Infusing coffee with vodka is as easy as it sounds. While you can buy this delicacy, making it brings out the taste much better. Some people enjoy coffee on its own, while others enjoy vodka. Coffee vodka is ideal for people who cannot handle coffee or vodka on their own.
Not to mention, the mixture is a versatile treat that’s worth trying. For ingredients, you’re good with simple ingredients, making the drink inexpensive. Generally, coffee vodka forms the basis of coffee-flavored drinks. This article will discuss how you can make coffee vodka and everything you need to know about this delicious treat.
How to Make Coffee Vodka
As mentioned earlier, coffee vodka is pretty easy to make. Not to mention, you’ll only need a few ingredients to make it. Moreover, the quality of ingredients shouldn’t bother you as much. You can use the usual coffee and vodka. What happens if you use expensive coffee or vodka, your coffee vodka tends to have more subtle flavors. However, feel free to use the ingredients you have. Here’s a coffee vodka recipe:
- Freshly ground coffee
- A clean jar
- In a clean jar, add some freshly ground coffee. The amount of coffee grounds to add will depend on your jar size. Ideally, fill 1/3 of your jar with coffee grounds. Ensure that the coffee grounds are freshly ground and not brewed.
- Fill the rest of the jar with vodka ensuring that you leave some room on top to shake the mixture.
- Tightly close the jar and shake it vigorously until the vodka and coffee grounds are fully mixed.
- Allow the mixture to rest so that the flavors from the coffee grounds are infused into the vodka.
- Place the vodka coffee mixture in a cool and dark place for at least five days.
- Shake the mixture daily to ensure the bottom coffee grounds remain intact.
- After five days, taste the mixture to ensure the taste is strong enough. If it is, now it’s time to filter the mixture. If it’s not, give the mixture a few more days.
- Filter the mixture using a French press at least twice, ensuring that you replace the filter after the first filter to remove all the grounds and other sediments.
- Clean the jar that had the mixture to ensure that there are no more grounds there.
- Once it’s clean, pour the mixture into the jar.
- Enjoy your homemade coffee vodka and store the rest in the refrigerator. Discard the drink once the flavor begins to fade or tastes off.
Coffee Vodka Variations
While coffee vodka is delicious on its own, there are some ways you can modify it even to enjoy a better drink. Here are creative ways to modify your coffee vodka.
- Add sugar to give the drink some sweetness.
- Put some cinnamon sticks, whole star anise, or whole vanilla bean for a spice twist in your drink.
- Add vanilla, almond extract, or caramel to boost the flavor
- Infuse your coffee vodka with a nutty flavor by adding chopped nuts, toasted pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts
- Add some sliced cherries, lemon, or sliced orange
- Infuse the coffee vodka with dark chocolate or cocoa nibs to make it richer
- Use syrup while making the coffee vodka. You can use butterscotch, macadamia, or caramel flavors.
- Use flavored coffee while making the drink
Uses of Coffee-Flavored Vodka
You can use your coffee-flavored vodka to:
- Replace plain vodka when making your mudslide cocktail
- Making chocolate pudding shots
- Making espresso martini
- Replacing plain vodka when making a white Russian cocktail
- Pouring a shot of coffee-flavored vodka into your hot chocolate.
Additionally, you can modify the coffee vodka recipe to make coffee liqueur instead. Here’s how to make a coffee liqueur.
Coffee Liqueur Recipe
- Add 1/3 of the coffee grounds into a clean jar.
- Fill 1/3 of the jar with vodka. Ideally, the mixture should be 2/3 when coffee grounds and vodka are combined.
- Fill the remaining 1/3 of the jar with syrup, then use the coffee vodka recipe instructions to make your coffee liqueur.
After making your coffee liqueur, you can enjoy it on its own, add it to a cafe latte, cream soda, or cola, or add some to your favorite cake recipe.
A coffee vodka is a great way to create a buzz, especially when you have friends or family. Not to mention, you can modify the recipe to suit your preferences. Flavors such as almond, vanilla, coconut milk, oat milk, Irish cream, or maple syrup are a perfect addition to your coffee vodka. Generally, coffee vodka is rich and tasty and an ideal drink for people who can neither enjoy coffee nor vodka on their own.