How to Make Kahlua Iced Coffee
Iced coffee is a near perfect hot weather beverage. The rush of caffeine, the hint of creaminess, and the refreshing icy chill all combine to jolt you from your summer doldrums.
The only thing missing? That extra kick of coffee liqueur.
That’s where this Kahlua Iced Coffee recipe comes in. Give it a shot on the next sleepy, sweaty day and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Kahlua Iced Coffee
The ingredients for Kahlua iced coffee are largely what you would expect: Kahlua and iced coffee. It’s not much more complicated than grabbing your ingredients and mixing them all together. For something so utterly delicious, Kahlua iced coffee is remarkably easy to make.
- 1 shot espresso (or a large mug of brewed coffee)
- 1 oz Kahlua
- 1 cup milk
- 0-3 tsp white sugar (to taste)
- ice cubes
- tall glass (chilled in the freezer)
- mixing spoon
Make the coffee and let it cool down a bit
Add sweetener to taste
Add cream (or milk), and Kahlua to the coffee. Stir it up well
Add enough ice cubes to fill the glass, give it one last good stir
Optional: add your favorite topping
Make your ice cubes from coffee rather than water. That way, as the ice melts, it doesn’t dilute your drink!
How To Make Kahlua Iced Coffee
The ingredients for Kahlua iced coffee are largely what you would expect.
Namely, Kahlua and iced coffee.
There are two variations depending on whether you would rather work with espresso or regular brewed coffee. This tutorial will guide you through either process.
The choice of variation depends both on your available coffee-making tools, as well as your propensity for, or aversion to, dairy.
The former has more of the qualities of a delicious coffee-and-alcohol-flavoured glass of milk, while the latter more closely resembles an iced coffee with a shot of booze.
Both variations are delicious. And both will benefit from whatever additional toppings you usually enjoy on iced coffee -- a sprinkle of cinnamon, a dollop of whipped cream, some chocolate shavings, or a grind of nutmeg. Don’t be afraid to get creative!
PRO TIP - If you really want to impress, make your ice cubes from coffee rather than water. That way, as the ice melts, it doesn’t dilute your drink!
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For something so utterly delicious, Kahlua iced coffee is remarkably easy to make.
It’s not much more complicated than grabbing your ingredients and mixing them all together!
Step #1: Make coffee
Make coffee using whatever method you prefer and whichever beans strike your fancy.
If you’re really feeling lazy, you can even buy quality cold brew from the store for use in this drink.
I used a French Press for mine because I like the option of making a particularly strong brew that can stand up to a bit of dilution by other ingredients.
Step #2: Let the coffee cool down a bit
You can skip this step if you’re using a shot of espresso. But a hot cup of brewed coffee will likely melt the ice cubes too fast and leave you with a watery, lukewarm result.
Have patience -- it will be worth it!
This is also a good opportunity to add sweetener to taste. The hot coffee will make it much easier to dissolve the sugar than if you wait until later.
Step #3: Mix it together
Now that your coffee has cooled down, it’s time to add the special ingredients. Add cream (or milk), and Kahlua to the coffee.
Stir it up well.
Step #4: Cool it down
Add enough ice cubes to fill the glass, give it one last good stir, and enjoy the fruits of your very minimal labour.
Or, carry on to Step #5.
Step #5: Dress it up!
Add your favourite toppings.
Sprinkle some cinnamon or drizzle some chocolate sauce. Dollop some whipped cream or grate on a dash of nutmeg. There is no wrong answer!
Using Iced Coffee Cubes
We’ve mentioned them a couple of times thus far, but coffee ice cubes or “coffee cubes” really are worth taking into consideration with recipes like this one.
Iced coffee is a delicious beverage, it really is, but one of the greatest struggles for any iced coffee drinker is cooling your beverage off without watering it down.
That’s where coffee iced cubes come into play. They’re sweet and simple to make and can save your cold coffee beverages from ruination!
Simple brew up some coffee (typically a cup or two should be enough) and let it cool off. That last part is important, especially if you have a typical run-of-the-mill plastic ice cube tray, as you don’t want to go filling it with hot liquid that could potentially damage the plastic or, even worse, leach chemicals into your drink!
Pro Tip: Try using a silicone ice cube tray in order to make extracting the cubes as easy as pie!
Once the coffee’s at room temperature, fill up your tray and stick it in the freezer.
Wait a few hours and, hey presto, you’ve got “coffee ice cubes” that won’t dilute your drink!
If you’re more of a visual learner, you can see a quick video tutorial on the process from the folks over at 1912 Pike.
One final note. In the video, they use a French Press, but, in our humble opinion, it really doesn’t matter too much which kind of brewer you use.
The strength of the coffee brewed, on the other hand, does make a difference.
If you brew some strong coffee it will help to increase the potency of your drink as it melts. A weaker batch or even simply some normal strength coffee, on the other hand, should change the drink less dramatically (obviously!).
You can use this to your advantage, and may even want to freeze up both options — just make sure to label them so you know what’s what! — so that you can increase or decrease the coffee intensity in your drinks even after they’ve been made!
Enjoy Your Kahlua Iced Coffee!
Did you enjoy this tutorial? I hope it inspired you take your first stab at the wonderful world of mixed coffee drinks.
And there’s no reason to stop here!
Try chocolate or almond liqueurs, dark or light coffees, nut or soy milks. Have fun getting caffeinated, and maybe a little tipsy, this summer.
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