Make Your Own Coffee Liqueur


Homemade coffee liqueur tastes like a fresh cup of coffee with added depth from rum with just enough sugar to make it great for sipping or mixing—or baking and dessert garnishing. Pick up a pound of our Dogwood Neon espresso and try this out. Be sure to let us know how it goes and save us a a drink!


1/4 cup fine ground Dogwood Neon espresso

2 1/4 cup water (divided)

1 cup turbinado sugar

1 vanilla bean

1 1/2 cups light rum


  1. Cold brew the coffee by combining the Dogwood Neon espresso grounds and 1 1/4 cups of the water into a sealable glass jar, shaking it, and then refrigerating the mixture for 12 hours. Strain through a coffee filter into another sealable glass jar.
  2. Combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let this syrup cool to room temperature.
  3. Add cooled syrup, vanilla bean, and rum to the glass jar that contains the coffee. Let that mixture steep for 3 days, then remove the vanilla bean and bottle the liqueur.

credits: Serious Eats photo via Kinfolk