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.
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!
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.
While the coffee is still hot, mix in brown sugar.
Once cooled to room temperature, mix in vanilla extract.
Then, mix in vodka.
Other Homemade Cocktail Concepts
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!
Homemade Kahlua Recipe
- 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.
- 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.