Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail [Sponsored Post]

by Irvin on August 14, 2014 · 8 comments

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The Irish Kahlua Summer cocktail features a caramelized sugar rim for a sophisticated impressive drink to guests and at home.

Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

I’m gonna be honest. I’m a sucker for setting things on fire. In the kitchen that is. Under controlled conditions. I’m not pyro! But if there’s a way for me to flambé a dish or bring out the crème brulee torch I’m all over it. So when I came across a technique for caramelizing a sugar rim around a glass I knew I had to incorporate it into my latest Kahlúa cocktail. The resulting drink that I call the Irish Kahlua Summer cocktail was tasty and terrific, the perfect sort of beverage that will impress the guests with minimum effort. (Jump directly to the recipe.)

Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

Now the most important thing about making the Irish Summer cocktail is using tempered glass cocktail cups. Do NOT attempt to make the caramelized sugar rim with a normal everyday glass as it will shatter, which, lets face it, is not a fun thing for anyone. Tempered glass is a specially treated glass that can withstand high heat and is more physically durable. Most places that sell specialty barware can direct you to cups and cocktail glasses made with tempered glass. They aren’t expensive, and you can certainly order them online as well (though you often have to buy them in large sets online). You may even have some tempered glasses in your house already (look underneath the bottom of the glass, it will tell you if the glass is tempered) but please don’t try to caramelize the sugar on the rim of a normal glass.

Using a kitchen blowtorch to create a caramel sugar rim on a glass. Photo by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love.

After that, the only little piece of equipment you need is a crème brulee torch. The caramelized sugar rim not only looks great and is impressive but isn’t as cloyingly sweet as a regular sugar rim that dissolves in your mouth as you drink. And, for easy clean up, after your done with your drink. Just turn the glass over, rim down, in a rimmed baking pan filled with warm soapy water. The caramelized sugar should just dissolve off in a few hours.

Irish Kahlua Summer Cocktail Recipe by Irvin Lin of Eat the Love

This post was sponsored by Kahlúa. I was compensated for the post and for developing the recipe. However all opinions above (and below) are completely my own and not endorsed by Kahlúa. Visit Kahlúa’s various social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest) for more cocktail and entertainment ideas and join in on the fun by sharing your own Kahlúa creation using the hashtag #KahluaSummer.

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way August 15, 2014 at 3:23 am

It looks delicious but I’m going to be one of “those” people who ask a mundane question — is the glass hard to clean once you’ve caramelized the sugar around the rim? I’d love to have the little blow torch — you can melt cheese and do all sorts of nifty things with it. I’m afraid to get one though because I think my Honey would want to use it all the time. I will definitely try this cocktail.


Irvin August 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

In my post I actually address that! Just turn the glass upside down and place in a shallow dish filled with hot soapy water so the sugar is submerged and it’ll dissolve in an hour or so! You don’t even need the soap. I’ve never had a problem with getting the sugar off. And those little blow torches are awesome! I love mine.


Phillip || August 15, 2014 at 10:15 am

Looove the sugar on the glass!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet August 15, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Love everything about this – the caramelized sugar and the cocktail! Pinned!


Mary Younkin August 16, 2014 at 8:21 am

This looks phenomenal! I’ve never seen anything like it and now I’m craving this drink at 8am. I’ve had a kitchen torch in my Amazon shoppping cart for months, and that baby is going to be bought today.


Carla August 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm

A caramelized sugar rim for a cocktail?! Ok I really need to try this recipe! Thanks for the warning about the glass because I’m the person who would break one lol


Jean | August 21, 2014 at 11:36 am

Irvin, that is a good-looking/-sounding drink! Was thinking of you this morning because of a comment you made on my blog a couple years ago. It was on the post about my popcorn-making issues. Wanted you to know that I listened to what you said, but one of the tips only just sunk in. I have now, at last, mastered stovetop popcorn! Hey, it would go good with this drink, wouldn’t it?


Irvin August 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Thanks Jean! I’m so glad I was helpful. I totally remember leaving that comment! And yes, this drink would go really well with popcorn. Well, actually pretty much anything goes well with popcorn. I LOVE popcorn!


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