Homemade Baileys Irish Cream


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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream — Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, creamy, and the flavor is a dead ringer for store-bought! 

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Homemade Baileys Recipe

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 homemade Irish cream, but it’s also not more expensive than store-bought. 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 homemade Baileys from scratch.

The real satisfaction comes from being able to say, oh yes, I can make Baileys Irish cream.

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 Baileys recipe up your sleeve.

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

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Ingredients 

Here’s what you’ll need to make this homemade Baileys Irish cream recipe: 

  • Irish whiskey
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Half and half
  • Chocolate syrup 
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee granules 

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How to Make Baileys Irish Cream

This homemade Irish cream recipe couldn’t be simpler to make! Just add all the ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. 

How Long Does Homemade Irish Cream Last? 

If stored in an air-tight container, homemade Baileys can last up to 2 months in the fridge. The alcohol helps preserve it, but always sniff the mixture first to make sure it hasn’t gone off (trust me, you’ll know if the half and half has gone sour). 

I also recommend shaking the homemade Baileys before enjoying it, just to mix everything back together. 

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Can I Use Regular Coffee Instead of Instant Coffee Granules? 

No, you want to use instant coffee or espresso granules and not regular coffee. Instant coffee granules have a more concentrated flavor and will deliver that coffee taste Baileys is known for without watering down the drink. 

What Type of Whiskey Should I Use? 

I used Jameson whiskey in my homemade Baileys recipe, but any Irish whiskey will do. 

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

Tips for Making Baileys Irish Cream

Sweetened condensed milk: Make sure to buy sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. Sweetened condensed milk is much thicker and sweeter and won’t water down the Baileys. 

Vanilla: For the best flavor, I recommend using pure vanilla extract and not the imitation kind. I like using imitation vanilla in some of my baked goods, but for this Baileys recipe you want the real stuff. 

Half and half vs. cream: As I said before, you’re welcome to use either half and half or heavy cream in this homemade Irish cream. Don’t use regular milk though, otherwise your Baileys won’t be creamy enough. 

Chocolate syrup swap: One way you can tweak this recipe for a nutty and cinnamon taste is to add 1-2 tablespoons of Perfect Keto’s Chocolate Hazelnut Nut Butter. This would be a good replacement for Hershey’s Chocolate syrup if you want to reduce the amount of sugar in your drink.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream — Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, creamy, and the flavor is a dead ringer for store-bought! 

Recipes Using Baileys Irish Cream 

Now that you know how to make Irish cream from scratch, it’s time to enjoy it! Some ideas for repurposing this Baileys Irish cream recipe include: 

  • Santa’s Magic Potion (Eggnog and Bailey’s) — Not sure what to mix with eggnog? Baileys, of course! This creamy eggnog cocktail mixes the two to create a holiday drink you’ll love! 
  • Creamy Chocolate Martini — Everything is better with Nutella, including these martinis that go down so easily! The Frangelico adds hazelnut, cinnamon, and vanilla notes, while the Baileys Irish Cream provides richness and creaminess. 
  • Irish Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes — A tender chocolate cupcake made from scratch with batter that’s spiked with Guinness, along with a hint of Jameson Irish whiskey in the chocolate ganache filling. The cupcakes are frosted with a silky smooth Baileys buttercream frosting!
  • Frozen Mudslide — These frozen mudslides are decadent dessert-like drinks made with three types of alcohol for a slightly boozy milkshake with an abundance of chocolate syrup!
  • Death by Chocolate No-Bake Cheesecake Bars — Only for serious chocoholics because they’re rich, creamy, decadent, and loaded with chocolate!! NO-BAKE and an easy MAKE-AHEAD dessert!! 

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream — Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, creamy, and the flavor is a dead ringer for store-bought! 

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Yield: 4 cups

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream comes together 1 minute, with ingredients you likely already have on hand. Rich, creamy, and the flavor is a dead ringer for store-bought! 

Prep Time 1 minute
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)


    1. Combine all ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend on high speed until smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.
    2. 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).
    3. Shake well before using.


Recipe intended for those whom alcohol consumption is appropriate. Always drink responsibly.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 731Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 82gFiber: 0gSugar: 80gProtein: 13g

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Originally posted March 14, 2013 and reposted March 17, 2021 with updated text.

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  1. I made this for New Years, and it went over like gangbusters. I even had to make another store run to get more ingredients to make a couple more batches. I did sub out the half and half and used heavy cream, and OMG… It was sooooooo creamy and smooth. I also subbed out the Irish whiskey and used Korbel brandy to lose the whiskey bite. I think I must have made about 5 gallons and bottled it up for friends. Thanks for the recipe. So easy and sooooooo gooood!!!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this went over like gangbusters! And that you even had to make a run to the store to make more batches! I love hearing comments like this one. Thank you for taking the time to give feedback! And wow, 5 gallons…you have lucky friends!

  2. How do you keep chocolate from settling? Been making for years and always happens. Shaking doesn’t really help mix back in.

    1. I just shake to re-incorporate and it mixes in fine for me. I don’t know what to suggest other than just shake vigorously.

  3. I want to make this but i have no idea that how to use in coffee. What should be the proportion if usig in one cup of coffee or should it be drink just like that either hot or cold? Sorry for my silly question.

    1. Yes I think you must have missed it because the recipe with all the amounts of ingrededients are listed clearly.

  4. This Irish cream recipe is phenomenal. Definitely sometime to indulge in once in a while (not frequently because of the high sugar and fat content). Due to religious reasons, I cannot drink alcohol. The first time I tried the recipe, I used whipping cream and it came out very thick. The second time, I used half whipping cream and half full cream milk (this was an accidental discovery as I had poured half a cup of whipping cream away accidentally and was only left with half a cup). I also used 2 teaspoons of non-alcoholic rum and brandy essence both times and it came out lighter (less heavy which I prefer) but was still very creamy. You can add more essence/extract if you want more of the alcohol flavouring. This is HEAVEN!!

  5. Now I have a use for the instant coffee we have! I got my guy to switch to real coffee by getting him a one cup coffee maker for Christmas…
    I’m stoked to give this a whirl…but I don’t have a blender, ha!

  6. I had all these ingredients on hand and figured I had two spare minutes, so what the heck. Yum. I have a major sweet tooth and felt the need to add a tablespoon of sugar, but the flavor was spot on. Makes an excellent Irish Coffee! Thanks for the idea.

    1. Don’t wait for the holidays. Make it tonight! Haha!

      I hope you love it as much as I do! And thanks for pinning!

  7. I saw this on Pinterest and it called out to me. I love Baileys but have never tried making it!

  8. This one really taste very clsoe to the original, I tried several other copycat recipes and never really got a satisfying result, this one was very easy and GOOD!

    I used it in the power blender with some banana and ice cubes -it made the perfectBanana-bailey-smoothie.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Glad you approve and thanks for coming back to LMK you tried it – with a banana sounds like a great idea!

  9. 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!!

    1. 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!

  10. 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

    1. 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!

  11. 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!

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

  12. 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!!

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

  13. 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 ;)

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

  14. 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!

    1. 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.

  15. 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. ;)

  16. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  17. 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 ;-)

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