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Homemade Kahlua Recipe – How to Make Kahlua With Your Favorite Coffee

Making this homemade Kahlua recipe is easy! You may even have the ingredients for Kahlua sitting around your house: coffee, vodka, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

homemade Kahlua on the rocks
Making homemade Kahlua means that you can choose which coffee you would like in your coffee liqueur; you make this Kahlua recipe with brewed coffee, so the flavor of your favorite beans ends up being the star of your drink.

I can guarantee that you will impress your friends when you show up to their New Year’s Eve party with a bottle of homemade Kahlua rather than a six-pack of beer. The only thing that might be more impressive would be bringing a bottle of homemade Baileys Irish Cream as well!

a bottle of homemade Kahlua in the foreground with two cocktails made using it in the background

How to Make Homemade Kahlua

Searching for Kahlua recipes will reveal that there are several different ways to make the liqueur at home.

Many of the recipes call for instant coffee. I rejected those because I wanted to be able to use high-quality, freshly-ground coffee beans.

Other recipes call for letting the recipe steep for several weeks; I rejected those because I don’t have the patience.

I ended up using a variation of a recipe that I found on a forum about Orchids. (What do orchid growers know about Kahlua? Apparently, a lot.) The end result of this Kahlua recipe is blissful. It has a sweet yet strong coffee flavor and it goes down super smooth.

To make homemade Kahlua, start by brewing coffee. As soon as it’s done brewing, pour it into a large glass vessel that you can use to mix it.

pouring coffee in a jug to make homemade Kahlua
While the coffee is still hot, mix in brown sugar.

adding sugar to coffee in a jug to make homemade Kahlua

Once cooled to room temperature, mix in vanilla extract.
adding vanilla extract to sweetened coffee in a jug to make homemade Kahlua

Then, mix in vodka.
adding vodka to sweetened coffee in a jug to make homemade Kahlua

That’s it.

Serve over ice, in mixed drinks like a frozen mudslide or a White Russian, or use in baking. Store Kahlua at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to two months.

glass with a White Russian cocktail made with homemade Kahlua

White Russian cocktail: 2 parts vodka, 1 part homemade Kahlua, and a splash of heavy cream

Other Homemade Cocktail Concepts

two cocktails made with homemade Kahlua and a bottle of homemade Kahlua in the foreground

If you like the idea of making homemade liqueurs, cocktail mixers, and cocktails, I recommend my recipes for homemade Baileys Irish Cream, homemade grenadine, homemade Luxardo cherries, and syllabub. While they’re all great for parties and make great gifts, they’re also great to make for yourself!

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Homemade Kahlua Recipe

Making this homemade Kahlua recipe gives you the flexibility to choose which coffee you would like in your coffee liqueur. Plus, making homemade Kahlua is really easy!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade kahlua
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 50 servings
Calories 60kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 6 cups brewed coffee use your favorite kind
  • 1 pound light brown sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 liter vodka If you have access to a pure grain alcohol like Everclear, you may want to use that.

Instructions

  • Brew coffee. While the coffee is still hot, mix in the brown sugar.
  • Cool to room temperature.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and vodka.
  • Serve over ice, in mixed drinks like a frozen mudslide or a White Russian, or use in baking.

Notes

Yields 1.5 liters.
Homemade Kahlua may be kept out at room temperature for a few days but should be refrigerated for longer storage. It can be refrigerated for two months.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Kahlua Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 60 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 3mg0%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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