Creamy Irish Delight: A Homemade Irish Ice Cream Recipe

Dear Readers,

It is my pleasure to bring to you a delectable recipe for Irish Ice Cream. As a chef specializing in cuisine from the British Isles, I have dedicated myself to perfecting this recipe that has pleased countless palettes. This dessert is a unique and flavorful blend of creamy, decadent ice cream with the rich taste of Irish cream.

What makes Irish Cream so special? The combination of sweet, velvety cream with the distinct flavor of brown sugar and spices will transport you to the Emerald Isle with just one bite. The addition of Bailey’s Irish Cream as an ingredient in this recipe takes the final flavor to another level that leaves you wanting more.

There are many variations of this recipe out there, but mine is simple and straightforward, which makes it easier for anyone to prepare it at home. It’s perfect for special occasions like St. Patrick’s Day, or any time you’re craving an indulgent dessert that will truly satisfy your taste buds.

I invite you to join me on this culinary journey through Ireland with my beloved Irish Ice Cream recipe. Trust me; this is a treat that you won’t want to miss, so keep reading to discover how to create this delectable dessert in the comfort of your own home.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Ice Cream
Irish Ice Cream

Dear esteemed cooks and food aficionados,

Allow me to present to you the recipe for Irish ice cream – a delightfully creamy, sweet treat infused with oh-so-satisfying Baileys Irish cream. What makes this recipe special? Well, let me count the ways.

First and foremost, this ice cream is incredibly easy to prepare. With just a handful of ingredients and some minimal elbow grease, you can whip up a batch of this frozen goodness in no time. The steps are simple and straightforward, ensuring that even novice home cooks can successfully make this treat.

But don’t be fooled by its simplicity – the taste is anything but basic. When you combine the richness of heavy cream with the subtle sweetness of whole milk and sugar, then throw in the luxurious flavor of Baileys Irish cream, you get an utterly indulgent dessert that is hard to resist.

And did I mention that this ice cream is incredibly versatile? It pairs well with just about anything – from fresh fruit to decadent brownies. You can even use it to create a myriad of other desserts, such as Irish coffee ice cream shakes or mocha Irish milkshakes. It’s no wonder that Baileys ice cream has become a staple among dessert recipes.

So what are you waiting for? Try this irresistible homemade Baileys ice cream recipe today and indulge yourself in its creamy goodness. I guarantee that once you try it, you’ll fall in love instantly.

Cheers to delicious desserts,

[Your name]

Ingredient List

 Scoops of creamy Irish ice cream, served with a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce
Scoops of creamy Irish ice cream, served with a generous drizzle of chocolate sauce

Here is a list of all the ingredients you will need to make this delicious Irish Ice Cream:

For the Irish Cream Simple Syrup:

  • 1/2 cup granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur

For the ice cream:

  • 5 large Egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract

Note: You can also make a no churn version by using sweetened condensed milk and heavy whipping cream. Check for the variations at section (5).

The Recipe How-To

 A bowl of refreshing minty green Irish ice cream, perfect for a warm summer's day
A bowl of refreshing minty green Irish ice cream, perfect for a warm summer’s day

Now, let’s get to the good stuff: the recipe itself. Follow these steps to make the perfect Irish Cream ice cream.


  • 5 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (360ml) whole milk
  • 2 cups (480ml) heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt

Making the ice cream base

  1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl until pale yellow and creamy.
  2. In a medium saucepan, mix together milk, heavy cream, Irish Cream liqueur, and salt over low heat. Stir continuously until it comes to a boil.
  3. Gradually add the hot liquid to the egg mixture, stirring continuously as you pour in a steady stream.
  4. Return the entire mixture back to the pot, and cook over low heat while constantly stirring, until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (this should take around 5-7 minutes). Turn off heat.
  5. Pour ice cream base into an airtight container or bowl and cover with plastic wrap touching the surface of the custard. This will prevent air from getting in and forming crystals.
  6. Let it cool down at room temperature for about an hour before putting it in the fridge to chill overnight.


  1. Once your ice cream base is thoroughly chilled, take it out of the fridge and remove your plastic wrap. Whisk slowly by hand or use a handheld mixer on low speed for a minute to bring everything back together.
  2. Follow your ice cream maker manufacturer’s instructions, but generally speaking:
    • Turn on your ice cream maker machine and let it run for at least 20 minutes.
    • As the ice cream is churning, slowly pour in Baileys Irish Cream to add a little extra flavor and texture.

Freezing and serving

  1. Once your ice cream has churned to a soft-serve consistency, transfer it to an airtight freezer-safe container.
  2. Pop it into the freezer for at least 6 hours or overnight to firm up.
  3. Once you’re ready to serve, let the ice cream sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes to soften before scooping.

Now you’re ready to enjoy your homemade Baileys Irish Cream ice cream!

Substitutions and Variations

 This delicious Irish ice cream treat is the perfect way to end any meal
This delicious Irish ice cream treat is the perfect way to end any meal

One of the great things about this Irish Ice Cream recipe is that it is very versatile and can be modified to suit your tastes. Here are a few substitutions and variations you can try:

– Instead of using Baileys Irish Cream, you can use another brand of Irish cream liqueur or even make your own homemade Baileys.

– For a non-alcoholic version, you can use a non-alcoholic Irish cream flavored syrup or extract instead of the liqueur.

– If you prefer a richer ice cream, you can swap out some of the milk for additional heavy cream.

– You can experiment with different flavor combinations by adding in ingredients such as chocolate chips, coffee, or caramel.

– If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe using the no-churn method. Simply whisk together the heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and any additional flavors until thick and creamy, then freeze until set.

Remember to adjust the amount of sugar you add depending on how sweet your additional ingredients are. Have fun exploring all the different variations and finding your favorite!

Serving and Pairing

 Rich and creamy Irish ice cream, layered with crumbled cookies and topped with whipped cream
Rich and creamy Irish ice cream, layered with crumbled cookies and topped with whipped cream

Irish Ice Cream is indeed a delicious and indulgent treat, and serving it in a beautiful dish makes it look even more appealing. You can choose to serve Irish ice cream on its own or pair it with other desserts like cakes, pies, or brownies. It can be served in dessert bowls or even waffle cones for a fun alternative.

If you’re serving the ice cream on its own, you might consider topping it off with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. Additionally, if you’re looking for some extra zing, you can drizzle over some delicious homemade butterscotch sauce to really elevate those flavors!

For those who love coffee, a scoop of Irish ice cream into a nice mug of piping hot coffee will add creamy richness to each sip. Alternatively, you might consider adding Irish ice cream into your coffee instead of milk!

Lastly, pairing Irish ice cream with warm desserts like chocolate cake or apple crisp is just out-of-this-world amazing! The combination of cold and warm is unbeatable. Simply heat up a slice of your favorite dessert and top it with an ample scoop of Irish ice cream.

No matter how you choose to enjoy this boozy dessert treat, one thing’s for sure – spoons will be scraping the bottom of the bowl!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 This classic chocolate Irish ice cream is the ultimate indulgence
This classic chocolate Irish ice cream is the ultimate indulgence

My friends, as you know, ice cream and time are not the greatest of friends. But fear not! There are ways to make Irish Ice Cream ahead of time and keep it stored splendidly.

You can make this cream recipe ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the freezer for at least a week. For maximum flavor and texture, you should consume your homemade baileys ice cream within two days of churning.

To make ahead, skip step 4 of the Recipe How-To, portion your recipe into an airtight container, and store it in the freezer until you are ready to serve!

If you have leftovers or want to make extra ice cream for the next week’s dessert party, you can even store Irish Ice Cream for up to three months with no loss of quality.

When reheating homemade baileys ice cream, it is essential that you do not microwave it or re-churn it. Instead, bring your ice cream out of the freezer in advance and allow it to thaw on the counter for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Finally, if you’re feeling particularly indulgent or want to get inventive in the kitchen, try using leftover Irish Cream ice cream (if there’s any left!) for other yummy treats like milkshakes, mocha Irish coffee ice cream floats and my favorite – Bailey’s chocolate sauce to drizzle over vanilla ice. Trust me when I say that these little modifications will transport your Irish Ice Cream experience beyond your wildest dreams.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A scoop of smooth and velvety Irish ice cream melting over a warm slice of apple pie
A scoop of smooth and velvety Irish ice cream melting over a warm slice of apple pie

If you want to create the perfect Irish ice cream recipe, here are some tips that can help you achieve just that.

First, when making the custard base of your ice cream, be patient and vigilant in cooking it. You don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs instead of a smooth and creamy custard. Make sure to cook it on low heat and stir constantly until it thickens.

Another tip is to use high-quality ingredients. This recipe calls for heavy cream, milk, sugar, egg yolks, and of course, Irish cream liqueur. Using high-quality ingredients will make all the difference in the taste and texture of your ice cream.

If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, you can substitute the Irish cream liqueur with homemade Baileys using sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and whiskey.

For those without an ice cream maker or churner, this recipe can still be enjoyed by making a no-churn version. Simply whisked sweetened condensed milk with heavy whipping cream until smooth and add Irish cream liqueur to the mixture before freezing.

Lastly, before you freeze your ice cream mixture, make sure it’s completely chilled first. This will make it easier to churn and reduce any iciness in the final product.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to create a creamy and delicious Irish ice cream recipe that will have everyone reaching for seconds.


(9) FAQ:

In this section, I will be answering some frequently asked questions about this delicious Irish ice cream recipe. I understand that it can be confusing and intimidating to try out a new recipe, especially when it comes to making ice cream. That is why I have taken the time to address some of the most commonly asked questions and concerns about this recipe. Let’s clear up any doubts, so you can confidently make this scrumptious dessert right in your own kitchen!

What makes Irish Cream different?

When it comes to cream, there are key differences between standard cream and Irish cream. While standard cream is made solely from dairy, Irish cream contains alcohol due to the whiskey infusion. It’s important to note that they have distinct flavors and different applications, so using them interchangeably is not recommended. Additionally, if you’re aiming for non-alcoholic drinks, Irish cream won’t be a suitable substitute.

What is Irish ice cream made of?

Let me show you how to make some heavenly ice cream. First, combine half-and-half, white sugar, and brown sugar in a large bowl. Beat the mixture with an electric mixer on medium speed until the sugars have fully dissolved. Then, add some heavy cream and vanilla extract into the bowl and stir until the mixture is creamy and consistent. Pour the blended mixture into an ice cream maker, and freeze it according to the instructions that come along with the gadget. Delicious!

What is Irish ice cream flavor?

A delicious Irish Cream should boast of both velvety texture and a rich flavor profile that primarily features notes of vanilla and undertones of chocolate.

What makes Irish Cream special?

One of the popular alcoholic beverages found in the market is the Irish cream. It is a type of cream liqueur that includes Irish whiskey, cream and additional flavorings. The alcohol content ranges between 15 to 20%. Irish cream can be enjoyed on its own or can be mixed with other drinks, Irish coffee being the most popular choice.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this Irish Ice Cream Recipe is a delightful dessert that you’ll love. The creamy texture, the vanilla flavor, and the hint of Baileys Irish Cream make this recipe an excellent summer treat for a hot day or a perfect addition to your St. Patrick’s Day feast. Making this recipe is simple, and you can easily tweak it to your liking by using different flavors or adjusting the sugar content. With these tips, substitutions, and variations, there are endless possibilities to make this recipe your own. I hope you enjoy making this delicious ice cream as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you today. So go ahead and give it a try, and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Sláinte!

Irish Ice Cream

Irish Ice Cream Recipe

Uses Bailey's Irish Cream. Requires an ice cream maker.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Irish
Keyword < 4 Hours, Dessert, Frozen, Small Appliance, Stove Top
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 513.5kcal


  • 1 1/2 cups irish cream (Bailey's)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a small, heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring the liqueur to a simmer.
  • Cook until the liqueur is reduced to about 1/2 cup (about 5-7 minutes); the liqueur will appear thicker and slightly syrupy; set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the sugar into the egg yolks until thickened and pale yellow; set aside.
  • In a heavy saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer.
  • Slowly beat the hot milk into the egg/sugar mixture.
  • Pour entire mixture back into the saucepan and put over low heat.
  • Stir continually with a whisk until the custard thickens slightly (don't let mixture boil or eggs will scramble).
  • Remove pan from heat and pour hot mixture through a strainer into a large clean bowl.
  • Allow mixture to cool slightly.
  • Mix in the reduced liqueur, cream, and vanilla.
  • Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
  • Stir the chilled custard.
  • Freeze in 1 or 2 batches in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • The ice cream will be soft but ready to eat.
  • For a firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze for a few hours.


Serving: 637g | Calories: 513.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 40.1g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 36.8g | Saturated Fat: 21.8g | Cholesterol: 329.9mg | Sodium: 78.3mg | Sugar: 33.7g

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