Indulge in Rich Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur Recipe

Are you a fan of coffee liqueur? If yes, then you are in for a treat! Today, I am sharing with you a recipe for homemade vanilla-coffee liqueur that is sure to make your taste buds sing.

This recipe is perfect for those who love the rich and earthy flavors of coffee and the sweet aroma of vanilla. The best part is that you can easily make this in the comfort of your own home using ingredients that you may already have in your pantry.

One of my favorite things about creating homemade liqueurs is that it allows me to experiment with different flavors and ingredients. This vanilla-coffee liqueur variant is one of my all-time favorites, and I am excited to see how it turns out for you.

So let’s get started! Follow the instructions carefully, and soon you’ll be enjoying a delicious cup of homemade coffee liqueur that’s perfect for sipping throughout the day or adding some zing to your evening cocktail.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur
Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur

Are you a coffee lover looking for a new way to spice things up? Look no further than this delicious and easy-to-make Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur recipe. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love it:

1. It’s homemade: Store-bought coffee liqueurs can be loaded with preservatives and additives, and may not have the same rich flavor as a homemade version. Making your own allows you to control exactly what goes into it, ensuring a fresher, more authentic taste.

2. It’s customizable: Want to try different types of coffee beans? Go for it. Adjust the sweetness to your liking? No problem. This recipe is easily adaptable to suit your preferences and creativity.

3. It’s versatile: Whether you’re looking for an after-dinner drink, something to add to your iced coffee, or a unique ingredient in a cocktail, homemade Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur fits the bill.

4. It’s cost-effective: With just a few simple ingredients like vodka, instant coffee, water, and sugar, this recipe won’t break the bank. Plus, the yield is more than enough to share with friends or keep on hand for future occasions.

So what are you waiting for? Give this recipe a try and taste the difference that homemade coffee liqueur can make!

Ingredient List

 Indulge in the rich, luscious flavor of our Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur.
Indulge in the rich, luscious flavor of our Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur.

Here is a list of ingredients you will need to make this delicious vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe:

  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup instant coffee crystals
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Note: You can find these ingredients in most food stores or online. If you cannot find a certain ingredient, see the substitutions and variations section for alternative options.

Also, be sure to measure your ingredients precisely for best results.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a sip of this velvety and smooth concoction to ignite your senses.
Take a sip of this velvety and smooth concoction to ignite your senses.

Now it’s time for the fun part – making your own Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur! This recipe is so simple and easy to make – you just need some patience while waiting for it to cool down. Here’s how you do it:


  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 cup of instant coffee crystals
  • 1 vanilla bean, split in half lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 4 cups of vodka

Recipe Instructions:

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  2. Add the brown sugar and white sugar to the boiling water and stir until dissolved.
  3. Stir in the instant coffee crystals until fully dissolved.
  4. Add a split vanilla bean pod to the mixture.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
  6. Once cooled, add in vanilla extract and vodka and stir well.
  7. Using a funnel, pour the finished Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur into a clean glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Tips for Perfect Results

  • Make sure all ingredients are completely dissolved before adding vodka.
  • For an extra strong coffee flavor, add more instant coffee crystals.
  • Use high-quality vodka for the best results.

Now that you have made your own Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur at home, you can use it as a great addition to drinks like Kahlua drinks or French vanilla-inspired cocktails. The homemade version tastes even better than store-bought versions, plus they are less expensive too!

Substitutions and Variations

 Treat yourself with a homemade Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur that's better than store-bought.
Treat yourself with a homemade Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur that’s better than store-bought.

This vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe is very versatile and can be customized to fit your preferences. Here are some substitutions and variations you can try:

– Sugar alternatives: Instead of using granulated sugar and brown sugar, you can substitute them with other sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. Keep in mind that this will affect the flavor and texture of the final product.

– Coffee alternatives: If you prefer a different type of coffee, such as espresso or decaf, you can substitute the instant coffee with your preferred coffee crystals. You can even use freshly brewed coffee instead.

– Alcohol alternatives: While this recipe calls for vodka, you can also use other types of alcohol such as rum, brandy, or whiskey to give your liqueur a different flavor profile.

– Vanilla bean: If you don’t have a vanilla bean on hand or find it too expensive, you can substitute it with 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. However, keep in mind that using real vanilla bean will result in a richer and more authentic flavor.

– Flavor additions: Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, feel free to experiment by adding other flavors such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or even marshmallow for a unique twist.

Remember that any substitution or variation will change the taste and consistency of the final product. Therefore it’s important to experiment with small batches first before making larger quantities. Adding fresh ingredients like herbs, fruits or spices could also improve the texture and taste of your homemade kahlua coffee liqueur.

Serving and Pairing

 This liqueur is a perfect blend of coffee, vanilla, and sweetness.
This liqueur is a perfect blend of coffee, vanilla, and sweetness.

Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur is a versatile drink that can be enjoyed in several ways. You can serve it on the rocks or with some ice cubes in a tumbler glass to keep it chilled. It can also be mixed with cream or milk to make a creamy and frothy concoction, perfect for serving in a mug during cold winter nights.

For those who love coffee, this homemade coffee liqueur makes a great addition to coffee-based drinks. Try adding a splash of Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur in your regular cup of Joe to give it an extra kick. It’s also perfect for making iced coffee – simply fill a tall glass with ice, add brewed coffee, a splash of Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur, and your favorite milk or cream.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur can be added as a sweetener to desserts like cakes, cupcakes, and puddings. Its rich coffee and vanilla flavors will elevate any dessert it is added to. You can also drizzle it over vanilla ice cream for an unforgettable treat.

For those who love experimenting with cocktails, Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur works exceptionally well with other spirits such as bourbon, Irish whiskey, or even spiced rum. Combine it with soda water for an interesting yet refreshing twist on classic cocktails such as gin and tonic.

Whether you use it to make homemade French vanilla marshmallows or bring some warmth to your winter nights by mixing it up with hot chocolate, this Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur is sure to add richness and depth to every dish that features it making it an all-time favourite amongst kahlua drinks lovers.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect recipe to warm up your cold nights, and it packs a surprise punch.
The perfect recipe to warm up your cold nights, and it packs a surprise punch.

The vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe can be made ahead and stored for a period, as it has a long shelf life. After making the liqueur, let it cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container. The best place to keep it is in a cool, dry spot away from direct sunlight. When stored appropriately, the homemade coffee liqueur can last for about four months.

When ready to serve, shake the container gently to mix any ingredients that may have settled at the bottom. Serve in a shot glass to savor its rich decadence. You can also use the coffee liqueur as an alcohol base for other drinks such as iced coffee or add it into your morning cup of coffee for a French Vanilla feel.

To reheat the liqueur, pour it into a saucepan and warm it over low heat until it reaches your desired temperature. It’s crucial while reheating not to bring it to boiling temperature as this could evaporate the alcohol content and change the consistency of the homemade kahlua.

Overall, making this simple homemade coffee-flavored liqueur is sure to delight anyone’s taste buds. It’s versatile in terms of drinking options with its ability to use in either cold or hot beverages. Don’t wait until you run out of store-bought coffee liqueurs; try this easy-to-make recipe today!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready to be transported to a cozy winter night with this sweet and aromatic liqueur.
Get ready to be transported to a cozy winter night with this sweet and aromatic liqueur.

Here are some tips that will help you achieve perfect results with this vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe.

Firstly, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. Choose a good quality vodka that you like, as it is the main alcohol used in the liqueur. Also, the vanilla bean should be fresh and of good quality as it adds to the flavor of the caramel and coffee notes in the liqueur. As for the instant coffee, choose a brand that you have tried before and approve of its taste.

Secondly, when making the sugar syrup, it is important to dissolve all the sugar fully. Therefore, it’s recommended to keep stirring continuously while the sugar is dissolving in water over low heat to avoid any crystallization. Once fully dissolved increase the heat to bring it to boil and make sure not to over-boil it as it might alter the taste of the sugar syrup.

Thirdly, after mixing all the ingredients together, mix well until everything is fully combined before letting it sit for a substantial period of time. The recommended time is around 3 weeks before trying it out.

Next, remember that homemade coffee liqueur always tastes better when served ice-cold or chilled. So make sure to keep your homemade kahlua chilled before serving.

Finally, make sure to store your homemade coffee liqueur in a cool dry place such as a cupboard or pantry away from light and humidity. This will prevent oxidation which might affect its taste and consistency over time.

By following these tips will ensure that you create a great tasting coffee-flavored liqueur with subtle hints of vanilla which can be enjoyed on its own as an after-dinner drink or used in various cocktails which require kahlua drinks like iced coffee with marshmallow or a French vanilla latte!


Now, let’s answer some frequently asked questions about this vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe.

Is coffee liqueur the same as Kahlua?

With its origins tracing back to 1936 in Mexico, Kahlúa has gained immense popularity globally as a coffee liqueur that elevates a range of drinks, be it coffees or cocktails, making it the perfect addition to any occasion.

What do you add to coffee liqueur?

As a barista, I can suggest some creative ways to take your coffee to the next level. For an easy and simple upgrade, just give your cup a splash of cream or milk without bothering to measure it. You’ll be surprised at how this small addition can make a big difference in taste.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you could try a new twist on a classic drink. Mix things up with a coffee soda by pouring two ounces of coffee liqueur into a glass, adding ice, and then topping everything off with club soda. It’s a refreshing and caffeinated way to lift your mood.

For those seeking an indulgent treat, why not try a White Russian? The classic cocktail recipe calls for vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream. But you can modify it to suit your preferences; use half and half or whole milk instead of cream, or add a flavored syrup to create a unique concoction.

And finally, don’t limit yourself to drinking coffee – it can also be used as a topping. For instance, pour freshly brewed coffee over a couple scoops of vanilla ice cream to make a delicious affogato dessert. The hot coffee will melt the ice cream, creating a rich and creamy texture that contrasts perfectly with the coffee’s bitterness.

Do you have to refrigerate homemade coffee liqueur?

If you’re in search for glass bottles, you can easily find them at health-food stores, bulk-food stores, op shops, and kitchen stores. To make a cute and delicious homemade gift, tie a ribbon and attach a note to the bottle. However, it’s important to refrigerate the liqueur constantly to keep it fresh and ready to drink.

What alcohol is in a coffee liqueur?

When making coffee liqueur, it is customary to use either rum or vodka. Rum tends to result in a slightly sweeter flavor profile owing to its molasses base, which is very similar to the taste of the leading brands of coffee liqueurs that you might be familiar with.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making your own vanilla-coffee liqueur with this recipe is an excellent way to impress your guests or simply to indulge in a delicious treat for yourself. It’s easy, customizable and can be used in a range of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

By using quality ingredients, such as 100% pure vanilla extract and freshly brewed coffee, you’ll have a superior taste that you won’t find in store-bought liqueurs. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also have the satisfaction of creating something unique and special.

So why not give this vanilla-coffee liqueur recipe a try? With its classic flavor and endless applications, you’ll be glad you did. From iced coffees to French vanilla cocktails, marshmallow-infused drinks to Kahlua-inspired cocktails, the possibilities are endless. Plus, it makes for a great gift for coffee lovers or cocktail enthusiasts.

Now go ahead and experiment with different variations and let your inner barista shine!

Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur

Vanilla-Coffee Liqueur Recipe

Delicious liqueur that is perfect for gift giving.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 d
Course Beverage
Cuisine Alcoholic
Servings 1 bottle
Calories 3663.4 kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split


  • Combine sugars and water.
  • Boil for 5 minutes.
  • Gradually stir in coffee. Cool.
  • Add vodka and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover and let ripen for 1 month.
  • Remove vanilla bean.
  • Bottle.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 1695gCalories: 3663.4kcalCarbohydrates: 538.9gProtein: 5.3gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 160.8mgSugar: 517.3g
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