How to Make Homemade Coffee Liquor

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Coffee liquor has become a favorite after dinner drink in many places. This sort of specialty flavored liqueur is easy to make by anyone with a little time and interest. Here are some steps to get you on your way to making your own coffee liqueur.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup coffee
  • 1 cup liquor
  • Cheese cloth
  • Big jug

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  1. 1

    Boil the water and the sugar into a syrup.

  2. 2

    Remove the mixture from the heat and place in the refrigerator.

  3. 3

    Add the coffee and let steep for about half-an-hour.

  4. 4

    Place the syrup in a jug with the liquor, seal and shake well.

  5. 5

    Let the jug sit. Start tasting the mixture at around two weeks. Let it sit for no longer than four weeks.

  6. 6

    Remove the coffee grounds, shake, chill and serve.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember that the quality of your final product will depend greatly on the quality of the ingredients.
  • Instant coffee can be used as well. Generally use about twice as much instant coffee as you would real coffee.
  • While traditionally coffee liquors are made with caffeinated coffee it is acceptable to use a decaffeinated coffee.
  • A cheese cloth or paper towels are useful for filtering the finished product. This can take a couple of tries to get every last ground of coffee.
  • Never allow minors to consume alcohol.
  • Never drink homemade coffee liqueurs while operating heavy machinery.
  • Do not use your hand to test how hot the water and sugar syrup is.

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