Before Christmas I decided to try making my own homemade coffee liqueur. I love Kahlua, and I love the smell of fresh coffee, so it seemed like a fun thing to try!
If you have a quiet weekend ahead, you can try it yourself at home. It doesn’t take too long, and you don’t need any fancy ingredients.
- Cockspur Golden Rum – 70cl
- Fresh espresso – I used 4 Dolce Gusto espresso pods, about 250ml
- Brown Sugar – 120g
- Vanilla pods – 2 pods scraped of their seeds, plus 1 tbsp vanilla essence
Make the espresso, and then add the vanilla. Once cooled, add rum and sugar in a large mixing bowl and stir until dissolved.
At this point you can taste the liqueur and adjust the vanilla and sugar as required. My recipe is not as sweet and syrupy as Kahlua, as I find this easier to drink, but you can tailor your recipe as you like! The liqueur will keep in a kilner bottle for a few months, so there’s no rush!
The liqueur is nice just to sip at, if you like a strong coffee flavour. I think it makes a fun change to a coffee break, just serve it in an espresso cup with a couple of chocolate curls, and make sure you don’t need to drive afterwards!
As well as being nice on its own, you can also use it in cocktails or liqueur coffees.
Just remember, don’t drink it late in the evening if you want to get any sleep!
Enjoy (responsibly) x