This homemade kahlua recipe starts with freshly brewed coffee instead of instant coffee granules. It’s great for gift giving or simply indulging yourself.
I love the flavor of coffee, so it’s no surprise that I also love Kahlua. It’s not something I have often, but Kahlua with a little splash of cream makes a dandy little dessert. Trust me.
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Real coffee flavor in this homemade kahlua recipe
I wanted to start with the real thing for my homemade coffee liqueur. Here’s the most important thing you need to know: Whether you’re making this for yourself or as a gift for one of your favorite people, it is easy. Seriously easy.
Making homemade kahlua for gifts
Ideally, this coffee liqueur recipe should have a chance to rest after you’ve made it, so the flavors can mingle and meld. In order to have this homemade kahlua ready for December gift-giving, plan to make a batch or two in late October. Of course, it doesn’t have to sit that long; it just improves with time. If you find yourself with just weeks (or days) to get it together, simply make it and give the recipient a “don’t open until X” directive.
I like to use recycled bottles to package this homemade kahlua recipe for gifts. For a really pretty bottle, try this easy technique. Add a tag with simple instructions for making a simple kahlua and cream cocktail:
How to Make Kahlua and Cream:
- 1.5 ounces homemade kahlua
- 4 ounces half and half
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in homemade kahlua. Add cream.
(This recipe for homemade Creme de Cacao is another easy recipe for homemade gift giving.)
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Homemade Kahlua with Brewed Coffee
Learn how to easily make this favorite liqueur at home, without using instant coffee.
Mix espresso, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer, then remove from heat. Add vodka and vanilla, then portion out into bottles or jars. Let sit for 4-6 weeks so flavors will meld*.
Depending on the size of the bottles or jars you decant this into (I used upcycled kombucha bottles) you'll end up with a handful of containers that make great little gifts. (These would work great, too.) Just add a label and a ribbon and off you go.
*Sure, you can let the flavors meld. But really. The Kahlua police will not come after you if you start sampling it right away.
Not sure if this coffee liqueur recipe is the one you want? There are other options! The important thing here is that you dive in and go for it.