Place it in dark glass bottles and store in dark closet , the longer the better
Nov 1, 2013
I made one quart of this. I didn't have instant coffee so I used brewed coffee in place of the water + instant coffee and mixed that with the sugar. It turned out fairly close to real kahlua. I would maybe suggest simmering a vanilla bean in the sugar mixture instead of extract for a deeper flavor.
Oct 22, 2013
blueolivia Member since: May 8, 2010 REVIEW:
I used the suggestion of adding more vodka. It tastes just like store bought. Will make nice gifts.
Aug 10, 2013
Guest Foodie COMMENT: Does this need to sit once bottled or can it be used immediately?
Jul 2, 2013
To get the real kahlua consistency you need to make sure the sugar gets good and syrupy so it's thicker. The flavor is excellent (use a good instant coffee helps too).
Apr 19, 2013
I don't like instant coffee so I substituted 3 cups of strong brewed coffee for the water and instant coffee. Having lived for a time in Nicaragua I became quite fond of Flor de CaÃ±a (an excellent Nicaraguan rum) so I used Flor de CaÃ±a Grand Reserve instead of vodka in my second batch. PERFECTION!!!
Dec 11, 2010
bigislandgirl COMMENT: another way to thicken the kahlua without glycerin is to reduce (simmer down) the water/sugar to approx. 80% of original. I also add a cinnamon stick while i do this
Jan 9, 2009
sandy COMMENT: I made Kahlua this way many years ago and lost the recipe but i don't remember using so much vanilla. I think it might not be that much. Vanilla boils away so should be put in last and not be even low boiled. Maybe thats why the recipe calls for so much.
Jan 8, 2009
Rambeau COMMENT: Good recipe, but I used vanilla flavored instant coffee and added 2 teaspoons of liquid glycerine to thicken. Very yummy!
Nov 15, 2008
I made lots of this Kahlua last year for gifts and it was a big hit.
I use 100 proof vodka, the cheapest I can find. Cut vanilla beans in 1/2 or 1/4 and put into your vodka to help pull the oils out of the bean. I leave part of a vanilla bean into each bottle and leave to age with the Kahlua.
I recommend not making a batch less than serving for 10, the sugar-coffee doesn't mix as well.
Jul 31, 2008
ldybkr COMMENT: How much food grade glycerin do you use?
Jun 22, 2007
This is a simple recipe and the taste is fabulous. I would recommend using a coffee basket as the strainer rather than cheese cloth, plus you just wash the basket out and reuse. Straining is much faster this way and more efficient. Overall this is a great recipe. Thanks!!