Homemade Kahlua

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Whether you’re making it for gifts or just for a special treat for yourself, Homemade Kahlua is something that’s very easy to make and very delicious. All it takes is time!

Homemade Kahlua liqueur

There are not many ingredients in homemade Kahlua so do try to use high quality coffee and vanilla beans. It will make all the difference in the world!

I would not recommend using vanilla extract in place of actual vanilla beans. You need the real thing here!  It will taste so much better!

Coffee beans and vanilla beans

The only real cooking you have to do is heat up your water enough to dissolve the sugar. Then add your vanilla beans (split down the middle) and the coffee beans. Lightly crush them so they infuse easier. Don’t grind them completely though.

Making Homemade Kahlua

Add that all together with the vodka and let it cool to room temperature. Then pour it into a very clean air tight container and let it sit in your pantry for three weeks. No need to refrigerate it thanks to the sugar and alcohol.

After three weeks, you’ll just strain off the solids and you’re left with delicious coffee vanilla liqueur!

Making Homemade Kahlua

If you want to make gifts, you can divide it up into little jars and label them. These are six ounce jars and you could get about six of these out of the recipe.

Homemade Kahlua liqueur

Personally, I just pour mind into a nice decanter and keep it for myself during the cold winter months.

A good White Russian is just a few pours away and the homemade Kahlua has a much richer and more unique coffee and vanilla flavor than the store-bought version.


Homemade Kahlua liqueur

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Homemade Kahlua

Love this DIY Kahlua recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Sitting Time: 21 days
Servings 16 servings (4 cups)
Calories 214kcal
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade kahlua, kahlua


  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups granulated white sugar
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup dark roast coffee beans, lightly crushed
  • 2 vanilla beans, split


  • Add the water and sugar to a medium pot. Heat and stir until steaming and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat.
  • Add the vodka, lightly crushed coffee beans, and split vanilla beans. Stir together and let cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer to a very clean air-tight container. Seal and let sit in a cool dark place for three weeks or longer.
  • Strain the solids out of mixture with a fine mesh strainer, and divide up the homemade Kahlua or keep it in a big batch.
  • Kahlua keeps fine at room temperature for a few months.


  • Use homemade Kahlua in coffee or with whole milk to make White Russians!


Serving: 16servings (1/4 cup) (1/4 cup) | Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 37g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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  • Katherine M Golden wrote:

    I have made this recipe every year for many years and friends expect a bottle included with their homemade cookies for Christmas. I have lovd trying the flavored vodkas, such as the salted caramel and the double chocolate with great results!!! So, now I make three batchs(doubles, of course) for all my friends for the holidays!! It is easy and fun making and baking with my friends and family

  • Ken Plank wrote:

    I love your cook book !!!!! What a wonderful assortment of recipes !!!!! Every page has one I want to try !!!!! Thank you Ken.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Glad to hear!

  • Bryn wrote:

    Any chance you would share the brand of coffee brand and vodka you used?  I would love to make this for my mom but don’t want to use a bad brand and have it be bitter or off tasting.  I don’t drink coffee so I wouldnt know where to begin!

  • Sharon @ What The Fork wrote:

    I’ve always wanted to make my own Kahlua! I’ll have to try this out!