This homemade kahlua recipe starts with freshly brewed coffee instead of instant coffee granules. It’s great for gift giving or simply indulging yourself.
For another sweet grownup drink, try making a batch of this creme de cacao.
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.
Real coffee flavor in this homemade kahlua recipe
Starting with freshly ground coffee beans provides the richest flavor, but any good-quality ground coffee will work. I use a stovetop espresso maker to make mine. If you don’t have an easy way to make espresso at home you can swing by your local coffee shop and ask them to brew some for you.
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.
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You’ll start by combining the water, freshly brewed coffee, and sugar in a saucepan, simmering until the sugar is completely dissolved. Mix in the liquor (you can use vodka or rum) and then seal it in a jar so it can sit in a cool dark place for a month or so.
Sure, you can let the flavors meld. But really. The Kahlua police will not come after you if you start sampling it right away.
Making this homemade liqueur 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; this homemade kahlua recipe 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.
This homemade kahlua is less expensive than the store bought option and depending on the size bottle you decant it into, it will make a number of bottles for giving.
I like to use recycled bottles to package this homemade kahlua recipe for gifts. Add a tag with simple instructions for making a simple kahlua 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 half and half.
How to make a White Russian:
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce homemade kahlua
- Splash of heavy cream
Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in homemade kahlua and vodka. Add cream.
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- 1 cup brewed espresso, (8 ounces)
- 2 cups sugar, or coconut sugar
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 750 mL bottle of vodka, or rum
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- Mix brewed espresso, sugar, and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Add vodka and vanilla, then transfer to bottles or jars. Let sit for 4-6 weeks so flavors will meld.
- For gift giving, transfer the coffee liqueur into pretty bottles and tie on a tag with instructions for using it. (See the Kahlua and cream recipe above.)
Sure, you can let the flavors meld. But really. The kahlua police will not come after you if you start sampling it right away.
Depending on the size of the bottles or jars you decant this into (I've used upcycled kombucha or small liquor bottles) you'll end up with a handful of containers that make great little gifts. Just add a label and a ribbon and off you go.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Unsaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 8g