Kahlua is one of the first liqueurs I became familiar with back in the day. It’s no secret the White Russian and variations of the drink are usually what I make when I want something sweet. I’m not usually a sweet cocktail kind of girl, but the White Russian just hits home with me. Perhaps it’s the memories associated with it or the fact I just love coffee flavor.
I especially love Kahlua Especial. The flavor is deeper, richer than original Kahlua. The coffee flavor is more intense. It also ups the ante regarding proof factor. Kahlua Especial is 35% alcohol by volume, whereas original Kahlua is 20% alcohol by volume. Especial tastes a little less sweet to me than the original Kahlua.
February 27 is National Kahlua Day.
Hit a home run by hitting the Sweet Spot. This lightly sweet on-the-rocks drink is nicely balanced with subtle orange and coffee flavors. Double bonus is how easy it is to make.
All you need is half ounce each of premium orange liqueur, hazelnut liqueur, coffee liqueur and one and one half ounce of half and half. Shake all of it up in a cocktail shaker with some ice. Strain it into a short glass filled two-thirds full with ice. Then sprinkle espresso powder or chocolate powder over the top. It’s heaven!
I used Cointreau orange liqueur, Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, and Kahlua Especial coffee liqueur during the creation process.
Sweet Spot is a featured recipe in Cocktails with a Tryst. It accompanies the story Can I?
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