Coffee Boozed Up

When someone gifts you with homemade coffee liqueur and you are a coffee lover. That.

It reminds me of my parent’s parties back in the day, when liqueurs were so popular.

I love the smell of coffee. A fresh ground roast wakes you up and helps you roll into your day. Its like a warm hug. Booze that up, even better.

So put it on ice and sip it on the patio. Would I say its a summer beverage? Everyone’s drinking those cold coffee’s anyway. It’s one I would drink anytime of the year.

How fun would it be to make your own liqueur at home? What a great hostess gift for parties and summer BBQ’s! You can even bottle them up in cute little jars. The thing is, will they make it out of the house?

Coffee Picture

Here are a few recipes to try in your own kitchen:

***lots of sugar-just warning you now, so moderation.

***and, please, please use good vodka


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups instant coffee crystals
  • 4 1/2 cups vodka
  • 8 cups sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans


Mix together water, sugar and coffee crystals. Heat and stir until dissolved. Let cool to room temp. Add vodka and stir. Pour liqueur into 6, 12.5 oz. bottles. Cut vanilla beans into thirds and drop bean into each bottle. Put the lids on and set aside for 2 weeks. After the 2 weeks is up, strain, remove beans and pour the lovely stuff into the bottles of your choosing.

And an even easier version from the special person who gave me the gift:

  • 1 quart water
  • 2 12 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 12 cups vodka


  1. Boil water, coffee, sugar.
  2. Simmer for 3 hours (stirring frequently).
  3. Let cool and add vanilla and vodka.
  4. Bottle and cap tightly.

One response »

  1. This is me reading the ingredients. Hmm, that’s a fair bit of coffee. Wow, that’s a lot of vodka! EIGHT cups of sugar?!?!?!?! 8?!?! Ok, now I want to try it.

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