Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Homemade Organic Kahlua

If you have hard to gift adults on your holiday shopping list, this may be your answer. Homemade liqueurs, such as Kahlua, are fun for the holidays and make thoughtful, personal gifts. They're also great when served at your holiday parties, and are a perfect hostess gift when you attend a party. I've been making this Kahlua for years, and it always gets rave reviews. First, here are a few tips, and then we'll move on to the recipe.
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  • Save smaller, attractive bottles to use for Kahlua gift bottles, ones that hold about 8-12 ounces. Many salad dressings, cooking wines and other such small bottles make nice gift-sized bottles for co-workers, hairdressers, and others whom you would like to give a small gift that is special nonetheless.
  • Larger bottles are fine if you're giving to special friends or family members, but keep in mind this is not one of the inexpensive holiday gifts which I will be talking about later. This one is pricey, but VERY special for those special people on your gift list. Here are a few more tips:
  • Shop sales and watch the paper for coupons for the organic ingredients.
  • Watch for my upcoming post on labeling your bottles attractively.
  • Also, I'll be talking about reusable wrapping for your Kahlua gifts.
  • If you like, you can include a card with the Kahlua beverage recipes I'm offering. After all, not everyone knows what to do with it when they get it. So help them out.
  • Allow 3 weeks for the Kahlua to be ready, so get your engine rolling. We've got to get started!

Homemade Organic Kahlua (1 batch makes about 46 oz. of Kahlua)

  • 4 Cups Filtered Water
  • 4 Cups Organic Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Organic Instant Coffee ( I used Mount Hagen Organic-Cafe freeze dried instant)
  • 23 Ounces of Organic Vodka, the cheapest is fine. I chose Rain, because the bottles were beautiful for gift giving, but there were cheaper options. Be careful not to purchase flavored Vodka.
  • 1 long dry Organic Vanilla Bean, chopped


  1. Boil water and sugar for 10 minutes.
  2. Cool for about 10 minutes and stir in coffee until evenly blended.
  3. Add Vodka and stir well.
  4. Divide the chopped vanilla bean up among the bottles proportionately to the size of the bottles.
  5. Pour liquid into bottles, leaving at least a couple of inches above the liquid.
  6. Shake daily for 3 weeks before serving.

Kahlua is a delicious topping for your favorite organic ice cream or frozen yogurt, and a delightful addition to a cup of hot coffee or cocoa, topped with whipped cream. Of course, it is most notably the primary ingredient in a Kahlua and Creme after dinner beverage. Make this delicious drink by adding 1 oz. Kahlua to 3 oz. organic milk. Serve over ice.

Homemade labels, covering any non-removable labels on the bottles, will add a special touch and allow you to identify your special creation. I'll be posting on label ideas Friday, December 5, and on Thursday, December 11 I'll bring you some ideas for inexpensive, reusable gift packaging.

Tomorrow I'll have magazine subscription ideas for you to give to your green living friends. Come see the selection.


Charlotte said...

How long does this stay? Does it need to be refrigerated?

Carrie J. Boyko said...

As with any liqueur, Kahlua has a very long life. I have opened bottles made years ago and found they still tasted wonderful. Enjoy!

Bec Knows said...

Can this be made with a sugar substitute?

Carrie J. Boyko said...

Hello Bec, I imagine you could use most any sugar substitute that hold up to a little heat. I'd probably go with a pure version of Stevia. However, keep in mind that Stevia is a ton sweeter than sugar. I use about 1 teaspoon of pure Stevia to replace 1 cup of sugar in a recipe--big difference. Good luck and let me know how your recipe-remodel works out!

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