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Instructables user depotdevoid writes:

Back in the day, before the hangovers started, I really loved White Russians. I had one at a party way back when and fell in love, then saw The Big Lebowski and knew that coffee liqueur and I were made for each other. Somewhere in all this I realized that buying that junk at the booze-ahol store is expensive! I’m a cheap, money grubbing tightwad, so I embarked on a quest, a quest for a cheaper and better way to drink more White Russians.

During a trip to California in 2003 (you can buy hard A in the grocery stores there!), I discovered the most delicious coffee liqueur of them all, Kakatua. More chocolatey than Khalua and miles better than the bottom shelf stuff, Kakatua Coffee Liqueur became my mental template for the coffee liqueur I wanted to make.

I’ve not been able to find Kakatua since then so my memory of the taste has faded, but my home brewed liqueur still kicks the pants off of Khalua! It’s got both a stronger coffee and stronger chocolate taste, without being as syrupy, which helps when you’re trying to drink a White Russian on a hot day.

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


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