Whip Up a Tasty Instant Coffee Kahlua Recipe

As a barista, I have seen many customers come and go looking for an energy boost early in the morning or a refreshing pick-me-up late in the evening. If you’re someone who loves a good coffee cocktail, then my Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe is perfect for you! This recipe is easy to make and uses household ingredients, so you don’t have to worry about running to the store.

Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or just want to indulge in a bit of self-care, this homemade kahlua coffee liqueur recipe will take your beverage game to another level. With its delicious blend of fresh brewed coffee, sugar, and various liquors, you’ll be surprised at how quickly this drink will become a favorite amongst your friends and family.

So what are you waiting for? Dust off the blender and let’s get started on making some exceptional homemade kahlua that’s guaranteed to make any afternoon feel like a fun happy hour. The taste and aroma of this concoction will have you reaching for seconds before you know it!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Instant Coffee Kahlua
Instant Coffee Kahlua

If you are looking for a decadent and indulgent treat, you’ll love this Instant Coffee Kahlua Recipe. Not only is it easy to make, but it is also inexpensive and versatile. This recipe will save you from having to go out and spend money on coffee liqueur at the store, while still giving you that rich coffee flavor you crave.

This homemade Kahlua recipe uses everyday ingredients like sugar, instant coffee, water, vanilla extract, and your choice of alcohol, usually vodka or brandy. The best part of this recipe is that it can easily be customized to suit your desired taste preferences. For example, adding a few drops of almond extract can give it an interesting twist or stirring in some coffee crystals can give it a richer flavor.

The recipe only takes about 20 minutes to make on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot. You’ll be able to enjoy your homemade coffee liqueur within hours of making it. You won’t have to worry about running out to grab expensive store-bought coffee liqueur when you are entertaining guests or whipping up an impromptu cocktail.

Not only is this recipe perfect for making a delicious drink at home, but it can be used in countless recipes like mocha brownies, tiramisu cheesecake, chocolate ganache frosting, and even as a drizzle over ice cream. With its versatility and ease of making, this Instant Coffee Kahlua Recipe is a must-try recipe that we think you will love.

Ingredient List

 Get ready for a boozy boost with my Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe!
Get ready for a boozy boost with my Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe!

Before we dive into how to make this Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe, let’s talk about the ingredients you’ll need. The beauty of homemade Kahlua is that you can adjust the flavour to your liking! Here are the recipe ingredients:

Coffee Mixture:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup instant coffee crystals

Alcohol Mixture:

  • 4 cups vodka
  • 2 cups rum


  • 3 vanilla beans, split in half (or use 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)

Make sure you use fresh coffee when possible, but instant coffee will work great for this recipe. For those who want to make a non-alcoholic version, simply substitute vodka and rum with water or milk. Conversely, for those wanting to add more punch try different kinds of liquor such as brandy or instead of vanilla extract try almond extract.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a sip of this sweet and savory sensation that will rock your taste buds.
Take a sip of this sweet and savory sensation that will rock your taste buds.

Now, it’s time to make the homemade kahlua coffee liqueur from the recipe ingredients. This is where you will need your brewing skills and a bit of patience to yield the perfect results.

  • Step 1: Combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of sugar in a saucepan. Heat on medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.

  • Step 2: Add 1 cup of instant coffee and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

  • Step 3: Remove from heat and let cool completely. Then, stir in 2 cups of vodka, 2 cups of rum, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract.

  • Step 4: Pour your homemade coffee kahlua liqueur into sterilized bottles with tight-fitting lids. You can store homemade kahlua coffee liqueur in a dark place for up to six months.

Congratulations, you’ve just learned how to make an excellent homemade kahlua coffee liqueur that’s perfect for cocktails, liquor or frappe!

Substitutions and Variations

 Ready in minutes, making it the perfect pick-me-up for a busy morning or a happy hour treat!
Ready in minutes, making it the perfect pick-me-up for a busy morning or a happy hour treat!

This Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe is already delicious as it is, but if you feel like improvising or if you’re missing a few ingredients, there are several substitutions and variations you can try.

– Sugar: If you don’t have granulated sugar or brown sugar, you can use honey, agave nectar, or another sweetener of your choice. However, keep in mind that this will change the texture and possibly the flavor of the final product.

– Instant coffee: If you don’t have instant coffee crystals, you can replace them with brewed coffee. Simply mix 1 cup of strong brewed coffee with 2 cups of vodka or rum (or both). Then add the sugar and follow the recipe as usual. This will give your homemade Kahlua an extra kick of coffee flavor.

– Vanilla extract: If you don’t have vanilla extract on hand, you can use any other similar flavorings such as almond extract or hazelnut extract. Better yet, try using a real vanilla bean instead of extract for an even richer taste.

– Liquor: While vodka and rum are usually used to make this recipe, you can use other types of liquor such as brandy or whiskey for a different flavor profile. Experiment with different combinations and find what works best for you.

– Dalgona Coffee: To make a delicious variant with the popular whipped dalgona coffee approach, simply add two tablespoons of instant coffee powder to two tablespoons of your desired sweetener along with two tablespoons of hot water. Use a hand mixer to whip until peaks form before placing over ice and adding homemade Kahlua liqueur.

Whether it’s swapping out ingredients or trying a new technique like Dalgona Whipped Coffee mixed in, don’t be afraid to get creative with your homemade Kahlua recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 This is your chance to be your own barista and craft your perfect cup.
This is your chance to be your own barista and craft your perfect cup.

After you’ve made your homemade Kahlua, it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Since this coffee liqueur recipe is so rich and flavorful, you’ll want to serve it in small portions, most likely as an after-dinner drink.

A classic way to enjoy Kahlua is in a White Russian cocktail. Combine equal parts Kahlua and vodka over ice, then pour in some heavy cream for a creamy and indulgent treat. Alternatively, the Kahlua can be mixed into hot coffee for a sweet and boozy beverage.

For pairing with desserts, chocolate-based desserts such as brownies, cakes, or cupcakes are perfect companions for the homemade Kahlua. The natural coffee flavors complement these familiar chocolate notes with a delightful boozy twist.

Another delicious pairing is enjoying the Kahlua over vanilla ice cream. The cold of the ice cream pairs well with the warmth of the liqueur, making for an ideal summer treat.

Finally, If you’re looking for something fancy to impress your friends or perfecting your bartending skills, consider making a Frappe or blended cocktail by adding the homemade Kahlua to crushed ice, milk, and other mixers like chocolate syrup or espresso.

No matter how you choose to indulge in this homemade coffee liqueur recipe, it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Wake up and smell the coffee - and the Kahlua, of course.
Wake up and smell the coffee – and the Kahlua, of course.

This Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe is perfect for making ahead of time and storing for later. The homemade coffee liqueur can be stored in a sterilized glass container with a tight-fitting lid for up to 6 months at room temperature. When stored properly, the flavor of the coffee liqueur will continue to deepen over time.

If you want to make this recipe even more convenient, you can definitely double or triple the recipe and keep a larger batch in the fridge for impromptu cocktails or as a gift.

To reheat the coffee liqueur, simply pour it into a saucepan and warm it gently over low heat until heated through. You can also reheat it in the microwave on low heat for short intervals, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching.

It’s always best to serve homemade Kahlua at room temperature or slightly chilled. You can mix it with ice cubes, add it to milk or plain coffee, or use it in cocktails as a substitute for other sweet liquors.

In case you find your kahlua recipe too strong, feel free to dilute it with water in ⅛ increments until you reach your desired strength. Make sure that you are using filtered water so as not to affect the taste of your concoction.

This Instant Coffee Kahlua Recipe is an incredibly versatile beverage. It is perfect for enjoying on its own or as part of a delicious cocktail. With such few ingredients required, this homemade coffee liqueur recipe is easy to make, store and reheat – making it something you’ll definitely want to try out!

Tips for Perfect Results

 No need to head out to your favorite cafe when you can make this delicious drink right in your own kitchen!
No need to head out to your favorite cafe when you can make this delicious drink right in your own kitchen!

If you want to make the best homemade coffee liqueur recipe, you must pay attention to a few things. Here are some tips for perfect results:

First and foremost, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. The better quality of vanilla extract, the better tasting kahlua you will get. If possible, try to use fresh coffee instead of instant coffee as it adds a richer and more complex flavor.

When making the sugar syrup, be mindful of the time and temperature. You do not want to overheat or burn the sugar mixture as it will affect the overall taste of your homemade kahlua. Always stir constantly and wait for the sugar to dissolve completely before moving on to the next step.

It’s important to let your homemade kahlua cool down completely before adding any alcohol. If you add alcohol while the mixture is still hot or warm, it might evaporate or cause unwanted texture changes in your final product.

For a stronger coffee flavor, try using brewed coffee instead of instant coffee. Brewed coffee has stronger flavor notes that can take your homemade kahlua recipe to another level.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with different variations and substitutions. Try adding different flavors like vanilla bean or spices like cinnamon. You can also swap out brandy or rum for vodka if you prefer a less sweet variation.

Follow these tips and soon enough, you’ll be ready to impress your friends and family with your delectable homemade kahlua recipe!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, my recipe for Instant Coffee Kahlua is the perfect drink for any occasion. It’s a delicious and sophisticated alternative to other coffee drinks and cocktails that will impress your guests or help you unwind after a long day.

With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own homemade kahlua and coffee liqueur that tastes better than anything you can buy in stores. And if you’re feeling adventurous, I encourage you to try out some of the substitutions and variations included in this recipe.

Whether you’re enjoying it as an after-dinner drink, adding it to your favorite cocktail, or using it to make my Dalgona or whipped coffee, this Instant Coffee Kahlua recipe is sure to become a staple in your bar.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your ingredients and get started today!

Instant Coffee Kahlua

Instant Coffee Kahlua Recipe

Homemade Kahlua
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Prep Time 35 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Beverage
Cuisine Alcoholic
Servings 1 Recipe
Calories 4621.1 kcal


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 12 teaspoons instant coffee (Really good)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coffee, coarsely ground
  • 3 cups vodka (Good)
  • 1 cup brandy (any)
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • Mix sugar, water, instant coffee and fresh coffee together in a saucepan.
  • Simmer for 1-1/2 to 2 hours with occasional stirring.
  • Cool.
  • Add the vodka, brandy, and vanilla extract.
  • Filter and pour into dark bottles.
  • I use a metal mesh to filter out the coffee grounds.
  • Keep the bottles in a cool, dark place for 3 months. (YOU HEARD IT RIGHT!).
  • Shake every day. (The bottles, I mean).
  • MMMMM MMMMM Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.06.

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Serving: 2265gCalories: 4621.1kcalCarbohydrates: 608gProtein: 1.5gFat: 0.1gSodium: 43.5mgSugar: 602g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Beverages, Healthy, Low Cholesterol, Low Protein, Weeknight
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