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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

As I run out of things I have been trying to find homemade versions that I can make myself. Not only does this help me to know exactly what ingredients I am eating, but it also save us money.  Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is delicious and can be added to many things to make tasty drinks or desserts! Simple, and much less expensive than buying a bottle of the real thing.   Another great thing about making it yourself  is that you can customize the recipe to be perfect for you and your specific taste buds. If you like coffee add  an extra tsp. of instant coffee in it, for  a chocolate lover add a little extra chocolate syrup. Put it in a pretty Ball® Mason Jar ( so inexpensive, a case of 12 runs about $10.00 on average)

or in a beautiful corked or spring top Square Swing Bottle like this  for a gorgeous and much appreciated gift.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream

Copycat recipe of the famous Bailey's Irish Cream


  • 1- 14 oz. Can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup Half and Half OR 1/2 C. Whole Milk & 1/2 C. Light Cream
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee granules
  • 1 ½ tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 ½ tsp. Almond extract
  • 1 ½ cups Irish whiskey


  1. Place all ingredients in your blender and mix to thoroughly combine ingredients.
  2. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator.
  3. Good for up to 2 months.


My favorite way to use this Irish Cream is by making my favorite Hot Chocolate and pouring a dallop or two of the Irish Cream in my mug. It is the perfect treat on a cold winter’s night, or after a long day at work!

Here are a couple other recipes to get you started:


Chocolate Covered Cherry
1 oz. Coffee liquer
1 Tbsp. Grenadine
1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream

Add Grenadine to glass first. Fill with ice. Slowly add the coffee liqueur between ice and side of glass. Use a spoon pressed against side of glass to “funnel” liquid into glass, be careful to not mix the liquids. Repeat with Baileys, pouring carefully.

Gingerbread Man
1 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz. Goldschlager
1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps

Mix and serve on the rocks.



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Robyn is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Author/Owner of Robyn's View, Contributing Author on Daily Dish Magazine, and Network Virtual Assistant for Entertainment New Media Network. She enjoys DIY projects, working on crafts, researching her family history, walking on the local beaches, watching TV sitcoms, and movies. Robyn is a mom to two adult children, both of whom have flown the nest and are married. She also has two grandchildren, 4 dachshunds, 4 chickens, 2 cats, a bunny, and an amazing man in her life.

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  1. Kathleen Brown says:

    I could not get the coffee grounds to dissolve in the blender. I followed this recipe and had to run it through a strainer multiple times and still couldn’t get rid of the grainy grounds. Shouldn’t they have been dissolved somehow before putting them in the blender?

    1. Instant coffee grounds should dissolve in the liquid when put into the blender but you could dissolve prior in heated milk or a little water if you choose. Is it possible you used regular coffee grounds vs. instant coffee grounds?

  2. Barbara Buchanan says:

    Hi Robyn. Not sure what your recipe for Baileys Irish Cream. It ssys condensed milk then 1 cup half and half………of what? Then it goes onbto next ingredient. Would love to try but not sure what that ingrefirnt is supposed to be. Thanks.

    1. In America, “Half and Half” is a common brand name we use in cooking. It is equal portions of whole milk and light cream!

  3. What is half and half. I’m in Australia and never heard of it

    1. Sally it is an equal blend of whole milk and light cream 🙂

    2. Barbara Buchanan says:

      Me neither. I think she has missed what the ingredient is.

      1. Stephanie says:

        Half and half is a real thing lol. You can buy it in the grocery store here in the U.S. It is essentially equal parts of whole milk and light cream. Hope this helps!

    3. Stephanie says:

      Half and half is a real thing lol. You can buy it in the grocery store here in the U.S. It is essentially equal parts of whole milk and light cream. Hope this helps!

  4. Probably a dumb question, but when storing in the Mason jar should I seal it like one should regularly? Or can I just put the lid on it?

    1. Although I am not the writer of this particular recipe, I imagine the intent is for this to be made and used immediately, therefore just storing in the refrigerator and using within two months is reasonable without sealing. I personally am kind of crazy when it comes to keeping dairy products for long terms so I personally might cut the recipe in half to use it up quickly. Hope that helps!

      1. Lesleigh says:

        I make irish cream every Christmas for my family. A slight variation is instead of Almond extract try Coconut extract as a replacement. Its a subtle change but good. Another thing I’ve found is Jamison Whiskey is very good and I use that instead of bottom shelf whisky.

  5. These sound amazing. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

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