Make your own Kahlua

by Max on March 6, 2010 · 0 comments

in Booze

If you have a few weeks, feel adventurous and want to offer your friends some homemade Kahlua at your next party, this simple recipe will allow you to make Kahlua that when stored properly can last for years.    While the homemade Kahlua does not need to be refrigerated, placing it into glass bottles with a lid that seals well and storing them out of direct sunlight increases the shelf life.

What you need:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of dark brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of instant coffee
  • 1.75 liters of high-quality vodka
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract (Don’t get the artificial vanilla extract which is often cheaper)
  • 1 vanilla bean (Whole vanilla beans are often sold one in a glass in a grocery store)

While you could use the cheapest vodka you can find, this recipe takes about 3 weeks before you can enjoy the end product.  Spend the couple extra dollars for a better tasting vodka and don’t grab the cheapest vodka off the shelf so you won’t be disappointed after waiting 3 weeks for the Kahlua to age.

What you need to do:

  • Add the water and the granulated and brown sugar into a sauce pan and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Stir often.
  • When the sugar is completely dissolved, add the instant coffee and stir until the coffee is completely dissolved and turn off the burner / remove the pan from the stove if you are using an electric burner.  Allow the contents of the pan to cool completely.
  • When the mixture is cooled, pour the contents into a large container that you can seal with a lid and add in the vodka, vanilla extract and the vanilla bean.
  • Let the homemade Kahlua age for about 3 weeks.

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