Homemade Kahlua Recipe

I am not sure if it is the kids, everyday life or what, but I have come to really enjoy a cocktail or two every now and again. Combine that with my never ending desire to try something new in the kitchen and I just had to try making my own Kahlua.

The main thing I found is that the longer I let this Kahlua rest, the better it tasted as it mellowed out. It is truly delicious and a wonderful hostess gift. Cheers!
1 quart water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 tablespoons instant coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups vodka
Boil water, coffee and sugar. Just as it boils, turn down heat to medium low and simmer for 2 hours (stirring occassionally). After two hours, you should have a syrup that coats the back of your spoon.
Let cool and add vanilla and vodka.
Enjoy with coffee, cream, in a cocktail…


  1. Barefoot Contessa's Viennese Iced Coffee - A Lifestyle Blog by Catherine Hubbard | 15th May 15

    […] the evenings I love adding a liqueur to this concoction. Either Kahlua (see my homemade Recipe for Kahlua here), Baileys (click here for my homemade version of that one too!) or Godiva liqueur are amazing […]

  2. Anonymous | 11th Dec 13

    I use vanilla vodka and just a touch of Hershey’s syrup

    • cathubbard@hotmail.com | 17th May 15

      Sounds amazing!

  3. Anonymous | 20th Oct 13

    Evercleer works to. Don’t have to drink so much

  4. Anonymous | 13th Oct 13

    I used to make this but put a vanilla bean in the simple syrup as it was boiling! Yum!

  5. Catherine | 11th Jun 13

    I am sorry but I have never used sugar substitute in this recipe. I do use Stevia and Splenda in my coffee however and I think you could use a substitute as a replacement to sugar, however it will change the taste a bit. Please let me know how it goes, if you do try it.


  6. Anonymous | 10th Jun 13

    How does sugar free substitutes work in the place of sugar?

  7. Catherine | 29th Dec 12

    The recipe makes approximately 4-5 cups.

  8. nancyaa | 28th Dec 12

    How much does this recipe make after the syrup is cooked down and the vodka is added? Thank you!!

  9. sugarteets | 7th Feb 12

    I can’t believe how easy it was to make both your Kaluha and Irish cream. Love them both!!!! Thank you sooo much.

  10. Anonymous | 28th Dec 11

    How does sugar free substitutes work in the place of sugar?

  11. Catherine Hubbard | 10th Jan 11

    The Kahlua will easily last three months. Store it in a cool, dry place. 🙂

  12. Libby Marie | 10th Jan 11

    Do you have any idea how long it will keep?

  13. Miss | 8th Jan 11

    What a great idea, I wouldn’t have thought it to be so easy.

  14. lisaiscooking | 8th Jan 11

    I’ve heard about making homemade Kahlua a couple of times lately, and now I have to try it. Sounds delicious!

  15. darcyeats | 8th Jan 11

    I’m a major Kaluha fan! Great recipe, I’ll definately be giving this a try.

  16. tryityoumightlikeit | 8th Jan 11

    Who knew this was so easy!
    I love it.

  17. briarrose | 7th Jan 11

    Oh yum…a wonderful thing to make at home.

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