How to Make Your Own Kahlua

Kahlua is a sweet, coffee-flavored liqueur that is often used as an ingredient in cocktails or enjoyed on its own. Making your own Kahlua at home is a fun and easy DIY project that requires just a few ingredients and some patience. Here’s a simple recipe to make your own Kahlua:


  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup freshly brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 cup vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. In a large pot, combine the water and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is fully dissolved.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vodka, coffee, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder. Mix well until everything is fully combined.
  3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  4. Once cooled, pour the Kahlua into a large glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store the Kahlua in a cool, dark place for at least two weeks to allow the flavors to meld together.
  5. After two weeks, your homemade Kahlua is ready to enjoy! Serve it on the rocks, mix it into your favorite cocktails, or use it in baking recipes.

Note: The quality of the ingredients used will impact the final flavor of the Kahlua. Choose high-quality coffee and vanilla extract, and make sure to use a good quality vodka.

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