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White Russian with DIY Kahlua | Hello Glow
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Homemade Coffee Liqueur

This DIY version of Kahlua allows you to customize the strength and sweetness of the liqueur. Great as a sipper, or use in a White Russian.
Course: Drinks
Author: Dana Raidt


  • 1/3 to 1/2 pounds light brown sugar depending on desired sweetness
  • 3 cups strong hot brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup high-quality vodka


  • Dissolve sugar into the hot coffee, let cool.
  • Add in vanilla and vodka.
  • Store any unused portion in a covered glass container and refrigerate for up to two weeks.