The Brighter Writer


Homemade Kahlua

My mom is a born and raised California girl. The term "not accustom to cold" is an understatement for her. The handful of years she spent back East when my sister and I were growing up took some adjustment. By "adjustment" I mean "alcohol". She said the main trick to surviving the bone chilling Michigan cold was keeping a batch of homemade kahlua close at hand to warm the insides. So rationally, I decided to make a batch myself for these 75 degree Orange County January winters. This is her recipe:

In a gallon jug:
2 oz pure vanilla extract
4 oz freeze dried instant coffee
2 fifths vodka
8 cups sugar
Add water to fill

Shake 20 times once a day for 14 days

The perfect Christmas for the person who has everything: Homemade Kahlua!

And if you're looking to make that pure vanilla extract yourself from scratch, check out this link for a recipe I saw on the Step by Step blog:
Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract