Kahlúa: Mexican coffee liqueur par excellence

Mexican cuisine is the gift that keeps on giving. With delicious gastronomy that has had enormous influence all over the world, Mexico also produces high-quality wines and fantastic spirits like tequila, mezcal, and raicilla, to mention some, but there is a particular contribution many might not know comes from the Aztec land: Kahlúa.

Kahlúa is a tasty coffee liqueur crafted from the finest ingredients that grow side by side in rural Veracruz, Mexico.

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The story of Kahlúa began in 1936. It was created by Senior Blanco, Montalvo Lara, and the Álvarez brothers; with a great idea in mind, two of them forked out rich and tasteful Arabica coffee and another one, who was a chemist, made it real. The actual word Kahlúa has ties to ancient Arabic languages and is said to be slang for coffee.

Then, in the 1940s, Kahlúa was first introduced in the U.S. Once internationally known, Kahlúa had another breakthrough in 1948 with the creation of the Black Russian. Rumor has it that the older brother of the White Russian was created in Brussels in honor of a memorable hostess who threw the most lavish and unforgettable parties for important people.

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In order to prepare a Black Russian, you only need to fill a rocks glass with ice, add one part Kahlúa, two parts vodka. Then, mix, garnish with a cherry on top and enjoy.

In the 1950s, a Kahlúa company employee called Jules Berman was an enthusiastic collector of Pre-Columbian figures. He believed in the rich Mexican heritage and included the quirky figures in every ad.