Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
Irish cream is incredibly easy to make at home and it's a fantastic addition to coffee and cocktails. Xiaolu Hou / Getty Images
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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: About 750 ml (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
158 Calories
4g Fat
17g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 750 ml (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 50mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 3g
Calcium 80mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Have you made your own Irish cream yet? It's a fantastic project that takes just a few minutes and the recipe could not be easier to follow. If you enjoy Bailey's, you'll love this even more.

You can enjoy your homemade Irish cream on its own served over ice. It also makes a great coffee creamer or you can use it any of your favorite cocktails that call for Irish cream. It also makes a fabulous gift for the holidays and winter months.

There are many recipes available for homemade Irish cream and everyone puts their own spin on it. This recipe includes all of the basics and you should feel free to adapt any ingredient to suit your personal taste.

You can also skip the whiskey and create a non-alcoholic Irish cream to enjoy in your coffee anytime you like.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (1 can)
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.

  2. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.

  3. Pour into a bottle using a funnel and seal tightly.

  4. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 day before using.

Store the Irish cream in the refrigerator when not in use. It should keep for quite awhile (possibly up to a month), but be sure to check it for freshness if you have it around for more than a week. Treat it like milk and if it smells sour, toss it!

Before serving, give the bottle a good shake as it does tend to separate.

Tips

  • Skip the Eggs. Many Irish cream fans prefer to skip the eggs and that is perfectly fine. Your liqueur may not be as thick and creamy, but it will still be delicious. If you are in any way uncomfortable with drinking eggs or are giving your Irish cream as a gift, it would be best to simply pass over that ingredient.
  • If you do include eggs, it is vital that you store the cream properly and use it rather quickly. The whiskey will act as a preservative, but it will not prevent spoilage if the cream is left at room temperature for too long.
  • Adjust the Flavorings. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla are common flavoring ingredients for Irish cream. You can adjust any of these to suit your taste though its best not to go over 2 tablespoons for any of them.
  • The almond extract, on the other hand, is an optional ingredient. It does add a little more flavor and some recipes call for an alternative such as coconut extract instead.
  • The Bottle. Any bottle will do for storing your homemade Irish cream, you simply need to ensure that it has a tight seal. This is the perfect excuse to reuse and recycle an empty liquor bottle that has been thoroughly cleaned. 

Cocktail Recipes for Your Irish Cream

Now that you have your Irish cream, it's time to mix up a drink. Of course, you can enjoy it in your coffee or over ice, but it's also fun to mix into cocktails.

Maybe a Shooter's More Your Style

Irish cream is also a favorite for party shots and you can use your homemade version in one of these tasty little drinks.

  • Bazooka Joe - How about a fruity bubble gum-like shooter?

  • Shamrocked - Midori and more Irish whiskey are fun with Irish cream.

  • Slippery Nipple - Mix it with coffee and butterscotch liqueurs or opt for sambuca.