Review: Kahlua Mocha Liqueur

Review: Kahlua Mocha Liqueur

In case you hadn’t noticed (and I’ve yet to see these widely on sale in liquor stores), Kahlua is now broadening its line away from just the standby coffee liqueur and into other flavors. The latest is the 40-proof Kahlua Mocha, a chocolate-coffee blend launching this month that is built from “100% Arabica coffee, natural vanilla and real dark chocolate.”

It’s kind of a no-brainer. Who doesn’t like chocolate and coffee together?

In the glass, however, the chocolate flavor is definitely muted. I tried it in a mocha-fied Black Russian and the chocolate flavor wasn’t readily apparent. If I hadn’t known it was there and wasn’t paying attention, I might not have even noticed. While overall the drink was just fine and very enjoyable, you could easily get the same effect by adding a 1/4 oz. of chocolate liqueur to your Black Russian, or a couple of drops of chocolate syrup, in a pinch.

I did enjoy Kahlua Mocha better than Kahlua Hazelnut (C+ / $15), which struck me as having a chemical taste instead of a nutty one. (The Hazelnut was better with additional mixers instead of just vodka.) I’ve yet to try the other new flavor, Kahlua French Vanilla and Kahlua Especial, which is kind of the “reserve” version of regular Kahlua but which sounds like a winner.

Bottom line: If you like regular Kahlua, you’ll probably feel exactly the same way about Kahlua Mocha.

40 proof.

B / $15

Kahlua Mocha Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Donna on March 20, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    In the early 1970’s I lived in El Paso, TX and frequently crossed the border to Ciudad Juarez and purchased “Chokahlu” (chocolate Kahlua.) I have been trying to locate the product ever since and to my surprise, yesterday, in Charleston, SC I located “Kahlua Mocha” and purchased to see if it was the same thing. Wow, after nearly 40 years, they have finally marketed that product again, with a new name. Fabulous!

  2. Laura on May 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I love this!! I put about a shot in and add milk. WOW!! I am a lightweight so usually 2 drinks and I’m done. But with this I can have 4 or 5 and still no buzz!! Which also means no hangover!! Thank you Kahlua!!

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