Sunday, October 9, 2016

Coffee Liqueur for the Holidays

It's not too soon to start thinking about Christmas gifts. This one is easy as pie, but needs to age for a month or two. 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules or powder
  • 3 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split
  • 2 3/4 cups vodka
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 teaspoon chocolate extract
  • 1 drop red food coloring
  1. Heat water in medium saucepan. When hot, add coffee and stir until dissolved. Add sugar and vanilla bean, stirring well to combine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool to lukewarm.
  3. Pour vodka and brandy into aging container.
  4. Add the cooled coffee mixture and the chocolate extract. Stir well.
  5. Cap and let age in a cool, dark place for 3 weeks.
  6. After initial aging, strain liqueur through a cloth-lined wire mesh strainer. Add food coloring.
  7. Bottle, cap, and let age an additional 1 to 3 months.


  1. Where is the follow button? Oh, I see it....great....wonderful job, my friend. I knew you could do it!

    Stay safe today as the storm arrives!

  2. Thanks for your encouragement (actually it was a kick in the keister). Now that it's over I'm glad I put in the effort. It wasn't quite as difficult as childbirth, but darned close.

    I hope you and Bev get through this storm without any damage. Stay safe!