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Glass of sweet liquor sitting on a woven coaster with a vanilla bean.
5 from 15 votes

Homemade Kahlua

Homemade Kahlua has a perfect balance of sweetness that is shared with coffee and rum.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Cocktails
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 Cups
Calories 424kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups strong and hot fresh brewed coffee
  • 4 cups sugar - organic
  • 2 1/4 cups rum
  • 1 inch vanilla bean - cut in half lengthwise for aged quality or 1 tablespoon of a good quality vanilla extract for instant gratification


  • Stir sugar into hot coffee and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool.
  • Add the rum and vanilla pieces, stir.
  • Cover and let sit for 2 to 3 weeks in a cool place.
  • Strain, remove beans and bottle.
  • or
  • If you are using vanilla extract then stir in and it is ready. It won't have quite the depth of flavor but it is good.


Sugar loses a lot of its measurement when it turns to liquid so you will end up with about 46 ounces of Kahlua.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 424kcal | Carbohydrates: 90g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 83g | Iron: 0.1mg