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Homemade Kahlúa


from Scott Baird, via

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  • 1 750 ml bottle vodka or white rum
  • 1 1/4 cups dark rum, like Pampero
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 pound whole coffee beans
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa nibs, optional
  • 1 slice of orange peel, optional


Adapted from


Step 1

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a sealable container. Shake hard to combine.

2. Label with the date and let sit in a cool, dark place for three weeks. Shake or stir the mixture several times a week.

3. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer into a clean vessel. Use like you would Kahlua or any other coffee liquor.

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