Make homemade Baileys Irish cream with just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time #lovelygreens #liqueurrecipe #baileys

Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

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This homemade Baileys Irish cream recipe requires just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make

When food and drink come in fancy bottles we sometimes have it in our head that it’s complicated to make. This is often not the case and my recipe for homemade Irish cream is a prime example. Rich and creamy, it actually can taste BETTER than the original providing that you get top-quality ingredients. Even then you’ll end up saving money making your own than buying it ready-made.

After making homemade Kahlua I decided to try my hand at Bailey’s. There are literally dozens of recipes online and all seem to differ just slightly from each other. Some include egg, others call for almond extract, but all of them call for some basic ingredients which are condensed milk, cream, whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. I’ve found that using just these will give you a delicious and fun drink that is a very close match for Baileys. It also only takes a few minutes to whip up.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Lovely Greens
Making Baileys reminds me of whipping up a cocktail more than anything else. It's as simple as mixing all the ingredients together and then enjoying immediately. Makes one 750ml bottle.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 25 shots
Calories 130 kcal


  • 1 cup Double cream (Heavy/Whipping Cream)
  • 14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk 400ml
  • 1​2⁄3 cups Irish Whiskey
  • 2 Tbsp Chocolate syrup
  • 1 tsp Instant coffee (regular or decaf)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract


  • Dilute the coffee crystals in a tablespoon of hot water.
  • Place all the ingredients into a bowl, or better yet a blender, and to whisk/blend until it's completely incorporated. 
  • Funnel the Irish cream into empty bottles and keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  • Homemade Baileys Irish cream is delicious on its own over ice but you can also use it to make creamy cocktails and tasty desserts. Enjoy!


Calories: 130kcal
Keyword liqueur
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Make homemade Baileys Irish cream with just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time #lovelygreens #liqueurrecipe #baileys


  1. Tanya,
    I haven’t made any for years, but we used to use a very simple recipe that was delicious. I don’t have the quantities, but it was simply whisky, rich cream, chocolate topping (the syrup you buy to pour over ice cream etc.), and a couple of drops of coconut essence. ever got around to checking its keeping qualities, as we always consumed it so fast.
    Keep up the good work. Love your site.

  2. greeting . You could replace the whiskey in this recipe? Because religious Akdety forbids the use of alcohol and then this recipe will not be halal. thank you

  3. Oh, that is a handy recipe! They are selling a Baileys started that you can mix with vodka but the recipe you talk about sounds so yummi that it is worth trying! And do you know how much I love hot chocolate with Baileys on a cold winter day? There's hardly anything better!

    1. Interesting that they say to mix it with vodka! Irish whiskey is generally what is used for a base but it seems people make different variations of Baileys using different alcohols.

      Hot chocolate with Baileys sounds really nice…I might just have to make myself one this week :)

      1. There is probably Irish whiskey flavoring in the Baileys starter mix (my dad makes scotch – but he cheats and waters down homemade ethanol with scotch flavoring)

  4. Hi Tanya,
    Sorry I haven't 'visited'for while but I'm back 'in the saddle'now. Love the Baileys recipe. I've made a few home wines this past year but I think I'll add this to the list and have a go. Nice one – what will you have a go at next I wonder….

  5. I love baileys and now you really have me fancying one..I don't have all these ingredients in the cupboard but I do have some Baileys so I will settle for that!! I don't think I will be making this though as we aren't whiskey fans and i think we would waste more buying the whiskey to try making it than just buying another bottle of baileys/irish cream!!

  6. I never knew that Bailey's had so many ingredients. The result sounds interesting though – and warming.
    I have been to friends today who have just cured their first piece of beef – it has turned out very well indeed and was delicious. If you are interested in doing this let me know and I will put you in touch with them.

    1. Like I mentioned to Caro above…I'd tweak the recipe a bit before making it again. Unless you like an Amaretto/Baileys cross then maybe take the almond extract out completely or maybe reduce the amount to about 1/4 tsp.

      I hope both you and Steve's mom enjoy! It would be so easy to make an extra bottle when you're already preparing some for a gift ;)

  7. Yeah booze! haha… i like your style sister :)

    i've been meaning to make baileys for a while now… maybe this weekend. i love just sipping it over a couple ice cubes. mind you, it tastes a bit like candy and sipping rarely lasts longer than 15 minutes. oops!

    1. LOL! I drink it the same way…but with a bit of milk to dilute it. But for a girly sweet drink I can't believe how much whiskey is in the recipe. I think I'm going to force myself against slurping in the future ;)

  8. Now you've got my attention! I love Bailey's but it's too indulgent to buy a bottle just for me. Seems a solution is in sight – although I'm not sure about the chocolate syrup? or the almond extract? Does Bailey's taste of almonds, I can't remember … it's obviously been too long!

    1. Haha! Have fun making it :) And I was just thinking last night that the next time I whip up a batch I'll omit all or most of the almond extract. I think the little bit of chocolate is essential, though maybe it could be made with a homemade chocolate syrup?

  9. White wine and the very occasional lager is the extent of my alcohol intake, but it must save a fortune making your own like this. It sounds so easy too.

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