If you need a really good Kahlua, why not try to make it yourself. Here comes a good recipe for a bottle of the finest Kahlua for your next The Big Lebowsky theme night. The Dude will love this stuff.
All you need is: (makes a small bottle Kahlua substitute – 750 ml)
280 ml vodka
90 ml instant coffee crystals
1 fresh vanilla bean (split and take out vanilla)
250 ml water
110 grams of sugar
– Combine all ingredients except vodka in a pot. Heat it up a bit to dissolve the sugar – not boiling.
– Let it cool a little and add the vodka. Pour into your nicest bottle and seal it.
– Leave it be for about three weeks in a dark place but shake it a bit whenever you pass it
The good thing about this homemade Kahlua is the freshness. Keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight glass-bottle and it will last longer. Maybe a year or two?