National Kahlua Day
Today, February 27, is national Kahlua Day. Kahlua originated in Veracruz, Mexico around 1936. It's a sweetened caffeine-fueled, coffee-flavored liquer that adds a kick to numerous cocktails and is especially wonderful as an after-dinner sipper. The gratifying formula is 100% Arabica coffee beans, rum, corn sugar and vanilla. Pour me a cup of coffee, add a little Kahlua with a topping of whipped cream and I've got my Sunday morning special.
In the 60's, Kahlua was led by an all female team, making it an oddity and a sign of the times to come. And it continues today to place women in chief positions. Kahlua is fun to experiment with, it can be used in many ways, as an addition to desserts, over ice cream, in candies and in cocktails, such as a White Russian, Black Russian, Espresso Martini, and the Canadian Cocktail known as the B-52 which has layers of Baileys and orange cognac, or add a dash of chile pepper to any drink to spice things up.
For a yummy drink try The Mudslide, a combination of Bailey's Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Vodka. It can be served on the rocks or blended into a potable milkshake. Salud!