I seem to make a batch of this every year, it makes a great hostess gift at a party or a fun “little something” for an unexpected visitor. I bought the bottles from Crate and Barrel, but you can find them just about anywhere. Since there’s a long sitting time while the kahlua gets all yummy, I usually try to get it made up by Thanksgiving–thus the reason for this post today, enjoy….
1 cup ground coffee
8 cups sugar
4 cups water
2 vanilla beans-halved and split open
3 1/2 cups vodka
1 2/3 cup brandy
In a large stockpot, stir coffee, sugar and water. Heat just until it comes to a boil. Turn off heat and add vanilla beans, vodka and brandy. Transfer mixture to a storage container with a lid and let stand for one month to develop flavors.
After one month, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth until all the coffee grounds clear. Pour into glass jars and add a piece of vanilla bean to each.