Homemade Coffee Liquor

While searching for items to make for my family’s edible gift baskets, I came across a recipe that made my eyes widen and start grinning from ear to ear.  Homemade flavored liquor?!  Yes!!  I had to try it.  My husband has made a couple of flavors of wine before, and the thought of making your own alcohol from scratch was such a cool concept to me.

IMG_3598Since I came across the recipe right after Thanksgiving, I still had time to make the liquor and let it set for a minimum of two weeks before bottling it up for distribution.  The liquor ended up sitting in the coffee beans for a total of a month, since it didn’t get divided up until the day before Christmas…so the timing was perfect.  Since all of this was new to me, it made me a little nervous, but very excited at the same time.  I couldn’t wait to try it out.  Christmas Day after our daughter went to bed, the liquor had to be tested out…and it was fantastic.  I mixed it up with some milk and chocolate syrup, served it on ice.  It was a little too good.  This liquor would also be perfect for mudslides!

Homemade Coffee Liquor Recipe:

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

2 cups water

1/2 instant coffee granules

3 cups vodka

1/4 cup whole coffee beans

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, brown sugar, and water.  Cook over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, stir in coffee granules.  Cool.  Combine coffee mixture, vodka, and coffee beans, pour into 1 gallon jar.  Cover tightly and store in a dark place at room temperature for at least two weeks.  Shake jar gently once daily.  Pour mixture through a wire-mesh strainer lined with 2 layers of cheesecloth into jars, discarding coffee beans.  Cover tightly, store at room temperature.  Makes about 6 cups of liquor.


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