posted by joy 09-30-98 5:56 AM
4 cups sugar
3-1/2 cups water
1 vanilla bean, cut in fourths
3/4 cup freeze-dried coffee
1/4 cup hot water
4 cups vodka
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
Combine sugar, the 3-1/2 cups water and vanilla bean in a large heavy saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Let boil l5 minutes.
Remove from heat. Combine coffee and the l/4 cup hot water; mix well and slowly stir into sugar syrup. Return to heat and simmer on low heat for 6 minutes; do not boil.
Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Remove vanilla beans. When cool, add vodka and vanilla extract. Pour into bottles and cap tightly. Let age at least l month before serving.
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