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Shot glasses of homemade coffee liqueur with coffee beans on the table.



A quick and easy recipe for a coffee liqueur that you can customize for alcohol content, flavor and sweetness. Enjoy this as a treat for yourself or as a gift for those you love.


  • 4 cups strong brewed coffee. Choose a quality coffee that you love. This is the source of flavor.
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla bean paste (can use extract in a pinch)
  • 4 cups vodka or white rum


  1. Make the coffee simple syrup. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the coffee and sugar to a full rolling boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer and continue to cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool completely.
  4. Stir in vanilla and vodka. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour your kahlua into a clean bottle with a tight lid. Store in a cool, dry, dark place.


This coffee liqueur will maintain its freshness, flavor, and potency for a really long time – about 3-4 years. Trust me. It will NOT last this long.


  • Serving Size: 1