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 Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
The secret to getting a great coffee kick in this is to cold brew your coffee…in vodka.
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!
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.
These make awesome cocktails. 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!
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!
- 1/2 cup freshly ground coffee
- 2 cups 100 proof vodka
- 1 whole vanilla bean split (or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups brown sugar
- Place the vodka, coffee, and vanilla in a large covered glass jar. Shake to combine, and place in fridge for 24 hours.
- Strain the coffee through a coffee filter, and throw away grounds.
- Make simple syrup by placing the water and brown sugar into a large sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.
- Combine the simple syrup and the vodka coffee. Place into individual containers, and chill.