29 Nov

Homemade Kahlua Recipe


Christmas is slowly creeping upon us. Have you started your naughty or nice list yet? Store bought gifts are nice, but a handmade gift is so much more thoughtful and personal. Beanilla is the perfect place to start! Whether you are making Christmas cookies for your neighbors, vanilla-lime infused vodka for your dad, or homemade vanilla extract for your friends and family that love to bake - we have the perfect products and gifts that will have your friends and loved ones thinking you are the next Martha Stewart.

One of my favorite gifts to bring to holiday parties is handmade liquors; infused vodkas, coconut rum and my personal favorite, Kahlua. Homemade Kahlua is very easy to make. A few simple ingredients is all it takes and you'll have a Kahlua that will rival any store brand.

Once your creation is completed, place the delicious Kahlua in a decorative glass bottle, tie with a pretty ribbon and tag telling the recipient it was made especially for them. Remember to put one aside for yourself to celebrate your thoughtfulness and your creation.

Homemade Kahlua Recipe


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups instant coffee crystals
  • 4 1/2 cups 100 proof vodka
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans


Mix water, sugar and coffee crystals. Heat and stir until dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Add vodka. Stir to combine. Pour mixture into 6, 12.5 oz. bottles. Cut each vanilla bean into thirds and drop bean into each bottle. Cap. After 2-3 weeks strain, remove beans and rebottle.

Makes the perfect gift!

  • karen kofoed

    Just ordered for the first time, the madagascar vanilla beans..can't wait to make the extract and the kahlua as gifts...I also have the vanilla paste and was wondering if I can use it to refresh my extract with?

  • Sarah Herman

    You could use the vanilla bean paste to refresh but I would use another vanilla bean. We are so excited that you love our products and wish you the best on your kalhua production and gift giving!

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