Irish Cream Recipe Bailey’s for Less
This Irish Cream recipe is a Christmas favorite at our home. We make this irish cream throughout December and enjoy baileys coffee drinks as a special treat in December. As we use quite a bit of it, we make a double batch and put it in a large bottle. Its just as good as the purchased Irish Cream, especially if you use more expensive whiskey, like Crown Royal or Jameson. Yum!
This copycat version of Baileys is a really quick to mix together. Cream, whiskey vanilla, chocolate, condensed milk and eggs are mixed together as a much less expensive alternative to boughten irish cream.
You can enjoy this Irish cream as is on ice, add to your coffee, use it in baking, or drizzle over ice cream for a quick dessert. Lots of ways to use it and later on in the post I share some simple drink recipes.
Homemade Irish Cream for Gift Giving
This Baileys irish cream recipe is great homemade Christmas gift. Share a smaller pretty bottle of the irish cream, a copy of the recipe, and a reminder to keep it refrigerated. It costs much less to give then purchased Bailey’s and is much more personal. Win/win for a Christmas gift idea in my opinion.
Let me show you how simple this recipe is to make.
How to Make Homemade Irish Cream
This recipe makes one 26 oz bottle of Irish Cream, and takes just a couple of minutes.
2 cups whiskey
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half and half cream
1 vanilla bean (or tsp of vanilla extract)
2 large eggs
1 heaping tsp instant coffee (or instant espresso)
1 tsp hot chocolate mix (optional)
You will also need a bottle, an empty 26 oz liquor bottle, or a similar sized dollar store bottle with a lid. A dollar store funnel is also very helpful for filling the bottles.
Irish Cream Instructions
So easy, just place all the ingredients in a blender and mix on blend until smooth. If you don’t have a blender, beat the eggs very well, then place everything in a large bowl and whisk until smooth. Use a ladel to transfer the irish cream to the funnel/bottle.
If using a vanilla bean slice down the center of vanilla bean and then scrape out the paste in the middle. The cheapest place I have found vanilla beans is at Costco. You can substitute a teaspoon of real vanilla extract instead of a vanilla bean.
Pour the blended Irish Cream into a bottle(s).
Storing Homemade Irish Cream
Irish Cream will keep in the fridge for up to two months. I like to put labels on my homemade liquers. Here is the label for the Irish Cream. I use double sided tape to attach it to the bottle.
Drink Recipes for Irish Cream
We mainly use the Irish Cream in our coffee, its so good.
Irish Coffee Recipe
6 oz coffee, add 2 oz Irish Cream and stir.
Irish Cream and Milk
1 oz vodka, 1 oz Irish Cream, 1 oz Tia Maria (see below for homemade Tia Maria. Pour into small glass, add two ice cubes, fill with milk and stir.
3 oz Baileys, and one oz Vodka. This drink is delicious and strong. Best to enjoy at home, but very very good.
Homemade liqueurs are a great budget saver and a special treat for the holidays. Here are two other recipes you may like to try.
Home made liqueurs are a necessity due to my allergies, I have been making these recipes for a very long time I am sure you will love them as well.
Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe
- 2 cups whiskey
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1 cup half & half cream
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp instant coffee heaping
- 1 tsp instant chocolate mix optional
- Place everything in a blender. Blend for three to four minutes, until well mixed.
- Pour the Irish cream into a bottle, it is much easier with a funnel. Close the top of the bottle
- Irish Cream will keep in the fridge for up to two months.