Homemade Irish Cream Recipe: Indulge In Richness

There’s nothing quite like a good Irish Cream recipe to warm the heart, soul, and taste buds of those who indulge in it. And let me tell you, this homemade Irish Cream recipe tastes just like Baileys Irish Cream, if not even better. Oh yes, ladies and gents, I have indeed reverse-engineered the secret formula and I am here to share it with you.

I recently discovered that one of my guilty pleasures, the Original Irish Cream we all know as Baileys, can be made at home using just a few ingredients that are probably already sitting in your pantry. No more emptying your wallet on overpriced bottles of store-bought cream liqueur when you can make your very own smooth and creamy version right at home. This recipe is sure to please even the most discerning palates out there.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or just for a relaxing night in with friends and family, a glass of homemade Irish Cream will make every moment feel like a celebration. So come on in, get comfortable, and join me in making this amazing homemade Irish Cream recipe. In no time at all, you’ll be sipping on a drink that feels like pure luxury without having to pay the big bucks.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Cream Recipe (Taste Matched to Baileys)
Irish Cream Recipe (Taste Matched to Baileys)

Folks, listen up! I’m about to hit you with a recipe that’s gonna make your taste buds dance like there’s no tomorrow. This Irish Cream Recipe is the real deal, and let me tell you why you’ll love it.

First off, forget about Baileys Irish Cream. This recipe is so good it’ll make you forget all about that store-bought stuff. Made from scratch, it has a boozy touch with a milky finish. The combination of creamy heavy cream, sweet condensed milk and Irish whiskey will leave you feeling satisfied and warm inside.

Now, I know some of you may be thinking “I don’t drink alcohol,” but don’t worry, this recipe can be enjoyed by anyone. You can even make a homemade vegan version by swapping out the heavy cream for coconut milk and using vegan condensed milk.

Not only does this homemade Irish cream recipe taste amazing on its own, it’s also the perfect addition to your coffee drinks, hot chocolate or cocktail recipes. It resembles the flavors of Baileys Irish Cream so closely that you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Trust me when I say this recipe will become an instant favorite in your household. With just a few simple ingredients and easy-to-follow directions, you’ll have your friends and family asking for more every time!

Ingredient List

 This Irish cream recipe is a Baileys look-alike and taste-alike!
This Irish cream recipe is a Baileys look-alike and taste-alike!

Let’s get down to brass tacks, here are the ingredients you will need to replicate that velvety and smooth Baileys Irish Cream. Get a pen and paper ready, folks.

Here are the ingredients for this homemade Irish cream recipe:

  • 1 cup of Irish whiskey – go for the good stuff, folks
  • 1 can (14 ounces) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of heavy cream – we want creamy and rich consistency
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup – for all those chocoholics out there
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean extract – it’s like the cherry on top
  • A pinch of salt – yes, we read that correctly
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extractoptional
  • Hot water – optional

But wait, there’s more. You can also! make adjustments to these measurements with creams or sweeteners in case you want to create your own twist on this classic recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 A perfect match for your coffee, hot chocolate, or milkshake.
A perfect match for your coffee, hot chocolate, or milkshake.

Now, let’s get to the fun part of creating the Irish Cream Recipe (Taste Matched to Baileys) that will awaken your taste buds like never before. This recipe makes enough for 1 bottle of Irish cream liqueur. You will need to gather the following ingredients:


  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1⅔ cups Irish whiskey
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp Vanilla bean paste

Proper measuring and keeping organized are critical in making a successful recipe. When measuring whiskey, it is easy to pour more than you intended due to its consistency, so take extra care ensuring you don’t add too much whiskey since it may ruin the drink taste.

  1. Begin by mixing all of the ingredients moderately in a blender for about 30 seconds or until fully combined.
  2. Once blended, pour the mixture into a container with an airtight seal.
  3. You can drink your Irish Cream now or let it sit and let the flavors combine overnight in your refrigerator.
  4. Since there are no preservatives in this recipe, make sure to drink up within two weeks.
  5. Now you’re ready to create coffee drinks, hot chocolate mixtures or indulge over ice cream with this delicious homemade Irish Cream.

Relax and enjoy your Boozy Milky Irish Cream any time of day with a glass full of homemade vegan Irish Cream or feel free to create coffee cocktail recipes such as an Irish Coffee Drink that will keep you warm all winter.

Substitutions and Variations

 Take a sip of this smooth and velvety Irish cream, and you'll know why it's so popular!
Take a sip of this smooth and velvety Irish cream, and you’ll know why it’s so popular!

Well, well, well, would you look at that? So you’re feeling a bit rebellious today and want to switch things up? No worries, I got you covered.

Let’s say you don’t have any Irish whiskey in your pantry. No problemo! You can easily substitute it with Emmets Classic or any other kind of whiskey you have on hand. You can even add a bit more whiskey if you want to feel like a wild child.

Now, for all my vegan friends out there who are sad they cannot indulge in this heavenly drink. Fear not! You can make your own homemade vegan Irish cream by swapping the heavy cream with coconut cream and the sweetened condensed milk with condensed coconut milk. Add in some vegan chocolate syrup (yes, it’s a thing!) and whiskey, and voila! You have yourself a luscious vegan Irish cream.

If you want to combine this recipe with coffee, just mix it in and enjoy some Baileys Irish Cream coffee. But why stop there? Mix it with hot chocolate to create an irresistible Baileys hot chocolate.

Feelin’ like a kid again and craving ice cream? Don’t resist the temptation and make some creamy Irish cream ice cream with this recipe.

Oh, and one more thing. If you love Baileys Irish Cream but want to avoid the store-bought bottle, try our homemade Baileys hack recipe giving closely resembles flavors of Baileys Irish Cream using simple ingredients such as Irish whiskey, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream and chocolate syrup.

So go ahead and get creative! These substitutions and variations will give you the freedom to play around with the recipe and make it your very own.

Serving and Pairing

 Save money and make a large batch of homemade Irish cream instead of buying it from the store.
Save money and make a large batch of homemade Irish cream instead of buying it from the store.

Listen up, folks! Here is some advice that’ll take your Irish Cream recipe to a whole new level. You can serve the drink chilled, as is or on the rocks, but I’d suggest piping hot to warm you up from the inside out when the temperatures outside start dipping. A dollop of whipped cream on top won’t hurt either.

But wait, it gets even better! How would you like to pair your homemade Baileys Irish Cream with something delicious? Let me tell you, there are many ways to do so. You can match it with classic Irish desserts such as Bailey’s and chocolate mousse or go for something simpler like Irish scones.

Now, if you’re looking for a more daring pairing, why not turn your drink into a dessert? You could have fun adding Irish cream to an ice cream recipe or make a killer chocolate syrup coffee drink with Baileys Irish Cream.

But hold on, there’s one thing you oughta know about this recipe. It’s versatile enough to be made vegan too! So for all the vegans out there, give this homemade vegan Irish cream a shot and accompany it with whatever tickles your fancy.

So what are you waiting for? Get creative and explore all the possibilities that come with this recipe. Sip on some warm goodness alone or share it with loved ones while indulging in amazing food pairings. Trust me; it’s gonna be magical!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Creamy, sweet, and lightly boozy - this Irish cream recipe hits all the right spots.
Creamy, sweet, and lightly boozy – this Irish cream recipe hits all the right spots.

Well, well, if you’re planning ahead and want to have a batch of this heavenly Homemade Irish Cream Recipe, you can store it for up to two weeks. Say what?! Yes, two weeks! In a sealed container, in the fridge, of course.

You could even make it a cold rainy night before, to enjoy with your hot chocolate or that fabulous coffee the next day. It’s really best served chilled, but if you want to warm things up a bit, carefully heat it up on low-heat while stirring continuously.

Just be sure not to let it boil or overheat as that can spoil the flavors and texture of your Irish Cream. And don’t forget that this boozy touch milky treat pairs beautifully with ice cream and in desserts. So why not try adding some into your favorite recipes and take them to a whole new level?

Although, I highly doubt that there will be any leftovers, but if there is – which I would say is unlikely – you could give it a good shake and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use again, simply thaw overnight in the fridge and shake gently before using.

Man oh man, these make-ahead tips for this Irish Cream Recipe are just too easy-peasy!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy your favorite liqueur in a new way with this Irish cream recipe.
Enjoy your favorite liqueur in a new way with this Irish cream recipe.

Now, folks, it’s time for the crucial part of making the perfect Irish Cream recipe. Just a little effort can take the taste to the next level. Here are some tips I swear by:

1. Don’t rush the process- Let every ingredient mix and settle in its own time, patience is key to perfection.

2. Use high-quality Irish whiskey- A rich and smooth whiskey can make all the difference in your homemade Irish cream recipe.

3. Get the vanilla bean out of your dreams- Trust me on this one, pure vanilla extract can never beat real vanilla beans when it comes to creating depth in flavor.

4. Don’t walk away from heavy cream while boiling- Boiling and scorching aren’t far from each other when it comes to heavy cream, so keep an eye out while heating it.

5. Chill before serving- If you want thick and creamy consistency for your cream, let it chill for a good hour or overnight before serving.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with these tips as per your liking because at the end of the day, it’s all about finding what feels like home in your taste buds. So, go ahead and create magic in your kitchen!


Now that we have gone through the ins and outs of this Irish Cream Recipe, let us address some common questions you might have about the recipe. From ingredient substitutions to serving options, this FAQ section seeks to clarify anything that may still be unclear. So sit tight and get ready for answers!

What is the flavor in Baileys Irish Cream?

The delicious Baileys Original Irish Cream is a heavenly blend of spirits and Irish dairy cream, infused with delightful notes of vanilla and chocolate, finished with a hint of Irish whiskey.

What is good to mix with Baileys?

Baileys is a versatile drink that complements a variety of beverages, both hot and cold. Coffee, hot chocolate, and Earl Grey tea become even more indulgent with a splash of Baileys. Cold brew coffee, Guinness, and even anejo tequila can also take on a unique twist with the addition of Baileys. And for a sweet treat, try pouring Baileys over a scoop of ice cream.

What can I use instead of Baileys Irish Cream in cake?

Here are some popular options for Irish cream liqueurs to use in your recipes. You can try classics like Emmets and Carolans, or go for something unique like Coole Swan or Hard Chaw. Don’t forget to consider Five Farms and Saint Brendan’s as well when picking out your ingredients. And if you’re feeling adventurous, check out Molly’s or Ryan’s for a new flavor experience.

What food goes well with Baileys Irish Cream?

In this recipe, we’ll be pairing Bailey’s Irish Cream with some delicious and nutritious snacks. It’s important to balance out the sugar intake with protein and fiber, so we’ll be serving unsalted nuts and cherries alongside our drink. And, of course, no British cuisine experience is complete without plenty of cheese and bread. For this, we recommend the tangy Cashel Blue cheese or the Crozier Blue made from sheep’s milk. So, let’s get started on this indulgent yet balanced recipe.

Bottom Line

Now that you have my recipe for the delicious and creamy Irish Cream, you can satisfy your taste buds with a homemade version that closely resembles the famed Baileys Irish Cream. With ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, and heavy cream, this recipe can make you feel like a professional chef right in your own home.

Don’t forget to pair it with some hot chocolate or coffees for an added touch of flavor. Also, try using it as an ingredient in desserts like ice cream, cakes, and drizzles of chocolate syrup!

This Irish Cream recipe is easily adaptable to any preferences, including vegan options. Trust me; the boozy and milky touch of this cream will provide all the flavors that you desire in a glass of homemade Baileys. You’ll find yourself saying “Sláinte!” to your friends and family over glasses of this delicious Irish cream liqueur in no time.

Enjoy responsibly to revel in the enjoyable moments with your loved ones!

Irish Cream Recipe (Taste Matched to Baileys)

Irish Cream Recipe (Taste Matched to Baileys) Recipe

I spent a few hours tonight trying to get the flavor to match the taste of Baileys Irish Cream
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beginner Cook, Beverages, Easy, For Large Groups, Inexpensive
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Calories 120kcal


  • 1 (8 ounce) can condensed milk (small, half tins)
  • 1 (13 ounce) bottle whiskey (of which you will use around 340ml.)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt (tiny)
  • hot water


  • The night before, boil the cans of condensed milk (dont open them) in plenty of water for 3 hours. Make sure when boiling that they are constantly covered with water, if not they may explode! Leave overnight to cool.
  • In a large bowl put the cooled condensed milk (should be thick and caramelised) and 300ml whiskey.
  • Get your whisk and start whisking till as many of the lumps as possible are gone.
  • Add cream, the tiniest pinch of salt and whisk.
  • Add a little hot water and whisk, you will see that the lumps will be disolved.
  • Add more hot water till your desired consistancy is reached- whisk.
  • Serve Chilled.


Serving: 42g | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.8g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 2.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.3g | Cholesterol: 8.2mg | Sodium: 31.5mg | Sugar: 8.8g

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