Homemade Kahlua

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SourceRecipe from: Jessica LaBrie, Blackbird’s Botanicals, LLC
Prep time
Cooking time10 minutes
Total time10 minutes


This recipe is much simpler than you’d think! But plan ahead, you’ll want this recipe to age for 2-3 weeks before giving it away. For a fun and thoughtful addition, add a few customized recipes that your recipient can use, like Espresso Martini or Skier’s Toddy.


4 cups
1 1/2 cup
instant coffee crystals (preferably organic)
4 1/2 cups
vodka (100 proof )
8 cups
sugar (organic)
vanilla bean (organic)


Mix water, sugar, and instant coffee in pot and stir over medium heat until combined. Add vanilla beans and cool to room temperature. Add vodka. Stir combine. Pour into half gallon mason jar and store in a dry, dark place. After 2-3 weeks, strain, and remove beans. This liquor will last indefinitely when stored in the dark, and ages incredibly well, so make enough to enjoy now and again next holiday season!