My husband Art and his best friend Luke jointly took up the hobby of brewing beer. Over the past few years, they’ve managed to get pretty good at it, too. Luke has made so many batches that his home has been renamed Killer Keller’s Brewery. Not satisfied with beer brewing alone, Luke decided to create his own recipe for Kahlua. During our last visit, I had the chance to try it and was so impressed that I begged him to share his secret recipe with me. I was amazed at how easy it is to make and how much better it tasted than the bottle I buy from the liquor store. Start saving your empty liquor bottles because you are going to want to try this!
Here’s how Luke showed me to make a huge double batch of Killer Keller’s Kahlua! Start by brewing 24 cups of STRONG coffee – pour it into a large stock pot and bring to a boil. You can also use decaf coffee if you are sensitive to caffeine.
Turn off heat and add the brown sugar. Stir continuously for 5 minutes.
Remove from stove and cool. You can place the coffee into an ice bath or cold water in the sink to speed the process.
Once cool, stir in the homemade vanilla extract.
Add a 1.75 liter bottle of Everclear liquor. We were making a double batch hence the 2 handles.
Funnel your finished Kahlua into sterilized empty liquor bottles. The alcohol tends to rise to the top so make sure to stir frequently during this step.
To serve, pour a shot over ice and add milk for – guaranteed – the most delicious white Russian you have ever tasted. It’s also tasty with our homemade almond milk recipe.
Homemade Killer Kahlua
- 24 cups of strong brewed coffee
- 4 pounds light brown sugar
- 1.75 L everclear alcohol
- 3/4 c vanilla
- brew 24 cups of strong coffee.
- pour coffee into a large stock pot and bring to a boil.
- add brown sugar and stir constantly for 5 minutes.
- remove stock pot from heat and cool.
- once cool stir in 1.75 L everclear.
- use a funnel and pour into bottles.