Saturday, March 20, 2010
did you know you can make your own kahlua?
Yes, you can. And like many other things that I write about, it's so simple. The most frustrating part of it is the waiting. I started this project on October 14th of last year. Kahlua for Christmas parties and gifts is how I thought of it. But I made way more than I needed for either. Thank goodness I did, because it continues to improve every day.
Here's what you do. In a container large enough, mix one gallon vodka (you'll get a couple of raised eyebrows at the liquor store), with one pound espresso beans (your favorite - Zingerman's for me - surprise, surprise), six cups simple syrup (boil six cups sugar with one quart water, until sugar is dissolved), and one vanilla bean. Stir, cover, and let sit for four weeks. The longer you wait the better it gets. Trust me.
Serve straight up, with equal parts half and half, or a dash in your coffee. I love to leave the beans in there as I pour each glass. Looks cool and then you can also chew a couple sweetened beans when you're done drinking.
Typically this is an evening nip for my husband and I. Today, after mixing a little Kahlua and cream for this picture, I can't let it go to waste. Can I? Doesn't matter that it's only 1:30. Shhh. Don't tell anyone...