My dad used to can and make liquors and wines, and even gifted me with the recipe book he always used. I started doing these old-fashioned hobbies as a way to keep my dad's spirit alive in my life. It brings sweet memories to mind, and sweet smells to my nose! Who wouldn't feel special receiving something made by hand with love? It's a gift to me and to them, because I have fun doing it!
For the next several days, I intend to create some homemade stocking stuffers for my friends, and I will share the recipes here. I know it's early, but the holidays are so much more enjoyable without all that rushing around! ;)
Here’s the first recipe:
1 qt water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 TBSP instant coffee
1 TBSP vanilla
2 1/2 cups vodka
Boil water, coffee and sugar. Reduce to a low simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Let the coffee syrup cool, then add vanilla and vodka.
*You can create unique blends by adding things like vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, or maple syrup.
Pour kahlua into a sterilized bottle and cap tightly. (I sterilize bottles by pouring boiling water into them)
*It's also nice to include a cocktail recipe with your kahlua when giving it as a gift!
Here's a recipe I came up with:
M's Almond Joy
1/4 cup kahlua
1 cup almond milk
1 ice cube with a swirl of chocolate syrup on top