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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
3 hrs
additional:
2 weeks 5 days
total:
2 weeks 5 days
Servings:
30
Yield:
3 bottles
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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(R).

Nutrition Facts

187 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 29.8g; sodium 9.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2019
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 did have to sample it a bit. Maybe a bit too much LOL> Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2019
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 did have to sample it a bit. Maybe a bit too much LOL> Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2019
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%) vodka... If you can't find 100 proof then regular 80 proof (40%) will do. Don't skimp on the cheap stuff use a decent brand. It makes a difference in the taste of your end result. Easy, cheaper than store-bought and everyone that loves Kahlua will love this and be asking for more. Cheers! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/06/2018
The longer it sat the better, I’m trying another batch with 151 rum and a little more coffee, Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2020
I made this recipe and one other popular one on the internet to compare. After the 3 hour simmer, hands down, the other recipe won. One week later, I decided to try them again, before I made some huge batches for gifts and this recipe was WAY better! WAYYYY better! This is full, well-rounded flavor. The coffee and vanilla come through clearly and the brown sugar melds it all together (the other recipe was all white sugar). Off to the store for bags of brown sugar cuz Santa Clause (errrr, the Grinch!) is coming to town! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
I made mine with vodka and regular coffee, very smooth and really tastes like the expensive Kahlua at the store Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2020
Taste is amazing, after 3 weeks I have sugar crystals on the side of bottle, has anyone else had same thing? Read More
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