POPSUGAR Celebrity

Jul 11 2013 - 2:29pm

Homemade Kahlúa

Kahlua Recipe


1 (750 ml) bottle vodka or white rum
1 1/4 cups dark rum, like Pampero [3]
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 pound whole coffee beans
1 vanilla bean
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon cocoa nibs [4], optional
1 slice of orange peel, optional


  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a sealable container. Shake hard to combine.
  2. Label with the date and let sit in a cool, dark place for three weeks. Shake or stir the mixture several times of week.
  3. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a clean vessel. Use like you would Kahlua or any other coffee liquor.

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