Thursday, November 27, 2014


December 2, 2010 at 12:33am

This recipe comes from Cyndi Ingle who I met in the mid 1990's back when we were still on dial-up and a V.90 modem was amazingly fast!!!! LOL

1 1.75 L (half-gallon) bottle inexpensive vodka

4 oz instant coffee (Folgers is best)

8 cups sugar

3 cups hot water

2 1/2 vanilla beans, split lengthwise

5 empty fifth bottles, pretty decanters, or decorative bottles all with tight fitting caps or stoppers

Mix sugar and water together in a large pan, heat over medium high heat until it comes to a slight boil and the sugar is completely dissolved (as in a simple syrup). Mix instant coffee with enough boiling water to make a paste and dissolve the coffee, then add to sugar water and stir until completely dissolved. Let cool. Stir in vodka. Use a funnel and pour equally into 5 empty fifth bottles, pretty decanters, or decorative bottles. Cut vanilla beans in half lengthwise. Tie a thread to the end of each half and suspend one in each bottle of Kahlua. Cap the bottles and let stand for 6 to10 days. Enjoy!


Inexpensive vanilla beans can be found at: and also at Costco, 5 beans per tube, 2 tubes per package.

I always make 2 batches of this recipe using an 8 oz. jar of instant coffee and two half-gallons of vodka. This makes 10 full bottles of kahlua, which works perfect with one tube/package of 5 vanilla beans, each split in half.


Smith & Kerns: In a tall glass with ice, 1 1/2 shots kahlua, cola/diet cola, top with half & half

Smith & Wesson: Same as above, plus a shot of vodka

Alternate Smith & Wesson: Use vanilla vodka

Black Russian: 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. kahlua over ice in a short glass.

White Russian: 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. kahlua, splash of half & half or heavy cream, over ice in a short glass.

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