Glass of Coffee Liqueur over ice with colorful napkin

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

Homemade coffee liqueur is a fun DIY project for personal use or gifts! Tastes just like you bought it.

Course Cocktails, Cocktail Syrup
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade coffee liqueur, homemade kahlua
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 14 days 10 minutes
Servings 40 2-ounce servings aproximately. Makes 1/2- 3/4 gallon (8-12 cups)
Calories 127 kcal
Author Toni Dash


  • 3 ½ cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 ounces powdered instant coffee ‘good coffee’
  • 750 ml vodka
  • 2 vanilla beans split lengthwise


  1. Combine white sugar, brown sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.  Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.  Stir occasionally and do not allow to boil over (reduce heat if needed).
  2. Add instant coffee to sugar syrup while syrup is still hot.  Stir to dissolve.  Let cool.
  3. Pour liquid into glass storage jug or container.  Add vodka and vanilla beans.  Let stand for 2 weeks before drinking.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Coffee Liqueur
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 53mg2%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 0g0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.