DIY Holiday Kahlua 

Happy Holidays Y’all! Look what I made for us… My Grandma Beckett’s Homemade Kahlua! YES! I have been making this tasty homemade coffee liquor for Christmas for about three years now. I usually make 3-6 bottles and pass them out for gifts! Who doesn’t love booze for Christmas!?!img_2782

This is a super simple DIY gift for the ones you love! You just have to make sure you make it 2-3 weeks before your ready to gift it or have a cocktail. This allows for the best flavoring. I like to let mine sit for about 3 weeks but 2 weeks works too. You can taste test before if you so choose.img_2785

I cut rosemary sprigs from the garden and made rosemary wreaths to put around the bottles and added a little Christmas tag to make the bottle look festive! This Kahlua is delicious and it is great to have for the holidays for your coffee, white russians or even mudslides!

TIP: Remember you must make this recipe in advance to get the correct flavoring! Dont buy the super cheap vodka. Try to buy something like absolute vodka!



1 fifth 100 proof vodka

3 cups sugar

3 cups water

1/3 cup instant coffee

1 vanilla bean

1 gallon glass jug that seals or smaller multiple jugs


glass bottles to gift in

a funnel

Ingredients for Rosemary Wreath

fresh rosemary sprigs

glue gun

festive tags

Yields: 2 bottles of Kahlua 



  1. In a large sauce pan add water and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes.
  2. Dissolve instant coffee into 1 cup of water then add coffee mixture into water and sugar mixture. Boil for another 15 minutes.
  3. Cut vanilla bean down the middle and place into coffee mixture.Pour into glass jug and add vodka.
  4. Allow to stand for 2-3 weeks for maximum flavor. After it has flavored. Put your funnel into the bottle you have chosen to store it in. Place the cheese cloth into the funnel and pour Kahlua into bottle. Repeat.

Directions for Rosemary Wreath  

1. To create a herb wreath take two sprigs of rosemary or lavender and with a hot glue gun place a small dot of hot glue on the end of one sprig and gently touch the other end of the other sprig to the dot of hot glue. Hold of 30 seconds.

2. Gently create a circle with the herbs and secure the circle with another dot of hot glue.

TIP: To make a fuller wreath you can add more sprigs of rosemary or lavender attaching with hot glue.


I hope y’all enjoy my grandmother’s Kahlua recipe as must as I do! Check out some of the Kahlua cocktail recipes below from other fellow bloggers that would be perfect for this holiday season!

Kahlua Float: By Heather Christo

Kahlua Mudslide: By Sugar Dish Me

Kahlua Hot Chocolate: By Damn Delicious

Cheers Friends!



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