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A bottle of Kahlua
Type Liqueur
Manufacturer Pernod Ricard
Country of origin Mexico
Introduced 1936
Alcohol by volume 20.0%
A bottle of Kahlúa

Kahlúa is a coffee-flavored rum-based liqueur from Mexico. The drink also contains sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean.


Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlúa in 1936.[1] It was named Kahlúa, meaning "House of the Acolhua people" in the Veracruz Nahuatl language spoken before the Spanish Conquest. (Kahlúa was Hispanicized as Ulúa, forming the name of modern San Juan de Ulúa fortress.)

The company merged in 1994 with Allied Lyons to become Allied Domecq. In turn, that company was partially acquired in 2005 by Pernod Ricard,[1] the largest spirits distributor in the world since its merger with the Swedish Vin & Sprit in March 2008.

Kahlúa for sale at a liquor store in Fukushima City, Japan

Since 2004, the alcohol content of Kahlúa is 20.0% (21.5% alc. is still available only in Ohio ); earlier versions had 26.5%.[2] 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,[3] Kahlúa Especial has an alcohol content of 36%, has a lower viscosity, and is less sweet than the regular version.


Kahlúa is used to make cocktails and as a topping or ingredient in several desserts, including ice cream, cakes, and cheesecakes.

Kahlúa is a key ingredient in several notable cocktails:

It is frequently mixed with milk, cream, coffee, cocoa, and combinations of these. A licensed line of chocolates, with Kahlúa-flavored centers, is sold in Mexico, as well as small chocolate shot glass-style "cups" for serving the liqueur.

Because Kahlúa is made from coffee beans, it contains caffeine. According to the company, this is "approximately 10 mg per 100 mL (4.85 mg in each 1.5 oz) drink" or about 25% the amount found in the same volume of coffee.[5]


Kahlúa and Kahlúa Especial have received accolades from international [6] The Beverage Testing Institute gave the Especial a score of 85 in 2007.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Kahlúa Revitalizes Iconic Packaging".  
  2. ^ Kahlúa ad from 1975 Retrieved 2011-02-12.
  3. ^ Kahlua 'Unleashes' Major Holiday Marketing Push, Including New Television and Radio Advertising. Business Wire, November 10, 2003. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
  4. ^ "Spanish Coffee". Imbibe Magazine. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Carnaha, Ted. "Kahlua and Caffeine". Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Summary of Kahlúa Especial awards". Retrieved 2010-10-21. 

External links

  • Official website
  • On Kahlúa and Caffeine
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