Very Bad Coffee – Homemade Coffee Liqueur Recipe

Sweet homemade coffee liqueur starts with the best – our Bad Coffee! This treat is a favourite with everyone, perfect for holidays and weekends.

Yellow espresso maker graphic with coffee beans and Very Bad Coffee Liqueur

This homemade coffee liqueur recipe is sure to warm up your home and your body. By tradition, coffee liqueur uses dark rum as a base, but you can use other spirits as well. White rum or vodka are also good options. For this recipe we used a dark rum from one of our favourite local stores.

Many recipes like to use instant coffee for coffee liqueur. We would never do that to you. At Cupper’s Coffee & Tea, we are uncompromising when it comes to coffee quality. We love everything coffee. All coffee liqueurs should be made with fresh roasted coffee. In this recipe we used our #1 best selling coffee – Bad Coffee.

Monin vanilla syrup in glass bottle

For flavouring, we use Monin Vanilla Syrup in this recipe. Monin has a full line of flavourings. You can experiment with different flavours of coffee liqueur if you wanted to. Pumpkin Spice White Russians? Butter Pecan Mudslide? Maple Spice Moose Milk? Lavender Espresso Martini? There’s so many options!

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Cool Time: 3 hours

Total Time: 3 hr, 15 min

Skill Level: Easy

Makes: 2 x 26 oz. bottles


  • Coffee brewer
  • 3 L stove-top pot
  • Funnel
  • 2 x 26 oz bottles with sealing lids


  • 4 Cups water
  • 1 bottle Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 120 g Bad Coffee, ground for your brewer
  • 26 oz. Dark Rum


  1. Using your preferred method, brew 1 full litre of Bad Coffee.
  2. In a stove-top pot, bring the brewed coffee to a rolling boil.
  3. Stir in the bottle of Monin Vanilla Syrup.
  4. Reduce the heat and let simmer until mixture reduces by half (approx. 10 minutes).
  5. Remove from heat and let cool.
  6. When chilled to room temp, refrigerate until cold.
  7. Mix in 26 oz. of dark rum.
  8. Using the funnel, pour your homemade coffee liqueur into the two bottles and cap.
  9. Serve and enjoy!
Coffee Liqueur is a needed ingredient in many of your favourite coffee cocktails. This homemade coffee liqueur works on many beverages, including:
  • B-52
  • Baby Guinness
  • Black Russian
  • Brave Bull
  • Colorado Bulldog
  • Dirty Mother
  • Espresso Martini
  • Moose Milk
  • Mudslide
  • Spanish Coffee
  • White Russian

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