Tag Archive: Kahlua

Mocha Mint

One of my maxims when making cocktails is that creme de menthe doesn’t work with anything. A second maxim that I have is that I don’t like coffee, in cocktails or out. So what better combination than to have Kahlua and creme de menthe together, maybe throw some creme de cacao in there for fun. Today Dave is drinking on the edge, seving minty coffee drinkers everwhere at great personal cost.

  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce creme de menthe
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao

Shake over ice and serve up in a Martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Creme de menthe has a distinctive nose about it – its like cheap candy more than a refined cocktail ingredient.
  • I am surprised, this is not as bad as I was expecting, the cool mint is a pleasing aftertaste and the coffee is only hinted at.
  • Best served as cold as possible.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave Rating: 6/10 – really?!?
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • Best approximation is a chocolate peppermint candy – not bad.

White Russian

It’s Shamu’s sweet sixteenth birthday!  No, not the whale, the cat.  I know the cat is drinking out of the martini glass, Shamu themed no less, but before PETA calls – there’s no alcohol in there!  The alcohol is all in the drink up front, and he turned his nose up at that one… but not me!  So happy birthday Shamu – let’s celebrate with a White Russian!

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua
  • 1 ounce milk (or cream)

Pour in a rocks glass over ice, serve.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Coffee and milk with the kick of vodka, yummy.
  • Not too sweet, and the calories aren’t just limited to the alcohol!
  • Beleive it or not, it’s my first one.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 6/10
  • A nice drink, a little heavy to have more than one.

Black Sombrero

One of the reasons that I started this blog back in December was that I wanted to tell you how drinks taste not just how to make them.  As I have said before – some drinks sound good and taste bad and others sound bad and taste good.  Tonight’s drink is a test of that theory.  Since starting davedrinks I have leant towards drinks that sound good, because let’s face it, I have to drink them.  The Black Sombrero however, does not sound good at all.  Let’s see how this goes.

  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce Kahlua

Shake over ice, strain and serve into a chilled martini glass.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • I didn’t expect that.  This drink is surprisingly well-balanced and good tasting.
  • The Kahlua is basically what you taste, with a hint of tequila in the background.
  • The taste is the coffee/cocoa flavor of Kahlua, but strong nonetheless.

Tastings Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 7/10
  • Strength: 8/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • Surprises can be good – count the Black Sombrero among them.

Honolulu Lulu

I’m seventy or so posts in, and today I am having a bout of writers block.  What’s a blogger to do?  Maybe it’s because it’s Blah Blah Blah Day, maybe it’s because I just wrote a check to Uncle Sam, I dunno.  Instead of wasting your time with more words, let’s just focus on the drink – the Honolulu Lulu.

  • 1.5 ounces dark rum (Myers)
  • 1 ounce light rum (Bacardi)
  • 1 ounce Frangelico
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup

Mix everything over ice and shake, serve in a tall collins glass over ice.  Garnish with a lime wedge if desired.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • An interesting drink, nice and sweet flavor of pineapple, and the interesting taste of coffee in the background, like rum punch meets Columbia.
  • The rum disappears, although I am sure it helps the enjoyment…
  • More writers block, let’s just say its good.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 8/10
  • Strength: 6/10
  • Sweetness: 8/10
  • Try this as a great summer cocktail – you will not regret it.


So its March, right?  The NFL season long gone, right?  Meanwhile all the news is NFL with the Saints and their “pay for pain”, a certain Mr. Manning is being released by the Colts and Brees is mad that he has been given the franchise tag.  What the heck – can’t we let baseball and NASCAR have the limelight all to themselves for a while?  Anyways…

I whipped up some homemade sweet and sour mix today… time to make a cocktail with the result.  Quick search on the internet came up with the Iguana.  This one sounds a little odd, but we’ll give it a whirl and see how is tastes.

  • 3 ounces sweet and sour (homemade!)
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 0.5 ounce Kahlua

Shake everything over ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • The sweet and sour really is dominant in the drink, so I highly recommend the homemade stuff!
  • The drink tastes sweet… and sour.  Also has an odd aftertaste that I think is the Kahlua.
  • One thing is certain – you can’t taste the liquor!

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 4/10
  • Strength: 4/10
  • Sweetness: 7/10
  • A fine drink with an odd finish.

Mint Condition

There’s something about a drink with peppermint schnapps that I have never understood.  I like mint, especially peppermint, but I have yet to find a drink that has combined my enjoyment of peppermint with alcohol.  Am I the strange one here?  So, let’s see how this suspiciously minty concoction fairs – at least it sounds fun – and it has bourbon!

  • 0.75 ounce of bourbon (Maker’s Mark)
  • 0.75 ounce of peppermint schnapps
  • 0.75 ounce of vodka (Grey Goose)
  • 0.5 ounce of Kahlua

Shake the ingredients vigorously over ice and strain into a chilled sour glass (no ice).

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • This is not to be the drink that converts me to minty libations, it’s just kind of there.
  • Interestingly you can’t taste the bourbon, you can’t taste the Kahlua, and vodka is flavorless so you can’t taste that.  Funny thing is, while minty, it doesn’t even overpower with mint.  It’s like all the other ingredients combine together to soften the mint and then disappear from your palate.  Very odd.
  • Basically it tastes like a mediocre chocolate mint without the chocolate.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 3/10 (it is at least drinkable)
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 5/10
  • The quest for a great minty beverage continues…