Home Made Coffee Liquors DIY For Christmas!

Coffee liquors are drank all around the world every day, whether or not for a holiday party; however, people have seen the expense tied to this hobby or drink and have begun to do it the DIY way by creating it (home made) and being able to save money and customize the drink isn't a bad side effect either. It has become tradition in many homes around the world that coffee liquors come like dessert at the end of a Christmas party. Because of this, many various brands and ideas for what can be done with this have grown and led to incredible different liquors to taste and experiment with. However, this can be a very expensive hobby or possibly an expensive treat for the annual Christmas party you're holding. Kahlua and Tia Maria are delicious coffee liqueur brands. Below you will find recipes for liqueurs similar to Kahlua and Tia Maria. You will, however, not be able to exactly copy the flavor of these commercial brands.
Always; always always always, remember what information I've provided is for those of age when in regards to liquor. I am not here to provide underage alcohol or ways that you can make alcohol when you're under age. These drinks are meant to be made for responsible people and responsible people only. Now I continue.
Coffee liquors are simple-- they're liquors that are blended with coffee. So this means they're pretty simple to make. And for the most part, doing things simple can save money. Now, these can be made using either instant coffee or freshly brewed coffee. You can use decaffeinated if you prefer. Please note that you should never add vodka to dry, ground coffee because the extract you then will get will be extremely bitter!
The best flavor is obtained if you use freshly brewed, strong coffee of South American or Italian type (espresso) and vanilla beans instead of vanilla powder or extract. My belief is that the alcohol becomes imbibed into the coffee flavor, especially when it is stronger. This is still cheaper than the store brand, but if you STILL want to save a little bit of money, go with the cheaper coffee (although if it's for a special occasion, saving some money is better than none at all, especially when you can make a liquor that tastes better than the store brand-- which I have been known to do).
You may be wondering why I'm posting this now, in November. Well, frankly, most of these recipes take about a month to make (this is dedication to Christmas, I tell ya) and it doesn't help to try and put together drinks at the last minute and have them taste horrible. So I'm posting them now, and hopefully these will help some people out.
Lastly, homemade coffee liqueurs should be served with ice, and may also be used for making cocktails. Not my cup of tea, but I've heard it does work. Ready for recipes? I've provided a few slightly different ones that claim to be Bailey's (or at least imitation); you be the judge. I'm only here to provide the information. Here you go:

Coffee Liquor (based on espresso coffee):


1 cup (2.4 dl) espresso coffee (or strong South American coffee)
1 cup sugar
2 cups vodka (40-50% or 80-100 proof)
1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise
Make a fresh brew of espresso coffee or strong coffee of a similar type. Add the sugar. After cooling, add the vanilla bean and vodka. Transfer to a bottle. After 2-4 weeks strain, remove the vanilla bean and transfer to a new bottle. You may substitute half a cup of vodka with brandy to obtain a slightly different flavor.
Coffee Liquor (based on ordinary run-of-the-mill coffee):


2 cups (4.8 dl) coffee of British type
1 1/4 cup (3 dl) sugar
2 cups vodka (50-60% or 100-120 proof)
1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise
Make a fresh brew of strong coffee (ordinary American coffee is too diluted!) Add the sugar. After cooling, add the vanilla bean and vodka. Transfer to a bottle. After 2-4 weeks strain, remove the vanilla bean and transfer to a new bottle. This coffee liqueur will have a lower alcohol content than the first one.

Coffee Liquor (based on Instant coffee):


1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup instant coffee
2 cups vodka
1/2 vanilla bean split lengthwise or 1 tbs vanilla powder or 1 tbs vanilla extract
Dissolve the instant coffee in 1 cup of hot water. Dissolve the sugar, and add vodka. Also add the vanilla. If you are using a vanilla bean, remove it after 2-4 weeks.
Home Made Bailey's Irish Creme:


1 cup light cream
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk (or you can make your own soy or rice milk)
1 2/3 cup Irish Whiskey
1 teaspoon instant coffee
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Place in a tightly sealed bottle and refrigerate.
Serving Ideas : Shake well before serving.
NOTES : Liqueur will keep for 2 months if refrigerated.
However, you can play with different variations. Try using your favorite whiskey or add a flavored instant coffee.
This recipe for Bailey's Irish Cream serves/makes 4.

Home Made Coffee Liquor:


4 cups water
4 cups sugar
2 cups alcohol (vodka for Kahlua, rum for Tia Maria)
1 cup dry instant coffee, or 1/2 cup fresh ground coffee (dark brew provides stronger coffee flavor)
1 whole vanilla bean, or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp caramel coloring, if desired
Boil the water and sugar in large pot, until sugar is completely dissolved. Stir. Remove from heat, cool for half an hour. Slowly add in the dry instant or fresh ground coffee, stirring continuously. Add vanilla to the alcohol (vodka or rum), pour into gallon jug. Combine cooled sugar syrup and coffee mixture with the vodka or rum in gallon jug. Cover tightly, and shake every day for three weeks. Store in cool, dark place. After three weeks, remove vanilla bean (if used) and strain coffee grounds (if fresh ground coffee was used). Discard vanilla bean and coffee grounds.

Vanilla Coffee Liquor:

Makes five cups*


1 1/2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
1/2 cup instant coffee powder
3 cups vodka
1/2 vanilla bean, split (or substitute 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

Combine sugars and water, boil for 5 minutes. gradually stir in coffee. Cool, and add vodka and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Cover and let ripen for 1 month.

Irish Creme:
1 can (15 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand)
1 milk can of half-and-half
2 cups Irish whiskey
1 egg
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (such as Hershey's)
3 teaspoons almond extract
In blender combine condensed milk, half-and-half, Irish whiskey, egg, chocolate syrup and almond extract. Blend, chill and drink. Improves with age (1 month recommended).

Egg Creme:
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups brandy
1 can (15 ounces) sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand)
1/2 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
Beat egg yolks in large mixer bowl until light; beat in sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in condensed milk until the mixture is blended well. Stir in brandy and water until thoroughly combined. Pour mixture through fine-meshed strainer into a clean container; repeat one or more times until no sediment remains. Pour liqueur into 2-quart glass or ceramic container; add cinnamon stick. Cap tightly. Let age in cool, dark place for at least 3 months - up to 1 year. Shake the container weekly for the first month, or until there is no separation. Remove cinnamon stick; pour aged liqueur through funnel into clean gift decanters of desired size. Cap tightly. Liqueur will keep up to 5 months
after opening - longer if refrigerated.

That's it!
I hope these recipes help you; I would love to get some feedback! These drinks work great with a dessert such as Sweet Coconut Chocolate Cake, which is also a cheap dessert that can be made at home!  And that's about it for now, hope I've helped you save money and create a great home made coffee liquor for Christmas through a DIY project!


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