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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.

              2. Awww, how can you not like Caucasians?

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                1. re: invinotheresverde

                  I hate "Caucasians" (although I love the big lebowski!) but black Russians are enough of a weakness that I try not to keep Kahlua around. Kahlua is a great addition to Irish coffee, too bad OP doesn't like it with coffee! One of my pet peeves is when I order a black Russian at a bar and they give me white. Grrrrrrrrrrr. Happens way too often.

                2. A kahlua milkshake is one of the greatest indulgences I know - mix kahlua with ice cream and milk in a blender. Drink. Repeat until you can't consume any more simply because you didn't realize that it would be so good.

                  1. Use it to make chocolate truffles. Seriously, yummmm.

                    1. i believe you can use it make ice cream if you have a maker? Kahlua cupcakes???

                      1. Add a few Tbsp. to brownies, or to whipped cream that's served with anything chocolatey. With sauteed bananas over ice cream?

                        1. kahlua is great in many tiki drinks, get the beachbum remixed book, there are a few killer drinks in there

                          also great in tiramisu and other desserts

                          1. It's great in desserts.

                            Make a chocolate cake, but give one of the layers a pretty good drizzle etc.

                            My SO makes a cassata and drizzles one of the layers thusly.

                            1. I actually have one of their old cookbook type brochures. It has recipes for meat, poultry, desserts etc. I can dig it up if you like and list some of the recipes.

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                              1. re: rednails

                                Thanks, but I think I have enough suggestions now to finish this bottle and maybe get another!

                                Thanks, y'all. All hail Chowhound!

                              2. Sometimes an ounce or two is great in some just plain milk. YUMMMM. Nice to go to bed with.

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                                1. I cook it down with brown sugar and butter as a sauce for bread pudding. never had any complaints.

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                                  1. re: rozz01

                                    What a brilliant idea! You've made my (cooking) day.

                                  2. Use it in a cookie or cake recipe in place of a liquid ingredient.

                                    1. I like it in hot chocolate. I also put it in pecan pie.