Being big fans of the Espresso Martini here at I Love Manchester and the fact we need at least 15 coffees of a morning just to function normally, we were all ears about the new coffee Liqueur experience in the Northern Quarter.
Kahlúa, the original Mexican coffee liqueur, has teamed up with Manchester hospitality heroes The Liquorists, The Coffee Circle and Teacup on Thomas Street to launch ‘Kahlúa Coffee House’, its first creative food and drink experience; inspired by the unique heritage of Veracruz, Mexico.
From Friday 29th March to April 28th at 104 High Street in the northern quarter, the vibrant Kahlúa Coffee House will feature two floors of Mexican inspired coffee cocktails, food, film nights and a speakeasy style VIP room, Salon de Kahlúa hosted by cocktail masters The Liquorists.
Manchester’s finest swing aficionado Dr Sid will open the venue with a guest DJ appearance on Good Friday and the fun continues throughout April with a series of free cocktail master classes, film screenings and surprise events. Follow the Kahlúa Coffee House on Twitter @KahluaUK to find out what is going on first.
Cocktail and Coffee masterclasses with the Liqourists and Coffee Circle are free and include a signature Kahlúa Espresso Martini. Guests must be 18 or over to apply and spaces are limited. Bookings can be made at:www.kahluacoffehouse.com or by contacting @KahluaUK on Twitter.
Here’s what’s happening down at the Kahlúa Coffee House:
Kahlúa Coffee house opens 11am-midnight Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 11-6 the rest of the week (closed on Mondays). Featuring:
A bespoke sourced and roasted coffee menu created by Manchester’s Coffee Circle, V60 brews also available.
A selection of exclusive milkshakes, agua frescas and cocktails.
‘Peckish’ – an original menu of game and poultry dishes and bar snacks created by John Quilter and the team behind award winning casual dining favourite, Teacup. Tasty treats include pigeon pockets with pomegranate seeds, sticky Kahlúa BBQ wings, bacon, chilli and toasted pecan brittle with ice cream and an espresso brownie with Kahlúa infused foam.
Salon de Kahlúa, the VIP event space opens Thursday –Saturday from 5pm til late (closed to public during cocktail masterclasses). Entry is by invitation or reservation and features:
A bespoke cocktail menu designed by The Liquorists includes the house signature Kahlúa Espresso Martini and the Afogato – a deconstructed White Russian served in a glass teacup and saucer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream soaked in hot Kahlúa and Absolut Vanilia.
Thursday and Friday at 630pm and 830pm twice nightly FREE cocktail interactive master classes courtesy of the Liquorists and Coffee Circle.
Upon arrival guests are led upstairs to the exclusive speakeasy bar, Salon de Kahlúa to enjoy a Kahlúa Espresso Martini before getting their shake on. Classes begin with a lesson in taste, as guests are blindfolded and taken through the rich flavours and textures that make up Kahlúa. After exploring some ancient Mexican flavours it is time to sample some classic cocktails with a twist, finally, guests are challenged to create a Kahlúa Libre by perfectly combining classic Kahlúa, cola foam and lime jelly. Masterclasses last one hour but must be booked in advance.
Thursdays will also see the Salon de Kahlúa host a weekly FREE film screening at 8pm. Settle in and enjoy a classic film with a cocktail.
The Big Lebowski – cult classic, in celebration of the White Russian.
Frida – biopic, depicting the life of remarkable and controversial Mexican surrealist artist Frida Kahlo.
Duck soup – the Marx Brothers classic anarchic comic masterpiece.
Admittance to the screenings is free of charge, no reservation required and offered on a first come first serve basis.
To enjoy the delicious signature Kahlúa Coffee House cocktail in the comfort of your own home by creating this quick and simple coffee cocktail:
KAHLÚA ESPRESSO MARTINI
- 1 ½ parts KAHLÚA
- 1 part ABSOLUT ® VODKA
- 1 part fresh brewed Espresso
- Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass.