DIY Kahlua in a small glass with a quart jar of the stuff behind int. There are coffee beans and sugar sitting on the ground with a small glass of homemade kahlua.

Homemade Coffee Liqueur and Kahlua

  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 22 1x


This homemade coffee liqueur is simple to make, tasty as heck, and can save you a lot of money. The Best Part is that it tastes freaking awesome.



  • 1 ½ cups rum
  • 1 ⅛ cup coffee
  • 2 Cups white granulated sugar
  • 3 vanilla beans, chopped into 1.5 inch segments OR 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Add coffee and sugar to large saucepan
  2. Put on low heat and stir until all sugar is incorporated into mixture.
  3. Allow to warm for 5 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Add rum and mix.
  6. Place into separate storage container (I use a quart jar)
  7. Add vanilla
  8. Wait for at least a week.
  9. SERVE!


Adding alcohol to a warm, non simmering, liquid can reduce the alcohol content by 15%.

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: DIY
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: coffee liqueur