2 cups hot water
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon instant coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups vodka
1/2 cup good brandy
In a pan on low to medium heat combine sugar, coffee, vanilla and water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside until completely cool then add vodka and brandy. Be sure it is completely cool or some of the alcohol WILL evaporate. Funnel into bottles and let set for six weeks.
Now that you have made your Kahlua or have some at home, here are a few fun holiday themed martini recipes to use with your Kahlua. I was excited to try the Toblerone Martini, since I bought some Disarrono back in the summer and the only thing I knew with that one was to mix with cranberry.
2 oz DiSarrono Amaretto liqueur
2 oz Kahlua coffee liqueur
2 oz Bailey’s (if you want a little “lighter” drink, substitute half and half for the Bailey’s
To make this more fun and decorative, you can rim the glass with chocolate sprinkles, or shavings, or pour chocolate syrup inside the glass before pouring (like I did), or just top with whipped cream and put a few Toblerone shavings on top from Unusual Cocktail and Drinks.
Gingerbread Cookie Martini
1oz Vodka ( i think my whipped cream vodka would be divine here)
1 oz Baileys Irish creme
1/2 oz Monin gingerbread syrup
1/2 oz Kahlua
Rim glass with graham cracker crumbs. Shake with ice. Strain into glass. Top with whipped cream & gingerbread cookie.
1.5 parts Kahlua
1 part ABSOLUT VODKA
1 fresh brewed espresso
Fill a shaker with ice, add Kahlua, vodka, and a fresh brewed espresso. Shake vigorously, and strain into a chilled martini glass from Brides. If you want this to be more creamier, you could add some Bailey's or half and half.
1 1/2 oz marshmallow vodka (Try Pinnacle Marshmallow Vodka)
3/4 oz white creme de cacao
1/4 oz Kahlua
1 1/2 oz Irish cream
For decor: chocolate syrup (some for rimming the glass & some for the marshmallow), 1/2 sheet of a graham cracker (crushed into little crumbs), 1 big marshmallow from Cocktail 365.
For more fun drink recipes check out my Pinterest "Yummy Drink" page.