You know what’s annoying about most DIY coffee liquor recipes out there? They take themselves way too seriously. I mean, Kahlua should be fun, light, sweet, and preferably within reach when you feel like having a bit of a pick-me-up in your coffee.
I made this for the first time for Mr. Graceful’s surprise birthday party, and of course couldn’t afford to steep actual coffee beans in alcohol for three weeks to extract their flavor. This isn’t just a Lazy Girl thing; in fact, I don’t think any of my recent kitchen shortcuts are. I need to take these shortcuts because I am, in fact, being extremely unlazy in other realms of life. Finishing a degree in computer science while still functioning as a watering hole for a cute albeit needy infant every 3-4 hours is no joke, people.
This time, to top everything off, I was planning a massive vegan finger-food feast for the party, all while attempting to hide all the new ingredients that started populating our house from Mr. Graceful lest he find out about the party. A bottle of vodka filled with steeping coffee beans would have been a pretty conspicuous item.
So I looked for something I could do on the same day, when Mr. Graceful was at work. Fortunately I found this recipe which comes highly rated by people who have tried it, and I am now one of these fans. So I’m spreading the word! This homemade quick Kahlua is an easy way to impress people while putting in minimal effort. Literally everyone who has tasted it has been raving about it to me. Little bottles of this would be super cute as a gift or as part of your Mishloach Manot for Purim this year… Enjoy (responsibly)!
HOMEMADE SAME-DAY KAHLUA:
Lightly adapted from food.com
Serves: Makes about 4 cups of liquor
Estimated Time: 3 hrs work plus 20 minute cool
Kosher Classification: Neutral
Music that Complements This Dish: Bleachers – I Wanna Get Better
2+1/2 cups sugar
3 cups water
3 Tbs. instant coffee granules (such as Taster’s Choice)
2 cups vodka of choice
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
Start by making the coffee syrup. In a small pot, whisk together the water, sugar and instant coffee and bring to a boil.
Lower the heat, and simmer uncovered over medium-low heat for about three hours. Whisk frequently while simmering to avoid burning.
The mixture should reduce significantly and become thick and syrupy.
After three hours, take the mixture off of the heat and let cool.
Once cool, add vanilla extract and vodka, mix well, and bottle the liquor.
Enjoy in coffee, hot chocolate, ice cream, or by itself… Or divide between small bottles as a holiday gift.
* Lazy Girl Modifications:
What lazy modifications could you possibly make to an already oh-so-lazy recipe, you ask? Why, making it dirt cheap, of course! As you could probably conclude from the pictures above, I used a bottom shelf, no-name vodka. The kind they only sell in little flasks, because they’re only there to get the job done — not to be indulged in. As long as you’re not using bleach-quality vodka, your finished products should taste just as magnificent as if you had paid for a beautiful frosty Grey Goose bottle. (I also used a store-brand instant coffee and kept my Jacob’s for my morning cup of coffee.)
Finally I would like to thank the GoDaddy customer support rep that I spoke to today for helping me out. If you’re reading this, George — thank you!
- Bring 2+1/2 cups sugar, 3 Tbs. instant coffee granules and 3 cups water to a boil, whisking frequently.
- Simmer over low heat until liquid has substantially reduced, whisking frequently.
- Let cool, then whisk in 2 cups vodka and 1 Tbs. vanilla extract. Bottle and gift or enjoy responsibly.