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    Great Gluten-Free Cocktails with Kahlúa

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Wondering what gluten-free cocktails you can make with Kahlúa? Look no further.

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    Celiac.com 04/08/2021 - We get lots of questions about alcohol, especially flavored alcohols and liqueurs, such as Kahlúa. We recently did an article clarifying that Kahlúa is gluten-free and safe for people with celiac disease. Still, we get a lot of questions about cocktails to make with Kahlúa.

    In celebration of the announcement by the FDA that all distilled alcohol is gluten-free, we're including some great gluten-free cocktail recipes for you to enjoy all year long.



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    Here are some great gluten-free cocktails that you can make with Kahlúa, and with other Kahlúa flavors. You can find more great gluten-free Kahlúa cocktail recipes at the Kahlúa website.


    Kahlúa Coffee

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 2 parts coffee

    To Mix:

    • Add one part Kahlúa to a coffee cup.
    • Top with freshly brewed hot coffee.
    • Add milk as desired, and serve.


    Kahlúa Ice Coffee

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 2 parts iced coffee
    • 1 part milk

    To Mix:

    • Fill any cup, glass, carafe or pitcher with ice and iced coffee. 
    • Add Kahlúa, mix and serve.


    Kahlúa Espresso Martini

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 1 part Absolut vodka
    • 1 part Espresso

    To Mix: 

    • To a shaker, add Kahlúa, Absolut Vodka and espresso with plenty of ice. 
    • Shake 10 seconds or so, until frothy.
    • Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


    Kahlúa White Russian

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 1 part Absolut vodka
    • 1 part heavy cream

    To Mix:

    • Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. 
    • Add Kahlúa and Absolut Vodka.
    • Pour the cream off the back of a spoon to make a layer, and serve.


    Kahlúa Irish Cold Brew Martini

    • 2 parts Kahlúa
    • 1 part Jameson Whiskey
    • 3 parts cold brew

    To Mix:

    • Fill the shaker with ice and add two parts Kahlúa, one part Jameson whiskey and three parts cold brew coffee. Shake for at least 10 seconds. 
    • Strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.


    Kahlúa Black Russian

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 2 parts Absolut vodka

    To Mix:

    • Fill a rocks glass with ice. 
    • Add one part Kahlúa, two parts Absolut Vodka. 
    • Mix and garnish with a cherry.


    Kahlúa Cold Irish Coffee

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 1 part Jameson Whiskey
    • 2 parts cold brew
    • 1 part cream

    To Mix:

    • In a wine glass, add Kahlúa, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Cold Brew. 
    • Add a layer or cream. 
    • Garnish with coffee grinds, as desired, and serve.


    Kahlúa Brandy Alejandro

    • 1 part Kahlúa
    • 1 part Martell
    • 1 part Espresso
    • ½ part cream

    To Mix:

    • Fill a shaker with ice. 
    • Add all ingredients. 
    • Shake the ingredients for 10 seconds. 
    • Strain into a cocktail glass. 
    • Garnish with grated nutmeg, as desired, and serve
       

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    Scott Adams was diagnosed with celiac disease in 1994, and, due to the nearly total lack of information available at that time, was forced to become an expert on the disease in order to recover. In 1995 he launched the site that later became Celiac.com to help as many people as possible with celiac disease get diagnosed so they can begin to live happy, healthy gluten-free lives.  He is co-author of the book Cereal Killers, and founder and publisher of the (formerly paper) newsletter Journal of Gluten Sensitivity. In 1998 he founded The Gluten-Free Mall which he sold in 2014. Celiac.com does not sell any products, and is 100% advertiser supported.


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