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Y’all know I LOVE a good cocktail, but sometimes I just can’t make it to the liquor store to get everything I need! So what’s a girl to do when she’s dying for a post-dinner Chocolate White Russian but there’s no Kahlua in the house? Make this Homemade Kahlua recipe and save the day!
Guys, I have tried a TON of Homemade Kahlua recipes, looking for that coffee liqueur recipe to turn out JUST right. And to be honest, I’ve struggled.
How to Make Kahlua??
Turns out, it’s not as straight forward as I expected. My preference for homemade liquor recipes is almost always to use grain alcohol or vodka, and I did try a vodka homemade Kahlua recipe.
And it just wasn’t … right.
It all comes down to … What is in Kahlua?
To put it simply: Kahlua is made with Coffee, Rum, Sugar, and Vanilla… which is why my grain and vodka based recipes didn’t taste just right.
So this is a RUM based Kahlua recipe!
What are some good Kahlua drink recipes?
This coffee liqueur recipe is a great substitute for Kahlua and really should be made with rum, just like the original, but if you don’t have rum available, you CAN make this recipe for Kahlua with vodka, but know that it will taste a little different and the texture doesn’t get quite as thick, so you’ll want to reduce the coffee down to more of an espresso strength.
Homemade Kahlua ( Coffee Liqueur Recipe )
- 1 1/4 cups hot strong brewed coffee
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cups white rum
- 2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste can substitute vanilla extract if absolutely necessary
- In a large container, stir the sugar into the hot coffee until combined and completely dissolved. Stir in the vanilla bean paste ( or extract.)
- Let the coffee mixture come to room temperature, then stir in the white rum. Let sit overnight for the best flavor, but it can be used immediately if you have in the middle of a Kahlua crisis and need it right now!