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Homemade Kahlua Recipes

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If you enjoy coffee flavored liqueur, you may be considering making some yourself. There are a number of recipes for this beverage. This page contains homemade Kahlua recipes.


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November 21, 2010

Easy, inexpensive, and a very nice holiday gift!



Simmer the water, brown sugar, and instant coffee for 30 minutes, then add the vanilla flavoring and vodka. Pour into pretty glass bottles and decorate with colorful holiday ribbons and tags.

Tastes very good in coffee or serve however you would Kahlua. This is best stored for 30 days, so make it now for Christmas gift giving. :)

By CDC from FL

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December 5, 20100 found this helpful

The kahlua will keep for a long time in your pantry. (Usually it is all used up in a short amount of time though. ;)

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful


  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee
  • 1 qt. vodka
  • 2 inch piece vanilla bean
  • Dash of salt


Bring water to a boil. Add vanilla bean and sugar. Let dissolve. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add salt and instant coffee. Let cool completely. Add vodka. Seal it don't drink for 30 days.

By Terri


Homemade Kahlua

The recipe I was given and use can be drank immediately, no sealing for 30 days.


In pot on stove mix:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
Bring to a boil. Boil one minute or until a syrup.

Mix in bowl until dissolved:

  • 1/8 cup instant coffee
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
Mix 2 solutions together. Let cool.


  • 1 1/2 cups vodka or rye (I use rye)
  • 2 tsp vanilla.
Can be used ASAP if you wish.


By valleyrimgirl

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