I really like this stuff but hate paying for it. It is a coffee liqueur much like Kahlua. The difference is Tia is made with Rum and Kahlua is make with Vodka. The Tia is a less dense fluid whereas Kahlua is more like cough syrup. Kahlua is just cooked down longer. BTW I am only going to make a qt. today, that way if you try you can see what you think before breaking out the 55 gal drum. The small mixing bowl.
Here is what you need:
2 C - Spring water, (branch water is almost as good)
½ C – Fresh Sugar (substitute light brown)
½ C – White Sugar
¼ C – Instant Coffee Crystals (I like the good stuff)
1 C – Rum (I like dark spiced)
1 Cap – Vanilla Double Extract (or ½ Vanilla bean)
Optional- 190 proof grain. Sorry I don’t have fresh squeezed!
In a sauce pan combine water, sugars and coffee crystals. Bringing to a boil ensure all crystals have gone into solution. Remove from heat.
Add Rum and vanilla
Then top off with 190 proof.
Cap jar and set in a cool dark place out from under foot, best out of sight too for a month or so, (just stick with the other bottles). It allows it to Smmmmoooooooth.
That is all there is to it. Most of the stuff is sitting the cabinets. You can control what you like this way, maybe more coffee (first time I used twice the coffee crystals, talk about a buzz). You can use dark brown sugar. Price a bottle at the store and you'll be making it also. Remember Kahlua is just the same with vodka vice rum. Black Russians, White Russians, Crazy Russians, on the rocks, or in your coffee. Its good stuff Maynard! I will see how my faux Baileys is holding up. Maybe do it next.
Thanks for looking.
Edited by Foamheart - 6/20/13 at 1:07pm