How To Make An Amazing Kahlua Coffee Soda

Is there anyone who travels to Mexico who doesn’t bring home a bottle of Kahlua?

If you don’t – please bring us one if you go!

The dark, coffee and cane-sugar-based liqueur is very popular.

And once you try this Kahlua Coffee Soda recipe, our bet is that it will become an even bigger fave in your house.

Kahlua Coffee Soda

Is there anything better than watching cream swirling into coffee? This Kahlua coffee soda could not be easier, too! It’s a quick drink to prepare, with just a few ingredients, that acts as a refresher and a pick-me-up.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Kahlua Coffee Soda recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 390 kcal


  • 1 shot espresso
  • 1.5 oz kahlua
  • 2-4 dashes aromatic bitters or black walnut bitters
  • soda water
  • 1/4 cup half & half cream
  • 1 cup ice


  1. Make the espresso

  2. Pour the espresso over the ice so it has a chance to cool down

  3. Pour in the Kahlua

  4. Add a few dashes of the bitters

  5. Put in a splash of soda

  6. Add the half & half cream

Recipe Notes

You can make the espresso earlier and either leave it on the counter or put it into the refrigerator to cool to room temperature. This way, your espresso doesn’t melt your ice too quickly.

How to Make A Kahlua Coffee Soda

This is an easy recipe to make and it requires a limited number of ingredients.

But before we leap into the details of this delicious coffee beverage, let’s talk a little bit about Kahlua. It has an interesting history, and it is the number one coffee liqueur in the world.

And for good reason – it’s tasty, with a sophisticated, yet robust flavor that comes from the romance between the cane sugar and the coffee.

Ready to Kahlua up and make this?

This recipe makes one drink. You may want to double it (in our humble opinion). It’s that good.

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Step #1.  Make the Espresso

Make your favorite espresso.

As much as having a good espresso maker at home is pretty much #lifegoals for coffee fanatics, if you don’t have one yet, you can still make good espresso without a machine.

This drink may be what inspires you to go out and get a machine. If that’s the case – the Rocket R58 comes highly recommended.

Being able to make great espresso at home really is one of life’s little pleasures.

A rich, dark roast is a good choice for this drink. One of the more popular beans for drinks such as this are Brazilian coffee beans.

They primarily have a nutty, chocolatey flavor which goes well with the Kahlua and the cream.

Step #2. Ice the Espresso

Pour the espresso over the ice so it has a chance to cool down.

PRO TIP - If you are the type to plan ahead, make the espresso and either leave it on the counter or put it into the refrigerator to cool to room temperature. This way, your espresso doesn’t melt your ice too quickly.

Step #3. Pour in the Kahlua

Next up, pour in the Kahlua.

This step releases the fragrance of the espresso and the Kahlua as they swirl together over the ice.

This is when your mouth starts to water, anticipating how good it is going to taste.

Step #4. Be Bitter

Add a few dashes of the bitters. When you first make this, be conservative and go for two dashes and see how it tastes.

Some people prefer more of this essence, and some less. Better to “under bitter” and add more later.

If you don’t know much about bitters, it is worth learning about what they bring to your cocktails - coffee and otherwise.

They are quite an interesting ingredient. And certainly, for this drink, are an important part of the overall taste.

Step #5. Splash the Soda

This is another step where you want to do this to taste.

The reason for the soda is to give this drink a bit of effervescence. It’s more for texture than taste.

Do you remember ice cream floats with root beer or ginger ale that you had as a kid – and the bubbles in it that tickled your nose and your taste buds?

This is reminiscent of that delightful experience.

Our recommendation: put in a splash of soda and see what you think. If it isn’t bubbly enough, add another splash.

Step #6. Add the Half & Half Cream

Now it’s time to add the cream. Pour it in and watch the magic as it winds its way around the ice cubes and through the espresso and Kahlua.

It is quite the visual. And the end result is beautiful.

Now it’s up to you whether you stir it all together or let each ingredient settle where it wants to go.

There are arguments for each side of this decision.

Some people prefer it all mixed up so that the flavors are fully blended; others like to let the interaction between elements take its natural course and surprise them in each sip – although watch out for too much Kahlua in one mouthful… that’s a real risk!

Step #7. Enjoy!

Find a comfortable seat, put your feet up, sit back and enjoy this deliciously tipsy adult beverage.

And once you try this, you can pretty much expect that you will be bringing bottles of Kahlua back from every trip to Mexico from now on. It’s just what happens.

The Last Sip Of Your Kahlua Coffee Soda

How was it? What did you think – is it a new favorite cold beverage? Did this tutorial work for you?

We hope so. The Kahlua Coffee Soda is such a great cold coffee drink – and so easy to make.

And it will impress your friends, guaranteed!

Let us know what you think in the comments section. And – if you have a Kahlua fan in your world, please share this recipe!

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