How to make Kahlua – Everyone’s Favourite Coffee Liqueur
Coffee liqueur is simple to make
Most branded food and drink can be made easily, cheaply and a lot more wholesome than anything you can find in the shops — this includes Kahlua coffee liqueur. It’s not only easy to make but only requires a handful of ingredients that you might even have in your cupboards already. By varying the ingredients slightly, you can customize it to suit your own taste – more or less sweet, alcoholic, or add even more coffee.
I love flavoured liqueurs…Baileys, Tia Maria and Kahlua are all among my favourites. The only thing I don’t like about these creamy, tipsy, girly drinks is their price – they’re all about £14 a bottle now. Five years ago I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid as I popped them into my trolley and swished my way over to the till. But times have changed and sometimes if I want to enjoy a bit of luxury without feeling guilty then I have to figure out how to make it myself – and on a budget.
Once prepared, Kahula can be mixed with milk and ice for a delicious and boozy kind of iced latte. You could even go the full mile and make your own Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier and layer them for probably the best B-52 you’ve ever MADE. Or why not plan on preparing a few bottles in time for a party? In any case you’ll be saving quite a bit of money while having a load of fun!
Makes almost three 75cl bottles
2 cups Dark Brown Sugar
2 cups White Sugar
1/2 cup Instant Coffee – Regular or Decaf depending on your preference
1 Vanilla Bean
3 cups Vodka – this is about an entire 70cl bottle
3 clean and sterilised bottles – old wine bottles with screw tops are perfect1. But your sugars into a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over it. Stir the mixture until all the sugar is dissolved then add your coffee. Stir again until this is dissolved then cover your bowl and allow to cool until it reaches room temperature.2. Once cooled, slice your vanilla pod and scrape the gooey insides out with a knife and place it in the bowl.3. Pour the vodka into the mix and stir gently. Then, using a funnel, pour the coffee liquor into the bottles and seal. If any of the black vanilla is stuck to the bottom of the bowl just spoon it out and into the bottles as well.
4. Store your homemade Kahlua in a dark place and ideally you’ll want to wait about two to three weeks before drinking it. This is to give the flavours, especially the vanilla, time to meld before drinking it. But if you absolutely can’t wait that long it’s fine to drink immediately.
PS – Remember how I mentioned that a bottle of Kahlua costs about £14 at the shop? If you make it at home you end up spending about £4.50 per bottle.