Today I’m going to be taking a look at a brand new liqueur from Kahlua, Kahlua Coffee Cream. It’s a limited edition product rolling out to stores now for the holiday season. It is what it sounds like: Kahlua coffee liqueur blended with cream. Easy, right? If you like Kahlua, you’ve probably already made a similar drink yourself, because a-no-duh, it’s delicious. But this is NOT like a bottle of pre-mixed TGIFriday’s Long Island Iced Tea (barf!) or even some of Kahlua’s own pre-mix offerings like Mudslides or B-52s. It’s more in line with their Especial or Hazelnut liqueurs, carefully selected ingredients blended to make a singular liqueur suitable for drinking on its own or in a cocktail. For the sake of comparison, it’s similar to Castries or Baileys or Amarula.
I’m going to forgo the usual formalities and just get down to it. If you like Kahlua, you will like this. Pour it over ice, then into your face, and repeat. I tried coming up with a drink using KCC (abbreviations, get with it grandpa!), a variation on the classic Irish Car Bomb meant to be sipped as a cocktail rather than slammed down your gullet. However, upon attempting said cocktail, I remembered why you chug an Irish Car Bomb: cream curdles in beer. Doh! So instead of a delicious drink I could be proud of and share with all of my friends (and you guys*), I had a nasty curdled waste of perfectly good booze that I had to throw down the sink. Sad, eh? Luckily, people much smarter than me came up with some great cocktails at a recent Thursday Drink Night. I also have it on good authority that a number of people will be using KCC in this week’s Mixology Monday. CRISIS AVERTED.
I feel like I haven’t even explained how it tastes. More than most coffee cream liqueurs, KCC is much more coffee-forward. Not too much though, I’m not a coffee drinker and I still love this stuff. It’s sweet, but well balanced enough that it’s not cloying. There’s not much else to it, if you like Kahlua, I’ll bet dollars to donuts (whatever that means) that you’ll like this. Like I said, it’s limited for the holiday season, so grab some before it disappears!
*KIDDING, you know I love you, my sweet sweet bitches