Recipe: Homemade Coffee Liquor {Kahlua}

My mom passed down my grandmother's version of homemade coffee liquor (also known as Kahlua). Just after John and I married my mother passed my grandmother's recipe onto us and we've made it a few times. A couple of weeks ago when John and I were making our version of infused vodka it reminded us about the homemade coffee liquor recipe.  We made up a batch and I've been looking forward to sharing it here. This coffee liquor recipe seems to be a pretty standard recipe.  You let it sit for a couple of weeks which is sort of fun to wait and let your creation come to life.  The liquor turns out sweet, almost rich, and it packs a little punch. You don't need to add much to it - maybe a little milk or cream for a White Russian or enjoy it on its own chilled over ice.  It was thinking it would be fun to experiment with strong coffee brews - let me know if you make this recipe or have another version of this recipe - we'd love to try it out.

3 3/4 cups water
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup instant espresso
26 oz. vodka
1 pint of brandy
1/2 vanilla bean split

Boil water and sugar for five minutes. Remove from heat and add espresso. Bring to boil again. Remove from heat to add vodka and brandy. Pour this mixture into a large bottle (we used a mason jar) with the vanilla bean. Let it sit in a cool dark spot (do not refrigerate) for about two weeks.  Enjoy!

Images: Rebecca Tollefsen


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    1. Hi Bhrett,

      First - white russians are the bomb! Can you email me your Kahlua brownie recipe? I would love to try it out.

      Thanks Bhrett,

  2. mmmmmm this looks delicious! what a great idea - i've never even though to do something like this

    <3 katherine