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This Homemade Kahlua is a fabulous copycat recipe for the classic coffee liqueur. A terrific holiday or hostess gift! Just attach a recipe for your favorite Kahlua cocktail.
Homemade Kahlua | An easy, homemade holiday gift!

Homemade Kahlua

Kahlua is the liqueur I use most. It’s perfect for adding a subtle coffee taste to baked goods. And who doesn’t like a nice bottle of booze as a holiday gift? You can include a recipe for my Kahlua Cake, my Kahlua Brownies or even a Kahlua and Cream Cocktail. You need to start this homemade Kahlua one month ahead of gift giving for the best results. So get going now. Your friends will love this! Homemade Kahlua | An easy, homemade holiday gift!

Easy Gift Idea!

To make this Homemade Kahlua, you need a large pot to combine the sugar, freshly ground coffee beans and water. After it comes to a boil, remove from heat and add vanilla beans, vodka and brandy. Next is the waiting game. Pour into a large container with a lid and be patient. I give it a swirl every few days and in four weeks, your Homemade Kahlua is ready to strain. Be sure to use cheesecloth as you want every bit of the coffee grounds removed. Decant into individual bottles, each with a half a vanilla bean, to give as gifts. Add a cute label tied on with raffia plus a recipe for a delicious cocktail!

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Homemade Kahlua | An easy, homemade holiday gift!

Homemade Kahlua

A homemade version of the classic coffee liqueur

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup ground coffee (fresh ground beans are best)
  • 16 cups sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 4 vanilla beans, split
  • 1/2 gallon vodka
  • 1 fifth of brandy (750 ml)


  1. In a large stock pot, stir together coffee, sugar and water. Heat just till it comes to a boil. Turn off heat and add vanilla beans, vodka and brandy. (You may want to let mixture cool a bit before adding liquor to avoid evaporation of the alcohol). Transfer mixture to a glass jar with a lid and let stand for one month to develop flavors.
  2. After one month, strain mixture through cheesecloth till all the coffee grounds clear. Pour into glass jars and add a piece of vanilla bean to each. Add decorative label or hang tag if desired for gifts.


Total time does not include resting time.

Note: mine had only been aged about a week when I took the photos. Just imagine how much darker and richer this  liqueur will be when it reaches its one-month maturation date.

Another simple gift I’ve made is Homemade Vanilla, but you need to allot 6 months for the best flavor development.

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5 comments on “Homemade Kahlua”

  1. Today was bottling day for my batch of Kahlua.
    I used 375ml (1/2 wine bottles) & Zork closure. I filled 17 bottles, enough for holiday gifts!

    I ran it thru cheese cloth 2X’s and added a couple of shots of espresso to enhance the coffee flavors . The vanilla is very prominent, this is going to be great on vanilla ice cream!

  2. I made this recipe last year and LOVED it so much that I’m coming back for round two! It’s the best recipe out there, the instant ones are not as sweet/coffee flavored. Definitely worth the time! The recipe makes a LOT of Kahlua. Last year I had two large bottles for myself, and gave out about 15 mini bottles as gifts. Everyone loved it!

    • Aren’t you sweet for letting me know! I’m going to make homemade Bailey’s Irish cream for my friends this year…fingers crossed it will be just as successful!

  3. Should you let the hot liquid cool before adding the liquor? Seems like adding it right after boiling would cause quite a bit of the alcohol to evaporate away. Just curious.

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