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Kahlua® Homemade

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe I love to make around Thanksgiving to drink or give as presents at Christmastime. The longer you wait the better it is, try and wait 4 weeks. I got this recipe from one of my own concoctions from trying several different recipes."
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30 d 3 h 10 m servings 187
Original recipe yields 30 servings (3 bottles)


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  1. Combine water and instant coffee in a pot; bring to a boil. Stir light brown sugar and dark brown sugar into coffee, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring every 15 minutes, for 3 hours. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Pour coffee mixture into a clean, large glass jar. Add grain alcohol, vanilla extract, and vanilla bean; cover with a tight-fitting lid. Let sit in a dark place, shaking occasionally, for 1 month. Divide into bottles, leaving a piece of vanilla bean in each.


  • Cook's Note:
  • The longer it cooks on a low simmer the thicker it gets like real Kahlua®.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 187 calories; 0 29.8 0.2 0 10 Full nutrition

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I'll make a more detailed comment as soon as I sober up. The receipe turned out awesome. I doubled the amount and have it setting on a shelf waiting for it to cure [abut 4-6 weeks] However, I di...

I make this every year to give as gifts at Christmas. the only thing different that I do is use a little bit more vanilla, always pure vanilla not artificial vanilla extract, and 100 proof (50%)...

The longer it sat the better, I’m trying another batch with 151 rum and a little more coffee,

I made mine with vodka and regular coffee, very smooth and really tastes like the expensive Kahlua at the store