Caramel Kahlua Cocktail

Ever have one of those days where everything is just too much, but you just can’t stop? People are relying on you and you’re relying on you and the idea of letting them down or even taking a break is just not an option. That was me last night. My school work, Peanut’s school work, foundation work, It Works! work, taxes, summer camp… pretty much anything that’s on my calendar for the rest of the year seemed to be doing a simultaneous balancing act in my lap. And I just didn’t know how to shake it off and just keep going.

Then I remembered my beastie’s constant promotion of self-care:  taking care of you. Thinking of you. Breathing for you because if you don’t take care of you, the ones that you are working so hard to take care of won’t have you. It’s hard to say no sometimes; it’s hard to ask for help sometimes, and it’s hard to think of myself sometimes, but in that overwhelming moment it hit me like a ton of bricks. So I walked away. I didn’t stay away, but I took about an hour to decompress, laugh with The Husband, and come up with a quick coffee cocktail. I came back with fresh eyes, managed to inadvertently get some work done (this recipe), and breathe new life into myself at the same time.

Now, I’m not a Kahlua drinker; I bought a bottle to make some shots at my cousin’s bachelorette shower (sounds weird, I know), and I still have about a half bottle left because I only break it out when we have company and I can convince folk to take shots with me. But I figured, what the hell? Let’s see what I can come up with. The Husband was mildly impressed as he just KNEW it was going to be awful, and it wound up being just too sweet for him. I personally would need about 3 other people to share it with so that I can drink it warm. Once it cooled down, it lost its “zing,” but try it both warm and cold and let me know what you think!


Serves 8

Caramel Kahlua Cocktail
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  • 1 - 8oz. cup of brewed coffee
  • 1/2 C Kahlua
  • 1 Tbsp. Torani caramel syrup


  • To the cup of coffee, add in the Kahlua and caramel syrup and stir. Pour into 1 oz. shooter or shot glasses and enjoy!
Cuisine: Cocktails |

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