Learn home to make homemade Irish cream with this easy and delicious copycat Baileys recipe! It’s perfect for sipping or for bottling and giving as homemade Christmas gifts.
Each year during the holidays, I like to spend time making homemade Christmas gifts for a handful of people on our gifting list. It’s a thing that brings me great joy and people love a good homemade gift.
This year I was inspired by some of my lady friends in our neighborhood to make homemade Irish cream! Poured into a cute bottle and paired with our sweet printable tags, I just love this gift idea!
Homemade Irish cream makes such a good little hostess gift, or gifts for your co-workers or the mail carrier. (We have the best mailman ever and he’s definitely getting a bottle!)
Also, it tastes really delicious so make make enough or yourself, too. (Trust me, this is the copycat Baileys you need in your life – only better!)
Homemade Irish Cream Ingredients
- Half and half – Cream is the foundation of this copycat Baileys recipe. I like to use half and half. In a pinch, you could also use whole milk or even half heavy cream and half milk.
- Sweetened condensed milk – This homemade Irish cream is rich and creamy, in part because of the addition of the sweetened condensed milk.
- Whiskey – I like to use a good quality Irish whiskey when making Irish cream. The flavor really comes through so don’t use anything too cheap, but you also don’t need anything top shelf.
- Chocolate syrup – The chocolate syrup adds a sweetness and more depth of flavor to the Irish cream. Add more or less to suit your palate!
- Vanilla extract – Don’t skip the vanilla! It adds so much yummy flavor. I like to use a good quality vanilla because you can really taste the difference.
How to Make Homemade Irish Cream
Step 1. Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Use an immersion blender or the whisk attachment of your stand mixer to mix until well combined.
Step 2. Carefully pour Irish cream mixture into glass bottles or mason jars with lids. Be sure your bottles or jars are thoroughly washed before bottling your Irish cream.
Step 3. To top off your gifts, print our free printable gift tags on white card stock, then trim, punch a small hole in the top and attach with a bit of pretty ribbon or baker’s twine.
How to Store Homemade Irish Cream
Be sure to transfer your copycat Baileys to a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid. It can then be stored in the refrigerator for one to two months.
When giving as a gift, I generally attach the tags and then store the bottles in the fridge. I can then easily grab them and go to bring along as a hostess gift or to catch our mail carrier on his last stop by the house before Christmas.
Where to Find Bottles for Homemade Irish Cream
Many stores and online retailers sell food safe bottles and jars. Here are a few ideas of where to look for bottles:
- Michaels (which is where I found these bottles)
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Hobby Lobby
- Local restaurant supply stores
- Local kitchen and bath stores
- Webstaurant Store (a favorite place of mine for food/kitchen supplies)
How to Use Irish Cream
- On the rocks – I personally love Irish cream on the rocks. A handful of ice cubes in a rocks or old fashioned glass with a big pour of homemade Baileys over top is heaven!
- With coffee – Add Irish cream to coffee instead of your usual creamer! It’s so creamy and a delicious weekend treat.
- Over ice cream – Add Baileys to your dessert by pouring a bit of Irish cream over vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
- Mixed – Irish cream is also used in many cocktail and dessert recipes!
Friends, we LOVE this Irish cream recipe – it’s just as good, maybe better, than store bough Irish cream. And it’s less expensive to make than to buy – win!
- 1 cup half and half
- 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 1 - 1/2 cups whiskey
- 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Add all ingredients to a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Use an immersion blender or the whisk attachment of your stand mixer to mix until well combined.
- Carefully pour Irish cream mixture into glass bottles or mason jars with lids. (Be sure your bottles or jars are thoroughly washed before bottling your Irish cream.)
- Refrigerate in an air tight bottle or jar for up to one to two months.