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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is easy to make, perfect for cocktails, coffee, and desserts.

photo of a glass of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

March is just around the corner and I love making Baileys Irish Cream flavored desserts for St. Patrick’s Day. The problem is, I go through a lot of Baileys when I do my multiple recipe trials. So this year, I decided to make homemade Baileys Irish Cream. It’s super easy, especially if you already have all the ingredients.

The instructions are really easy for this Irish cream recipe. All you need to do is blend a handful of ingredients and you’re set!

Ingredients

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
  • Irish whiskey
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee granules

photo of small jars filled with Homemade Baileys Irish CreamHomemade Baileys Recipe

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend at the lowest speed for about 15 to 25 seconds or until everything is mixed.

At this point, taste the mixture and make adjustments if needed. You may want more whiskey or add more coffee or enhance the creaminess with more cream.

Serve the drink in glasses or you can store it in glass bottles in the fridge. I always note the expiration date on the container of cream so I know when the Irish cream will expire. It will keep as long as the cream lasts, which can be several weeks depending on how old the cream is.

Recipes to Use It In

It’s delicious served as a drink on its own, but it’s also great to add some to hot chocolate or used as a boozy creamer for a cup of coffee. I also love to use this homemade Irish cream liqueur in other kinds of recipes. Here are a few you might like to try:

close-up photo of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream being poured into a glass

Recipe Tips

For a more intense coffee flavor, you can substitute the instant coffee granules for instant espresso powder.

For the whiskey, Jameson is a popular brand or you can check out the other options for Irish Whiskey at the liquor store.

I’ve seen other recipes with cocoa powder, but I think chocolate syrup works better. The powder can make your drink a little grainy.

Make sure you don’t blend at high speed. This can cause the drink to separate because the cream is whipped too much and starts turning into whipped cream. Blend at low speed for the best result.

If you don’t have a blender, you can whisk the ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

overhead photo of glasses of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

After making this easy recipe, I thought it would make great homemade gifts for friends and family. I may add it to my Christmas gifts ideas list for next year. Until then, I’m ready to pour myself a big, tall glass of this homemade Irish cream.

More Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

photo of a glass of homemade baileys irish cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is easy to make and is perfect for cocktails, coffee, and desserts.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whiskey
  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp instant coffee

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend on lowest speed until everything is thoroughly mixed about 15-25 seconds. (If you don't have a blender, you could also just combine all the ingredients into a large bowl and whisk until combined.) Make sure you don't blend on high speed. If you do, you could end up with it curdling or thickening too much (basically your blender is whipping the heavy cream and it's becoming whipped cream). 
  • You can taste and adjust levels to your liking. Several recipes I came across used a lot more whiskey, but I found 1 cup to be sufficient. Pour into glass bottles and store in the fridge for several weeks (or until your heavy cream expires).

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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4 comments on “Homemade Baileys Irish Cream”

  1. If you were to decrease the whiskey to 2 tablespoons, overwhip the mixture to a froth, and freeze it, you would would end up with a fabulous no churn ice cream (see Nigella Lawson’s recipe). Looks delicious. Nice blog.

  2. Awesome recipe luks simply delicious will try soon I m big fan of urs I hv tried many of your recipes and came out really well. thanks.

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