Kahlua Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:24%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Kahlua Martini, also known as the Black Russian, is a cocktail that has been around since the mid-20th century. It was first created in Brussels, Belgium in 1949 by bartender Gustave Tops. The drink was made in honor of Perle Mesta, the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg at the time. This cocktail is a favorite among those who appreciate a strong, coffee-flavored drink with a hint of sweetness.

How Kahlua Martini Tastes?

The Kahlua Martini is a robust and rich cocktail. It has a strong coffee flavor, thanks to the Kahlua, with a hint of sweetness. The vodka adds a kick, making it a strong, yet smooth drink.

Interesting facts about Kahlua Martini

  • The Kahlua Martini is also known as the Black Russian.
  • It was first created in 1949 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • The cocktail was made in honor of Perle Mesta, the U.S. ambassador to Luxembourg.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Kahlua: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Ice cubes: As needed

A few good options for Kahlua Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka acts as the strong, neutral base in this cocktail, balancing the sweet richness of Kahlua without overpowering it. At 2 oz, it's just enough to give the martini its signature kick without causing you to make that I-think-I-just-saw-a-ghost face. Too much vodka, and you'd overpower the Kahlua; too little, and the drink becomes a coffee-flavored soft sipper. If you're out of vodka, try white rum for a slightly sweeter, more tropical twist.

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Kahlua brings the coffee-flavored soul to the party. 1 oz is perfect for providing that rich, velvety depth without making the drink too sweet or syrupy. If Kahlua is replaced with another coffee liqueur, the flavor profile might shift slightly depending on the alternative's sugar content and coffee bean origin, so tread carefully. Skipping Kahlua is like throwing a pool party without water—it just doesn't make sense.

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Ice Cubes

Ice is the silent hero here. It chills the drink, making it crisp and refreshing. As needed because everyone has their own tolerance for how cold they can handle their Martinis. No ice? Expect a lukewarm handshake instead of a cool embrace.

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Recipe. How to make Kahlua Martini Drink

  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add 2 oz of vodka.
  3. Add 1 oz of Kahlua.
  4. Stir until well chilled.
  5. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality vodka for the best taste.
  • Make sure to chill your martini glass before serving for the best experience.
  • Don't over-stir the cocktail, as it can dilute the flavors.

Perfect Pairings

Coffee-Flavored Desserts

Pairing Kahlua Martini with coffee-flavored desserts like tiramisu or espresso-infused chocolate cake complements the coffee notes in the Kahlua, creating a harmonious balance between sips and bites.

Savory Finger Foods

Opt for savory finger foods such as miniature stuffed mushrooms or prosciutto-wrapped melon. These light bites won't overpower the cocktail's flavor profile.


Indulging in dark or milk chocolate brings out the richness of the Kahlua, adding a sweet contrast to the martini's strength.

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What you could change in Kahlua Martini

  • If you don't have Kahlua, you can use any coffee liqueur.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can add a splash of cream to make it a White Russian.

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Espresso Martini

Ingredients: Vodka, Coffee Liqueur, Freshly Brewed Espresso, Simple Syrup

Recipe: Replace the Kahlua with equal parts of espresso and simple syrup. This twist creates an edgier, more caffeinated martini that'll keep you dancing until the sun comes up.

Chocolate Martini

Ingredients: Vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, Crème de Cacao, Chocolate Syrup

Recipe: Swap out Kahlua for chocolate liqueur and a splash of Crème de Cacao. Drizzle chocolate syrup in the glass before pouring. It's dessert and a drink, all in one chocolatey delight.

Vanilla Bean Martini

Ingredients: Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, Vanilla Bean Paste

Recipe: Use vanilla-flavored vodka and a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste. This will add a sweet, aromatic layer that's reminiscent of a cozy blanket on a chilly evening.

In case you forgot basics how to make Kahlua Martini

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Kahlua Martini

What is the best time to serve Kahlua Martini?

Kahlua Martini being a robust, rich cocktail, is best to be served as a post-dinner drink or at cocktail parties.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Kahlua Martini?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can replace vodka and Kahlua with non-alcoholic substitutes available in the market. For instance, use decaf coffee or a blend of vanilla and sugar syrup to replace Kahlua.

How else can I garnish Kahlua Martini?

Apart from coffee beans, you can add a twist of lemon peel or even a maraschino cherry to your Kahlua Martini for a different flavor profile.

What savory snacks pair well with Kahlua Martini?

Salted nuts, cheese plates, or charcuterie boards go well with this cocktail.

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