Kahlúa Iced Coffee In A Can: Why Not?
It certainly makes sense. The resultant cocktail is 5 percent alcohol, 150 calories, and sells for $2.50 per 6.8-ounce can or $9.99 for a six-pack. But does it make for a tasty beverage? Kahlúa was kind enough to send me a can of each of the three flavors: Iced Espresso, Iced Mocha and Cinnamon Spice.
Let the taste test begin.
I started with the simplest version, Iced Espresso (all three were sampled on the rocks). It sure is sweet, with a more dominant Kahlúa flavor than that of the others to come. I find it has too much coffee flavor -- somewhat akin to pouring Pernod into licorice juice. It's much better with some cream added, but that sort of takes away from the "grab-and-go" aspect of the cans. This is my least favorite of the trio.
(Note to suits at Kahlúa: Get your R & D team cracking to create a Creamed Kahlúa Iced Coffee. I ask only a modest 2 percent of gross sales for the suggestion).
The Cinnamon Spice flavor is the boldest and, to my taste, the best. Cinnamon notes sound upon first taste, followed by a hint of caramel. The Kahlúa thus becomes one of a few flavoring ingredients rather than the whole shebang. The spice also makes the taste more refreshing.
I think I'll go out now and get some chocolate-chocolate chip cookies to dunk into my coffee-coffee liqueur.
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