Easy Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

How to Make Baileys Irish Cream at Home

Making this very easy Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe is so simple to do from home.  You will need very little equipment for this, and the ingredients can be tailored to suit your taste. A fantastic benefit to making this Baileys Irish Cream Recipe at home is that it is often cheaper to make it than to buy an actual bottle of Baileys Irish Cream.

What is Baileys Irish Cream

Bailey’s Irish Cream is a delicious alcoholic drink from Ireland. It’s made with Irish whiskey, creamy milk, sugar, cocoa, and other flavours. It tastes smooth and creamy with a mix of sweet cream, whiskey warmth, and hints of chocolate and coffee. People like to drink it over ice, mix it with coffee or hot chocolate, or use it to make cocktails and desserts.

Bailey’s Irish Cream is a fantastic alcoholic beverage many here in Ireland consume.  It is usually consumed around Christmas time as part of our holiday celebrations and is a fantastic-tasting treat as part of a Christmas Dinner. If you are interested why not read my article on my list of traditional Irish Christmas Foods.

easy homemade baileys irish cream recipe

Baileys Irish Cream Ingredients

This Easy Baileys Irish Cream Recipe will give you a creamy drink with hints of chocolate, coffee, and almonds with a little kick from some great Irish whiskey.

The main ingredients are:

  • Cream
  • Condensed Milk
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Coffee or Coffee Syrup
  • Vanilla Essence
  • Almond Essence

My Irish Whiskey of choice for this Baileys Irish Cream Recipe is always Jameson Irish Whiskey but you can substitute any other Whiskey you like, but try keep it as Irish as possible for the unique Irish Cream Liquor flavour.

Jameson Irish Whiskey

How to Make Baileys Irish Cream

Making this recipe couldn’t be any easier.  All you need to do is add all the ingredients into a large bowl and gently whisk to combine.  You can use a blender if you wish. Just take great care not to over-mix, as you risk whipping the cream, which could curdle the mixture.  Its much better, and less of a clean up to mix it all together in a bowl.

Once everything is mixed together, pour into a sterilized container and chill.

Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

This recipe is a great foundation for tailor-making your own Easy Baileys Irish Cream Recipe and you can add or take away any of the ingredients, as long as it’s not the whiskey. You could reduce the Whiskey but if you are Irish you know this is a sin.

But jokes aside, if you find the Whiskey taste overpowering or too much just cut it back a little to suit your tastes.  You can always add a dash of Irish Whiskey to a glass and top it up with your Homemade Baileys Irish Cream for those who love a bit of extra love.

In Ireland the Irish for Whiskey is, ” Uisce Beatha”, which when translated mean, Water of Life.  So you can see why us Irish love a drop of the good stuff every once in a while.

Storing Your Homemade Irish Baileys Cream

Once sealed in a sterilised bottle or container, this drink will store for up to 2 months in a chilled cabinet.  This recipe will make up to 1 ltr or 4 cups of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream and can be stored in one bottle or divided into smaller bottles to be given as gifts.  Making your own Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is a great way to give something special to someone as a gift during the holidays, and you can always make it your own by adding extra flavours to it.

Make sure you experiment with this recipe but try make it as is first to get a taste of a true Irish Cream Liquor flavour.  I hope you enjoy this recipe and that you, your family, and your friends create some great memories over a glass of homemade Irish cream liquor.

Before you go….

If you enjoyed this recipe and want to try something a little bit adventurous, why not read my Irish Trash Can Drink Recipe, which is great for parties? It’s more of an American cocktail than Irish but it’s guaranteed to be perfect for your next St Patricks Days celebrations.

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easy homemade baileys irish Cream recipe
Easy Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Baileys Irish Cream is an alcoholic creamy drink enjoyed by many. This recipe will show you how to make this drink at home, its very easy.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: baileys irish cream, baileys irish cream drink, baileys irish cream recipe, easy baileys irish cream recipe, homemade baileys irish cream recipe, how to make baileys irish cream
Servings: 25 Servings
Calories: 135 kcal
Author: J.J. Sheridan
  • 250 ml Single Cream 1 Cup/9fl Oz
  • 1×397 Grams Condensed Milk 114 Ounce Can/14 oz
  • 350 ml Irish Whiskey (Jameson is Great) 1 and 2/3 Cup/12flu oz
  • 1 tsp Coffee Essence You can supstitute 1 tsp of coffee granules
  • 3 tsp Chocolate Sauce
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Almond Essence
  1. First you will have to wash and sterilise the bottle you want to use to store your liquid in. Make sure you wash with hot water or place into the dishwasher. The method you use is up to you but you can either use the hot dry function in your dishwasher or place your bottle in a oven after washing at 160°C/325F/Gas Mark 3 for 10 to 15 minutes then allow to cool.

  2. Once the bottle is cooled, pour all your ingredients into a large bowl and stir with your whisk to combine everything. If you are using coffee granules as a substitue, heat a small amount of cream in a pan or microwave to disolve the granules.

    It is important not to whisk too much as you don't want to whip up the cream. Just gentle stir until everything combines together.

  3. Once everything is combined, have a taste. If you think you need a little bit more chocolate or coffee add a little bit more. Needs more alcohol (when does it never need more) add some. Make this recipe to your taste. Remember when chilled it will dull the flavours down slightly.

  4. Once you are happy pour the liquid into your bottle and fit with a tight fitting lid then chill. This bottle will hold for up to 2 months in a chilled cabinet and it always best served chilled or over ice.

  5. These are the main elements of this recipe but experiment to make your own. Add some orange liquor to make it more festive. Maybe infuse the liquid with some spice. It up to you and this recipe is just a guide and a foundation for you to build on. Have fun with it.

About the author
J.J. Sheridan
My Name is JJ Sheridan, born in Cork Ireland but spent most of my childhood in County Tipperary. I've been a Chef for a large number of years and have worked in a number of award winning restaurants. I love using local ingredients whenever possible in my food so that I can showcase the best of Irish. My passion is to share with you the best restaurants across Ireland from a Chefs perspective. For many years restaurants have been at the hands of the "food critic". Most of the time these critics will visit the same old restaurants and heap praise on them. Often forgetting about the smaller restaurants who are paving the way for Irish Cuisine. My Goal is to higlight all restaurants, especially the ones the so called food experts never visit and give you a complete list of the best Irish Restaurants to visit.

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