Coffee Liqueur is a nice addition to afternoon coffee on a chilly day. It's even really good over ice cream. I’ve made this in bulk for years, giving bottles away as gifts. I recycle pretty bottles I find at the dollar store.
This recipe does not need to age. So try it. You’ll be surprised how much it tastes like the name brand!
1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp. Vanilla extract
1 qt. Brandy (I use 750 ml, the rest vodka)
1 cup vodka
4 cups water
6 ½ cups sugar
4 oz. Instant coffee
2 TBSP. Cocoa
Bring to just a boil (do not let it boil over) everything except brandy, vodka and vanilla. Remove from heat. Cool to warm. Add brandy, vodka and vanilla. Pour into bottles.
If using a vanilla bean, cut it into equal portions and place in bottle.