If you love cold brew, prepare to be obsessed with these Mr Black Coffee Liqueur cocktails! From the classic espresso martini to more unique coffee-inspired drinks, these delicious Mr Black cocktail recipes will have you buzzing in more than one way and become your new favorite thing.
If you haven’t had Mr Black before, get ready to have your life changed. Compared to other coffee liqueurs, it has half the sugar and about 10 times the caffeine, so it tastes just like boozy cold brew.
There’s a good reason it’s the #1 coffee liqueur choice for bartenders and cocktail aficionados: it’s delicious, well-balanced, and works wonderfully in a wide range of cocktail recipes.
Mr Black Coffee Liqueur FAQ
What does Mr Black taste like?
Like I said, Mr Black pretty much tastes like boozy cold brew. On the nose, you’ll get chocolate, roasted coffee, and earthy notes. Tastewise, it’s dry with flavors of bitter espresso, more roasted coffee, and a hint of vanilla and chocolate.
What type of alcohol is in Mr Black?
Mr Black is made with Australian wheat vodka. The other three ingredients are coffee, water, and sugar.
What’s the ABV of Mr Black?
It’s 25% ABV. So it’s a little stronger than Kahlua, which is 20%, but not nearly as strong as plain vodka.
How much caffeine is in Mr Black?
Mr Black is the most caffeinated coffee liqueur on the market, with 1100mg of caffeine per liter.
How much does Mr Black Cost?
Mr Black is not too expensive, but it also isn’t cheap. It costs around $30 for 750ml, but this price will vary slightly depending on your state.
Is Mr Black vegan?
Yes! Mr Black is vegan, gluten-free, and certified kosher.
Does Mr Black need to be refrigerated?
It doesn’t have to be refrigerated, but it tastes best when it’s cold. It is boozy cold brew, after all!
Is Mr Black sweet?
Mr Black has half the sugar of other coffee liqueurs and is best described as bittersweet.
Mr Black vs Kahlua
Some of the most common questions about Mr Black revolve around how it compares to other coffee liqueurs, especially Kahlua.
Kahlua is perhaps the most popular coffee liqueur on the market, but it’s different from Mr Black in almost every aspect and the following are the key differences.
While Mr Black has 1100mg of caffeine per liter, Kahlua only has 100mg of caffeine per liter. This means Mr Black has 10x more caffeine than Kahlua!
Kahlua is made with Arabica coffee, sugar, vanilla, and rum. Mr Black is also made with Arabica coffee, but it has about half the sugar of Kahlua and instead of rum, it contains Australian wheat vodka.
So Kahlua is going to be sweeter and rum-based with notes of vanilla, while Mr Black is bittersweet and vodka-based.
Kahlua has strong notes of coffee and vanilla and is sweet and creamy in texture, while Mr Black is more bitter and tastes like actual cold brew.
Mr Black vs Kahlua: Which is better?
Ultimately, they’re very different products and the only real similarity is they’re made with coffee. So it comes down to your personal preferences!
If you like sweeter drinks, stick with Kahlua. If you want a little more bitterness and nuance in your coffee cocktails though, Mr Black is the clear choice.
Now without further ado, let’s check out these bad-to-the-bean Mr Black cocktails!
The White Russian cocktail was invented in the early 1960s, and it had its heyday in the 90s after being popularized by the iconic film The Big Lebowski.
If you didn't see the movie, this classic cocktail is made with vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream or milk. Using Mr Black results in a White Russian that's far less sweet and way more caffeinated, which is the best of both worlds!
This tasty riff on a White Russian involves making a chai tea infused vodka, which might sound intimidating, but couldn't be easier! You just steep chai tea in vodka for about 30 minutes, or until the chai tea flavor is to your liking. The other ingredients you need are just Mr Black and half & half.
It's spicy, warming, and perfect for the fall or winter!
A Cold Fashioned is essentially an Old Fashioned with coffee liqueur. This recipe uses Mr Black alongside rye whiskey and a dash of orange bitters. So it's spicy from the rye whiskey and rich and decadent from the Mr Black.
It's amazing after a big meal, and such a fun and unexpected twist on a classic recipe!
The Boulevardier is a Negroni made with whiskey instead of gin. This Cafe Boulevardier recipe is a fun variation on a classic Boulevardier that contains Mr Black, rye whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, chocolate bitters, and cardamom bitters.
So it'll be a bit softer and less bitter than a traditional Boulevardier, with a nice coffee flavor to it.
This recipe has a secret ingredient that makes it taste like an actual tiramisu. You'll never guess it, so I'll go ahead and disclose that it's a teaspoon of mascarpone cheese.
Cheese in a cocktail may sound weird -- because 99% of the time it would be -- but in this context, it makes all the sense in the world. It'll just add a subtle mascarpone flavor and creaminess, which results in a richer, more complex drink.