kahlua iced coffeeOver here at Cocktail Enthusiast headquarters, we’re really gearing up for National Coffee Day. Which is Saturday. Yesterday, we looked at some espresso cocktails, and today we’re diving into a trio of Kahlua Iced Coffees. Which come in cans.

Most bars, and lots of people, keep a bottle of Kahlua around for the occasional addition to coffee. Or for that one friend who drinks White Russians. But these 6.8 ounce cans are ready-to-drink Arabica coffee-based pre-mixed cocktails. And they come in three flavors.

Kahlua Iced Espresso

This one tastes the most like coffee. It’s sweet, but the dark coffee notes come through nicely. A bit of ice dials down the sweetness. I could see downing one of these before heading out for your evening. It tastes better than your average energy drink. And at 5% ABV, it’s about five times boozier.

Kahlua Cinnamon Spice

The spice notes are a solid touch, and they give the whole affair a hint of the holidays. That said, I still found myself wanting to pour this into some actual iced coffee to combat the sugar.

Kahlua Iced Mocha

This one’s pretty simple. You’ve got some chocolate-coffee notes, and that’s about it. But it’s probably my favorite of the bunch. And it’s surprisingly less sweet than the Cinnamon Spice.

The verdict: Eh, not bad. If you like Kahlua, you’ll probably like these. But I wanted to alter each one to tame the sugar. Of course, if you’re into sweeter-style beverages, these might do it for you.

For us, grab-and-go coffee beverages have great application when you’re late for work and running out the door. Or driving. But neither situation is well-suited to drinking alcohol. So we’re hard-pressed to see the need for Kahlua drinks in cans. That said, they could be good for parties, if you find a 750ml bottle too unwieldy to schlep around. Or, if you love Kahlua and would be interested in a variety of flavors, then keep some cans chilling in your fridge.

Each Kahlua Iced Coffee clocks in at 5% alcohol by volume per 200 ml can. They’ll cost you about $2.50 per can and $9.99 for a four-pack.


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