Kahlúa

By • October 30, 2011 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: This homemade Kahlúa is dense, syrupy and sweet; a distinct taste of Mexican espresso coffee with a mixture a grain alcohol, rum and brandy. I literally stumbled onto this recipe, years ago, while visiting my in laws, wondered why I didn’t know about it and immediately copied it down - tweaking the coffee and vanilla flavoring before even trying it, finding later that my “tweaking hunch” was a good one. This makes a great hostess gift, perfect for all the winter celebrations. I recycle old liquor bottles, strip the labels, wash thoroughly, fill with this tasty recipe, add a brightly colored bow, a gift card and…Cheers! **SEE SPECIAL NOTE BELOW.lapadia

Makes about 5 fifths. this recipe easily doubles.

  • 2-1/2 lb. superfine sugar
  • 5 cups water
  • 16 oz light corn syrup
  • 4 oz. instant espresso coffee = Medaglia D'Oro
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 oz pure bourbon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz pure grain alcohol (I use Everclear)
  • 12 oz Dark Rum
  • 12 oz Brandy
  1. **SPECIAL NOTE: The Everclear, mentioned in this recipe is a brand of pure grain alcohol that sometimes attracts controversy due to its high alcohol content. "Real" Everclear is 190 proof and is illegal in many states including my state, WA. However, there is a lower alcohol version of Everclear that is 151 proof. An additional substitute for this grain alcohol would be any of the 100 proof vodkas.
  2. Combine the sugar, syrup and water, heat until clear, take off heat.
  3. Combine the instant espresso and boiling water, add to the syrup and cool to 70 degrees.
  4. Add the vanilla to the syrup, stir.
  5. Add the grain alcohol, rum and brandy to the syrup.
  6. Stir let set 24 hours.
  7. Bottle.
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over 2 years ago wssmom

I am getting going on this for the holidays! Thanks for posting!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks, wssmom...Woo-hoo, I am thrilled you will be trying it, was sure you probably had a recipe of your own! Happy Holidays!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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So glad you added the clarification on the everclear its good to know that vodka would be a good substitute. Thanks this sounds amazing.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks, again, and that was what this recipe was missing the added clarification. Hope you will get a chance to try, and enjoy this!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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I am going to try a half recipe for myself, and plan on making a full recipe once I do a little leg work find the right sort of bottles to put this in for gift giving.. I have to look online to see whats available. Fantastic recipe!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

FYI update = I added a "special note" , additional information re: pure grain alcohol.

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over 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

wow-thanks. this would make a festie, boozy holiday gift.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Your very welcome, SLC, Enjoy!

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over 2 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

Everclear seems dangerous! What's it like?

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Hi! Everclear is a brand of pure grain alcohol that can attracted controversy due to its high alcohol content. "Real" Everclear is 190 proof (95% alcohol) and is illegal in many states.
There is a lower alcohol version of Everclear = 151, that is 151 proof. If you're looking for a substitute for grain alcohol, your best bet would 100 proof vodkas. But, really Kahlua is usually never consumed in great quantities (well I have never seen anybody do that), so the pure grain mixed with all additional recipe ingredients really ends up being just a great combination of flavors, with the coffee flavor being foremost…oh and of course whatever you mix the Kahlua with, the drink will warm you up. I like it with a little cream on the rocks.
PS - speaking (not from personal experience) but watching peers in college - you would never want to just drink Everclear like you would Vodka...trust me. Hope that helps :) Have a nice evening!

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over 2 years ago inpatskitchen

My sister-in-law and I used to make kahlua, but nothing as glamorous as this one. I'm saving! Thanks for sharing!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks and you are welcome, IPK! Cheers!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

How long do you recommend that the kahlua sit before imbibing?

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Hi Bevi, we have tasted as soon as a couple days later, although I like to give it a good month...enjoy!

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over 2 years ago Bevi

This looks serious. How long do you recommend the kahlua sit before imbibing? A few months?

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks, Bevi :)

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over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Whoa! this is awesome. You could also package it in the swing-top bottles you can get at homebrew supply stores.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks, hla! Yes, I have some of the bottles from the homebrew shop, too, but I use those for the Irish Cream recipe...posted on F52 last year.

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Love this I really like Kahlua, homemade is amazing. I t will make a truly memorable gift.

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks, sdebrango! I hope you will get to try it:)

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Love it, love it! This would make lovely Christmas gifts. And there's our Medaglia d"Oro!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thanks! Yes, excellent gifts, can't wait to be able to get a photos uploaded ;)

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over 2 years ago boulangere

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Ok, I've got it. I've been collecting some lovely small-ish bottles and corks, and I'll give your lovely Kahlua along with how to incorporate it into a couple of recipes: Brownies to the Power of 4 and Belle Foley's Chocolate Cake. Thank you, thank you! I love it when gifts just fold together!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Thrilled about your plans with this recipe...enjoy!

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over 2 years ago lapadia

Had a photo to submit, but kept getting a server erroe...fyi