Make Your Own Rich and Smooth Coffee Liqueur

As a seasoned barista, I can confidently claim that there are few things as indulging as a well-made coffee. Whether it’s an iced latte on a scorching summer day, or a warm cuppa to get you through the winter blues, coffee has been our daily companion for centuries. And although craft coffees have been getting all the hype lately, sometimes all you need is a good old-fashioned coffee liqueur to spice things up.

Which why I’m excited to be sharing with you today my homemade coffee liqueur recipe. This recipe is easy to make, uses simple ingredients, and yields the most delicious coffee liqueur that is perfect for all occasions. From spicing up your morning cup of joe to adding depth to your favorite dessert recipes, this coffee liqueur is versatile enough to elevate any dish.

Plus, making your own coffee liqueur has never been easier! You don’t even need barista skills to follow this recipe using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. So whether you’re after a boozy Kahlúa-inspired cocktail or just want to enjoy the rich flavors of homemade coffee liqueur at home, look no further than this recipe.

Without further ado, let’s dive into making some irresistible homemade coffee liqueur together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Coffee Liqueur
Coffee Liqueur

Looking for a way to add some extra oomph to your coffee routine? Look no further than this delicious coffee liqueur recipe. You’ll love the rich, complex flavor of this homemade coffee liqueur, which combines the bold taste of real coffee with the smooth sweetness of vanilla and brown sugar.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s very versatile. You can use it as a mixer for cocktails (hello, Kahlúa coffee!), or you can simply pour it over ice and enjoy it as an after-dinner drink. And because it’s made with real coffee and other natural ingredients, you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body.

Another great thing about this coffee liqueur recipe is that it’s very easy to make. You don’t need any special equipment or fancy techniques; just some basic ingredients (which you probably already have in your pantry) and a little bit of time. And once you’ve got the hang of it, you can experiment with different variations and substitutions to create your perfect cup of joe.

So whether you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy on a lazy Sunday morning, or you want to impress your guests at your next cocktail party, this homemade coffee liqueur recipe is sure to please. Give it a try and see for yourself – we guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A bottle of homemade coffee liqueur: the perfect addition to your home bar!
A bottle of homemade coffee liqueur: the perfect addition to your home bar!

Recipe Ingredients

To make homemade coffee liqueur, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Instant coffee (2 tablespoons)
  • Boiling water (1 1/2 cups)
  • Granulated sugar (2 cups)
  • Corn syrup (1/4 cup)
  • Vodka (4 cups)
  • Vanilla bean (1 or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract)

Tip: For a sweeter taste, you can use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar.

Note: In case you want to make non-alcoholic coffee liqueur, you can substitute the vodka with water.

You can easily find these ingredients in a grocery store at an affordable price.

The Recipe How-To

 This coffee liqueur is the ultimate indulgence for coffee and cocktail lovers!
This coffee liqueur is the ultimate indulgence for coffee and cocktail lovers!

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Make coffee: Brew strongly 2 tablespoons of instant coffee with 2 cups of boiling water. Let it cool.

  2. Make syrup: Stir until dissolved 2 cups granulated sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, and 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat.

  3. Add coffee: Remove from heat and stir in the brewed coffee.

  4. Add vanilla: Slice open the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the syrup mixture. Add the vanilla bean to the pan.

  5. Add vodka: Pour 4 cups of vodka into a large glass jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid.

  6. Combine ingredients: Add the cooled syrup mixture to the vodka and stir everything together.

  7. Set aside to mature: Seal the bottle tightly and set aside in a dark place for at least two weeks allowing it to mature.

  8. Strain and bottle: Strain through a cheesecloth-lined fine mesh sieve(strainer) and then transfer the liqueur into bottles ready to serve chilled or over ice.

– The recipe ingredients will make about 15 delicious coffee liqueur cocktails.
– You can make homemade Kahlúa coffee liqueur by substituting rum for vodka.
– Sugar content can be reduced by replacing granulated sugar with brown sugar or white sugar.
– For non-alcoholic diy coffee liqueur, substitute vodka with 1 part water and 1 part strong hot coffee concentrate

Substitutions and Variations

 One sip of this creamy and aromatic liqueur will make you feel like you're in a coffee shop!
One sip of this creamy and aromatic liqueur will make you feel like you’re in a coffee shop!

When it comes to making homemade coffee liqueur, there’s a lot of room for experimentation and personalization. Here are some ideas for substitutions and variations to make this recipe your own.

– Swap out the vodka: If you’re not a fan of vodka, you can use rum instead for a slightly different flavor. You could even try a spiced rum for an added kick.

– Add different flavors: While vanilla is traditionally used in coffee liqueur, feel free to add other flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or even hazelnut extract. Get creative with your combinations!

– Adjust the sweetness: If you prefer a less sweet coffee liqueur, reduce the amount of granulated sugar or corn syrup used. You could also experiment with using brown sugar instead of white sugar.

– Non-alcoholic version: If you want a non-alcoholic version of this recipe, simply omit the vodka and replace it with an equal amount of boiled water or coffee. Also, just make sure to substitute corn syrup with a similar amount of honey or maple syrup.

– Vary the coffee: The type of instant coffee you use will make a difference in the flavor. Experiment with different brands for a richer or milder taste. You could also try using real ground coffee to make it from scratch!

Whatever substitutions or variations you choose to make, remember to approach them with an open mind and palate. Who knows? You might just come up with a new favorite recipe or cocktail!

Serving and Pairing

 Who needs dessert when you can have a shot of this delightful coffee liqueur instead?
Who needs dessert when you can have a shot of this delightful coffee liqueur instead?

Now that you’ve mastered the art of making your own coffee liqueur, it’s time to savor it! This homemade coffee liqueur can be enjoyed on its own, served over ice, or in cocktails.

One classic way to enjoy coffee liqueur is to mix it with cream and vodka for a White Russian cocktail. Or try a Black Russian, which just omits the cream. You can also use coffee liqueur as a substitute for other sweeteners and flavors in your favorite cocktail recipes.

If you prefer non-alcoholic drinks, add a splash of coffee liqueur to your hot chocolate or latte for an extra dose of flavor.

This liqueur also pairs well with desserts such as tiramisu, ice cream, or brownies. The sweetness of the liqueur complements the richness of these treats, creating a delicious and balanced combination.

When serving this homemade coffee liqueur to guests, consider using beautiful glassware such as tumblers or cordial glasses. This adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any occasion.

Overall, this delicious coffee liqueur is versatile enough to be enjoyed on its own or used in various recipes – making it the perfect addition to your home bar!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Put your barista skills to the test with this delicious and easy-to-make coffee liqueur!
Put your barista skills to the test with this delicious and easy-to-make coffee liqueur!

Once you’ve made this delicious coffee liqueur, you can store it in a glass jar or a bottle with a tight-fitting lid. This homemade coffee liqueur can last for up to six months if stored properly at room temperature.

This recipe can be prepared ahead of time, so you can have homemade coffee liqueur on hand whenever you need it. I like to make large batches of this coffee liqueur during the holiday season so that I can gift them to family and friends.

To reheat the coffee liqueur, pour the desired amount into a mug and microwave it for about 20 seconds. Stir well and enjoy! You may also serve this delicious beverage cold or over ice.

If you’re not a fan of alcohol or would like to substitute it with something else, consider using non-alcoholic spirits as an alternative. You may also pair this incredible coffee liqueur with freshly brewed hot coffee or use it as the base for many cocktail recipes. The options are endless!

In conclusion, making your own homemade coffee liqueur is easy and cost-effective. This recipe allows you to include your own flavor preferences like adding vanilla bean or adjusting the sweetness level according to your liking. So grab some ground coffee and vodka, and get started on making delicious, homemade coffee liqueur today!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Whether you drink it on its own or use it as a mixer, this coffee liqueur is sure to impress!
Whether you drink it on its own or use it as a mixer, this coffee liqueur is sure to impress!

Making homemade coffee liqueur is easier than you might think, but there are a few tips and tricks that can help you achieve perfect results. Here are some suggestions to ensure your coffee liqueur turns out great every time:

1. Use freshly brewed coffee: Instead of using instant coffee, try making freshly brewed coffee for richer flavor.

2. Choose good quality alcohol: Use high-quality vodka or rum that’s at least 80 proof for the best results.

3. Let it sit: Allow your coffee liqueur to sit for at least 2 weeks before consuming to allow the flavors to fully develop.

4. Add a vanilla bean: For added depth of flavor, consider adding a vanilla bean to your coffee liqueur mixture.

5. Use a glass jar: Store your homemade coffee liqueur in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid that seals well.

6. Don’t rush the process: Resist the urge to add more sugar or alcohol to your mixture as it sits, as this can throw off the balance of flavors and ruin your coffee liqueur.

7. Experiment with different variations: Feel free to experiment with different variations of the recipe to find what suits your taste preferences best.

With these tips, you’ll be on your way to crafting delicious homemade coffee liqueur in no time!


Now that you know how to make homemade coffee liqueur, you might have some lingering questions about the process that you’d like answered. Here I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions along with their answers to help guide you through the process and ensure that your coffee liqueur turns out perfectly every time. So, let’s dive into the FAQ section of making your own delicious coffee liqueur at home!

Is coffee liqueur the same as Kahlua?

With its roots tracing back to Mexico in the 1930s, Kahlúa has become an internationally adored coffee liqueur that adds a unique touch to a variety of beverages, making it a popular choice for various social gatherings.

What is coffee liqueur made of?

Kahlúa coffee liqueur, consisting of rum and 100% Arabica coffee beans, is a beloved component in numerous renowned cocktails.

What do you drink coffee liqueur with?

As a barista, I’ve found some fun and creative ways of enjoying coffee beyond the classic hot cup of joe. For instance, instead of measuring, I suggest splashing some coffee into your mug to add a hint of flavor to your everyday coffee routine. Additionally, if you want to switch things up a bit, try making a quick coffee soda by pouring 2 ounces of coffee liqueur into a glass, adding ice, and topping it up with club soda to create a refreshing drink with a caffeine kick. For those craving something creamy, I recommend making a White Russian that combines coffee, vodka, and cream for a decadent and satisfying drink. Lastly, if you’re in the mood for a dessert, why not pour your coffee over a couple of scoops of ice cream and enjoy the perfect mixture of hot and cold, bitter and sweet? There are so many different ways to enjoy coffee, and as a barista, I am excited to share my creative recipes with you.

What is base alcohol of coffee liqueur?

When it comes to creating coffee liqueur, the two most popular liquor options are vodka and rum. If you’re looking for a sweeter taste, the molasses base of rum creates a flavor that’s closer to the commonly-known brands.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making your own coffee liqueur at home is an easy and fun process that yields delicious results. With just a few simple ingredients like vodka, instant coffee, granulated sugar, corn syrup and vanilla extract, you can create a homemade coffee liqueur that rivals any store-bought brand. Not only does it taste great on its own or mixed into cocktails, but it also makes for the perfect gift or addition to any holiday celebration.

So why not try your hand at making your very own coffee liqueur today? With this recipe and the tips provided throughout this article, you’re sure to end up with a drink that’s satisfyingly sweet, smooth and indulgent all at once. And who knows – you may even end up creating a new signature drink for yourself or impressing your friends with your newfound skills in the kitchen.

In short, making homemade coffee liqueur is an enjoyable and rewarding experience that anyone can try. So grab a glass jar, start brewing some coffee and get ready to enjoy the taste of fresh homemade goodness in every sip. Trust me – your taste buds will thank you. Cheers!

Coffee Liqueur

Coffee Liqueur Recipe

this is a recipe from Nestle.An impressive homemade liqueur. Serve as a liqueur with coffee, or spoon over ice cream. Makes a good hostess gift.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Alcoholic
Servings 1 quart
Calories 4054.4 kcal


  • 2 cups corn syrup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup tasters freeze dried instant coffee
  • 2 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1/4 cup vanilla


  • Combine corn syrup and sugar in a saucepot.
  • Heat over medium heat stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Combine the boiling water with the dried coffee granules.
  • Stir into sugar mixture.
  • Let cool completely.
  • Then stir in the vodka and the vanilla.
  • Pour into a covered container.
  • Keeps indefinitely.

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Serving: 1570gCalories: 4054.4kcalCarbohydrates: 695.5gProtein: 5.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 41mgSugar: 369.8g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein
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