It’s one of my favorite unique gifts to provide during the holiday season. Great for family, friends, neighbors, work partners and my personal favorite, the wrapped gift for a white elephant game!
If you want to get fancy with a long list of ingredients and a lengthy process, I suggest going online and searching recipes. However here, you’ll find a simple list of 4 items and easy approach that’ll make a quality liqueur you’ll be proud to share!
1 1/2 Cups – Your favorite vodka! (only 1 cup if you want it less strong)
1 1/2cup – Richly roasted dark coffee (I use locally roasted beans)
1 1/2 Cups – Organic cane sugar (use up to 2 cups if you like sweeter)
2 Tablespoons – Organic Vanilla extract (I use Madagascar Vanilla for a rich flavor)
Step 1. Brew your strong coffee.
Step 2. Add the sugar while your coffee is still hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved then add the vanilla.
Step 3. Let cool to to room temperature before adding the vodka.
Step 4. Funnel into a large container (I love using mason jars) so it can marinate as long a you need it to before distributing into adorable bottles that seal. While your masterpiece is developing into beautiful flavors, feel free to create artistic labels. If you’re gifting it, selling it or keeping it, labels just make it seem to take it up a notch. I like to use non adhesive tags so my recipients can re-use the bottle for something different once it’s empty.
So there you have it, a simple and delicious way to spread some love to those around you! I like to let mine sit for at least 48 hours before distributing, however if you’re in “need now” crisis, feel free to enjoy immediately!
Just in case you’ve never experienced the splendor of a coffee liqueur, here are some tasty ways to enjoy your new bottle in the cabinet!
-mix with milk over ice (and a splash more vodka if you want an extra kick!)
-freeze to make cubes and drop in, well, any beverage! Whiskey, chocolate milk, etc.
-top over ice cream
-use with coffee and creamer
-layer in a shot glass starting with Kahlúa, then Baileys and topped with triple sec
-splash with hot cocoa and top with whipped cream
-throw it in a blender with cream, ice, whipped flavored vodka
-add to recipes! Tiramisu, brownies, cheesecake, coffee cake, truffles, cupcakes, cookies, pie, fudge, frozen yogurt… you get it!
Disclaimer: I didn’t make any of the recipes below nor did I take any of the photos. I just want to show you a few of the several variations this delightful drink can provide.
Although most of the ingredients can be purchased at your local grocery store, here are two links to the non-edible items from above.
Enjoy! Eat, drink and be Merry!
Erika, thank you for sharing this and I do plan to save this particular blog for later. Merry Christmas to you and Matt and your loved ones. Look forward to meeting your little one in the new year.