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Homemade Kahlua

A homemade coffee liquor like Kahlua makes an excellent holiday gift or party beverage. What's more, yours will probably taste better than the real thing; after all, the best bartenders make their own ingredients, so why not follow suit?



  • 1 quart of water
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka


  1. Boil water, coffee and sugar. Just as it boils, turn down heat to medium low and simmer for tow hours (stirring occasionally)
  2. After two hours, you should have a syrup that coats the back of the spoon
  3. Let cool and add vanilla and vodka
  4. Stir