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Kahlua Coffee Liqueur

You can make Kahlua Coffee Liqueur this coffee flavored beverage at home.  This makes wonderful gifts, or to savor yourself.  This is easy to make.

Black Russian made with Kalhua
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Kahlua Coffee Liqueur


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  • Recipe Type: CopyKat Recipes, Drink Recipes
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Serves: 1

You can save some money by making your own liquor. You can make your own coffee flavored liquor anytime.


  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (not extract)
  • 2 1/4 cups vodka


Combine sugar, coffee, vanilla, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved completely. Set aside to cool. Allow this to cool. Otherwise, you will evaporate the alcohol. Add vodka; stir until well mixed. Pour over ice, and add your favorite ingredients. Sit back, relax, and enjoy. Life is good, and so is this Kahlua. This keeps well and gets better with age.

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  • Phoenix1327

    Kahlua is rum based…? why vodka or brandy?

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like not enough coffee flavor. Here’s my version that I have had and used for 40 years.
    2 cups boiling water
    3 1/2 cups sugar
    2/3 cup “Yuban” instant coffee or any really dark instant coffee
    2 cups brandy
    1 vanilla bean, divided
    Dissolve sugar & coffee in water. Let stand 5 min. then stir in brandy. Using cheese cloth, strain into sterile bottles. Break vanilla bean in half for each bottle. 3 months-fair, 6 months-good, 12 months-excellent. The longer it ages, it gets thicker and more syrupy. I have some that is over 5 years old. Like coffee candy over ice cream.