Before I leave, I wanted to make my friend's recipe for Kahlua. It takes 2 weeks of infusing, so by the time I get back from my trip, I will have some lovely homemade liquor to sip on. (It will make my homecoming even that much sweeter.) This recipe calls for chocolate syrup and instant coffee. I just used whatever water soluble coffee my corner market had, but Noel and Denise (who this recipe belongs to) used Via.* I'm not one to keep chocolate syrup in the house and I didn't feel like running out and buying any just for this recipe, so I just made some instead. It was easier than I thought and made plenty; I used the recipe from Small Notebook.
Grandpa Goode’s Kahlua
3 cups sugar
4 cups water
2 oz soluble coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 vanilla bean
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1/5 gallon vodka
Boil sugar and water until dissolved. Add soluble coffee (I used a mix of Taster's Choice and Via), stir until dissolved, cool.
Add the vanilla extract, vanilla bean and chocolate syrup. Pour in container, add vodka, and let flavors sit for two weeks. Shake everyday.
Serve over ice by itself or with a splash of milk.
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Homemade liquor falls under Grandma Club status, though this is not a project the grannies did together. We have, however, been doing plenty! Check out our recent posts about touring the Chicago Honey Co-Op Apiary, going out to Bingo Night, and making Mozzarella Cheese.
*OK, so, the recipe doesn't belong to Noel and Denise, but is rather the invention of Denise's grandpa, hence the recipe name. Denise's grandpa was a chemist who invented liquid soap and low fat dog food, so I would say you can trust his food chemistry!