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Homemade Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

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

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 1 days 2 hours
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 days 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 teaspoons vanilla bean, split (or 2 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: 231 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 4mg Carbohydrates: 7g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 7g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 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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Nicole

Sunday 29th of September 2019

Where did you find those adorable bottles?

Nicole Johnson

Monday 30th of September 2019

Amazon! I'll add it to the post. Here's a link! https://amzn.to/2oCyYVu

Kimberly Michaels

Saturday 10th of August 2019

Good morning, I wonder, do you let the syrup cool before combing?

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 10th of August 2019

I usually do, but I don't think it would hurt anything either way.

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Friday 31st of May 2019

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Kim

Friday 5th of April 2019

How do you store this after made? Fridge? Cupboard? For how long does it keep fresh?

Nicole Johnson

Friday 5th of April 2019

I store it in the fridge just to be on the safe side. It would most likely be fine in the cupboard since it is mostly booze, but I prefer not to risk it if I don't have to.

Vicki Gray

Saturday 1st of December 2018

question about the vanilla extract - 2 what? tsp, tbsp?

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 2nd of December 2018

Hey Vicki! It is 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Thanks for pointing that out! I fixed it in the recipe as well. Happy holidays!