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Friday, March 21, 2008

RECIPE: Homemade Kahlua

posted by snekse
So you want to learn how to make Kahlua. I know there are lots of Kahlúa recipes out there, but this is the one we use. I can't say how this recipe stacks up to the others, I can just tell you it's good. Very good. And it gets oh so much better with age. Like aged balsamic vinegar; Both go well over a bowl of vanilla ice cream. And homemade Kalua makes a great holiday gift.

The ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 Cups of sugar
  • 2/3 Cup of instant coffee (preferably Yuban)
  • 2 Cups of boiling water
  • 2 Cups of brandy
  • 1 vanilla bean - split
  • Cheese Cloth
  • 2 sterilized bottles - 1 liter each with resealable lids

Instructions:

Mix the sugar with the instant coffee in a large bowl.
Add the boiling water to the sugar and coffee mixture.
Stir until dissolved.
Add brandy to the mixture in the bowl, stir, then wait 5 minutes.
Use cheese cloth to strain the mixture into a second container. Preferably one with a pour spout.
Pour the strained liquid into the sterilized bottles.
Leave room at the top of the bottles to allow you to shake the liquid and reclaim the sediment.
Split your vanilla beans and add half of the bean to each bottle.
Let it age for at least 3 months.

That's it!

Do you have a Homemade Kahlua Recipe? Share it with us.

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