This is an easy recipe for making a coffee flavored liqueur. This can be used in any recipe that calls for coffee flavored liqueur, as a cordial alone, mixed with milk or more vodka, etc.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
35 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
32
Yield:
8 cups
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in instant coffee, and allow to cool.

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  • When cool, stir in vanilla extract and vodka. Pour into clean bottles. Close bottles tightly, and store in a cool dark place.

Nutrition Facts

169 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 25.5g 8% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 0.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2009
I make this recipe every year for the holidays. Having made it for a number of years now I have a few suggestions. First of all using 2 cups brown sugar and 2 cups white gives a more complex sweetness. Also I add 1/2 cup cocoa powder for a chocolate finish. Also you get a better coffee flavor when using espresso instead of coffee granules. And lastly I split the alcohol into 2 cups vodka and 2 cups brandy. Brandy complements the flavors better than straight vodka. Delish!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/05/2004
This recipe is just FABULOUS...I have tried many kahlua/coffee liqueur recipes and this one is by far the BEST!!!!! Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 66
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2009
I make this recipe every year for the holidays. Having made it for a number of years now I have a few suggestions. First of all using 2 cups brown sugar and 2 cups white gives a more complex sweetness. Also I add 1/2 cup cocoa powder for a chocolate finish. Also you get a better coffee flavor when using espresso instead of coffee granules. And lastly I split the alcohol into 2 cups vodka and 2 cups brandy. Brandy complements the flavors better than straight vodka. Delish!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2004
I've been using this recipe for years. At times I've run out of ingredients and have substituted with poor results. I always come back to this recipe for excellent results simplicity and a good kahlua substitute! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
I've been using a similar recipe for years as Christmas gifts and it is always appreciated. We love to serve it over ice cream or mixed in milk. I even put about 1/2 cup in chili con carne. My recipe only uses 2 cups boiling water and a pint of brandy or vodka. Instead of the vanilla extract I use a vanilla bean cut in half and added to two clean bottles. It then sits for 60 days. This recipe is quicker to the finished product but I still prefer the "fermenting" process. The recipe was given to me by an Army nurse at Fort Leavenworth Kansas in 1966. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2005
Very simple very quick I added a splash more vanilla to smooth the coffee flavor some. I will make this every year for gifts! Taste wonderful with quite a kick. I used a lower grade vodka no reason at all to break the bank!! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/04/2004
This recipe is just FABULOUS...I have tried many kahlua/coffee liqueur recipes and this one is by far the BEST!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2003
On a whim I decided to whip this up very nervous at how it would turn out. I was very pleasantly surprised. I cut the recipe in half and just used the cheapest vodka I could find. This still made enough to fill an empty wine bottle and then some! It is very tasty but I am going to let it sit for a month and see how good it is then. I really like that this doesn't call for a vanilla bean b/c I was going to use one until I found out how much they cost. OUCH! Just make sure and use real vanilla extract not imitation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2011
I used brewed coffee instead of the water and added 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Delicious! Rich creamy & decadent! I'm giving this as Holiday gifts this year and I'm re-using Grolsch beer bottles with the resealable lids to gift this in. Can't wait! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2004
The best recipe for kahlua I've tried. The coffee flavor comes out very bold and smooth. Much richer than store bought. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2006
This recipe is fantastic! My daughter bought a bottle of kahlua not knowing I made this recipe for the holidays. Our family agreed this recipe much better than store boughten. Read More
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