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Homemade Kahlua Liqueur

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recipe is ready in over 5 hrs time: over 5 hrs

serves/makes:   10


recipe id: 17086
cook method: stovetop

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4 cups sugar
4 cups water
1/2 cup instant coffee (not freeze dried)
1 quart vodka
1 vanilla bean, sliced diagonally several times


Boil sugar in water for 10 minutes. Add instant coffee. Remove from heat. Add vodka and vanilla bean.

Pour into bottles, let stand three weeks, turning bottles daily.


525 calories, 0 grams fat, 82 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per serving. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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Place it in dark glass bottles and store in dark closet , the longer the better

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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).

Guest at
Dec 11, 2010

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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

Guest at
Jan 8, 2009

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Good recipe, but I used vanilla flavored instant coffee and added 2 teaspoons of liquid glycerine to thicken. Very yummy!

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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.

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Jul 31, 2008

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How much food grade glycerin do you use?

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Mar 13, 2007

Member since: March 13, 2007
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Those of you that wish your Kahlua to have a thick body should try purchasing a bottle of food grade glycerin. You can find it easily from any home brewing company online.

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I thought this was a wonderful recipe. It was my first attempt at making kahlua, and it was pretty easy. Very tasty but doesn't thicken unless you put in to the freezer. Thanks

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