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Easy to Make Homemade Kahlua or Coffee Liqueur


  • 2.5 cups of pure cane sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of instant coffee
  • 1 Tablespoon of pure vanilla extract no imitation
  • 4 cups of water preferably filtered
  • 2.5 cups of a good quality vodka


  1. Add water, sugar, and instant coffee to a pan
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring often
  3. Reduce to a low simmer for 1.5 hours (this will reduce by about half)
  4. After the 1.5 hour simmer allow the liquid to cool completely
  5. Once completely cooled add in vodka and vanilla
  6. Stir
  7. Bottle (make sure you sterilize your bottles and lids)

Recipe Notes

Label and decorate to your liking. Enjoy a little glass of the leftovers over ice with cream. This recipe will make about 45 oz of coffee liqueur. Very easy to double or triple, as needed, for gifts.