Kahlua may have been developed by the Mexicans, but the rich coffee-based liqueur has grown into a beloved beverage all over the world, including Europe and Russia. It is so favored by Europeans, Russians, and Americans alike that they create various type of cocktails, soft drinks, and cakes using the combination of Kahlua and other locally-sourced ingredients like milk and cream. The variations are not only the work of professional bartenders and mixologists, but also in the personal kitchen of cocktail lovers.
Kahlua and milk aside, the most well-known combination of Kahlua and cream is a cocktail called White Russian; and its twin sister that is made without cream, the Black Russian. However, they are not alone. There are at least half a dozen other combinations of Kahlua with cream, although they may be less popular. Let’s start with the Kahlua and Cream Milkshake, the Kahlua Cookies and Cream Shake, the Kahlua Hot Chocolate, the Sombrero, the Toasted Almond, the Kahlua Mudslide, as well as the Kahlua Cream Soda. So, if you are looking into how to combine Kahlua and cream perfectly, it depends on what kind of cocktail you want it to be.
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Beverages Made from Kahlua and Cream
Although each of those cocktails are made from Kahlua and cream, but there are variations in its proportions and additional ingredients. To learn more about it, let’s see some of the recipes which are very likely to appear in the list of beverage offerings from cocktail bars in Russia.
- The White Russian
Ingredients: 1 part of Kahlua, 1 part of Vodka, 1 part of heavy cream or milk, and ice cubes.
Directions: Pour the Kahlua and Vodka over ice in a short glass. Top it with a layer of cream or milk. Serve it with a straw.
- Kahlua and Cream Milkshake
Ingredients: 3-4 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1-2 ounces of Kahlua, a half cup of cream, and whipped cream.
Directions: Mix Kahlua, ice cream, and cream in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, then garnish it with a layer of whipped cream and some cherries if you want.
- Kahlua Cookies and Cream Shake
Ingredients: 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 ounce of Kahlua, three quarters cup of milk, a quarter cup of crushed Oreos, and whipped cream.
Directions: Mix Kahlua, ice cream, and Oreos in a blender until smooth. Pour into a tall glass, then garnish it with whipped cream. Add some crushed Oreos and cherry on top if you want.
- The Kahlua Hot Chocolate
Ingredients: 5 parts of hot chocolate drink (made of chocolate with milk or water), 1 part of Kahlua, and 1 tablespoon of whipped cream.
Directions: Pour hot chocolate drink into the Kahlua in a mug. Top it with a layer of whipped cream. Serve it warm.
- The Sombrero Cocktail
Ingredients: 2 or 3 parts of cream or milk, and 1 part of Kahlua.
Directions: Pour the cream (or milk) and Kahlua into a short glass, then stir it well. You can serve it with or without ice cubes.
- The Toasted Almond Cocktail
Ingredients: 1 part of Amaretto, 1 part of Kahlua, and 1 part of cream.
Directions: Mix Amaretto, Kahlua, and cream in a cocktail shaker until smooth. Pour the mixture over ice in a tall cocktail glass. Serve it with a straw.
- The Kahlua Mudslide
Ingredients: 2 parts of Vodka, 1 part of Kahlua, 1 part of Irish Cream Liqueur, 2 parts of cream or milk, and ice cubes.
Directions: Pour the Vodka, Kahlua, and Irish Cream Liqueur over ice in a short glass. Top it with a layer of cream or milk.
- The Kahlua Cream Soda
Ingredients: 4 parts of Sparkling Water, 2 parts of Kahlua, and 1.5 parts of whipping cream.
Directions: Pour Kahlua and whipping cream into a cocktail mixer and shake well. Filter the mixture to remove impurities, then put it in a tall glass and add some Sparkling Water. Serve it with a straw.
How To Combine Kahlua and Cream Perfectly?
By examining the various cocktail recipes, we can conclude that there are at least three ways on how to combine Kahlua and cream perfectly. First, we can simply layer it over the liqueur mix, directly in the glass. Afterward, let the cream part blend with the cocktail as it is drunk, or just stir a little with a straw to create a pretty milky cloud in the transparent glass. This is common practice to make the classic White Russian, the Sombrero, and the Kahlua Mudslide.
Second, we can mix Kahlua and cream in a cocktail shaker. This is in the directions on how to make Toasted Almond Cocktail, because the beverage contains two kinds of liqueur which will blend better if it is shaken well. The result will be worse if the Amaretto, Kahlua, and cream is just poured over ice in the glass. However, it will be rather overdone if it is mixed using blender.
Third, we can mix Kahlua and cream in a blender. This is the case if someone want to add hard-to-mix ingredients such as ice cream and cookies into the cocktail. We can’t expect cookies and ice cream to blend well if it is only shaken using cocktail shaker. It will also leave many undrinkable crumbs if it is just poured into a glass without any effort to blend them.
You may notice that the three ways to combine Kahlua and cream perfectly depend on what kind of ingredients that accompany them in the recipe. If you want to custom-made some kind of cocktail by yourself using Kahlua and cream in your spare time, do consider it with the same train of thought. The beverage will not turn out well if you only throw them all together in a glass without any sense of proportion. Most particularly, if you want to present them in a gathering with friends and family, let’s say while celebrating the White Nights in Russia, it is important to make it as good as possible.