Homemade Kahlua {Gifts From the Kitchen #SundaySupper}

If you are like me, the Holidays are a time of family and tradition. Thanksgiving kicks off the season and now we are in a mad dash to find the best gifts, bake the best cookies and treats, all to make the Holidays special for the people we love.

Gift giving is one of my favorite parts of the Holiday. I thoroughly enjoy the hunt for the perfect gift. I am terrible at keeping the secrets of my finds. I have been known to give gifts way too early… A way to combat that is when I make gifts for my loved ones. It gives me less time to be strong and not give the gifts early. I’m a sucker, I know. Scarves, bath salts, homemade lotions, I try my hand in all of it. The time and thought that goes into these gifts always seems appreciated.

Homemade Kahlua

A gift from my kitchen that always goes over well is homemade kahlua. It is a coffee and vanilla infused syrup combined with rum. When making homemade liqueurs or cooking with spirits in general, it is important to remember to use good quality ingredients. Just like in baking, the ingredients you use will help with the overall flavor and appearance of your gift. In this recipe I use light brown sugar, whole vanilla beans and fresh brewed, dark coffee.  The color will come out beautifully dark that lightens to a pretty chocolate brown once you add the rum.

The adults in your life will swoon…


Homemade Kahlua


  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Strong Brewed Dark Roast Coffee
  • 1 Vanilla Bean (Split in half)
  • 1 pint Rum


When choosing a rum, choose one that you enjoy drinking. The flavors will mellow as you add the coffee vanilla infused simple syrup, but the smoothness of the drink will depend on the quality of ingredients.


Also, this can be served right away, however, I prefer to make it up 2 weeks prior to giving as a gift so that the flavors have time to develop.


Step 1
In a sauce pot, combine the sugar and coffee. Slowly, bring to boil, stirring as the sugar dissolves. 10 minutes
Step 2
Add your vanilla bean, split in half length wise, to the coffee. Steep and a simmer for 30 minutes.
Step 3
Allow the coffee simple syrup to cool.
Step 4
Add in your rum and stir. Bottle with the vanilla bean.

Homemade Kahlua


Now that you have this awesome coffee liqueur with a hint of real vanilla what do you do? I suggest bottling it in a pretty glass bottle and including a drink recipe. One way that I like to serve this is simple. On the rocks with cream and a sprinkle of freshly grated nutmeg. The velvety, coffee and vanilla liqueur’s flavors showcase really well with the cream. It is an indulgent adult treat.

Coffee Liqueur


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43 thoughts on “Homemade Kahlua {Gifts From the Kitchen #SundaySupper}

  1. This is something I need to make for my mom. She loves Kahlua and a White Russian is her favorite cocktail.

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  16. Perfection, Shannon! Thank you for the intro to homemade Kahlua =) P.s. I love holiday shopping, too =)

  17. I love to make homemade gifts like you- soaps, lotions- lots of fun things! And this year, I think I’ll give your yummy holiday libation recipe a whirl! Thanks!!!

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  19. Leaving the vanilla bean more time to infuse is great advice, Shannon! I’d have to hide it in the back of the cupboard so I wouldn’t be tempted to taste it though. Love this stuff!

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