I was 6 years old. My parents were throwing a Christmas party. I was thirsty and scouring the spread of food for a drink. My parents were busy entertaining. I saw “little cups” of what I thought was chocolate milk. My parents were horrified as I shot back Kahlua in front of all their guests. But you know what? I regret nothing because I never forgot the milky, sweet goodness that is Kahlua. I don’t think a lot of people can forget it once they try it, especially considering its cool history.
Meaning “house of Acolhua people,” Kahlua roots its origins in the Veracruz peoples of Mexico. It’s made with rum, Mexican coffee beans, sugar and vanilla, and while some people make it at home, I think Domecq has the recipe perfected. Why fix something that ain’t broke?
Speaking of fixing things, people all around the nation are fixing their Friday from drab to fab by rejoicing in coffee liqueur bliss. But there’s another group of on-trend Americans who are also celebrating National Strawberry day!
It’s not often that two holidays so complementary to each other fall on the same day! TGIF the right way with this delectable recipe for a Neapolitan shot (below). Any Friday justifies a celebration, so I say call as many people you know to celebrate what might be called a “cream liqueur celestial day of alignment!”
1/3 oz. Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
1/3 oz. White creme de cacao
1/3 oz. Tequila Rose Strawberry Cream Liqueur
Carefully layer in a shot glass. First pour Kahlua, and then slowly pour white creme de cacao over a spoon. Finally pour Tequila Rose slowly over white creme de cacao with a spoon as well.
Get your Straw-hlua goodies here!
Yes, we know, the layers are out of order in our re-created version of the shot. Just follow the recipe, folks!
Allie Smallwood, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits marketing copywriter