On A Bender

So my new favorite hobby is making liqueurs. I made some awesome Bärenjäger (aka Honey Badger) last year and decided to try my hand at a coffee liqueur next.

I looked at so many recipes online SO MANY, but decided to do a variation on the Serious Eat’s DIY Coffee Liqueur recipe. I used Stumptown’s Hair Bender, one of my favorite coffees, for the cold brew. I think that really helped it. The coffee taste is very smooth.

On A Bender


1/2 c. fine ground coffee

4 1/2 c. water, divided

2 c. dark brown sugar

1 vanilla bean

1 1/2 c. light rum

1 1/2 c. vodka


  1. Cold brew the coffee by combining the grounds and 2 1/2 cups of the water into a sealable glass jar, shaking it, then refrigerating the mixture for at least 12 hours. Strain through a coffee filter into another sealable glass jar.
  2. Combine the sugar and 2 cups of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let this syrup cool to room temperature. IMPORTANT. You must let it cool.
  3. Add cooled syrup, vanilla bean, rum, and vodka to the glass jar that contains the coffee. Let that mixture steep for at least 3 days (I left mine alone for 2 1/2 weeks), then remove the vanilla bean and bottle the liqueur.