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!

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!

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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.

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Very slightly adapted from Allrecipes

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125 comments on “Homemade Baileys Irish Cream”

  1. 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

    • 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!

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  3. 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!!

  4. 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.

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

  12. Cannot wait to make this for the holidays! Pinned! Thanks Averie!

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  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. Ah crud…my computer auto filled my last name & I can’t figure out how to edit it off! :(

  17. 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!!

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  20. This looks great. Thanks for sharing. Did I miss the actual amounts for the cream, condensed milk & Irish Whiskey?

  21. Wow this recipe is great, it makes me farewell instant coffee, like it , thanks for sharing!

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