Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

I love Baileys Irish Cream and every year around St. Paddy’s Day I see recipe after recipe incorporating it.

This year I decided to skip the cakes with Baileys frosting and focus on the actual Baileys. So I made some.

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Homemade Baileys comes together in under one minute in the blender. It’s so easy that if you’re a Baileys Irish Cream fan, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner.

Simply combine cream or half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, a pinch of instant coffee, dash of chocolate syrup, vanilla, and blend.

The flavor is spot on and so very creamy. I used half-and-half rather than cream, and can only imagine how rich it would be with cream. Between the sweetened condensed milk, half-and-half, and vanilla it’s no wonder I’ve always loved the stuff. Dessert in a shot glass.

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I don’t think it’s any cheaper to make your own, but it’s not more expensive than storebought; a wash. With the exception of the Irish whiskey, I always have the rest of the ingredients on hand so it didn’t feel like I bought things just to make it from scratch.

Sometimes with DIY and copycat recipes, I have to buy 10 things and slave away for hours just to recreate the one storebought thing, making me question if it was worth it. That surely wasn’t the case here.

34 seconds after I started, I was sipping the rewards.

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The real satisfaction comes from being able to say, oh yes, I can make Baileys. At parties, there’s always that one person who can mix a great drink, juggle shot glasses, catch peanuts in their mouth, or tie cherry stems into knots with their tongue.

Now you’ll be the star of the party with this little recipe up your sleeve.

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Serve it chilled, over ice, in mixed drinks or in coffee. Make cake, donuts, cupcakes, brownies, or frosting with it. There’s no wrong way to use it.

And if you need inspiration, just read food blogs the week before St. Paddy’s Day. Or Google Baileys + desserts for 2.8  million ideas.

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My idea is to pour a little jigger and sip happily.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream - A homemade DIY version that takes 1 minute to blend & is a dead ringer for the real thing!

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together in less than 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, smooth, creamy, and the flavor is a deadringer for storebought. You'll be the hit of the party when you make Baileys from scratch in under a minute!

Yield: about 4 cups

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 1 minute


1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jameson)
one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream (I used half-and-half)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I used Hershey's)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or instant espresso (make sure it's instant so it dissolves)


Combine all ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer mixture to a glass bottle or airtight container with a tight-fitting lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (I have read anywhere between 1 to 2 months; the alcohol helps preserve it, but always use the sniff test and common sense). Shake well before using. Recipe intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.



Very slightly adapted from Allrecipes

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These bloggers also have Baileys recipes: Cupcake Project, Michelle, Jessica, Angela, Alisa, Kristina

I like using the non-alcoholic Baileys Coffee Creamer for those want-the-taste-of-Baileys-without-the-alcohol moments

Chocolate Molasses Chocolate Chip Cake with Baileys Irish Cream Glaze – The cake is rich, dark, intense, and the glaze is the perfect sweet and creamy compliment to the bold and robust flavors

Vanilla Baileys Slushies – Two ingredients, add ice, blend. Except now I’ll be using my homemade Baileys

Homemade Peanut Butter with Baileys – In the final moments of processing, add a splash of Baileys

It’s every bit as good as it sounds

For drinks and dessert all in one, easy, spreadable form, add a splash of homemade Baileys to Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter or to Homemade Cookie Butter Peanut Butter

Do you like Baileys? Have a favorite recipe that uses it?

St. Paddy’s Day plans?


120 Responses to “Homemade Baileys Irish Cream”

  1. Ellen — March 14, 2013 at 12:27 am (#

    There really aren’t enough words to express my love for Bailey’s. I made a drink called “PS I Love You” that used Bailey’s though, and found the name very fitting:

    Cause I LOVED it!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 12:49 am (#

      Love the name of that drink and that you’re as passionate about your Baileys as I am!

  2. Abbe@This is How I Cook — March 14, 2013 at 1:56 am (#

    I’ve always meant to do this. Maybe now is the time! I can drink my calories instead of eat them. But I’d definitely have to have one with a cookie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 3:58 am (#

      All that stands in the way of drinking your calories is about 30 seconds of time. So easy!

  3. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance — March 14, 2013 at 2:32 am (#

    Mmmmm . . . Bailey’s . . . . yes, please!! My favorite is a splash in some coffee. What a treat!

  4. Joanne — March 14, 2013 at 3:34 am (#

    My last bottle of bailey’s was a gift but, especially after seeing this, I will never buy it again because it’s so expensive! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 3:57 am (#

      I was just at the groc store and did a price check on it yesterday and for the ‘normal’ sized bottle, what looks to be about a half gallon, it was $27.99! My groc store was running a sale on it, probably b/c of St Paddy’s Day, but it was still 19.99! In doing the math, it just seems cheaper to make it at home! Even though you still have to buy whiskey, it does seem money ahead to make it!

  5. sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 14, 2013 at 4:25 am (#

    WHAT!!! I never even THOUGHT to make Bailey’s at home before Averie! I’m obsessed with this. I always drink Baileys with my coffee around the holidays. Why don’t I do it more often? I never feel like buying a huge bottle of it at the store! Now… for MUCH less, I can make it at home. I’m freaking out and so excited for this. The only person who may love Bailey’s more than I do is my sister. She named her puppy Bailey too. :) Sending this to her this morning! Love the pretty photos too! Wish I could shoot pretty drinks like you!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 4:48 am (#

      I’m obsessed too. And like having plates of dough balls chilling in the fridge, or making your own PB in 5 mins, etc is all pretty tempting, it’s quite tempting to want to throw a splash of Baileys in everything…haha! But yes, cheaper overall (once you buy the Irish whiskey – not something I usually keep around, or ever!) but after that, the rest I have everything, always. Hope you and the fam enjoy the recipe! LMK if anyone tries it!

  6. Katie — March 14, 2013 at 5:12 am (#

    I love whiskey.

    I haven’t heard anyone use the word ‘jigger’ since my grandma died. I don’t think anyone calls shots jiggers outside of the midwest! Thanks for the smile this morning.

  7. Heather (Where's the Beach) — March 14, 2013 at 5:39 am (#

    I’m not a huge Bailey’s fan but that might be from one too many hard nipples one evening. LOL. It’s just a little too rich for me I think. No plans for St. Patty’s day. There are some block parties going on downtown, but I’m not really sure we’ll fight the crowds for cheap green beer ;-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm (#

      fight the crowds for cheap green beer <– oh really, that doesn’t sound like fun to you? :)

  8. Tieghan — March 14, 2013 at 5:39 am (#

    I love this! The Irish now hoe to eat and drink!

  9. Little Kitchie — March 14, 2013 at 5:47 am (#

    WHAT are you doing to me! Now it’s 7:45 AM and I want some Bailey’s. I am on Spring Break, after all… ;)

  10. Eva @ Eva Bakes — March 14, 2013 at 5:52 am (#

    I love Bailey’s and need to drink it (or bake with it) more often. I don’t think I’ve ever bought whiskey before, but this DIY recipe may be the one thing that convinces me to buy some. I am starting to enjoy the DIY thing!

  11. Erin|The Law Students Wife — March 14, 2013 at 5:55 am (#

    “Oh yes, I can make Baileys”. Love it! Hello, party savvy hostess. Sorry if this was embedded in the post and I accidentally missed it–do you have any thoughts on how long it might keep?

  12. Bev @ Bev Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 6:24 am (#

    OH are you serious? Yes, yes you are and I love it.

  13. Paula — March 14, 2013 at 6:31 am (#

    I usually just enjoy Bailey’s over ice…and it never occurred to me to make it! Such a simple recipe. My husband likes whiskey and bourbon and said he has been wanting some Bailey’s when I showed him this. He is impressed to see a recipe for it and wants me to make him some this weekend. I’m happy to oblige! We don’t have any St. Patrick’s Day plans. There are some big events going on around town, but it’s still a little too chilly for me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm (#

      Please LMK if you try it and if it’s husband-approved :) It takes 32 seconds to make. lol

  14. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies — March 14, 2013 at 6:34 am (#

    This is great! I’m one of those people that always has whiskey on hand and never baileys, so this will save me plenty of trips to the store for last minute cocktails :) Such a great idea

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm (#

      Oh that’s awesome that you always have it on hand and can whip this up. LMK if you try it!

    • kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies — March 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm (#

      Should I be embarrassed to say I made this as soon as I got home? Ha! It tastes amazing! Slightly creamier even. So good!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm (#

      You’re the first one who’s reported back saying she’s made it – and YAY! Glad you love it and it’s amazing..and I agree, slightly creamier with half&half for me. Can’t even imagine real cream :) Thanks for LMK you tried it! Happy St Paddy’s Day!

  15. Amy @ Fun with Family and Fitness — March 14, 2013 at 7:33 am (#

    I love this idea of making your own! I am not one to drink much of any alcoholic beverage because to me, they are all SOOOOOOOOO strong!!!!! With this, it’s great to be able to modify the amount of alcohol that goes in. :) I guess you can either call me a lightweight or a woos!!!!! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#

      Never thought of that, but yes, you can make this one extra creamy/lower alcohol by modifying the ratios. Enjoy!

  16. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 14, 2013 at 10:01 am (#

    This would go perfectly with the mousse I just posted…in fact, I’m going to add a link to your recipe :).

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#

      Thank you for that, Laura! Pinned your post, too. Those cups of chocolate are gorgeous..I want! :)

  17. Amanda — March 14, 2013 at 10:40 am (#

    The Chocolate Molasses Chocolate Chip Cake looks amazing, and please pass me those jars of the homemade Chocolate and Cookie Butter Peanut Butter!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm (#

      I’d be glad to pass you a slice of cake right after I can go bakery-case dessert sampling with you..omg how FUN! :)

  18. JulieD — March 14, 2013 at 10:47 am (#

    Love that this is soo easy to make!

  19. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — March 14, 2013 at 11:03 am (#

    Cheers!! Love this. Normally I just sup baileys on ice, but sometimes I like to have it with espresso :)

  20. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — March 14, 2013 at 11:33 am (#

    I have not so fond memories of trying to get drunk when I was sixteen on Baileys. It got me more sick then anything. Since then, I have not drunk the stuff but I might have to try it again. Homemade does taste better.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm (#

      Yeah it’s not exactly that sort of beverage you drink for effect. It’s a drink-for-taste one, for sure :)

  21. You’re so right, I can see recipes with Baileys around as well. And it makes me very happy, because I like it’s sweet taste so much :)

  22. Kate@Diethood — March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am (#

    My husband is going to LOVE you for this one!!! The guy loves his baileys, but he will be over the moon when I tell him that I have the recipe for it!!

  23. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm (#

    You know I could drink this all year long!

  24. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm (#

    Dangerous! And there’s no way this would last 1-2 months here anyway ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 1:14 pm (#

      Yeah it really doesn’t make THAT much…maybe half of what an average-sized grocery store bottle of real Baileys is. It’s so good it really has not been lasting long here!

  25. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — March 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm (#

    I like the way you think, Averie. Fuggedabout baking one of those million and one recipes and just pour a tall glass of this homemade Bailey’s instead. A good friend of mine made Bailey’s over the holidays and I couldn’t stop drinking it. It’s amazing! I just recently bought a bottle to make Bailey’s chocolate mousse with and I’ve been indulging a bit too much on the leftovers. Ah well! It just means I’ve been an extra happy girl lately ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm (#

      Well glad to hear you’re as big of a fan as I am! Now you never have to buy it again & can DIY!

  26. Jackie @ The Beeroness — March 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm (#

    This is so brilliant! I love it, bring on the Homemade Baileys milkshakes :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm (#

      Somehow I think you could work this into that ice cream you just posted – or pretty much ANY of your creations. Stout, Baileys, same difference, right? :)

  27. Kelly — March 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm (#

    Ohh my I love everything about this post! It’s 5:00 somewhere, no?? :)

  28. Nicole — March 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm (#

    I bet this was a fun one to taste test!!!

  29. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — March 14, 2013 at 4:05 pm (#

    My kind of dessert! I love me some Baileys!

  30. Sue/the view from great island — March 14, 2013 at 4:50 pm (#

    I could literally taste this Bailey’s as I read your post! I need to make this, all I have are a couple of airline sized bottles!

  31. Michele Sparrow — March 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm (#

    This is so great. What a fabulous idea to make Bailey’s at home. I never would have thought to do that and how easy it is! Score! I think Bailey’s ice cream or cookies or cupcakes or cake would be AWESOME. Since I don’t skulk much around through blog world all that much, I didn’t know it was a thing right now. Super cool though! :-D

    I totally remember your Bailey’s peanut butter and frosting. Oh my goodness – YUM!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm (#

      I can’t remember if you drink? I finally remember about your corn allergy and other random tidbits but for some reason I thought you may not drink. But if you do, this is a keeper!

    • Michele Sparrow — March 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#

      No, I do not drink at all, ever. But, my husband does and I like the sound of it all! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm (#

      Ok glad my memory is not totally failing me!

  32. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — March 14, 2013 at 5:50 pm (#

    MMMM!!! My middle name is Bailey. My family is British. I have dual (british & american) citizenship. I work at a British Pub (that’s my st. paddy’s day plans – 2nd busiest day of the year! Insane) so it’s only obvious I would LOVE Bailey’s and I do! My drink of choice ;) Now I have to make it, you make it sound so darn easy!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 7:13 pm (#

      Well with all those factoids, this is destined to get made by you! If you try it, please LMK!

  33. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 14, 2013 at 6:34 pm (#

    Omg! You cracked another recipe to make at home (PB, choco PB, now Baileys!). LOVE this! Especially the addition of condensed milk :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm (#

      It’s so quick & easy and pretty soon I’ll be making my own flour and knitting our clothes. Kidding :)

  34. Jes — March 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm (#

    I absolutely DO have a favorite way to enjoy Baileys, and the recipe is very simple- Baileys and a load of ice. Works every time. Especially great around the holidays, but good any time of year ;)

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  35. Lizthechef — March 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm (#

    Whoa – are you at least part Irish? Folks seem to like my traditional Irish soda bread which is pretty amazing, since I am such a terrible baker that I almost tossed the kneaded dough out – but it worked OK. http://lizthechef.com/2013/03/13/traditional-white-irish-soda-bread/

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 10:01 pm (#

      Not Irish in the least but lived in Chicago for a long time and something about Baileys, mmm, so good! Oh yes, the sugar and the cream!

  36. Jen @ Savory Simple — March 14, 2013 at 8:57 pm (#

    I can’t believe I’ve never tried this!

  37. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — March 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm (#

    Nothing like a Baileys poured over some vanilla ice cream for me!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 14, 2013 at 10:00 pm (#

      My two fave drinks I think are champagne and Baileys. And coffee! And that night of the White Party, I was lucky enough to have 2 of the 3! :)

  38. PapaLos @ The Man, The Chef, The Dad — March 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm (#

    I’m not a drinker by any means. But there have always been 2 or 3 drinks that I can enjoy if I feel like being an adult, and Baileys is one of them.

    It’s amazing how it can be made at home too. So awesome. I may have to try it out one day.

  39. Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 15, 2013 at 5:56 am (#

    I have a very similar recipe, Averie, so I know this recipe is a winner. It looks amazing. I’ll take one of those mugs, please :)

  40. William Traylor — March 15, 2013 at 6:16 am (#

    I would be worried about using the trade marked name “Bailey’s”. It would be safer just using irish cream.

  41. Alyssa — March 15, 2013 at 6:29 am (#

    I think that sounds fantastic! My mother loooves Baileys. I’m a fan if it replaces dessert, but other than that it is too sweet for me to have in addition to anything! Maybe as a coffee creamer, but not sure my boss would like that ;-)

  42. Gloria @ Simply Gloria — March 15, 2013 at 8:06 am (#

    I can’t believe how amazingly easy this is! I love how you suggested the half and half, instead of using cream. And with the sweetened condensed milk…in complete heaven! Thank you for sharing, Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#

      So easy! And half & half was super rich and creamy; really didn’t need full on cream, and I’d be the first to say it! However, I wouldn’t say no to drinking it if someone wanted to make me some w/ heavy cream :)

  43. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — March 15, 2013 at 10:52 am (#

    I am not a big drinker (I just don’t like the taste of alcohol!), but I have such a weakness for Bailey’s. It would never occur to me to try to make it myself, but now I’m going to obsess about this recipe until I do. ;)

  44. Deborah — March 15, 2013 at 11:48 am (#

    My mother—now gone on ahead of us—would have loved making her own Irish cream whisky. She made her own “kahlua.” Her grandsons thought she was the best grandma in the world. My bad—I didn’t get her formula for making kahlua. Wah!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 15, 2013 at 2:08 pm (#

      Oh wow, the homemade Kahlua sounds amazing! I bet you can google and find plenty of ideas though; of course nothing is ever like mama’s, totally.

  45. Ari @ Ari's Menu — March 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm (#

    I LOVE making my own Baileys!! I feel like it comes out stronger, and way more delicious! I make it really similarly too, except, you know me, it’s all trying to be “healthy”–or at least as healthy as Irish cream gets ;)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 15, 2013 at 2:25 pm (#

      it comes out stronger, and way more delicious! <– AMEN to that! And glad to hear you’re already on board with DIYing!

  46. Alisa — March 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm (#

    That looks like pure perfection Averie! Thanks so much for including a link to me!

  47. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm (#

    Wow, this is great! I ran out of Bailey’s, and now I can make my own! Thank you for this recipe!!! You saved me a trip to the store!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 15, 2013 at 7:15 pm (#

      Ok if you tried it, please LMK your thoughts. Glad I could save you a trip to the store!

  48. Lia — March 16, 2013 at 6:22 pm (#

    I just made this using Jack Daniels because that’s what I had. I’m giggling, not because I’m buzzed (which will be truth verrrry soon) but because it’s sooo good!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm (#

      So glad to hear you’re giggling, happy, and pleased (and hopefully by now buzzed!). Trust me, I’ve been loving it too :)

  49. Valerie — March 17, 2013 at 7:18 am (#

    Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, Averie! Please do stop by with a batch of this Irish creme…we can listen to Tori and discuss the fabulousness of the 90’s. :D

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 17, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#

      I would love to stop by with a batch. How FUN would that be to listen to Tori and drink Baileys and we could cook something decadent together. If only we didn’t like 2500 miles apart! Thanks for the Pin, too!

  50. Paula — March 18, 2013 at 11:15 am (#

    Homemade Bailey’s–my husband said something along the lines of Oh that’s darn good! He asked me what all was in it and is certain he can make more for himself tomorrow. It tastes like the real stuff to me–and so quick! Great recipe!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 18, 2013 at 12:01 pm (#

      Thanks for coming back to LMK you tried it and that it’s even husband-approved & that he thinks it tastes like the real thing!

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