Are you ready to impress your people with this after dinner drink?

Of note – the hardest part about making this coffee liqueur recipe is practicing patience. It does also require a bit of cost up front to gather the ingredients if you don’t already have them.

 Coffee liqueur can be the perfect ending to your delicious dinner. The caffeine can help aid digestion, categorizing this drink as a digestif. Recipe and picture both sourced from America’s Test Kitchen, “How To Cocktail”.


  • 1/2 cup medium-roast whole coffee beans
  • 1.5 tsp cacao nibs
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise (you’re lookin’ at $10-12 bucks for a single vanilla bean)
  • 8 ounces of vodka
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 4 ounces simple syrup


Step 1

Combine the first 5 ingredients (coffee beans, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, vodka and brandy) in a pint-sized mason jar. Store for a week in a cool, dark place. Set that timer to shake it up every other day. Give yourself a daily pat on the back for practicing patience, this will be worth it.

Step 2

Strain the coffee liqueur through a fine mesh sieve or cheese cloth. Mix 4 ounces of simple syrup. Enjoy after dinner, over ice, and with the utmost pride in your patience.

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