This homemade Kahlua recipe is so easy to make! You probably have the necessary ingredients sitting around your house, especially if you’re a coffee lover.
Making it yourself means that you can choose which coffee you would like; since you make it with brewed coffee, 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 a gathering with a bottle of this liqueur 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!
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 drink 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. The end result is blissful. It has a sweet yet strong coffee flavor and goes down super smooth.
To make this recipe, you’ll need coffee, vodka, light brown sugar, and vanilla extract.
How It’s Made
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. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Once it’s cooled off, mix in vanilla extract.
Then, mix in vodka.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Store Kahlua at room temperature for a few days or in the refrigerator for up to two months.
Serve over ice, in mixed drinks like a mudslide or a White Russian, or use in baking.
- 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.
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