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Yum! Made this yesterday and it was great in our white russians! Can't wait to see what it turns out to taste like after it's had time to set for awhile. I did think it had a tad bit more of a vanilla flavor than regular kahlua, but it's great! I'm wondering what it would taste like with some chocolate flavored coffee in there? Yum! thanks!! ** I also must add that it didn't make 2 fifths for sure. We filled up an empty handle of vodka and it filled it up just a bit over half or so.

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meganhough March 21, 2010

Great recipe. It was too sweet for me though, so since I like the vanilla flavor, I now only use 1 c. sugar. I also used decaf instant coffee and used a little more than called for. I have an electric stove so getting the liquid to a simmer was difficult at first, but now after 3 batches I know what I'm doing, and yes, it can take the entire 3 hours to get to the desired syrup. Yum! I will keep making and giving out as gifts. Thanks!

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ladysherms December 29, 2011

Definitely Delicious! I made 1 fifth, and used 1cup vodka and 1/4 cup brandy, cuts it juuuust right. Oh and next time, I will leave the lid off while it simmers and let it reduce my first batch was thinner than I expected... thank you!

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Sunkissed Mom December 20, 2011

The was extremely easy to make, and ended up costing me half the price of regular Kahlua. I started making it a bit late in the evening though, and only boiled the syrup for 2 hours. Next time I'll definitely boil it the 3 hours. Also, I'm going to add an extra tsp of coffee to it next time to make that flavour a bit stronger. I doubled the recipe and ended up with 2 liters (just over 2 US quarts). Over all I'm really impressed at how well it came out on the first try!

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Colleen M. July 01, 2010

I have been wanting to make this for a couple of months now and I'm glad I finally made it! It is very sweet, but that's OK. I read some of the earlier reviews and decided to put the sugar mixture into a large pot to keep it from overflowing once it hit a boil. This worked great. I simmered it for about 2 hours until it made a syrup that coated the back of a wooden spoon. Thanks for a great recipe!

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bellysmom July 23, 2009

This is delicious! I'm glad Beck D mentioned that the sugar mixture thickened quite a bit when cooling or I may have thought I was doing something wrong. As it cooled, it also got very light in color, but when the vodka was added, the rich dark color came back. I used 1 cup of vanilla vodka and 1 1/2 cups regular vodka-Yummy! As I poured the Kahlua into a bottle, I put a small strainer inside of my funnel to catch a little sugar sediment that didn't want to dissolve. I had a Kahlua and Cream using this divine mixture, and may never go back to store bought. Thanks for sharing. Nick's Mom

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Brenda. October 15, 2006

I have been making this great recipe for Christmas gifts every year since I found it. I collect unique bottles at garage sales and thrift stores and my friends always love it. I have started using 1/2 white sugar and 1/2 brown and really like it. I am thinking of adding just a little coconut extract this year and see how it comes out. Thanks for the recipe!

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Debinbc December 09, 2011

This is a great recipe! I like it a lot, and my friends too. And yes, adding a little brandy or cognac essens makes it a little smoother, and it almost make you white russian into an brandy alexander.

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oystein_lofthus January 04, 2010

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C! Thank you SO much for this. I made some Friday and two days later it's already GONE! Fab in coffee or with a little milk and ameretto! I am going to make another batch in the next couple of days - but this time I'm going to at LEAST tripple it! Also made a Tiramisu that turned out perfect with this addition. Thanks!

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somebodys_sweet_pea January 12, 2009

All I can say is this recipe is awsome. I have made it twice now (double batches). I did find that cooking this without a cover is best. You need the extra moisture to boil out to create more of a syrup. I did add a little more water a few times during the cook time as it reduced down. I really enjoyed this. I would say its better than the store bought kahlua.

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Atheist Cook February 03, 2008
Dana's Homemade Kahlua