This homemade kahlua recipe starts with freshly brewed coffee instead of instant 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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Homemade Kahlua recipes abound on the internet, but most of them rely on instant coffee granules for the coffee flavor.
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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 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.
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
- 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.