Homemade Kahlua

Recipe from: Jessica LaBrie, Blackbird’s Botanicals, LLC

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.

Prep Time

0 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes


1 Gallon


4 cups water
1 1⁄2 cups instant coffee crystals (preferably organic)
4 1⁄2 cups vodka (100 proof )
8 cups sugar (organic)
2 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!