If you are a fan of an Espresso Martini or Black Russian the Kahlua Brunch Club is for you!
Fancy a Boozy Brunch with a difference? The Kahlúa Brunch Club could be the perfect weekend treat. We went to check it out a few weeks back at new Manchester venue the Loft. Here’s what we found out!
History of Kahlúa
Kahlúa is most famous for its use in Espresso Martinis, but you may not know that its the secret ingredient in many of your favourite cocktails, including Black Russians and the B52. The name ‘Kahlua’ is actually from the Arabic word ‘kahwa, which is a slang term for coffee.
Kahlua started in 1936 when the Alvarez brothers added coffee beans to a liquor Blanco (similar to rum). Making Kahlúa is more complicated than simply adding the coffee though. The process from start to finish takes up to 9 months. Each year, the team at Kahlúa produce over two million cases a year, selling the liquor in 150 countries around the world.
The Kahlúa Brunch Club
The Kahlua Brunch Club is hosted at the Loft, a new venue on Quay Street. If you are struggling to find it like we did its best to search for ‘The Blend’ in Google maps. The Loft has been transformed into a communal living-room experience, packed with sofas, chill-out zones and even table football. It’s a great spot to relax with your mates whilst enjoying a drink or two. When we arrived we got the chance to unwind before being taken to the brunch area, where long benches were set up for the event.
First up, we got to try and make our own Espresso Martinis led by Richard, our cocktail expert for the day (any excuse to get on the martinis at 11 am I guess).
For those who don’t know the recipe is one part vodka, one part Kahlúa and one part chilled espresso – I recommend you do 25ml of each for every drink that you make.
Add plenty of ice (lots of ice stops the ice from melting into your drink) and your mix to a shaker and get shaking!
At the point you can’t hold on to the shaker any longer (it gets cold very fast!) you are ready to serve! As long as you get the measurements right it should taste great every time!
Once we’d enjoyed our martinis it was onto the first food course. We got to try the Smashed Avocado and Poached Hens egg, served on a Muffin topped with seasoned spinach and toasted pumpkin seeds. It was simply delectable, light yet filling.
Once brunch was done we also got to try the Chokahlua Orange, a Kahlúa based cocktail packed with cacao syrup, tequila and orange and of course plenty of Kahlua. A lively drink with plenty of kick. I would order it again.
Onto the Kahlúa Rainbow pancakes. These were colourfully stacked pancakes topped with warm Kahlúa Chocolate Sauce.
We got to decorate them ourselves too – lots of fun!
Overall, the Kahlua Brunch Club was excellent. In fact, I enjoyed it so much I couldn’t resist not buying a bottle of Kahlúa before I left!
Fancy trying the Kahlúa Brunch Club for yourself? The brunch club is back for one final weekend on the 26th-28th May. To find out more and to book visit https://www.kahlua.com/uk/kahlua-brunch-club/
Kahlúa Brunch Club
The Loft, 13 Quay Street, Manchester M3 3HN
Cost: £20, including 2-course brunch and 2 Kahlúa Cocktails