Indulgent Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Are you looking for a unique and delicious gift to give to your loved ones? Or maybe just a little something special to treat yourself with? Look no further than this homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur recipe!

This recipe is quick, easy, and inexpensive to make, with ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. Plus, it’s a great alternative to buying store-bought liqueurs which can be pricey and contain preservatives.

With its rich and creamy taste, this Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur is the perfect beverage for any occasion. Whether you enjoy it straight up, on the rocks or as an ingredient in your favorite cocktail, this liqueur will not disappoint.

So why not impress your friends and family with this homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur? It’s the perfect gift choice that feels like it was made with love and care. Let’s get started!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur (Gift-Giving or for Yourself!)
Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur (Gift-Giving or for Yourself!)

Allow me to welcome all of you sweet-tooths, alcohol aficionados, and home-bartenders! It’s time to conquer your cravings for creamy, sweet indulgence with a homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur recipe! This recipe is one of the excellent choices for gift-giving, or even just sipping on a cozy night in. I don’t know about you, but I find that there’s something satisfying about making my own spirits from scratch. With an easy recipe like this, there is no need to splurge on the disposable glass bottles at the grocery store for an basic Irish cream liqueur. Not only does it save your wallet, but also it feels luxurious when utilizing premium ingredients to customize your delicacy.

So why should you try this recipe? Well firstly, Bailey’s is a crowd-pleaser. It’s one of those liqueurs that everyone loves and can get absolutely giddy over. The versatility of the Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur makes it a perfect ingredient for romantic cocktails like the famous Irish coffee or as an indulgent component in dessert recipes. Plus, let’s not forget that it contains whiskey – a classic staple liquor with warm notes suitable for colder months.

Secondly, by using authentic ingredients like vanilla extract and instant coffee granules rather than flavorings and concentrates, this homemade Baileys ensures that you enjoy pure and rich flavors without the artificial after taste. By using whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk instead of heavy cream that may cause separation, you get a silky smooth finish that will leave your palate blissfully satisfied.

Lastly (and perhaps most importantly), this recipe just feels like joy. Making a batch of this Irish cream liqueur conjures up an atmosphere in which one gets swept away frisking among the jolly holiday vibes. Whether it’s drinking Baileys over ice with family after dinner or baking an exceptional boozy trifle for Christmas dinner, this recipe adds to that festive sensation. So why not try this decadent homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur recipe? Let’s all indulge ourselves in a quick, easy Irish cream masterpiece.

Ingredient List

“Measure, pour, and stir your way to blissful indulgence!”

Let’s dive into the ingredients for making Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur. Don’t worry, most of the ingredients can be found in your local grocery store, and some you might already have in your kitchen. Here are the ingredients you will need:

List of Ingredients

  • 1 cup of whiskey (inexpensive or middle road is okay)
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (optional)

All these ingredients, when combined together, make up the creamy and delicious homemade Baileys Irish Cream liqueur. Now that we have our ingredients laid out, let’s get cooking!

The Recipe How-To

“The creamy, luxurious texture of this liqueur is simply irresistible.”

Now, it’s time to get to the fun part: making homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. I promise that you’ll love how quick and easy this recipe is. You won’t need any fancy kitchen gadgets or special skills. So, let’s whip up some boozy magic!


Before we start, let’s make sure we have everything we need:

  • 1 cup of whiskey (I recommend something inexpensive and middle-of-the-road)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup (optional but highly recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend on high for about 30 seconds until the mixture is smooth and foamy.

    Tip: Make sure your blender is large enough to accommodate all the ingredients. If not, you can blend in batches.

  2. Transfer the mixture to a resealable glass bottle or jar.

    Tip: A bottle with a screw cap works best as it will create a tight seal.

  3. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

    Tip: Homemade Baileys will keep for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

That’s it! Your homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur is ready to drink or gift to friends and family.

Serving Suggestions

Now that you have your homemade Baileys, how should you enjoy it? Well, the possibilities are endless! Here are some ideas:

  • Drink it straight or over ice.
  • Use it as a substitute for regular creamer in your coffee.
  • Mix with hot chocolate for a cozy winter treat.
  • Drizzle over ice cream or cake for a decadent dessert.


While this recipe is pretty tasty as-is, there are a few things you can do to customize it to your liking:

  • Add more or less whiskey depending on how strong you like your drinks.
  • Swap out the chocolate syrup for caramel or butterscotch syrup.
  • Use dark rum or bourbon in place of whiskey.

Can I make this recipe without eggs?

Yes, you can. The eggs add texture and creaminess to the liqueur, but if you prefer to leave them out, you can substitute with 1/2 cup of heavy cream.

Can I use skim milk instead of whipping cream?

I wouldn’t recommend it as whipping cream is what gives the liqueur its richness and thickness. Skim milk will make for a thinner and less flavorful drink.


Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur makes for a wonderful gift choice around the holidays or any special occasion. It feels like a special treat that you put effort in and it’s much cheaper than store-bought. Plus, you

Substitutions and Variations

“Sip on a little bit of Ireland, right from the comfort of your own home.”

Now, let’s talk about how to customize this recipe and make it your own. One of the great things about homemade Baileys Irish Cream is that it’s easy to adjust based on personal preferences and dietary restrictions.

First, let’s address the alcohol content. Traditionally, Baileys Irish Cream is made with whiskey, but you can substitute it with other types of alcohol such as rum or brandy. You can also adjust the amount of alcohol according to your desired strength. If you want a non-alcoholic version, you can omit the whiskey altogether and replace it with additional milk or cream.

If you’re looking for a dairy-free version of this recipe, you can use coconut cream or almond milk instead of heavy cream. Just keep in mind that the texture and flavor may be slightly different.

If you want to experiment with the flavor, try adding some chocolate syrup or cocoa powder to make homemade Baileys chocolate liqueur. You can also add a dash of vanilla extract to enhance the flavor and aroma.

For those who are watching their sugar intake, you can use sugar-free sweetened condensed milk and skip the chocolate syrup if desired. Alternatively, you can use natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup in moderation.

Finally, if you’re looking for a fun gift idea for the holidays, try presenting your homemade Baileys Irish Cream in a decorated bottle or jar. You can also create variations by adding different flavors like cinnamon, caramel, pumpkin spice or espresso powder.

With these substitutions and variations, feel free to create your own unique version of homemade Baileys Irish Cream that suits your preferences and needs.

Serving and Pairing

“A bottle of homemade Bailey’s makes the perfect gift for any occasion.”

Serving Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a luxurious treat that’s perfect for any special occasion. You can serve it in small shot glasses, over ice, or perhaps mixed with some coffee. The creamy, smooth texture and rich flavor of this homemade liqueur make it an ideal digestif after a culinary feast.

Pairing Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur with different types of desserts is also a great idea. The subtle nutty and cocoa flavors combine nicely with chocolate-based desserts like brownies, chocolate cake, or pudding. A slice of tiramisu or cheesecake can also be a match made in heaven with this creamy liqueur.

If you’re looking to serve Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur as a gift to friends and family who enjoy alcohol, then you can consider pairing it with Irish coffee essentials such as coffee beans, mugs, or a French press. You could also offer it with a bottle of whiskey or some other Irish-inspired treats like chocolates.

In conclusion, Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur is a versatile drink that feels like an indulgent treat fit for any occasion. Whether given as a gift or served at dinner parties, this homemade delicacy is sure to delight anyone who enjoys good food and drink.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

“Get ready to impress your loved ones with this festive, boozy treat.”

Once you’ve mixed up your delicious batch of homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, it’s crucial to store it properly to maintain its quality and taste. Fortunately, this recipe can be made-ahead, stored and also reheated easily!

If you’re making this as a gift or just want to prepare it in advance, you can store it in an airtight container for up to 2 months in the refrigerator. Just make sure to shake it well before serving as some of the ingredients may settle at the bottom.

As this recipe contains eggs, it’s important to be cautious about the shelf-life when storing at room temperature. If you plan on leaving your Irish cream liqueur out for any longer than a few hours, it’s best to keep it in an ice bath or cooler.

If you find yourself with leftover Irish cream liqueur, which is unlikely because it’s so irresistible, simply store it in the refrigerator and give it a good shake before drinking. However, if there is some separation over time, just pour the liqueur into a blender along with some ice cubes and blend until smooth for a refreshing drink!

Pro-tip: Store your homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur in small bottles or jars so that you only have to thaw what you need!

Tips for Perfect Results

“Sweet and smooth, this liqueur is a crowd-pleaser for any holiday get together.”

Now that you have the ingredient list and recipe how-to for this homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, let’s talk about some tips and tricks to ensure perfect results every time.

1. Use Fresh Ingredients

To achieve an authentic taste and smooth consistency, it’s important to use fresh ingredients. Don’t use eggs or milk that are past their expiration date, as this can affect the quality of the liqueur. It’s also important to use high-quality whiskey, as this is the base of the liqueur.

2. Be Mindful of Temperature

When making the Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, be mindful of the temperature of your ingredients. Use cold whipping cream straight from the fridge and chilled whiskey to avoid curdling. On the other hand, letting everything sit at room temperature could lead to a watery consistency.

3. Double-Strain Your Liqueur

To remove any small pieces of egg or coffee granules that didn’t fully dissolve, it’s best to double-strain your finished liqueur through a fine-mesh sieve. This will ensure a silky-smooth texture that is perfect for sipping or mixing with other beverages.

4. Experiment with Different Flavorings

While this recipe calls for vanilla extract and instant coffee granules, feel free to experiment with different flavorings like chocolate syrup or cinnamon extract. You can even try substituting the whiskey for another type of alcohol like rum or brandy for a different twist.

5. Store Your Liqueur Correctly

Once you’ve made your delicious homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur, store it in an airtight bottle or jar in the fridge. It will keep for up to 2 months if stored correctly, so feel free to make a big batch as a gift or for yourself!

By following these simple tips and tricks, you can create a perfect batch of homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur every time. So go ahead, get creative, and enjoy this delicious liqueur as a gift or a special treat for yourself.


Now that you have all the information you need to make the perfect homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur, let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions that arise when making this delicious recipe. With these FAQs, we can clear up any confusion and ensure your Irish cream liqueur is not only tasty but also safe to consume. So, let’s dive in!

What is the best thing to mix with Baileys?

Baileys can be paired and mixed with various beverages to add a touch of warmth and richness. Coffee, hot chocolate, and Earl Grey tea are just a few examples of drinks that can be elevated with a drop of Baileys. For those who prefer cold beverages, Baileys can be added to cold brew or even Guinness. It can also be used as a topping for ice cream or blended with anejo tequila for a sweet and spirited concoction. The possibilities are endless when it comes to combining Baileys with other beverages.

Is Baileys a good gift?

When it comes to gift-giving, Baileys Irish Cream has always been a popular choice for all kinds of occasions. Birthdays, anniversaries, or any special event, a bottle of Baileys always brings joy to the recipient. If you’re looking for a great gift idea, a single bottle of Baileys Original Irish Cream is the perfect choice.

How do most people drink Baileys Irish Cream?

When it comes to savoring Baileys, drinking it as it is over ice is the way to go, just like you would with other Irish creams.

How many shots of Bailey’s Irish Cream do I need to get drunk?

Bailey’s has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 17%, which is not very high but still effective. A standard-sized bottle of Bailey’s has around 17 shots of the beverage. However, after 3-4 shots, you may start feeling a slight buzz. On the other hand, about 8-9 shots can make both men and women feel a little tipsy.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, making homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur is a quick and easy way to add a touch of luxury to your drink collection. It not only serves as a fantastic gift choice for loved ones but also gives you the feeling of indulgence with every sip of this delicious drink.

This recipe combines inexpensive middle-road ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store, giving you the chance to create a homemade version of an otherwise costly drink. Whether you prefer it straight up or in your coffee, Baileys is the perfect drink to get that burst of energy when you need it the most.

So what are you waiting for? Whip up a batch of this sensational drink, experiment with different variations and impress your friends and family this holiday season with the best homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur. Moreover, as you are more conscious about your calorie and nutrition intake, making your own Baileys from scratch will help you save money while still allowing you to enjoy your favorite drink without any guilt trips.

Give this recipe a try and let me know in the comments how it turned out for you. I guarantee that it will become one of your favorite homemade Christmas gifts or even better- something you drink all year round!

Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur (Gift-Giving or for Yourself!)

Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur (Gift-Giving or for Yourself!) Recipe

This is the cat's Meow! I know you are saying there are already a lot of recipes on this site for the same thing, I researched them before posting mine and this one is just a little different so here it is. Everyone I have ever served this to absolutely goes beserk over the taste and says it's as good as the real thing. It's so much cheaper too! I found this on an internet site, but can't remember which one, it was to long and to many fifths ago!! You can easily double the recipe.
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Christmas, Easy, European, For Large Groups, Inexpensive, No-Cook, Refrigerator, Small Appliance, Sweet, Winter
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 60 ounces
Calories 207.2kcal


  • 1 cup whiskey (inexpensive middle of the road is okay)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (Torani brand almond syrup is a wonderful replacement if you can find it in your area)


  • In blender, combine all ingredients; blend until smooth.
  • Store tightly covered in refrigerator up to one month. (It won't last that long!) Shake bottle well before serving, and return remaining liqueur to refrigerator.
  • Note: Use only Grade A, uncracked eggs.


Serving: 73g | Calories: 207.2kcal | Carbohydrates: 16.7g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 9.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 80.4mg | Sodium: 67.3mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15.4g

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