Homemade Kahlua

Making your own alcohol at home may seem intimidating, but it isn’t as painful of a process as many people may think. Kahlua is one of the simpler alcoholic drinks to make, and is a good starting point for those looking to get into their own home brewing.

All you need is sugar, vanilla, coffee, vodka and a little patience. Good news for those who don’t have or can’t find a bottle of patience at their local corner store, is that this recipe can be enjoyed immediately after it’s prepared. It does get better with time, as most alcohol does.

It’s recommended that it sit for 3-4 weeks after it’s bottled, but if you can’t wait, just go for it. Who’s going to stop you, really? And, besides, wouldn’t you want to make some to sip on while you sit and watch Game of Thrones tonight anyway? I think I was channeling GOT while photographing these pictures. They do seem to have a medieval vibe to them, but maybe I’m creating that illusion out of excitement.

This coffee liqueur can be made with either vodka or rum, or you could even do half and half. It’s amazing how much money you’ll save making your own version. It’s also nice to have control over the amount of sugar used and how strong you want the coffee flavor to be. I used vanilla extract as opposed to vanilla beans in this recipe to help speed along the process.

Homemade kahlua makes a great gift. Just pop it in a bottle and tie some ribbon on it and people will think you’re a magical gift giving wizard.

Homemade Kahlua

Homemade Kahlua
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
2 hrs
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 3/4 cup Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Rice Syrup
  • 1/2 cup ground Coffee
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Vodka or Rum
  1. Begin by placing 1/2 cup of water, 3/4 cup coconut sugar and 1/2 cup of rice syrup in a pot. Stir, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45-60 minutes. Stir often. Make sure it doesn't burn.
  2. While the syrup is simmering on the stove, combine the 1 cup of boiling water and the coffee in a french press and let sit for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture on the stove has simmered, it should be slightly syrupy. Turn off the heat and let it cool. You can cool it in an ice bath to speed along the process.
  4. Pour the cup of brewed coffee into the syrup mix, then add the vodka and vanilla. Store in a glass bottle and enjoy immediately, or wait 3-4 weeks for optimal flavor. Give the bottle a shake every few days. Store in a dark place, out of direct sunlight.
Recipe Notes

Yields 2 cups

Homemade Kahlua without refined sugars or dairy #vegan #glutenfree #recipe

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I love Kahlua! This looks so enticing and refreshing! I used to actually hate kahlua. What was I thinking back then? These days I love it. I go nuts over anything with Kahlua in it.


My mother-in-law used to make something like this but she used white sugar. I bet the coconut sugar adds such a nice depth to this!


Oh I would love to try this!!! Thanks for sharing đŸ™‚

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awe man. Home made!!! It would be so good right now all warm with some hot coco. thank you for this recipe!


Wow! I never realized you can make your own kahlua! We have a fairly extensive home bar but don’t have kahlua, looks like I have a new project!