Thursday, December 27, 2007

mmmm, kahlua

So I am so hooked now on making my own kahlua, and since it's a great winter drink, I will now share with all of you my method of kahlua creation.
The most important thing in making a good kahlua is using a good vodka. Don't be cheap, people! It makes a difference! I've also been playing with the flavored vodka's, and to date have made a Mandarin Orange Kahlua (really good in coffee, but otherwise, eeeh.)A Chocolate kahlua (once again, pretty good, especially drizzled over dessert) and a Vanilla kahlua (has been my favorite so far). You can make as many flavors as their are flavored vodka. Knock yourself out!

8 cups sugar
8 cups water
10 tbsp vanilla (if you use vanilla vodka you can skip this)
1 cup instant coffee
1/2 gallon vodka (2 750 ml bottles)

Mix the sugar and water, bring it to a boil, then add the vanilla and coffee. Simmer on low to medium heat for 2 hours. Cool to room temperature (this is important. If it's warm when you add the vodka you'll cook off the alcohol. Thats no fun!)
Add the vodka, then store in your container of choice.

Many of the recipe's and places I looked at recommend letting the kahlua sit for a month before you drink it. I've done that with mine, and it's turned out well. I am not sure how it will taste if you just make it, then drink it immediately. I also like to add a sliced vanilla bean into mine at the beginning. Hmmm. I guess I like vanilla. But if I add the bean, I cut back on the vanilla I add.

In other news, I got the stitches removed from the palm of my hand today. My hand is working much better now, but I am still dropping things (not as often) and have trouble with certain movements. The bruising is much less, but the swelling is still crazy. Physical therapy starts next week, and I will go back to work mid February, probably. Sooner if I get really bored, and my hand co-operates.


Bubblewench said...

I will have to try that...

Glad to hear the hand is going well. The therapy will really help.

Mimi said...

Yay on the hand progress.

I've been eyeing the Blueberry Vodka, should I try this with it?

DaddyKaos said...

You say the Vodka is important and then you just say that any old instant coffe is OK. Shame,shame. Please, it has to be Yuban unless you use a flavored coffee like hazlenut (Folgers makes a good one).

mielikki said...

Mimi- not sure how blueberry kahlua would taste. . . but if it intrigues you, try it and let me know!

DK- you mean there is another kind of instant coffee beside's Yuban? (I never considered that aspect). And flavored coffee? Blech! But I will admit hazlenut kahlua actually sounds kind of good.

sybil law said...

Hmm.. I am tempted to try this but it's so much easier to open one already made! I don't drink that much Kahlua, anyway - but my mom would looove it. Thanks!

holly said...

a MONTH! but i've got to host new year's eve party NOW!!!

this is awesome, though. i'm so gonna try it. :)

Jo Beaufoix said...


That sounds gorgeous. Really don't think I could manage to leave it a month though....