"I have a recipe for coffee liqueur that is great," Kathryn Upton writes. "Friends said they would rather have mine than the real thing."
1 pint distilled water
1 (2-ounce) jar instant coffee
4 cups sugar
1 quart vodka
1 vanilla bean
Bring water to boil.Combine coffee, sugar and boiling water. Stir until coffee and sugar are dissolved. Cool.
Add vodka and pour into 2 (1-liter) bottles. Cut vanilla bean in half and split each half length-wise before adding to bottles. Cap and let blend 1 month before serving.