One of the presents that I made for the holiday season was some coffee liqueur for my papa smurf. He has a love for Kahlua (who doesn't?). I've been wanting to dabble into the world of making liqueurs for awhile, and this seemed like a wonderful opportunity.
I bought this book, and I used the coffee liqueur recipe a new recipe. This recipe was absolutely freaking delicious, and if you know what is good for you, MAKE IT! The book is amazing, and it is full of other great liqueurs...plus it is CHEAP.
Here is what you need:
-4 cups of sugar
-2 cups of water
-2/3 cup of instant coffee
-10 whole coffee beans
-2-3 TBSP of vanilla extract
-a fifth of vanilla vodka
-3/4 a cup of brandy
Additional needed items:
-large glass container
1.) Take 3/4 cup of the vanilla vodka and replace that amount with 3/4 cup of brandy. You should have a fifth of alcohol when all is measured.
2.) Mix the sugar, water, and instant coffee in a pan over medium heat and bring it to a full on boil. Act fast because it will boil over fast! Remove the froth from on top of the mixture. Allow the mixture to cool completely and then pour the mixture into the large glass container.
3.) Add the vodka/brandy mix, coffee beans, and vanilla extract to the glass container with sugar/water/coffee mixture.
4.) Cover the container and keep in a cool dark place. Store this for 2-3 weeks and then filter and serve up.
It is particularly delicious with some hazelnut milk. It makes a great gift to friends or yourself :).