Homemade Kahlua

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.
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With my Husband, we raise our two sons and a nephew, three dogs, a cat, four chickens and a large garden on my just under an acre lot in a small village in Southeast Michigan. I am passionate about real food, and eating as local as we can without giving up olive oil, coffee, you know the necessities. Herb gardens and backyard chickens, reading, writing, photography are my other passions. I believe that things will work out eventually, the glass is not only half full but it is refillable.