simple coffee liqueur recipe

11 Dec

coffeeJust in time for Christmas I thought I’d share a quick and simple coffee liqueur recipe made with real coffee not instant. After looking at a ton of recipes with instant cocoa and coffee I decided to create my own & I only needed 5 ingredients. Many of the recipes say they taste better if you let it age for a few weeks –  so we’d better get started.

keysimple siment – save the dregs from your coffee in a jar and add vanilla and you will create a rich coffee base.


  • the water from coffee dregs 1 cup
  • brown sugar (I used organic dark brown) 1 cup
  • vanilla – bean, powder or liquid (add it to the dregs to infuse flavour)
  • carob, cocoa or chocolate (I used unsweetened carob chips to get a glycerin type effect in the syrup)
  • 1 cup liquor (I used Rye Whiskey, but you can use rum or vodka)


  • Jar for steeping the dregs
  • saucepan
  • sifter or cheese cloth
  • wooden spoon
  • clean bottle (perhaps a kahlua bottle)
  • funnel
  • measuring cup


  1. save the dregs from your coffee for as long as you want in a large glass container in your fridge. Add the vanilla to infuse the flavour.
  2. pour the liquid coffee into a saucepan but first filter it with your choice of devices (I actually used my old “metal coffee filter”
  3. add your chocolate flavour and some extra vanilla and the sugar and bring to a gentle boil until the sugar and carob is melted.
  4. remove from heat and let cool (to stay green, keep it out of the fridge as you should not add hot items to your fridge – they change the temperature and use energy)
  5. add your liquor
  6. store in fridge for 10-20 days

There you go. Simple. And just in time for Christmas. Tastes great added to your coffee, over a little ice or my favourite is with a little ice and milk. Enjoy.

Next week, I’ll give you a quick recipe for Irish Cream that is even more simple than this one…and tastier.

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2 Responses to simple coffee liqueur recipe



December 14th, 2009 at 2:22 am

Wow, this is really cool. I’d never have considered making this myself… and probably won’t 🙂 But it makes me realize how spoiled we are to be able to trot into the store and grab these kinds of things off the shelf.


simply stephen

December 14th, 2009 at 11:24 am

Davina…yep it is really cool, really easy and delicious. It saves over $30 and only takes a matter of minutes to make. We are spoiled with convenience, the time spent going to the store is more than the time spent to make this. Simple changes in our habits will make a big difference to the planet…thanks for pointing that out.

BTW…on Friday, I have a simple recipe for homemade Irish Cream, really yummy and even easier than this one.

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