Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you’ll find the answers to the top most asked about Kahlúa.

Made with 100% Arabica coffee beans and rum, Kahlúa coffee liqueur is one of the main ingredients in many of the world’s favorite cocktails. From the White Russian, Black Russian and Mudslide, to the cocktail du jour… the Espresso Martini! Plus many more classics, old and new.

Brunch, lunch, evening drinks, or whenever—Kahlúa helps turn the average into the extraordinary (and any coffee into a delicious coffee cocktail).

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Kahlúa Original boasts the deep, rich flavour of real black coffee, roasted chestnut and indulgent sweet butter.

Deep coffee brown.

No, our products are made with 100% Arabica coffee beans and rum.

Yep. Kahlúa contains about 100 ppm caffeine, which means about 100ml/ litre of product. So, for a standard 1.5 oz drink of Kahlúa there would be about 5 mg of caffeine.

Just to put it in perspective, an 8 oz brewed coffee can contain up to about 200mg of caffeine.

Kahlúa can be enjoyed on the rocks (try a White Russian), over ice cream (try an Affogato Martini), mixed within a hot drink (try a Kahlúa Coffee or Kahlúa Hot Cocoa), or used within baking recipes. You can also try mixing up one of our popular recipes, the classic Espresso Martini.

There are many delicious mixers which Kahlúa work well with.
Some options include:
Absolut Vodka
Heavy cream
Coffee (e.g Espresso, iced coffee, cold brew)
Ginger Ale
Tonic water
Club Soda

Visit our drinks page here for full coffee cocktail recipes.

Yes, you must! Here are some delicious classic coffee drink recipes containing Kahlúa.

The combinations of Kahlúa cocktails and drinks are virtually endless. But you can find all our favorite Kahlúa recipes on our site. Just go to

We also regularly post new recipes and drink inspiration on our social feed, so follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Yes, all our drink recipes are easy-to-make, and perfect for at home mixing. You can view them all here. You can also check out our Youtube channel for easy how-to-mix videos.

No, but we recommend to store it in a cool dry place once opened.

We have redesigned the label to make it clearer that we’re made with real coffee, and better connect to our Mexican heritage.


Yes, in some markets such as the UK and Canada (for now). We have decided to reduce the ABV level from 20% to 16%. This is to better answer a growing consumer demand for lower ABV products. Our new bottle maintains the original taste profile and texture.

The price remains the same, as the ingredients and product remain the same high quality. Our product still maintains that great real coffee taste!

Nope. We’ve kept the coffee in Kahlúa the same. However, some may find the notes of coffee more prominent.

The Nutritional Info for Kahlúa products can be found under each product.

For other bottles, go here and click on the product you’re interested in, then click on “View Nutritional Information”.

The cane sugar has been decreased by a small amount in each 700ml bottle, to match the lower ABV level. It is now to 3.5 grams, meaning there’s 7 kcal less, per 30ml EU serving size.

There’s no need to change the way you make Kahlúa cocktails at home. The new formula still blends itself perfectly to the same cocktail recipes it previously did.

Yes! There’s no need to get rid of your old bottle.

Nope. There’s no need to remove any older Kahlúa stock. In future, the 16% ABV level bottle will be the only formula produced.

To find out the production date of your bottle, just drop us an email below with the LOT code of the bottle and pictures of the front and back label, and we’ll help you find out the production date. The LOT code is a combination of letters and numbers and usually lasered onto the glass or the label.

For Kahlúa Original, we recommend a shelf life of 4 years.

Actually, the product will be good for many more years, but the coffee impact fades over time so it won’t give you the full flavor impact. Also, if you were to receive an old bottle of Kahlúa, you have to make sure it has never been opened or tampered with.

The Kahlúa Flavors have a recommended shelf life of 2 years.

The Kahlúa RTD’s have a recommended shelf life of 1 year.

No, Kahlúa Original does not contain milk, cream or any milk derived ingredients.

Kahlúa Espresso Martini RTD’s and Kahlúa Nitro Cold Brew RTD’s also do not contain milk or cream.

Please note, these products are lactose free, but not acceptable for a vegan diet.

However, Kahlúa Mudslide RTD, White Russian RTD, Vanilla White Russian RTD, and Kahlua with Milk RTD do contain milk and/or milk proteins.

Nope! There are no nuts, coconut or tree nuts of any kind in Kahlúa Original and Flavors.

However, RTD cans should be checked individually. Just contact us below.

Kahlúa Original, Kahlúa Flavors and Kahlúa Ready-To-Drink (RTD’s) are NOT acceptable for a vegan diet.

No, Kahlúa Original and Kahlúa Flavors do not contain any allergens.

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The processes of distillation should eliminate cereal proteins from distilled spirits drinks and therefore distilled drinks are generally accepted for a gluten-free diet.

We do not add any known gluten ingredients in Kahlúa Original or the Kahlúa Flavors. Please note however, that we cannot offer specific advice, and recommend that you discuss these matters with your medical or dietetic advisors.

Although our coffee cocktail recipes have recommended measurements based on Kahlúa, for non-alcoholic substitions, you can try using coffee, chocolate extract or coffee flavored syrup.

No, Kahlúa is not a Kosher certified product.

Not directly, but we have a licencing partnership with Keurig, who are the producers of such pods. You can purchase Kahlúa Coffee pods using this link – Our Kahlúa Original Coffee pods are master roasted using 100% Arabica beans chosen for their superior quality and unique characteristics, ensuring a rich and lively flavor.

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