Holiday Projects: DIY Kahlua

Hello! I revamped this recipe for an even better version of homemade coffee liqueur last year. Check it out here!

Homemade Coffee Liqueur on Get Sconed!


Somehow, I found a way to grumble a wee bit while making this. Office holiday gift exchange pressure!!! The rest of my mood was all smirky, caffeinated anticipation, with the buzz of Victrola beans from my Seattle adventure, clear grain alcohol, rich vanilla paste and a little fresh clementine zest, for good measure.  I had sampled my friend Millie the mixtress’ homemade kahlua at a holiday cocktail party a couple of weeks ago, and it was totally a I have-to-make-this moment.

The internet seemed abundant with two varieties of recipes. One involved patient infusing (which is fine, because please), and the other was a matter of warming & mixing. Millie’s successful concoction followed the second route, and so did I, using the recipe posted last year on the Cupcake Project as a basis.

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  1. I made that Bailey’s Irish Cream recipe, and it was soooo good! I can’t wait to make your kahlua and treat myself to a coconut white Russian, too! Dang, that So Delicious coconut milk creamer is making my vegan life so much more delicious!

  2. This sounds great, but what’s vanilla paste? If I can’t find it, can I use the goopy black resin-looking stuff that’s inside vanilla beans?

    1. hey adam – the only recipes I’m quickly seeing online for vanilla paste call for vanilla beans and corn syrup (eh)—how-to-make-it

      I had a jar of vanilla paste, like so:

      however, you could definitely sub vanilla extract, 1 for 1. I used the paste because it offers an extra rich sweetness, but this recipe is sweet besides that. enjoy!

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