DIY Kahlua

I like to think of myself as a very, often over-the-top, organized person, but this holiday season I suggest we abort organization and delve into the world of winging it. Who’s with me?!

Last year I had the mother-in-law over for three weeks during November/December, before she went home for one week then came back out again with my sister-in-law for Christmas. Sound messy? Yes, it was. I had to plan Christmas for five people – the two in-laws, My Official Treat Taster, my dad and myself. I spent a large part of the week forcing my dad to talk to people and not just sit on his own playing with his phone, throwing my mother-in-law out of the kitchen, trying to join in with games to keep My Official Treat Taster happy and relaxing (also known as drinking bottles upon bottles of wine) with the sister-in-law. Points for guessing who my favorite family member is! Because I knew I would have to go through all this, the minute Halloween was out of the way I began planning Christmas. Binders, folders, highlighters and printables were constantly strewn about the house.

This year, it’s just going to be the two of us and we’re not even eating at home, so I’ve got very little planning to do and you know what? I HATE it! I somehow feel like I’m completely unorganized and behind, when the truth is that there just isn’t anything to organize. Well, I had to plan ahead to make this DIY Kahlua, but that’s it. So if you’re only going to organize one aspect of your holiday season like me, make it the booze! This takes 5 minutes to make, but it will take a few weeks before the flavors fully blend, so get a move on if you want this ready for Christmas time!

DIY Kahlua
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  1. Heat the water, sugar, coffee and vanilla together in a saucepan. Stir every now and then until the sugar and coffee have fully dissolved. Leave to cool completely. (Have a spoonful of this right now. It's a delicious sugary magical coffee syrup that is one of the best things I've ever tasted.)
  2. When cooled, stir in the vodka and brandy. Pour into bottles and leave somewhere cool and dark for 4-6 weeks.
Recipe Notes
Recipe slightly adapted from A Party Style

Here are theย link partiesย I link up to.


  1. It would never have occured to me to make my own Kahula. What a great project idea.

    I’m totally winging the holidays this year. The only thing that I’m putting a lot of planning into is a gift raffle I’m holding in a couple of weeks.

  2. Ha! The curse of the multi-tasker who decides they have had enough. No commitments and I don’t know what to do with myself. I am more in control when I have too much to do than not. If I didn’t have a lot to do I would do exactly what you are doing. Take a break and enjoy it. There will be something to plan before you know it. In the meantime, I am going to get this started for New Year’s. Thanks for sharing at Tasty Creations!

  3. OMG Nicky!~ I LOVE this post! I’m going to make this for sure and hope it’s ready for New Years ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll start today! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Canโ€™t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  4. Oh, my gosh. I am so doing this. Kahlua is so expensive!! Thanks so much! I’m following. i was co host for Adorned from Above and want to thank you for posting this on the Wednesday Party. Best Christmas Season. Linda

  5. Hope this turned out well! I’m going to attempt it for gifts this year. What type of bottles did you use to store it? Are the type shown in the first picture okay?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *