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Coffee Liqueur

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Coffee Liqueur

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 2 cups

Cook Time: 20 minutes (plus 2 days steeping time)


1 750 milliliter bottle of high-proof vodka

12 ounces coffee, coarsely ground

¼ cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

Two 3-inch swaths of orange peel


1. In a Toddy Cold Brew system with a filter, add 1 cup of the vodka and 6 ounces of the coffee. Pour 2 more cups of the vodka in a circular motion over the grounds. Top with the remaining 6 ounces of coffee and wait 5 minutes. Pour the remaining liquor in a circular motion over the grounds. Let sit overnight, or for up to 24 hours.

2. Strain the liqueur as per the Toddy directions.

3. Add the sugar and the orange peels; stir well and let sit for another day. Strain the liqueur into a bottle with a lid, discard the peels and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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