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Easy Delicious Homemade Kahlua

I love to add a spoonful of this delicous coffee Liqueur over Ice Cream for a yummy dessert. In addition, this makes such a great hostess or thank you gift.

Here is an Easy Delicious Homemade Kahlua Recipe that will save you money and is very yummy. It also makes a great hostess or thank you gift and is much more tasty than store bought brands.

Uses for Kahlua

There are several mixed drinks that call for Kahlua including White Russian and Black Russian. Some favorite after dinner drinks include Butterfinger Martini and Mud Slides.

In addition, Kahlua is delicious over ice or mixed with ice cream. Check out this great ice cream recipe – Kahlua & Blue Bunny Delight.

How to Make Homemade Kahlua

First, gather your bottles that can be sealed. These are going to be gifts, so therefore I purchased some small bottles with flip tops. You can use any type of bottle that can be sealed. As an example, recycled wine bottles or liquor bottles work great for storage.

Wash bottles thoroughly, and then sterilize with boiling water. Sterilize the funnel as well.

Ingredients for Delicious Homemade Kahlua

Next, gather the ingredients and you can see amounts on the recipe below.

Note: Don’t use expensive vodka for this recipe because it isn’t necessary. Inexpensive vodka will be perfect.

Heat Ingredients

Bring the water to a boil and add sugar while stirring continuously until completely dissolved.

Next add the instant coffee crystals and stir until dissolved. Then add vodka and vanilla extract.

Yield: 34 jiggers

Homemade Kahlua

Homemade Kahlua

Easy and inexpensive way to make Kahula at home.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup instant coffee crystals
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 750 ml Vodka


  1. Bring Water to a boil
  2. Add Sugar stirring until dissolved
  3. Add Coffee stirring until dissolved
  4. Add Vanilla & Vodka
  5. Using funnel, pour into individual sterilized bottles and seal
  6. Let stand for 3 weeks
  7. Shake bottles occasionally over the 3 week period


Be sure to wash bottles thoroughly and use boiling water to sterilize each bottle prior to adding Kahlua mixture.  You can used recycled wine bottles with corks if desired.  Makes approx. 1.5 liters or 34 jiggers.  It's not necessary to use expensive vodka, so use the most inexpensive brand.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 117Unsaturated Fat 0g

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Fill Bottles with Homemade Kahlua

For this next step, I recommend placing your bottles inside your sink because of accidental spillage. Using a funnel, begin to fill each bottle without over filling. You need to leave room for the liquid to be shaken. Close each bottle with the flip top or cork, depending on how the bottle can be sealed. In addition, a screw top cap is perfectly ok to seal the bottles.

I found these bottles, but I also like these as well.

Shake Bottles for 3 weeks

You will want to place your bottles in an area where you can easily shake the contents occasionally over the next 3 weeks.

Then after three weeks, you Easy Delicious Homemade Kahlua is ready to be served or given as a gift. The small bottles are so perfect and appreciated as hostess gifts.

You might also like this Lemonade Recipe and this appetizer recipe.

Great Gift Idea

See this delicious recipe for Butterfinger Martini using homemade Kahlua.

Check out these fun Martini Glasses.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this recipe.

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How Long Is Kahlua Good For – Power Up Cook

Sunday 11th of September 2022

[…] you notice sugar crystals on the outside of your bottle, this is another sign that your Kahlua is on its way out, but it is still safe to drink at this point. Sugar crystals on the edges of the […]


Friday 10th of September 2021

Hi Rachel, I've been following your posts on Hometalk for a long time. I so enjoy all your projects! I was happy to see you over here on Foodtalk. I made this Kailua recipe and my 3 weeks were up today! This is so delicious! So much smoother than the commercial product! I added a little to my afternoon iced coffee, and it was absolutely yummy! I was wondering if you kept it in the refrigerator for long term storage, or is pantry okay? Thanks again! Oh, and your house is lovely! Regards, Lydia

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Sunday 12th of September 2021

Lydia, I am so glad you stopped by here. I'm so glad you like the recipe. I keep my in my pantry. I've never had any go bad.


Monday 16th of August 2021

I’m gonna make this! Luv Kahula!

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Tuesday 17th of August 2021

You will love homemade.

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Tuesday 17th of August 2021

Karen, You will love homemade.

Cindy Pidcock

Saturday 14th of August 2021

I have the perfect bottles to make this and I love Kalua. Can't wait to make. How long can you store this?

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Saturday 14th of August 2021

I have used mine for up to two years without any quality loss.


Friday 13th of August 2021

I recommend using decaf instant coffee unless you really want a caffeine high as well as a sugar high at night. It WILL keep you up.

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Saturday 14th of August 2021

Joyce, Thanks for the great tip. I have not had it bother me but I'm sure it could. Thanks for stopping by.

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