My husband and I love Kahlua. Boozey coffee is a wonderful part of our weekend mornings. Caucasians are a favorite alternative to dessert (for those not The Dude-friendly, this is a White Russian). So it's unsurprising that my frugal self isn't excited to drop twenty bucks every time we drain yet another bottle.
The love of this liqueur runs deep as well. My father's side of the family shares this homemade recipe with their circle of friends, and we inevitably have a homemade bottle of coffee liqueur at our gatherings. The recipe originated with my grandmother, Mommo Deannie, and differs slightly from any version I've found around the web. For sake of my family's heritage, I share the recipe here.
Things I've learned from my first attempt:
Mommo Deannie's Quick Coffee Liqueur
Place 2 cups water, and both sugars in a large saucepan. Stir continuously until it reaches a gentle boil, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Mix coffee crystals with 1/2 cup warm water to dissolve. Add all ingredients to the sugar syrup, stirring to mix. Let cool, add the vodka, and try a glass. Store the remaining batch in dark bottles.