Homemade Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)

Yields Approximately (8) 8 oz bottles

Prep Time 15 min

Cook Time 1 hr

Total Time 1 hr 15 mins

I think better even than Kahlua...your own coffee liqueur using espresso.


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dried espresso
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 2 vanilla beans, split
  • 2 shots of chocolate liqueur (optional)


  1. Combine the water, both sugars and dried espresso in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to a boil; turn the heat to low and simmer for a minimum of 1 hour.to reduce the mixture and make a more syrupy consistency.
  3. Watch constantly and stir occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. Add vodka, vanilla beans and chocolate liqueur.
  6. Pour everything into a storage container.
  7. Age for 3-4 weeks in a cool, dark location; stirring once or twice a week. (Note...it's absolutely drinkable earlier; so if you have less time to age it than that; gift it and make a note on the gift tag to wait just a bit).
  8. When ready to bottle, remove vanilla beans, bottle mixture and store.

Recipe Notes

I cut up the vanilla beans and add them to some sugar...nothing at all wrong with Kahlua flavored sugar in your coffee!

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