Ah, the potluck. Classic ski bum dinner material – an affordable and fun way to taste a variety of different foods coming from and enjoyed with you favorite of friends. And you know how it goes — some people bring their most extravagant original dishes, others bring the nachos and salsa. What each guest brings to the table says a little about their culinary taste (or, I guess you could argue, their wallet). But in the case of the ski bum dinner party, a little time goes a lot farther than a bunch of money, and I always find that the homemade, from-the-heart food selections to be my favorites at these events.
In a little twist of fancy, I thought that it might be fun to make some kind of homemade aperitif to take to my next party, because really, what’s better than, at the end of a night of dining, to bust out some unexpected cordial or sexy scotch for the group to enjoy over the last pieces of booze-lubricated, food-stuffed conversation? An after-dinner drink sipped slowly on top of a full and beautiful meal is one of my favorite, favorite things.
Enter stage: homemade dessert cordial, specifically, kahlua. Per the suggestion of my friend, I looked up a couple recipes to find that it’s a surprisingly easy and, well, cheap to create said spirit. Just under 45 minutes of my time and around $25 out of my pocket produced around ¾ a gallon of this dessert beverage, and with Kahlua cashing in at around $25 to $30 per liter bottle, a homemade batch gave me three times the Kahlua for my dollar. So think: if you’re taking a liter of homemade Kahlua to each dinner party, you’re spending around $8.33 per party. But more important than your bargain dinner drink secret, you’ll be sharing a little homemade love with your sure-to-be-impressed friends.
As follows is a guideline to making homemade kahlua. I sampled a variety of different recipes that I found over the internet, took what I thought to be the best from them all, added my own two cents. I suggest you do the same. As it stands, my attempt is aging for the next three weeks, so I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out (so far, it’s tasting delicious!). In the meantime, try your own recipe, and let me know how your experimenting goes!