December 5, 2005

Homemade Kahlua Recipe: Dual Buzz

Pre-Liqueur Coffee BeansWe're buzzing over here, but it's not from our typical mid-morning constitutional's the anticipation of caffeine jitters. That's right, move over, Kahlua...we've just found a recipe for home-made coffee liqueur that looks like it's as easy as it is tasty. Our good friend Rob sent it along, and he says it tastes we love any recipe that calls for grain alcohol in gallon increments (even if it's partial gallons).

Whether you're preparing to watch The Big Lebowski and you need to prepare some stellar Caucasians, you want to whip up a batch of the World's Blackest Russians, or you just want to impress your in-laws at your next holiday gathering, this stuff looks like a must-try. Plus, if you're caffeine-sensitive (here's looking at you, Ashley), you can use decaffeinated instant coffee to get that Kahlua buzz without all the caffeine side-effects. Wuss.

We've got the interns out rounding up the ingredients as we speak, and we're looking forward to the coffee coffee buzz buzz.

Homemade Kahlua Recipe
1/5 gallon Grain Alcohol
8C Water
2C Dark Brown Sugar
1C Honey
½C Instant Coffee (Don’t buy generic)
6 Tbsp Vanilla (Use real bourbon vanilla, not the imitation crap)

Heat water, sugar, and honey until melted.
Add coffee crystals and simmer 30 minutes.
Cool to 110 degrees and add vanilla.
Let set for at least 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add alcohol and stir well.
***Do Not Bring To A Boil***

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 5, 2005 11:28 AM
Recent Comments

Hey, tried this recipe this weekend and it turned out nice. I used folgers classic roast and imitation vanilla cuz I didn't have enough real vanilla (I did put a splash of real vanilla in, just for good luck). Turned out sweet and dark, slightly bitter, but not as thick as another recipe I've tasted. However after it cooled it did thicken slightly. The grain alcohol seemed excessive to me at first, but the final product packs a nice punch, so I'm glad I didn't skimp.
Made caucasians last night and I'm havin a bit in my coffee this morning, and I have no complaints. A friend told me over a caucasian that he prefered this drink to real kahlua. I don't know about that, but it's still damn good, I'll probably make it again.

Posted by: mary jane at February 1, 2009 2:02 PM

Tried this recipe, quite good. I modifie it a bit. We use:

2 cups water
1 cup Brown Sugar
.5 cup honey
.25 cup Instant coffee
3 Tblspoons Vanilla
1 cup Vodka

I want to try to melt some cocoa in there next time too... maybe a couple of tblspoons

Posted by: Mike at January 19, 2009 2:14 PM

Kahlua doesn't have much caffeine at all, so it probably wouldn't be necessary to use decaffeinated coffee beans for a relatively low-caffeine experience.

Posted by: Ted Carnahan at February 5, 2008 8:15 PM

Thank you. im gonna try this!

Posted by: Vodka at December 5, 2005 8:31 PM
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