Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 15 mins

This recipe was given to me by a very nice cocktail waitress at a little neighborhood Mexican restaurant called Dave and Dar's in Denver about 25 years ago. The restaurant is long gone, but te recipe still lingers.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Add coffee.
  4. Let cool to room temperature.
  5. Add vanilla and grain alcohol.
  6. Bottle and let set for at least one week, and preferably a month or longer, before serving.
  7. Note: I have also had it after allowing it to age for 15 minutes, and it was still pretty good, but definitely a little rough around the edges.


Most Helpful

I, too, have been making this for many. many years. Now that I go to bed a lot earlier than I used to, I make it with decaf instant coffee. The PERFECT nightcap!

eddie3937 October 28, 2011

I have been making this ever since college.. Only instead of using 3 cups of sugar, I use 2 cups of sugar and 2 cups of white Karo syrup.. Makes it smoother! Enjoy!

faxdaddy October 23, 2004

thank you for this recipe my husband and I spend a lot of money on kahlua and this recipe it's going to save us a lot of money.

edna kirby October 04, 2003

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