out of it."

              See the last sentence of my reply to Fozzie. ;-)

            2. There's the Black Paloma by Rick Stutz (writes the Kaiser Penguin blog). The drink was selected by Kahlua to be served at Tales of the Cocktail this year:

              1.5 parts blanco tequila
              1.5 parts Kahlúa
              .75 part Fresh Lime Juice
              .5 part Fresh Grapefruit Juice
              Pinch Salt
              Top with Club Soda
              Glass: Collins
              Method: Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila, Kahlúa, salt, and juices. Top it off with club soda.

              Another is the Stamos Gin Fizz:
              1 1/2 oz Gin
              1 oz Kahlua
              1/2 oz Cream
              1 tsp Cinnamon Simple Syrup
              1 Egg White

              Dry shake ingredients for 20 seconds. Add ice and shake hard for 3 minutes. Strain into a highball glass and top with soda water. Add a 1/2 oz soda water to shaker, swirl, and gently pour on top. Dust top of foam with a muddle coffee bean. Add drinking straw.

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              1. re: yarm

                I like the one way above, these two sound well, aaaack.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  I dunno. At least the first one has potential. Never considered mixing it with tequila, but that might work.

                  1. re: Alcachofa

                    I sometimes make Brave Bulls, which is the same as a Black Russian but with tequila instead of vodka. It's a nice change.