How to Make Homemade Coffee Liqueur

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Make Your Own Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Homemade coffee liqueur (or homemade version of Kahlúa) is one of our favorite homemade liqueurs to make, and we make a lot of homemade liqueurs every year! Not only is it delicious, it’s also super easy to make year-round and much quicker than some of our other infusions. Which is a good thing, because it makes a great gift and we’re constantly running out of it. If you love coffee and happy hour equally, you’ll love this simple easy recipe.

It takes about a month to finish a batch of homemade coffee liqueur, and the process is simple as can be, using ingredients you probably have at home already. We prefer to use Espresso beans for our liqueur, but any dark & bold coffee will work fine.

Benefits to Making Coffee Liqueur from Scratch

Making homemade coffee liqueur can be a fun and rewarding experience for a few reasons:

  1. Flavor customization: When making your own coffee liqueur, you can customize the flavor to your liking by choosing your preferred coffee beans, sweeteners, and alcohol. You can experiment with different types of coffee beans and brewing methods to create a unique flavor profile that suits your taste.
  2. Cost-effective: Buying a bottle of coffee liqueur from the store can be expensive. Making your own at home can save you money, especially if you use ingredients that you already have on hand.
  3. Gift-giving: Homemade coffee liqueur can be a thoughtful and unique gift for friends and family. You can package it in a nice bottle or jar and add a personalized label to make it even more special.
  4. Fun and easy: Making coffee liqueur at home is a fun and easy DIY project that doesn’t require any special equipment or skills. All you need is some coffee, alcohol, sugar, and a few other ingredients, and you’re ready to go. Plus, the process can be a great way to unwind and relax while enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.

How to Serve Your Homemade Coffee Liqueur

We like to sip our homemade coffee liqueur over ice, or with a generous splash of milk or cream to make our own version of a White Russian, but there are a lot of great ways to enjoy your homemade coffee liqueur:

  1. Neat: Simply pour the coffee liqueur into a glass and enjoy it straight up. You can garnish it with a sprig of mint or a twist of orange peel for an extra touch.
  2. On the rocks: Fill a glass with ice and pour the coffee liqueur over it. Sip it slowly and enjoy the rich flavors as the ice melts.
  3. Mixed in cocktails: Coffee liqueur is a versatile ingredient that can be used in many cocktails. For example, you can add it to a White Russian or a Mudslide for a decadent treat. You can also mix it with cream, milk, or other liquors to create your own signature cocktails.
  4. Over ice cream: Drizzle your homemade coffee liqueur over a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert.
  5. Baked goods: You can use coffee liqueur in baking to add a rich, coffee flavor to cakes, brownies, and other desserts. Try adding it to your next chocolate cake recipe for a decadent twist.

Homemade coffee liqueur is a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be enjoyed in many ways. Experiment with different serving suggestions to find your favorite way to enjoy it.

How to Make Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Prep Time 10 minutes


  • 1 cup finely ground espresso beans or other bold coffee
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 3 cups water boiled & cooled
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1 T Homemade Vanilla Extract


  • Boil water
  • Grind coffee and put it into a large glass jar that can hold at least 8 cups of liquid (a half-gallon mason jar works perfectly)
  • Add boiled water and sugar
  • Stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Let cool.
  • When cool, add vanilla extract and vodka.
  • Let the mixture rest for a month, stirring weekly.
  • Strain through a coffee filter into another glass jar. Repeat several times.
  • Serve over ice and enjoy!

Once your coffee liqueur is finished, you can bottle it to share with friends and family. Grab some of our customizable coffee liqueur labels to put the finishing touches on your liqueur.

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