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Homemade Kahlua – Quick Version

| Updated Jul 8, 2017

Here is a recipe that comes together easily on the stove top and is ready to drink in about 3 hours rather than the recipes that call for letting the vodka and coffee flavored syrup rest for a month prior to serving.

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1 quart of water

2 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons instant coffee

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups good quality Vodka


In a large saucepan bring water, sugar and instant coffee up to a boil over a medium high heat then simmer for 2 – 2 1/2 hours on low, stirring intermittently.

When mixture is a thick liquid put not quite a syrup take the mixture off heat and cool.  When the mixture is cool add the vanilla and good quality vodka.

Yield:  3 16 oz. ball jars of Kahlua.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2017-07-08

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

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