Max’s mom’s coffee flavoured liqueur

black russian

Black Russian


There are three reasons I can think of for making your own kahlúa at home.

The first is my mom’s reason: she wants it decaffeinated so that she can drink black russians in the evening and still get a good night’s sleep.

The second is Scouseman’s reason: he lives in a place where vodka is a lot cheaper than kahlúa, he likes white russians, and he would like to save money.

The third is just because it might be fun on a rainy day and, if you’re like me, you’ve probably got a couple of bottles of over-proof vodka lying around the house.

Here is Max’s mom’s recipe – sorry about mixing American and metric measures:

  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 12 slightly rounded teaspoons instant coffee (regular or decaf)
  • 750 ml 100 proof vodka
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Dissolve sugar in water and then dissolve coffee into mixture.

2. Bring to boil and let simmer 60 to 90 minutes – uncovered.

3. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

4. Add vodka and vanilla.

Makes almost 1.5 litres.

Black Russian: 2 parts vodka to 1 part kahlúa, serve over ice.

White Russian: 2 parts vodka to 1 part kahlúa, over ice, add cream and more kahlúa to taste.


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