Kahlúa is a Mexican coffee-flavored liqueur. It is dense and sweet, with a distinct taste of coffee, from which it is made. Kahlúa also contains sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean.
Allied Domecq, which was created in 1994 as the result of a merger between Allied Lyons and Pedro Domecq, had produced Kahlúa since 1936 until the company was partially acquired in 2005 by Pernod Ricard, the largest spirits distributor in the world since the merger with the Swedish "Vin & Sprit" in March 2008.
- Kahlúa Mocha
- Kahlúa French Vanilla
- Kahlúa Hazelnut
- Kahlúa Especial
- Kahlúa White Russian
- Kahlúa Mudslide
- Kahlúa Spiced Eggnog (limited availability)
The alcohol content of Kahlúa is 20.0%. In 2002, a more expensive, high-end product called "Kahlúa Especial" became available in the United States, Canada and Australia after previously being offered only in duty-free markets. Made with premium Arabica coffee beans grown in Veracruz, Mexico, Kahlúa Especial has an alcohol content of 36% and has a lower viscosity and is less sweet than the regular version.
As the original producer Domecq tried to preserve a Veracruzan identity to its product, the name Kahlúa was chosen as a feature of its originality. Kahlúa means "House of the Acolhua people" in the Veracruz Nahuatl language spoken before the Spanish Conquest; then it was Hispanicized as Ulúa, forming the name of modern San Juan de Ulúa fortress.
Kahlúa is used to make cocktails and as a topping or ingredient in several desserts, including ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.
Kahlúa can be used in a few notable cocktails, including the following:
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