The Gift of Drunk: Homemade Kahlúa

Last Christmas, Angelina Jolie gifted Brad Pitt with a tattoo designed by Frank Gehry. This Christmas, two Liverpool mates are getting each other Botox. As a Secret Santa one-upper, this is infuriating. It is hard to compete with such inspired awesomeness. In high school, I was the most sullen cheerleader in three counties, yet come $20 present time, all the other girls wanted to be my giftee. Why? Because I always gave thoughtful, slutty separates from Contempo Casuals, a two-hour drive away. Now things have changed. Mainly, I no longer live in the sticks and Contempo has gone to poly-blend heaven (R.I.P). Yet I refuse to be bested by temporary facial paralysis. Therefore, this year, liquor for all! Apologies to Mr. Gehry, but there’s no better gift than drunk.

Let’s be honest, it’s always more fun to spend money on yourself. Save that pricey single malt http://www.laphroaig.com/ for moi. For your others, whip up some syrupy, wallet-warming Kahlúa that shuns instant coffee and vanilla extract for the real stuff. Bonus: it’s homemade so everyone will have to pretend to like it. YumSugar http://www.yumsugar.com/2624013 shows us the way.

Homemade Kahlúa 1 750 ml bottle of vodka 1 1/4 cups dark rum 1 1/2 cups sugar 3/4 lb whole coffee beans 1 tbs cocoa nib 1 vanilla bean 1 cinnamon stick Orange peel

Combine all ingredients in a sealable container. Shake well. Let sit in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks, shaking container several times per week. Strain into a clean bottle. Makes one bottle.

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