There was a short period of time in my life where I was a bartender. It was the 90’s and everyone line danced to Cotton Eye Joe wearing high waisted jeans and snug fitting crop tops. Yeah, the good old 90’s. Checkers Bar in my home town of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories had lines of people waiting to get in every weekend. It wasn’t the classiest of places, but it was always packed with familiar faces. I made a whole lot of B-52’s, the classic shooter comprised of Kahlua, Baileys, and Grand Marnier. I started to develop slick pouring skills, lining up the glasses and pouring the ingredients in a fast steady stream. It was almost like Cocktail the movie but not at all like it.
Many years later high rise jeans are “retro” and back in fashion again. We still enjoy a bit of Kahlua but in our coffee. Sadly, we have noticed that the Kahlua of today is not the same product that we enjoyed back in the 90’s. What happened? Well the little fish was swallowed by a much bigger fish that cared less about quality and more about profit. We all know how that story goes. The more expensive “Kahlua Premium” still uses high quality coffee beans but the formula and flavor is not the same. The standard Kahlua shares the same name but that’s about it.
Homemade Coffee Liqueur is amazing
Lucky for you, making your own version of Premium Coffee Liqueur is very easy and completely worth the effort. The flavors are amazing. By crafting it yourself you have the opportunity to experiment with coffee beans and rum varieties to refine and develop your own amazing almost famous coffee liqueur. Everyone you know will thank you for it.
It takes four weeks for the coffee beans to infuse with the rum but sneaking early tastes is not without pleasure.
The secret is in the ingredients
When we decided to start making our own Coffee Liqueur I looked up recipes and none of them fit. I started doing some research and found what I was looking for on The Kahlua corporate page “The history of Kahlua” where they share details on some of the ingredients that once made this product wonderful. The three key ingredients:
1. High quality coffee beans
2. Sugar cane juice or organic cane sugar
3. Decent quality Rum
The better the quality of your ingredients the better the result. This does not mean you need to pick up top shelf rum but make sure that you enjoy the flavors of that rum.