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If you're not a vodka fan, replace it with more rum


  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 cups espresso (I used instant)
  • 4 TB instant espresso powder
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 3 cups dark rum
  • 3 TB vanilla extract
  • 8oz piloncillo (or brown sugar if you don't have access to piloncillo


  • In a small saucepan, combine the white sugar and water. While stirring, bring to a boil. Continue to stir and boil until it begins to thicken and caramelize (this could take several minutes). Combine hot espresso, the espresso powder and the caramelized simple syrup. Stir.
  • If the espresso isn't hot, don't reheat it....just pour in the caramelized simple syrup anyway. It'll harden instantly
  • And will look all pretty in a weird sort of way...and it might concern you. But don't worry. Drop it back in and it will slowly dissolve.
  • Add in the remaining ingredients, including the solid hard mass of piloncillo. It too will melt. In time.
  • Just stir occasionally and check on it. Not because it needs to be checked on, but it goes through a pretty cool transformation.
  • Once everything has melted all together, pour your newly made coffee liqueur in your beautiful bottles. Tie a bow around the neck and you have yourself one impressive, sure to please holiday gift.

Categories: Cocktail  Misc. Beverage 

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