Coffee liqueur is one of those little indulgences that is a great way to treat yourself when you want an after dinner drink that isn’t your usual cup of coffee. The most well-known coffee liqueur is Kahlua, which is made with a rum base, but these day there are all kinds of coffee liqueurs made with everything from vodka to tequila that you can incorporate into your cocktails. Coffee liqueur is also surprisingly easy to make if you have a bottle of vodka and some instant coffee already in your kitchen.
At Baking Bites, I shared a great recipe for Homemade Vanilla Coffee Liqueur that will satisfy coffee-lovers’ tastebuds better than any of the storebought stuff will. It has a rich coffee flavor and a nice balance of sweetness. You can add it to hot chocolate, a latte or turn it into an Espresso Martini.
If you want to give the gift of coffee liqueur to a friend – and don’t want to either give them a bottle of your own liqueur or e-mail them the above recipe – you might want to send them a DIY Coffee Liqueur Kit. The kit includes botanicals and spices, like chipotle and vanilla, to give your liqueur a unique flavor. It also comes with a nifty bottle (everything you need except a base spirit) for packaging.