If you are looking for a tasty homemade gift, a lower-cost version of the brand-name liqueur or just a fun cooking project, try making your own Kahlua at home. This easy to follow recipe produces a rich, velvety coffee-flavored elixir that is the main ingredient of drinks such as White Russians, Mudslides and Chunky Monkeys. Kahlua is also a delicious "on the rocks" drink, whether straight over ice or topped off with a little half-and-half cream. (From ehow.com)
- Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from the heat. Stir in the coffee. Allow to cool completely.
- Pour into a large plastic container with a lid. Add the vodka, vanilla flavoring and vanilla bean.
- Cover and let stand for two to three weeks or until fully aged. Kahlua, when properly stored, can last safely for up to a few years.