Espresso-Vanilla Liqueur

three infused liqueurs
Photo: Justin Walker
Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
3 days
4 to 5 cups

Espresso martinis are back and they are a lovely way to use this homemade espresso-vanilla infused liqueur. It also makes a great holiday gift for those who like to imbibe an occasional fancy cocktail at home.


  • 1 ½ cups coarsely ground espresso (from 8 ounces whole beans)

  • 3 cinnamon sticks (each about 2 inches long)

  • 1 bottle (750 milliliters) vodka, such as Smirnoff

  • 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups Simple Syrup

  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


  1. Combine espresso, cinnamon sticks, and vodka in a large nonreactive jar; cover and let stand at room temperature 1 to 2 days. Strain through a cheese-cloth-lined sieve, then through a coffee-filter-lined sieve. Stir in simple syrup to taste, then vanilla. Divide mixture among clean jars. Refrigerate up to 3 months.

Cook's Notes

You can download the free, printable gift tags you see on the bottles here.

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