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Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (Improved) copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Kahlua Coffee Liqueur (Improved)


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The redesigned Kahlua Coffee Liqueur labels now says "Rum and Coffee Liqueur," which is a helpful description when creating a clone version of the famous cordial. This text was not on the bottle 30 years ago when I made my first version of this liqueur using vodka—not rum. So, back into the lab went I, to create an improved version of the drink with rum, just like the label says.

I used light rum here for the photo because it is more of a neutral taste like the vodka called for in my first version, but since it doesn't include the caramel color added to Kahlua, your drink will come out a lighter shade of brown than the real stuff. However, you can also use dark rum in this recipe, which will add other flavor notes to your finished product, plus caramel color to deepen the shade of your liqueur.  

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  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Taster's Choice instant coffee
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 cup light or dark rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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      Kahlua
    • Instructions
      1. Combine the sugar and instant coffee with the warm water in a pitcher. Stir until the sugar has dissolved.
      2. Add the rum and vanilla. Stir.

      3. Pour the liqueur into a bottle or jar with a lid for storage. Use as you would the real Kahlua in cocktails or for sipping straight.

      Makes 18 ounces.
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Keliy
Aug 25, 2011, 22:00

When I saw this recipe, I really thought "It can't be that easy", but it is that easy! I did find that the corn syrup, coffee and hot water mix was not really dissolving the sugar very well with whisking, stirring, shaking or letting it sit for a bit. So I just put the mix container in another container filled with hot water and whisked for a couple of minutes, and presto! I was in business. My husband and I tried it with a bit of milk, and we'd swear it was just like the real thing!

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