Kahlua Recipe

Yep, it’s exactly that.  Kahlua.   Like the liquor, and like, I make it myself.    I am mixing up a batch on this beautiful fall day and thought I’d share my recipe with you!  It makes your house smell fabulous!

Items Needed:

  • 4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 tsp. vanilla extract*
  • 1/2 cup instant coffee*
  • 4 cups 80 proof Vodka

*For the Vanilla Extract and Instant Coffee it is important to use good quality products on these!  They are the brilliant flavor!

Start off by mixing the sugar and water in a large stock pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Add vanilla and instant coffee.  Reduce heat and simmer on low to medium heat for 2 hours.  Cool to room temperature and then add the vodka.  Mix well.  It is very, very, VERY important to let your coffee mixture cool completely before adding the vodka otherwise your alcohol will burn off!

I have an actual Kahlua bottle that I refill and keep out in our liquor cabinet and I store the rest back in the vodka bottle or other sealable bottle.  Old washed out half-gallon milk jugs are good for this also.  You can store the extra in a pantry and keep refilling the pretty bottles you have 🙂

You will be seeing some of my favorite drink recipes using this Kahlua soon!  For some reason fall and winter makes me want coffee/Kahlua type drinks!  Have a fabulous weekend!!!


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Adult Root Beer Floats

This really isn’t a recipe persay…more of a revelation

One evening as Freddy and I were getting ready to enjoy our “Thank Goodness The Kids are in Bed, Let’s have a Drink!” drink…horror struck!  We are out of regular coke.  AHHHHHH!!!!   He drinks diet…I drink regular!  I despise diet.   So he will get to enjoy his rum and diet and I am left high and dry???  I don’t think so! Being the resourceful Engineer/Mommy (or just booze lover) I am, I improvised with a rum & root beer.  DELICIOUS!  So then I got to thinking why not go all the way with this delicousness?!  Enter my Adult Root Beer Floats!

What you need:

  • 2 oz Rum (I used Captain Morgan)
  • Root beer
  • Ice cream

Make a root beer float as normal just adding the rum!  You can add as much or as little rum as you want but I make “Cheryl Drinks” so I may or may not have just eyeballed a GENEROUS amount of Captain Morgan in my float!


It was a pure awesomeness.  You know what they say?  When life gives you empty regular Coke bottles…make rum soaked root beer floats!  Okay…maybe they don’t say that, maybe just I do! 

*Best when Root beer is cold!  Mine wasn’t, hence the very milky looking float pictures…didn’t matter though it was still delicious! 


White Peach Sangria


I am a little baffled, but more amazed that this is my FIRST alcohol post. Really…I am in awe?!? Anyway, I would like to share my recipe for my awesome White Peach Sangria.  I am making this today for two reasons.  1.  My lifelong BFF, Merrsidotes‘ baby boy, Goober, is turning ONE tomorrow!  2.  My baby-I-just-had-yesterday is turning ONE on SUNDAY!!!  She & I were so lucky to share our pregnancies together, and now our babies growing together, but I am still a little sniffley thinking they will be ONE already!  So I needed a little “Momma Juice” as Michael calls it! 

 I am horrible at measuring anything going into a drink. I am a “add it, taste it, and see” kind of gal. I did my best this time to give rough measurements. Rest assured, that if you don’t measure (like I never have) your drink will turn out just fine (like mine always do).  I also measure in cups and not ounces…for the fact that, well, it’s just more convenient and I never make a single glass of this stuff.  It is always made by the pitcher!

    • 2 peaches.  You can use frozen ones if your fresh peach selection looks like the peaches do here in Joplin = crap = 😦
    • 1 cup vodka
    • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
    • 1 bottle white wine (I use Sauvignon Blanc)
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • White Soda *

Slice peaches and put in bottom of your serving pitcher.  Add vodka and peach schnapps and let the peaches soak up all the wonderful liquor fantastic-ness for about an hour in the fridge.  (If using frozen peaches you do not need to thaw)  Next add the bottle of wine and sugar.  Mix until sugar dissolves.   Fill remainder of the pitcher with your favorite white soda once you are ready to serve to preserve a bit of the fizz.  I am partial to Sprite for some reason.  The extra citrus flavor really goes well here.


*It’s best to use chilled wine and soda so that you may partake in your beverage at that EXACT MOMENT!  I am really strange and DO NOT like ice in my drinks –it just waters it down!   Also to spice up the drink a bit you can also add quartered grapes or a few blueberries! 

Pour in wine glasses and float a few of the liquor soaked peach slices!  Once your drink is gone you get a little treat eating the vodka-peach slice!


Disclaimer:  This is a “Cheryl” drink and therefore is strong!  Please be responsible every time you consume adult beverages.  I am not responsible for tickets, break-ups, unplanned babies, any strange tattoos or anything else bad that is not listed in this disclaimer!   😉

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