Facts and information about the liqueur drink Kahlua
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Facts and Information about the Kahlua Liqueur
The alcoholic drink Kahlua is a liqueur. Liqueurs are sweet alcoholic drinks which are flavoured with a variety of different ingredients and come in a variety of different colors. The word 'liqueur' derives from the Latin word 'liquifacere' which means to melt or dissolve - the flavorings used to make liqueurs are dissolved. Kahlua is a dark Mexican coffee liqueur. It is heavy and sweet, with a very distinct taste of Mexican coffee, which gives it a dark brown colour.
What is Kahlua?
Liqueurs are flavored with a whole variety of different ingredients! These ingredients include fruits, herbs, spices, flowers, seeds, nuts, roots, plants, barks, eggs and cream. The following list details the main ingredients of Kahlua together with other info about this famous liqueur.
- Main ingredients of Kahlua - Coffee
- Country of origin - Mexico
- Color - Dark Brown
Additional background information about Kahlua
Additional background information about this famous liqueur:
- Kahlua has been produced by Allied Domecq which was acquired in 2005 by Pernod Ricard
What is the difference between Liqueurs and Spirits?
There are so many different types of Liqueurs that it is difficult to specify precise differences. However the general differences between liqueurs and spirits are:
- Liqueurs generally have a lower alcohol content
- Liqueurs are often sweetened with sugar, syrup or honey
- Liqueurs are usually infused with woods, fruits or flowers with sugar in either water or alcohol or distilled from aromatic, flavouring or coloring ingredients
- Flavors are dissolved to make Liqueurs - they can therefore be referred to as flavored spirits
How to serve the Kahlua Liqueur
Liqueurs are made in nearly every country of the world and come in a variety of different flavors and colors. This makes every liqueur drink, such as Kahlau, an extremely versatile drink. This popular Liqueur can be served:
- Straight up - Perfect as after dinner drinks and usually served at room temperature
- On the rocks - If a cold drink is preferred liqueurs can be chilled and served over ice cubes or mixed with crushed ice
- Served with coffee
- Liqueurs can be mixed with other mixers to create some really good and extremely colorful cocktails
Rainbow Liqueur Drinks - Floating Liqueurs
Ever wondered how bartenders create those unusual rainbow effects when making cocktails? They use a method called 'Floating liqueurs' which is achieved by 'floating' a measure of liqueur in a glass by pouring it slowly over an inverted spoon or down a glass rod on top of previous layers. This creates a rainbow effect in a glass when using different colored liqueurs or cordials. Liqueurs are sometimes referred to as Cordials, which causes some confusion. In America a cordial mean a sweet, syrup like alcoholic beverage. However, in the UK a cordial means a non-alcoholic, sweet, syrupy drink!
Quantities and Proportions of ingredients in Kahlua cocktail drinks
Quantities of ingredients tend to cause confusion - no problem, just use the correct proportions of each ingredient to create the best authentic & original cocktail recipe! You can use a thimble, cup or even a pitcher ( if you are making this recipe for a group or a crowd ) when you make a cocktail! The following simple guidelines will also help with the different quantities referred to in other cocktail recipes:
- 1 oz (ounce) equals 2 tbsp (tablespoons) or 3 cl (centilitres)
- 30ml equals 1 oz
- 1 shot equals 3 tbsp (tablespoons) or 1½ oz (ounces) or 45 ml (millilitres)
- 1 cup equals 8 oz (ounces) or 24 cl (centilitres) or 240 ml (millilitres)