Homemade Kahlua~

Recipe courtesy of my friend, Diane Morrissey

1 cup ground coffee (fresh ground beans are best)

16 cups sugar

8 cups water

4 vanilla beans, split

1/2 gallon vodka

1 fifth brandy

In a large stock pot, stir together coffee, sugar and water. Heat just till it comes to a boil. Turn off heat and add vanilla beans, vodka and brandy.  Transfer mixture to a glass jar with a lid and let stand for one month to develop flavors.

After one month, strain mixture through cheesecloth till all the coffee grounds clear. Pour into glass jars and add a piece of vanilla bean to each. Add decorative label or hang tag if desired for gifts.