DIY Coffee Liqueur


Combining two of the world’s favorite drinks — coffee and alcohol — coffee liqueur is widely popular with those who love sweet cocktails. Like fruit liqueur, it has a sugary flavor that balances the sharpness of alcohol with a silky finish. This sweet spirit often contains a blend of exotic coffee, sugar, vodka or rum and hints of herbs or other flavorings, such as vanilla. Some brands add chocolate liqueur to the blend to make it more decadent. Serve this delicious coffee-based alcohol as a dessert to end your meal on a sweet note, or use it to create fancy cocktails at your next party!

Watch this video and learn how to make your own coffee rum liqueur to satiate your taste buds with both coffee and alcohol. Use it for cocktails and baking.

Mocha liqueur has a delicious coffee flavor with the zing from the alcohol and the sugar bringing harmony to the palate. You can enjoy this drink straight out of the bottle with crushed ice or mixed with milk for a creamier touch. Using coffee liqueur as an add-in is a great way to whip up refreshing cocktails at home. For those who love dessert cocktails, this drink is a must-have for your home bar.


A White Russian is the most popular cocktail that uses a coffee-flavored spirit to make a fun drink. To make a White Russian at home, mix two parts vodka with one part coffee liqueur, and add some cream and crushed ice. Pour it into a tall glass and enjoy!

There are several variations to the White Russian, so get creative and give it your own twist! For example, substituting the fresh cream with Irish cream liqueur will give it more kick. Adding cola creates great fizz in this cocktail and adds a funky flavor similar to root beer. 
  • 1 cup standard ground African Espresso coffee by Hotter Than a Mug
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 1/4 cups rum, vodka, brandy or whiskey