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DIY: How to make Homemade Kahlua

Published on February 27th 2015 by under Food and Recipes

As a drink of fun and merriment, Kahlua has been an added celebration to the hard drink lovers around the world. The Mexican drink is widely spreading across the globe for its effects of gaiety and gratification, and the different ways in which this drink is satisfying our senses of superior taste and flavor. Kahlua, as a drink, is readily available in the market. But, with its high cost and unassured quality, it is tough to determine how far the bottle of drink would be from its original Mexican taste and authentic ingredients. However, there is a way. We can always make our own Kahlua drinks at home with permutations and combinations, provided we get the authentic and the best recipes as to how to make authentic homemade Kahlua liqueur. Like always, we try to get you the best recipes to make your own cost-effective Kahlua, retaining all the Latino flavors and its lofty after-effects.

Homemade Kahlua

Homemade Kahlua

Kahlua with Vodka, Vanilla Bean & Brewed Coffee


  • Freshly brewed coffee (hot and strong-flavored) – 2½ cups
  • Vodka – 2¼ cups
  • Vanilla bean (cut in half) – 1
  • Sugar – 4 cups
Kahlua with Vodka Vanilla Bean & Brewed Coffee

Kahlua with Vodka Vanilla Bean & Brewed Coffee

How to make

In the hot coffee, start stirring the sugar until it dissolves completely and keep it aside to let it cool. Next, add the pieces of vanilla as also the vodka and keep stirring for a while. Set aside again, this time for 2 to 3 weeks, and allow the mixture to set. Then after, strain the mixture, remove the beans and store in a stylish bottle.

Variation with Vanilla Extract:

The ingredients and procedure are the same, but just replace the vanilla bean with 3 tbsp of a good quality vanilla extract. In this case, you don’t need to wait for a fortnight. Just stir the mixture and it is ready to drink. Although it won’t retain the authentic flavor and aroma, but nevertheless, it’s good to sip.

Homemade Kahlua Recipe with Rum

Consider the original recipe above. Follow all the steps and ingredients. Just replace the vodka thing with rum, that’s all!

Kahlua with Rum

Kahlua with Rum

Homemade Kahlua Recipe with Everclear


  • Coffee (very strong) – 1½ cup
  • Brown sugar – 2 lbs
  • Vanilla extract – 4-6 tbsp
  • Everclear or Clear Springs (190 proof) – 1 bottle
Kahlua with Everclear

Kahlua with Everclear

How to make

Take a large pot and boil the coffee. As it comes to its boiling point, add the sugar slowly, while stirring constantly. Allow the mixture to cool down to room temperature and then add the extract of vanilla along with the Everclear. Now your Kahlua is ready to drink. You can also keep the extra Kahlua liquor in a good looking bottle and store, if you want to serve it to your friends on special days. It won’t spoil.


You can try variants, using hazelnuts, chocolate macadamia or French vanilla. Almond would also add an Amaretto (an Italian almond liqueur) flavor to it.

These are the basic recipes of making Kahlua at home. Let us know if you like them. Coffee is the main and unvarying ingredient for this drink. Although alcohol too is a must, you can opt for hard beverages like rum, vodka etc. Rest can be altered. You just try your own variations and experiment with your skills of mix-and-match and share with us and our readers.

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