Dana's Homemade Kahlua

"This is a recipe I came up with since I enjoy white russians soo much, and also I like Kahlua in my coffee too. Let me know what you think if it is too strong, weak or is missing something..THANKS!!"
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Ready In:
2 fifths




  • Boil water, coffee, sugar.
  • Simmer for 3 hours (stirring frequently).
  • Let cool and add vanilla and vodka.
  • Bottle and cap tightly.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Lisa F.
    Has anybody ever tried doing it in a crockpot??
  2. shesacraftie1_13079
    Can you use Vanilla Vodka?
  3. Jim S.
    Is this calling for vanilla extract?
  4. Laura C.
    Does this need to be Refrigerated?
  5. wyld.flowerz72
    How can I thicken my kahlua


  1. Titanium Chef
    Dana, (*hic*) this is terrific, just as the recipe is written. It's the best homemade Kahlua that I've had. Next time I might try the (*hic*) 100-proof vodka instead of the 80-proof, just to see if it makes a big difference in taste. Now I have to go to the store to buy more milk for White Russians! Thanks for posting.
  2. Kym in Ohio
    Dana Loved this Kahula,I had a dinner party Saturday Nite and everyone loved it. I mixed vanilla ice cream as a Kahula milk Shake. Would make it again :) Kym
  3. Richard-NYC
    What a great find! This an easy, tasty, and cheaper alternative to the expensive stuff! Thanks Dana!
  4. PetsRus
    This was the easiest liqueur I ever made! It has a good coffee flavor, I used espresso instant coffee. Used also over ice cream, in the coffee and on its own to serve with the coffee. I will definitely make it at Christmas time for gifts. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
  5. Barb G.
    Dana, This delicious, fabulous, What a find, sure won't be buying the expensive stuff again. Great over vanilla ice cream. Thank you sooooo much Dana.


  1. Nick P.
    Rather than instant coffee I just exchange water for strong fresh brewed coffee. Instead of two and a half cups of sugar I only used two (still plenty sweet). I used a whole split vanilla bean and let it simmer in the sweet coffee on the stove. Lastly I bumped it up with nice 100 proof vodka. Turned out wonderful and produced 3-16oz ball jars worth of Kahlua.
  2. lopiekitty
    Can I give this 10 stars? OMGosh.....IMHO it's BETTER then Kahlua! OK, I read the other reviews and checked out "other" recipes and decided to use raw sugar instead of white and I used espresso powder and also used 100 proof vodka (NOT the great stuff but a good mid-grade) and I also used bottled spring water. Mine cooked down to a thick syrup in 2 and 1/2 hours and after it cooled I used "triple" strength vanilla paste (1 tsp.) and added the vodka. PERFECT and I made a QUART FULL (in a Ball canning jar). Also.....IF you choose to make this I would recommend using a HEAVY bottomed pan and let it GENTLY simmer and do stir often as instructed. THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting this!
  3. mnolan0417
    Try using Bacardi 151 for a better strength. You can also use a sugar substitute like Sun crystals to reduce refined sugar content without much impact on flavor. Do not use imitation vanilla EVER, it may contain a possible carcinogen.
  4. Leslie T.
    This was a fantastic turn out. I love it. All my friends cant belueve something so simple and its soooo good. I love it.
  5. Christina M.
    An extra tablespoon of coffee and a slash more vanilla



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