Coffee Liqueur

Preparation info

  • Difficulty


  • For

    1.5 litres

Appears in

Home Made

By Yvette van Boven

Published 2011

  • About

Coffee liqueur can be easily made at home and what is great is that you can drink it the same day. It’s a drink for those of us who tend to be impatient.


  • 750 g (26 oz/ cups) sugar: ½ raw caster (superfine) & ½ granulated sugar
  • 750 ml (25 fl oz/3 cups) water
  • 200 ml (6 fl oz/¾ cup) very strong espresso coffee
  • seeds and pods of 4 vanilla beans
  • 400 ml (14 fl oz/1⅔ cups) vodka


In a saucepan, bring the sugar, water, coffee and vanilla to a boil. Reduce for nearly 1 hour on a very low heat to a thick syrup. Allow the syrup to slightly cool. Remove the vanilla beans. Careful, they may still be hot!

Swiftly add the vodka and stir into a smooth liqueur. Immediately pour through a funnel into bottles and seal. You can strain the liqueur through cheesecloth or a coffee filter if you prefer a clear liqueur.