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Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

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Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur is totally within your reach. Make a splash at your office or for your neighbors by delivering a little treat for them to enjoy.

This homemade coffee liqueur, or Kahlua as it’s known by its brand name, is way easier to make than you think. Plus? It contains NO INSTANT COFFEE, which is an instant deal-breaker for me when I’m making anything coffee related.

I am from the land of the coffee snob. No instant coffee comes around this house! There’s also no drip brewed coffee in this that’s then been chilled, which is probably worse tasting than instant coffee, in my opinion.

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

The secret to getting a great coffee kick in this is to cold brew your coffee…in vodka.

Yup.
You read that right.

You are going to be essentially making a coffee extract, and its well worth the 24 hours it takes to get that done. You are left with a smooth, strong coffee flavor with none of the bitter coffee aftertastes. Use good liquor, 100 proof if you can find it, and good coffee too. It makes a difference!

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

You only need about 2 days to get this from an idea in your head to a gift on your best friend’s doorstep. After you cold brew the coffee, strain it through a coffee strainer and start whipping up your simple syrup.

However much coffee extract you end up with, you need about 2x’s as much simple syrup. This will allow you to adjust your batch size if you want to get really gifty with a lot of different people and not just a couple.

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

What can I make with homemade kahlua?

These make awesome cocktails. Like my mudslide. Or white Russians. Or espresso, kahlua, and irish whiskey frozen cocktails. I’d love to have a shot of this in one of my homemade vanilla sweet cream cold brew coffees, too. Or add some of my homemade vanilla sweet cream for an iced coffee with a kick!

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

No matter what you make with this, the coffee lover in your family or friends group is going to love you a little more after you gift them a bottle of this!

Homemade Coffee Liqueur
Yield: 24 servings

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Prep Time: 1 day 2 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 2 hours 5 minutes

This homemade coffee liqueur is like a kahlua lover's dream. Great for homemade Christmas gifts or thank you presents!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
  • 2 cups 100 proof vodka
  • 1 vanilla bean, split (or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Place the vodka, coffee, and vanilla in a large covered glass jar. Shake to combine, and place in fridge for 24 hours.
  2. Strain the coffee through a coffee filter, and throw away grounds.
  3. Make simple syrup by placing the water and brown sugar into a large sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
  4. Combine the simple syrup and the vodka coffee. Place into individual containers, and chill.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Steph

Thursday 17th of December 2020

Sooo... I added the water to the vodka without reading. Oops. Is it going to be gross now or will it just be a milder version? Should I add extra coffee grounds?

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 17th of December 2020

I think it'll be fine. You might want to use a more concentrated simple syrup to sweeten it though, so it doesn't get further diluted, but I think either way it'll be delicious and drinkable.

Jacqui

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Hi! I am trying to concoct this delicious recipe but have never worked with vanilla bean before. Do I split them and take the seeds out and not use the seed? Or use both? Which parts do I use? Thanks!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 5th of December 2020

Hi Jacqui! You should split the vanilla bean, but leave all the seeds inside. Those are where most of the flavor is, so you want those to intermingle with the alcohol.

Umut

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Hello there! I remember that simple syrup recepie was 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Did you chance it into kahlua recepie ? Or my knowladge is not that good.

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Yup! This one is slightly different and uses brown sugar. It also waters down the vodka a bit so the end result isn't quite sooooo strong. Hope that helps!

Sharon

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

This sounds really good! I just have one question. Would rum work in place of the vodka? I'm not a huge fan of vodka.

Sharon

Friday 24th of April 2020

@Nicole Johnson, Awesome! Thank you!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 23rd of April 2020

Yeah, in fact, traditional kahlua IS made of RUM, I just am more of a vodka fan and had some on hand for this and it ended up working well. Rum will get you closer to actual kahlua though!

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