Last week I told you about my love for medicine, the White Russian. When medicine made its way into our regular drink rotation, we found out that we couldn’t keep shelling out the money for the ingredients.
Specifically: The Kahlua.
While gawking our way through the state store, we found there are a couple of other options that could fuel our little habit: The knockoff coffee liqueurs.
For you non-Pa. residents, the government controls all of the wine and liquor in the state and you have to go to one of their stores to get it. A bit of a change moving from Michigan where you can buy booze in the grocery stores.
The three coffee liqueurs we sampled have the same alcoholic content: 20 percent. Let’s start with a look at the real deal White Russian maker: Kahlua.
Priced about $22 for a fifth, Kahlua is the ingredient of choice for many White Russian drinkers. Including Jeffrey Lebowski, aka The Dude.
It’s coffee-flavored, but much sweeter than you might expect. It’s candied coffee. While delicious, you’re really just paying for the name.
The first knockoff liqueur we tried was Kapali. It’s imported from Mexico, just like its pricier counterpart.
Priced about $9 on sale, Kapali is a good buy. It’s heavier on the coffee flavor than Kahlua and is also a bit thicker. We recommend using about 3/4 of a shot, instead of a full one.
When it’s all said and done, Kapali makes a decent replacement for Kahlua and saves you about $12, enough to buy two bottles for the price of the brand name.
Recently, we found a second variety of coffee liqueur. We gave it a whirl.
Kamora is also priced about $9 on sale and makes a great Kahlua replacement.
This coffee liqueur found the happy medium between Kahlua and Kapali. It’s not too sweet and it not nearly as thick.
Kamora is Feaston’s recommendation. It makes a medicine even The Dude would approve of. Cheers!