Coffee Liqueur

Coffee is a balm for the heart and the spirit” – Giuseppe Verdi. In these few words, we fans identify ourselves as coffee lovers. It is a balm for life and soul, but when you combine it with the bitterness and sweetness of liquor, we manage to enhance its taste and aroma.

In this section of coffee recipes, we are going to show you clearly the steps to know how to make coffee liqueur easily, in a detailed and simple way.

To make coffee liqueur, as its name indicates, you will need the liqueur, the sweet liqueur, either rum or eau-de-vie. Only in this way, we will be able to create a new way of living the world of flavours with the delicious coffee liqueur.

The homemade coffee liqueur varies with the family; there is not a unique recipe, giving each one a particular taste and flavour. Each particular recipe of the coffee liqueur is a mystery, but the simplest formula is nothing secret, but it is a composition based on eau-de-vie, coffee and sugar. 

Later on, it will be up to each of you to experience the vast list of options we can add to our drinks. Naturally, we leave out the commercial coffee liqueur brands: Baileys coffee liqueur, Marie Brizard coffee liqueur, etc.

However, today we will show you two recipes for homemade coffee liqueur. One is the traditional one, and the other is a brutal version of coffee liqueur with dark chocolate.

So let’s start the traditional coffee liqueur recipe:

Ingredients of the homemade coffee liqueur

(Difficulty: Easy – 6 minutes of preparation – For 10 people)

  • 1 litre of white spirit
  • 150 gr. of ground or decaffeinated coffee.
  • 500 gr. of sugar.
  • Optionally you can add (1) a lemon peel, and orange peel and/or a cinnamon stick.

How to make an easy coffee liqueur (step by step recipe)

Put the eau-de-vie in a glass container that can be covered, and start preparing a syrup with 100 ml water and sugar in a pot or casserole. In this step, we only have to wait until we bring our syrup to a boil. Let it cool down and add it to our container with eau-de-vie.

If you have coffee beans, you must grind them into powder. If not, use your ground coffee.

Now, let’s flavour our homemade coffee liqueur. As we mentioned before, in the ingredients, you can add a lemon and orange peel to give your liqueur a citric and fruity taste. Or you can vary it with a cinnamon stick. This step is already to your liking (optional).

Remember that if you add the lemon and orange peels, you must be careful to peel the first layer, don’t use a piece of lemon or orange peel with the white part because this will cause bitter touches. We add them with the coffee to the eau-de-vie.

Note: You can also add the juice of the orange; it gives our coffee liqueur preparation a fruity touch.

We cover our glass container and leave it to rest for approximately 10 days, stirring daily to mix the ingredients. After this time, we will pass through a cloth strainer or a fine cloth over a strainer to filter our coffee liqueur. We recommend you filter at least twice the liquor.

Finally, we bottle it and let it rest in a place where it does not get too hot. For its consumption, from the third month, you can try your coffee liqueur, but as an alcoholic drink, the longer you let it rest, the more flavour and taste it will have.

NOTE: you can also make your homemade coffee liqueur in the Thermomix, although in this case, you will have to adapt the steps to the machine. But the ingredients are the same as in any other preparation.

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Coffee liqueur with dark chocolate

Now let’s try this version of a recipe for a coffee liqueur with dark chocolate. This liqueur has half of the alcohol, and in exchange, we gain an aroma when we take dark chocolate. This version of coffee and chocolate liqueur is ideal for sharing with friends and family during holidays or meetings. It never hurts to share new flavours and experiences among our acquaintances and friends.

Ingredients of the coffee and chocolate liqueur

  • 4 cups of water.
  • 2 cups of brown sugar and 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup dry espresso.
  • 3 cups of vodka.
  • A dash of vanilla extract.
  • 2 shots of chocolate liqueur, or if you wish you can change this option with 3 ounces of dark chocolate.
  • A glass bottle to preserve the liqueur.

How to make coffee and dark chocolate liqueur

In a large pot or frying pan, add the water and the four (4) cups of sugar and the dry espresso. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Once the contents of the pan have boiled, lower the heat and simmer the preparation for approximately one hour. Until the mixture has reduced and the consistency is like syrup. You must stir the mixture constantly throughout the cooking. As you can see, so far, the method for making the coffee liqueur is the same as before.

Now, depending on whether you have the chocolate liqueur or the dark chocolate bar, add the latter a few minutes before removing it from the heat so that it melts with the mixture. Remove from the heat and let the preparation cool down.

Now, add the vodka, the vanilla and if you have the chocolate liqueur add it to the mixture. Pour the content into a container and store it in a cool place, where it will not be affected by direct heat for 3-4 weeks. Don’t forget to stir the mixture once or twice a week to oxygenate it.

Afterwards, transfer the contents to a glass container to give your homemade coffee liqueur a good presentation, and that’s it!

Note: If you wish, you can substitute the sugar for Stevia style sweetener but bear in mind that its taste will have a different nuance.

A delicious coffee liqueur with chocolate aroma and taste. The best thing is to drink it cold. What do you think? Does this liqueur deserve to be drunk cold or at room temperature? Either way, I will say:

“Sweet liquor, beautiful torment. What are you doing outside? Let’s go inside!”

Galician coffee liqueur recipe

This is a variation of the previous coffee liqueur with dark chocolate but with additional ingredients.

The ingredients to make the Galician coffee liqueur are (approximately one litre)

  • 2 litres of white spirit.
  • 320 g of coffee beans (normal, decaffeinated or mixed).
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • Half an orange (the juice kind, which releases more liquid).
  • 200 ml of water.
  • 1 lemon.
  • 1 kg of white sugar.
  • A few pieces of dark chocolate, to taste.

The procedure to make the Galician coffee liqueur is similar to the ones we have seen before: boil, get an almost syrupy texture, grind the coffee bean, mix everything, let it rest; the only difference is that in this case, we will make a double brew: a first one after ten days of having the liqueur resting, and another one after three months. It is important that the Galician coffee liqueur is served very, very cold, even from the freezer.

Coffee liqueur and cream

The creamy coffee liqueur is the home version of the popular Baileys (also called coffee cream liqueur).

Ingredients of the creamy coffee liqueur

  • Pastry cream (approx. half a litre)
  • 250 ml (one glass or one cup) of whisky
  • 1 spoonful of chocolate powder.
  • 1 large spoonful of soluble coffee.
  • 400 grams of condensed milk.

Creamy coffee liqueur recipe

The first thing you should do is the pastry cream; you can use one that you already have homemade or make it on the spot; as you prefer. We will contemplate it in this recipe of coffee liqueur and cream as a single ingredient.

The procedure is very simple: take a blender or a glass mixer and pour all the ingredients together (you can do it in two halves if your mixer is too small). You must beat them well for at least 2 or 3 minutes. We recommend that you have a bottle or glass container ready to store your freshly brewed creamy coffee liqueur.

As you can see, this is a very simple coffee liqueur and cream recipe, where the only secret lies in beating well and complying with the proportion of each ingredient (once you have tried it, you can adjust the amounts to your liking).

Coffee liqueur: Brands

We have already said that we focus on explaining how to make coffee liqueur at home, but there are many variants and commercial products grouped under the generic name of “coffee liqueur”. Many times they have nothing to do with each other, but well. Here is a sample in case you want to save some time: