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Homemade Coffee Liqueur Recipe

The holiday season is upon us and it’s time to get your gift list in order for everyone in your life.

If you’re anything like me, then some people on your list are really, really easy to buy for, while others are just… well, not.

I consider myself to be a pretty good gift giver, but some people are just puzzles!

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One side of my family has tried to combat the inevitable, “What do I buy him/her?” dilemma by organizing a big Secret Santa every year in lieu of giving each person a gift.

There are usually at least 16 people at our Christmas celebration, so it can be hard on the wallet to buy a unique gift for every single person.

Instead, we draw names and all buy our Secret Santa one “bigger” gift with a larger budget.

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It’s really fun to think about your assigned giftee and get them something really thoughtful. Sometimes it involves asking around for ideas or a list, but ultimately it’s so great to see the look on their face when you’ve nailed it!

Before we started our Secret Santa tradition, I used to try to make everyone (even friends outside my family) a homemade gift to save some cash as well as shopping time.

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I’ve made my fair share of hot cocoa mixes, chocolate truffles, painted wooden spoons and airplane cocktail kits and they’re always a big hit. (It still makes me grin when I see those wooden spoons in use in my family members’ kitchens!)

One thing I’m really into right now is homemade liqueurs. I’ve shown you how to make homemade Irish cream liqueur, homemade honey whiskey and homemade spiced rum.

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Any of these would make great holiday gifts, but I’ve got one more recipe to throw at you today: Homemade Coffee Liqueur.

If you have any Tia Maria or Kahlua fans on your list, (or even white russian or black russian aficionados!) this recipe is for you.

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Sweet and caffeinated, this vodka- or rum-based liqueur is great for sipping neat or on the rocks, but it’s also lovely stirred into coffee cocktails like this Tiramisu Martini.

You can also use it in desserts. It would be amazing baked into these Kahlua Cupcakes, this Mocha Coffee Cake or in this Peppermint Cookie Mudslide.

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All you need to make Homemade Coffee Liqueur is vodka, cold brew coffee, vanilla extract and some simple syrup.

That’s it!

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Let it sit for three days before consuming, and you’ve got yourself a gift any coffee addict would love! Enjoy!

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What kind of vodka should I buy?

I stand by the old adage that you should use the best ingredients you can afford.

Personally, I find a cheap vodka tastes cheap, but it can actually be quite sippable if you are willing to spend a little more.

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Alternatively, you can use a light rum. Rum can have a slightly sweeter or smokier flavor, but it really comes down to personal preference. 

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Homemade Coffee Liqueur Recipe

Susannah Brinkley Henry
Homemade Coffee Liqueur makes a sweet holiday gift for all the coffee lovers in your life! All you need is vodka or rum, vanilla simple syrup, fresh brewed coffee and a jar or bottle, and this popular spirit is yours to gift or drink!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 days 15 minutes
Servings 30 1.5 ounces
Calories 14.78 kcal


  • 1 Simple Syrup
  • 2 Cold Brew Coffee
  • 1.5 Vodka
  • 1 Pure Vanilla Extract


  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients until combined.
  • Use a funnel to transfer the mixture into a 40-ounce glass bottle or jar with airtight lid. Seal and let rest in a cool, dark place for 3 days before serving.


Calories: 14.78kcalCarbohydrates: 2.63gSodium: 0.43mgSugar: 2.63g
Keyword Cocktails, Coffee, Drinks, Homemade, Homemade Gifts, No Cook, Vanilla, Vodka
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