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JimiGibbs 04-02-2008 01:07 AM

Kahlua Anyone?
Just bottled a batch and made another one..... Costs less than $10 for three fifths. Here's the recipe if anyone is interested. Man I love a good caucasion....

Kahlua Recipe

4 cups water
4 cups sugar
1/2 cup instant coffee
a fifth of cheap vodka
2 vanilla beans (Split)

Bring water to a boil, add sugar, vanilla beans & coffee and boil for 20 minutes.

Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in the vodka. Pour in your mixture and let stand for 2 weeks.


Schlenkerla 04-02-2008 01:52 AM

Thanks!!! Made a copy. I don't know when I'll make some but the wife loves White Russians.

PearlJamNoCode 04-02-2008 02:13 AM

i LOVE white russians, i should try this.

Ryanh1801 04-02-2008 02:22 AM

sweet. Im gonna have to give this a try.. Thanks for posting this up.

mr x 04-02-2008 11:08 AM

For something different, use quality coffee beans, cut the sugar by 1 cup, and use brown sugar for one of the 3 cups of sugar. I've made gallons of this stuff, and now find the store bought Kahlua way too sweet, and not strong enough on the coffee flavour.

I don't even let it stand 2 weeks. 2 minutes and it's good.

MikeFlynn74 04-02-2008 12:20 PM


use quality coffee beans
Do you strain the bits out of just use them?

RoaringBrewer 04-02-2008 04:05 PM

Looks interesting. Couple questions/comments:

1/2 cup instant coffee? or 1/2 cup ground instant coffee/beans... ? Just want to make sure before I dump in 1/2 cup of ground beans, when all that was needed was a 1/2 cup of coffee (as in coffee diluted in water). Understand? I am 95% sure I know the answer already (ground beans), just want to double check as it could be read either way? :)

Also, looks like there is some coffee grounds in the neck of the bottles. Wouldn't it be easy to strain this through a coffee filter or will it remove some necessary components? Can't see why it would?

Lastly, does it really taste like kahlua? Or just similar?

Not a big liqour drinker, but 3 fifths for $10 is cheap... might come in handy for a partaaay sometime. :)

mr x 04-02-2008 04:11 PM

2 cups ground coffee beans (medium roast pure arabica beans - Blue Mountain style would be appropriate)
3 cups boiling water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3 cups pure alcohol (40%abv)
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. glycerin

I can't find my tweaked recipe, so it's back to the drawing board. This is what I started with (from Homedistiller.org I believe). The final recipe wasn't actually much different, just a little adjustment on the coffee strength, and maybe a sugar reduction. I ditched the glycerin.

Just use those beans to make coffee. I'm about to cook up a batch now, so I'll be back with my opinions later. I'll try to find that perfected recipe.

Edit: Ditch the 3 cups boiling water. You will have plenty of volume from making the coffee with the beans. You just boil it down with the sugar to an appropriate strength. It's a little trial and error to get it just the way you want it, but the good thing is while tweaking it, you won't have bad liquor. Guaranteed.

mr x 04-02-2008 04:52 PM

OK. On the fly updates. I used 7 very heaping tablespoons (the kind you eat with) of fresh ground coffee in 12 cups of water as my base. Coffee is brewing right now. As soon as it is done, it's on to the stove for boil-off.

I have about 11 cups of coffee, and I'll probably go with 3 cups of sugar - 2 white, one brown. Final target may be about 5 cups of syrup.

zoebisch01 04-02-2008 05:10 PM

Hmm, great stuff gang!

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