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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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Allegra Rainbow

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

I made this with coconut sugar instead of brown sugar and it turned out delicious! I really appreciate using coffee grounds and brewing it in the vodka,I too am from the land of coffee snobs. Thank you!

Scott

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hello I just made some of your cold brew coffee liquor and I was wondering how long it will stay good for and dose it have to stay in the fridge or can i put it in my liquor cabinet. Thank u.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

I would keep it in the fridge just to be on the safe side, but with the amount of booze in this I'd expect it to last for a fair bit on the shelf. That being said, I haven't tested this myself, and homemade concoctions like this should really be refrigerated for food safety reasons. The stuff that's pre-bottled has been lab tested and had bacteria levels measured in order to determine how it should be stored and for how long. We can make some educated guesses based on the ingredients, but better safe than sorry!

Christine

Monday 16th of December 2019

I’m excited to try your recipe because my old one uses instant coffee. For the coffee in yours, does the grind matter? My cold brew pitcher directions say course grind.

For brown sugar, would you recommend light or dark in your recipe?

Thanks!

Nicole Johnson

Monday 16th of December 2019

That's the exact same reason why I didn't want to use a lot of the existing methods that I was finding online. Instant coffee is not my jam. I did a course grind, I believe, but either should work pretty well. I prefer dark sugar because I like those notes of molasses, but if you don't you could go light! Thanks for visiting!

Amanda

Saturday 14th of December 2019

Hi there! How large is one serving- 8oz? I doubled the recipe and am thinking of how many bottles I need to buy. Thanks!

Nicole Johnson

Saturday 14th of December 2019

1 serving can be as big or as little as you’d like it to be. You’ll wind up with about 6-7 cups of liquid, so if you are dividing into 8oz bottles that’s 6-7 8 ounce bottles, I believe. It has been a minute since I made this though, and I believe I spread out mine in various sized packages (I went through a bit of an, “OMGOSH those little bottles are SO CUTE must order them all on Amazon” phase that year. Lol) So basically, your mileage may vary and I’d over-order and make something else or save the extras for next year!

Erin

Thursday 21st of November 2019

All the other Kahlua recipes I’m seeing call for the mixture to sit at room temp for 4 weeks or longer. Why is this one only required to sit for 24 hours and in the fridge? I would much prefer this shorter time but since I’m giving as a gift, I want to make sure it tastes great!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 21st of November 2019

It is likely because the vodka cold brews the coffee pretty quickly. I'd do a small batch and then taste test to see if you like it before putting any bows on it. I really enjoyed it, but your mileage may vary! Since you only need 24 hours it should be easy to do a test batch.

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