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.