Homemade Coffee Liqueur Recipe

coffee liqueur recipe

Homemade Coffee Liqueur

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Homemade coffee liqueur is a simple treat that will delight your tastebuds with an explosion of fresh, rich coffee flavor unmatched by commercially-made coffee liqueurs. This concoction is a perfect drink for spring and year-round cocktail mixer. For an extra taste dynamic, we recommend adding vanilla beans for a richer taste experience.

Keep in mind that the homemade coffee liqueur's shelf life is shorter than store-bought versions. It is recommended to consume it within three months, storing it in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator.


  • 500 ml (2cups) 500 Felene American Handcrafted Vodka

  • 1 cup 1 Dark roast whole coffee beans

  • 250 ml 250 water

  • 200 g (1 cup) 200 Granulated sugar

  • 1 bean 1 Vanilla


  • Combine Coffee beans and Felene Vodka in a mason jar (or other sealable glass jar) and set aside until all beans sink to the bottom of the jar (about 2-3 days maximum). Strain the liquid and return to a clean mason jar with room to accommodate additional liquid.
  • Make the simple syrup - In a shallow saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat stirring occasionally until sugar is fully dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool, about 1 hour.
  • Combine the coffee-infused vodka and the simple syrup and mix until the liquids are fully combined.
  • If you're using a vanilla bean, split the bean lengthwise with a sharp knife and scrape out the seeds. Add the seeds and the pod to the mixture for added flavor. You can also use 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract instead of the vanilla bean. Store all ingredients in sealed glass container for about 1 week.
  • After the resting period, strain the coffee liqueur through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to remove any coffee particles and the vanilla bean pod (if used). Transfer the strained coffee liqueur into a new clean bottle or jar, and seal tightly.
  • Serve over ice, as an espresso martini base or with your favorite cocktail.
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