So, here are the recipes I used:
4 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
3 Tbsp instant coffee
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups vodka
Blend the water, sugar and instant coffee together in a saucepan. Just as it boils, lower the heat to medium low and simmer for a couple of hours -- stirring occasionally. Let the resulting syrup cool completely then add the vanilla and the vodka. Enjoy!
Homemade Irish Cream
1 cup heavy cream
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey
1 tsp instant coffee
2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract (I skipped this ingredient)
Put everything in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Store, refrigerated, in a tightly sealed container. Shake well before serving. Use within a couple of months.
Both recipes are awesome and oh-so-easy to make! They are so much less expensive than the store-bought versions too.