Below you will find some recipes for coffee liqueurs similar to Kahlua and Tia Maria. Coffee liqueurs can be made using either instant coffee or freshly brewed coffee. You can use decaffeinated if you prefer. Below you will find both types of recipes. You should never add vodka to dry, ground coffee because the extract you then will get will is extremely bitter!

The best flavor is obtained if you use freshly brewed, strong coffee of South American or Italian type (espresso) and vanilla beans instead of vanilla powder or extract.  Coffee beans come in a wide variety of flavors, some only subtly different, others having vast differences from their cousins.  Consider making different batches using different beans.

Coffee liqueur based on espresso coffee

  • 1 Cup (2.4 dl) espresso coffee (or strong South American coffee)
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 2 Cups vodka (40-50% or 80-100 proof)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise

Make a fresh brew of espresso coffee or strong coffee of a similar type. Add the sugar. After cooling, add the vanilla bean and vodka. Transfer to a bottle. After 2-4 weeks strain, remove the vanilla bean and transfer to a new bottle.

You may substitute half a cup of vodka with brandy to obtain a slightly different flavor.

Coffee liqueur based on ordinary coffee

  • 2 Cups (4.8 dl) coffee of British strength
  • 1 1/4 Cup (3 dl) sugar
  • 2 Cups vodka (50-60% or 100-120 proof)
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise

Make a fresh brew of strong coffee (ordinary American coffee is too diluted!) Add the sugar. After cooling, add the vanilla bean and vodka. Transfer to a bottle. After 2-4 weeks strain, remove the vanilla bean and transfer to a new bottle. This coffee liqueur will have a lower alcohol content than the first one.

Coffee liqueur based on instant coffee

  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/4 Cup instant coffee
  • 2 Cups vodka
  • 1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise or 1 tbs vanilla powder or 1 tbs vanilla extract

Dissolve the instant coffee in 1 cup of hot water. Dissolve the sugar, and add vodka. Also add the vanilla. If you are using a vanilla bean, remove it after 2-4 weeks.

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