Indulge in This Flavorful Bailey’s Irish Cream Recipe Today

Gather round my fellow foodies, have I got a treat for you! Today I am going to share with you the recipe for one of the most beloved liqueurs in the world – Irish Cream. But, not just any Irish Cream, a homemade Baileys Irish Cream. That’s right, with this recipe, you’ll be able to make your very own copycat version of Baileys Irish Cream from scratch.

But why should you make homemade Baileys Irish Cream when you can just as easily buy the original version? Well, first, let’s talk about the ingredients. This recipe uses only a handful of ingredients that are readily available at any grocery store. We’re talking sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, instant coffee granules, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract and of course, Irish whiskey.

Secondly, making homemade Baileys allows you to adjust the sweetness, creaminess and alcohol level to your liking. Want it sweeter? You can add more chocolate syrup. Need it creamier? Add more heavy cream or half-and-half. And if you prefer a stronger kick in your liqueur, feel free to increase the quantity of whiskey.

But perhaps the most compelling reason to make your own Baileys is that it’s an experience in itself. Watching all the different ingredients come together and create something so wonderful is truly fulfilling. Plus, once you’ve made it yourself, you’ll be able to appreciate the nuances of the flavor better than finding a match for what was produced by automated machinery.

So join me on this culinary adventure and let’s make some homemade Baileys Irish Cream together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bailey's (Copycat) Irish Cream
Bailey’s (Copycat) Irish Cream

Folks, let me take a minute of your time to tell you about my copycat recipe for Bailey’s Irish Cream. Now, I know some of y’all prefer store-bought versions of this delicious elixir, but trust me when I say, once you try my homemade Baileys Irish Cream recipe, there will be no going back.

Let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe. First off, it is easy to make and only requires a handful of ingredients that you may already have in your pantry. Second, my recipe produces a creamy and rich Irish cream that tastes and smells just like the original Bailey’s Irish Cream. Third, unlike store-bought versions, my recipe allows you to customize the strength of the whiskey and sweetness of the liqueur to your liking.

Besides being perfect for sipping on its own, my Baileys Irish Cream recipe can be used in many other ways that will stun your taste buds. For example, it can be added to hot coffee or chocolate milk for a boozy and decadent winter drink. It can also be poured over ice cream or used as a frosting in desserts such as cupcakes or brownies.

Now, folks, I know some of y’all may have concerns about consuming raw eggs in drinks. But let me assure you that the risk is minimal since we use pasteurized eggs in this recipe. Besides, who hasn’t licked the batter off the mixing spoon while making cookies? Trust me; this is no different.

So what are you waiting for? Try my copycat Baileys Irish Cream recipe now and experience the true pleasure of a versatile homemade liqueur that will satisfy your sweet tooth cravings!

Ingredient List

 The perfect blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and chocolate.
The perfect blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and chocolate.

Get ready to make your own Irish Cream with these ingredients!

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream or half & half

Don’t mistake ‘instant coffee granules’ for regular ground coffee. You can also add some ‘vanilla extract’ and ‘chocolate syrup’ to give it a unique twist.

If you want to give it an extra kick, consider adding an additional ‘2 cups’ of Irish whiskey or more. And for a low-carb or keto option, use light cream instead of sweetened condensed milk. Just combine all the ingredients in a blender, shake well, and voila!

The Recipe How-To

 A homemade version of the popular liqueur.
A homemade version of the popular liqueur.

Now, let’s get down to business and make our Copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream Recipe!


You will need:

  • 1 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1 ⅔ cups of Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and Irish whiskey.
  2. Add the instant coffee granules, chocolate syrup, and vanilla extract to the mixture.
  3. Whisk all ingredients until thoroughly combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture into a blender and blend on high for about 20-30 seconds.
  5. Pour the newly blended mixture into a sterilized glass bottle or jar with an airtight lid.
  6. Chill in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving.

Tips for Perfect Results

To avoid curdling, try to select creams that have similar fat content, preferably heavy cream or half and half.

For an extra kick and unique flavors, you can always add more ingredients (such as cinnamon or nutmeg) according to your taste preference.

If you are on a low carb or keto diet, you can customize this recipe with low-carb alternatives such as low carb chocolate syrup or omit sugar entirely by using unsweetened cocoa powder.

Enjoy your homemade Irish Cream with ice cubes or serve it over your favorite ice cream!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sip on a cozy night in or add to your favorite recipe.
Sip on a cozy night in or add to your favorite recipe.

Are you looking to switch things up with your copycat Baileys Irish Cream recipe? Luckily, there are plenty of substitutions and variations that you can try out to add a little personal flair to your creation. Here are some ideas:

– Low carb or keto options: If you’re watching your carb intake or on a keto diet, you can sub out the condensed milk for a low-carb sweetened condensed milk or use heavy cream instead. You can also adjust the sweetness by using a sugar substitute like erythritol or stevia.

– Non-alcoholic version: Are you abstaining from alcohol or making this for someone who is? Simply omit the Irish whiskey from the recipe and increase the instant coffee granules to taste.

– Chocolate lovers: If you’re a fan of all things chocolate, try substituting the chocolate syrup for a chocolate liqueur, and add a tablespoon (or more) of cocoa powder to the ingredients list. The end result will be an extra indulgent Baileys Irish Cream that’s perfect for sipping over ice cream.

– Coffee lovers: For those who can never seem to get enough coffee flavor, try adding an extra teaspoon (or two) of instant coffee granules to the recipe. Or, swap out some of the heavy cream for cold brew coffee.

– Vanilla extract: If you’re craving a bit of vanilla in your Baileys Irish Cream, simply add a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the ingredients list.

– Different liquor: While traditional Irish whiskey is certainly delicious in this recipe, feel free to experiment with other spirits. Try using rum or bourbon instead!

The sky’s the limit when it comes to modifying this Baileys Irish Cream recipe. Whether you’re looking for ways to make it healthier or want to tailor it more closely to your taste preferences, don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and proportions until you find what works best for you.

Serving and Pairing

 Smooth and creamy with a slight kick.
Smooth and creamy with a slight kick.

When it comes to serving Bailey’s Irish Cream, it’s important to note that this liqueur is quite versatile. You can enjoy it in a number of ways depending on the occasion and your personal preferences.

For instance, you could serve it chilled and over ice cubes for a refreshing summertime drink. Or, if you are looking for something warming and cozy, try adding it to a cup of hot coffee, tea or cocoa. It adds a new dimension of flavor and creaminess to your favorite hot beverage.

Additionally, this copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream recipe works great as a dessert topping for cakes or ice cream. It can also be used as an ingredient in baking recipes where whiskies, liquors or flavorings are called for; I personally love using this homemade Irish cream in our family bread pudding recipe.

If you’re feeling exceptionally adventurous, try mixing it up with other types of alcohol such as coconut rum, Kahlua or even peppermint schnapps for a fun twist on the classic Bailey’s recipe.

Overall, Bailey’s Irish Cream is a standout liqueur that pairs well with a variety of different flavors and food items. Whether you’re enjoying it on its own, over ice or blended into a cocktail or dessert, the possibilities are endless.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A personalized gift for any Irish Cream lover.
A personalized gift for any Irish Cream lover.

Now, let’s talk about making-ahead and storing this delicious Bailey’s (Copycat) Irish Cream. This recipe can be easily made ahead of time, so you can have it ready for special occasions or just for a cozy night in.

To make-ahead, simply prepare the recipe as directed and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. The flavors will meld together beautifully over time, making it even more delicious.

If you are planning to store the irish cream for an extended period, such as several months, consider freezing it instead. Simply pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and place it in the freezer for up to six months. Before using, thaw the irish cream in the refrigerator overnight and give it a good shake before serving.

When reheating or defrosting, there may be some separation that occurs due to the ingredients’ nature. Don’t worry! This is normal. Just give the container a good shake before using it, and it will be ready to enjoy.

If you are looking to serve this irish cream as a dessert topping or a delicious addition to your baked goods, consider making homemade ice cream using this recipe! It’s perfect for creating tasty frozen treats with this creamy liqueur.

Overall, storing and reheating this yummy Bailey’s (Copycat) Irish Cream is a breeze! So go ahead and make some extra batches without any worries about wasting them.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Serve chilled and enjoy with friends.
Serve chilled and enjoy with friends.

Now, to ensure you get the perfect batch of homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream, let me give you some tips that I’ve learned from experience.

First tip: make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature before mixing them. This helps everything blend together smoothly and prevents curdling.

Secondly, use good quality Irish whiskey. The whiskey is the star of the show here, so it’s important to choose one that you like the taste of, and hopefully a little better than “just okay”. A smoother, less harsh whiskey will guarantee a more pleasant taste.

Third tip: when making your homemade Irish Cream, be sure to mix it long enough so everything is combined thoroughly. Whisk and whisk until it’s glossy in appearance and has lots of bubbles generated from combining the ingredients.

Fourthly, use fine-grained instant coffee granules as they will dissolve more easily and lessen chances for graininess. Always opt for unsweetened ones as well so as not to affect the sweetness level of the overall recipe.

Fifth tip: opt for sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk. The sweetened version contributes to the rich texture and taste that we want in a decadent recipe like this.

Sixth tip: if you want to take it up a notch further, throw in 1-2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup or cocoa powder extract into your mixture. It enhances the flavor profile by adding a subtle chocolate undertone that perfectly complements the Irish whiskey.

Lastly, consistency is key when mixing liquids together. Make sure each ingredient is well incorporated before moving on to the next one. Take note also that once you’ve started mixing everything together the ideal mixing time should not exceed more than two minutes or else any overmixing may affect how smooth your bailey’s will turn out.

With these tips in mind, you can be assured of a dazzlingly delicious end product that can rival that of store-bought liqueurs any day!


Now that you have learned how to make this delicious copycat Bailey’s Irish Cream recipe, I know you may still have a few questions. That’s why I’ve put together some frequently asked questions to make sure all your concerns are addressed. From ingredient substitutions to the shelf life of your homemade Irish Cream, I hope these answers will help you enjoy this recipe with confidence and satisfaction. Let’s get started with the FAQ section.

What is the main ingredient in Baileys Irish Cream?

The creation of Irish Cream saw the perfect combination of Irish whiskey, spirits, dairy cream, and hints of indulgent chocolate and vanilla come together.

What is closest to Baileys Irish Cream?

Here are some popular Irish cream liqueurs that can be used as a substitute for Baileys: Emmets Classic Cream, Carolans Irish Cream, Molly’s Irish Cream, Ryan’s Irish Cream, Coole Swan Irish Cream, Five Farms Irish Cream, Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, and Hard Chaw Irish Cream.

What gives Baileys Irish Cream its flavor?

The distinctive flavor of Baileys Original Irish Cream is the result of the perfect combination of Irish dairy cream and Irish whiskey blended masterfully. Although, the cocoa beans and vanilla extract used to impar this creamy delight with a luscious chocolatey taste originate from West Africa and are processed in France.

Why is Baileys Irish Cream so good?

Baileys Irish Cream is a delectable beverage that offers a glorious mix of fresh dairy cream, premium spirits, Irish whiskey, and natural flavours. Its unique blend creates an unforgettable drinking experience that leaves an indelible mark on the palate. However, beyond being a delicious drink, Baileys Irish Cream also has many culinary uses that can bring a delightful twist to your dishes. In this article, I will take you through some of the culinary uses of Baileys Irish Cream and how to incorporate it into your meals to create a unique and flavourful experience.

Bottom Line

Folks, I’ll be honest with you, after trying out this recipe and tasting the final product, I’m convinced that this copycat Baileys Irish Cream recipe is a game-changer. Not only is it easy-to-make and budget-friendly, but it’s also way more delicious than the store-bought variety. By using fresh ingredients like eggs, heavy cream, Irish whiskey, chocolate syrup, and instant coffee granules, you get a smooth creamy texture with a slight kick of coffee and whiskey flavor. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

In conclusion, if you’re looking to impress your friends or family with an excellent homemade liqueur, try making this copycat Baileys Irish Cream recipe. It’s a perfect beverage to enjoy any time of the year with warm brownies or ice cream on top. Plus, you have the option to make it low carb or keto friendly if that’s your thing! Either way, go ahead and give it a shot. Who knows? You might end up liking it more than the original Baileys Irish Cream!

Bailey's (Copycat) Irish Cream

Bailey’s (Copycat) Irish Cream Recipe

My daughter & I make this in early December every year....somehow, it never lasts to Xmas!!!
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish/Ireland
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, European, No-Cook
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 36 ounces
Calories 136.3kcal


  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1 tablespoon hershey chocolate syrup
  • 1 pint whipping cream
  • 1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
  • 18 -20 ounces Irish whiskey


  • Dissolve coffee in 1 oz very hot water.
  • Combine all ingredients in blender.
  • Blend& pour into container.
  • Store in refrigerator.


Serving: 1675g | Calories: 136.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.9g | Protein: 1.9g | Fat: 6.6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 38.7mg | Sodium: 30.9mg | Sugar: 8.3g

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