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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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!
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.
Recipe Notes and Tips:
Very slightly adapted from Allrecipes
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It’s every bit as good as it sounds
Do you like Baileys? Have a favorite recipe that uses it?
St. Paddy’s Day plans?