2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup dry instant coffee (fresh jar)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups vodka
Boil water and sugar until dissolved. Turn off heat. Slowly add dry instant coffee and continue stirring. Add vanilla extract to the vodka, then combine the cooled sugar syrup and coffee solution with the vodka. Cover tightly and shake vigorously each day for 3 weeks. For Tia Maria: Substitute brandy for the vodka.