When done right, coffee liqueur is not just a cocktail ingredient, but a perfect post-meal libation. A high-quality bottle will deliver a balanced flavor that’s equally sweet and bitter, instead of laden with artificial sweeteners. While we love using it to make the world’s greatest White Russian (one that would impress even The Dude), a good coffee liqueur sips flawlessly on its own, too.
Instead of combing liquor store shelves for the perfect bottle, make your own. Coffee liqueur is super quick and easy to throw together, and it’s a surefire way to impress dinner party guests. It also makes an excellent gift for anyone who loves their caffeine with a side of booze. Here, easy step-by-step instructions for making the best coffee liqueur ever.
4-quart mason jar
1 cup finely ground dark roast coffee (ground immediately before making the liqueur)
1 cup demerara syrup
2 cups dark rum
1 whole vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp cinchona bark