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Oct 18, 2006 04:26 PM

Homemade Kahlua

Perhaps this belongs on the "Home Cooking" board, but: has anyone ever tried making their own homemade Kahlua? If you have a good recipe to share, I'd love to experiment. Thanks.

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  1. Just curious did you get this idea from homer Simpson?

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    1. re: MVNYC

      No, and my patented out-of-this-world space-age Moon Waffle is an original recipe as well. Seriously, just thought I'd ask if anyone had tried this.

    2. I love Kahlua (as does my mother who discovered it the second it was invented). Last Christmas for fun, I tried infusing coffee beans with vodka, figured I'd leave them in for a few weeks like anything else. It was so strong I couldn't go to sleep, so I added a bunch more vodka and some simple syrup, it wasn't Kahlua but I'm sure it could be improved upon. You should probably infuse for a half hour or hour tops. Since I can get a gallon for $29.99 I'm not that inspired to experiment. Probably need some kind of chocolate flavoring too. (Chocolate extract?)

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      1. re: coll

        I enjoy Coffee vodka but i cant sleep if i drink coffee past a certain hour. how many beans did you use?

        1. re: MVNYC

          Way too many, a bag full I think (12 z), of Otis Spunkmeyer vanilla beans that someone gave me that I would never make coffee with. Now that you mention it, I would try a dozen beans next time, and no more than a day. I put in a liter of vodka, and then another and it was still too much caffeine.

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        1. You are in the right place. All discussions of spirits, including making your own, now belong on this board.

          1. As an amatuer (aka lousy) alchemist, I'd love to see any other people's attempts at home made Kahlua.