Recipe: Homemade Coffee Liquor {Kahlua} March 28 2012

My mom passed down my grandmother's version of homemade coffee liquor (most popularly known as Kahlua). 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 (almond milk tastes great too) or cream for a White Russian or enjoy it on its own chilled over ice.  I was thinking it would be fun to experiment with strong coffee brews - let me know if you make this recipe or if you have another version of this recipe - I'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 mason jars) with the vanilla bean. Let it sit in a cool dark spot (do not refrigerate) for about two weeks.  Enjoy!

Images: Rebecca Tollefsen