Fantastic and simple recipe for homemade Kahlua. Use this coffee liqueur to make White Russians or other delicious drinks.
3tbspinstant freeze-dried coffee(Nescafe Instant Gold or similar)
0,7lvodka(24 fl. oz)
In a large saucepan, add water and distribute the sugar in an even layer at the bottom.
Let the water and sugar simmer gently. Do not make the mixture boil and do not stir in it.
While the sugar is heating/mixing up in the water; make a strong cup of coffee. This is done by dissolving 3 tablespoon of freeze-dried coffee in one cup of hot water. Alternatively, you can brew some strong coffee using a French Press with 6 tablespoons of regular grinded coffee beans. A French press will give you the best result taste-wise.
When the sugar is dissolved in the water, add the strong coffee and the vanilla powder (or similar vanilla essence).
Now let the sugar, water and coffee mixture simmer at low heat for 3 hours. This step is done without a lid. We are looking to evaporation the water making a thicker and sweet coffee syrup.
Remove the saucepan from the stove and let the coffee syrup cool down.
When the temperature is 78 C (172 F) or below, add the vodka. If the temperature is greater, the alcohol will evaporate which is unwanted.
When the Kahlua is cooled down, it is ready to be used or poured onto clean bottles. Keep your homemade Kahlua in your fridge.