Homemade Irish Cream Holiday Gifts

Nov 28

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Each year during the holidays, I like to spend time making homemade Christmas gifts for a handful of people on our gifting list. One year it was homemade after shave for the gentlemen. Another year it was homemade vanilla extract. Most every year I make homemade body scrub for the ladies. (Like this one or this one!) 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 (designed by one of my BFFs, super talent Erika Firm), this is such a good idea as a sweet 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!

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Irish Cream

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 14 0z sweetened condensed milk
  • 112 cups whiskey
  • 14 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth, about thirty seconds. Alternately, place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth on high. For a richer, thicker Irish cream, substitute heavy cream for the half and half, but be sure not to over blend so the cream doesn’t start to turn into whipped cream. Bottle and give as a gift, or sip over ice or in your coffee!

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

To top off your gifts, print our free printable gift tags (or snag the black and white version) on white card stock, then just trim and attach with a bit of pretty ribbon or baker’s twine. I found these bottles at Michaels, but you could also use simple mason jars. Bob and I sipped some from our personal stash in our coffee on Thanksgiving morning and it was incredible. Just as good, if not better, as the non-homemade kind if you get my drift. Oh, and a whole lot less expensive than to buy! If you give this or any of my holiday ideas a try, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag  #thesweetestholidays! I want to see what you’re baking, making and crafting this holiday season. xo

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

Homemade Christmas Gifts | Homemade Irish Cream Recipe with Free Printables from @cydconverse and @erikafirm

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[Art direction by Cyd Converse | Printables by Erika Firm |Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

12 thoughts on “Homemade Irish Cream Holiday Gifts”

  1. This is such a great idea! Does it need to be refrigerated immediately? Or will it be okay for a day or so outside the fridge?

    1. Hi Crystal! I keep mine refrigerated, but I’ve read/been told that the alcohol helps stabilize the cream so it’s ok for it to be out. I’m not sure about that though so for me I go with the “better safe than sorry” route. ;-) I hope this helps! Enjoy!

    1. Hi Tracy! I do keep mine refrigerated and feel pretty comfortable keeping it for 2 – 3 weeks although it rarely lasts that long. ;-)

  2. Ms Cyd Converse,
    While browsing Pinterest for ideas for my annual pig roast this Sunday (about a month later than we usually have it and we’re having it outside to boot😨 and it’s mid-autumn in Rhode Island! So it can be either be quite chilly or sweltering hot out…even going so far as ending up having a torrential downpour or even white-out blizzard conditions on said day, which honestly, neither would surprise me 😂) I happened to come across your lovely blog earlier this evening, while looking for a festive sangria recipe/idea, around 5(ish)pm……..it’s now 9:52pm (!!!!!!!!!!) lol and I haven’t left yet!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE, LOVE, L.O.V.E IT!! I’m getting a ton of ideas and some of your entries are sparking ideas for other ideas like a never ending chain reaction, which is awsome🦄🐸 but sooo not helpful for keeping on track😬😥🤐 So I just wanted to drop you a little gushing, “I LOVE IT!!” note because, well, just because 😍🤗 (plus, we all need that feel good, pick-me-up once in a while and the positive feedback that reaffirms that whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it more than just right, but AWSOME-LY. Therefore Madame Converse, it’s SOOOOO worth it. There’s hundreds and thousands of blogs out there now-a-days and I’m a Pinterest addict so I’ve seen ALOT of them lol and I can honestly say I’ve only commented a ‘feel good’ comment to the blogger, YOU in this case lol, one other time…years ago at that. So next time your stumped, frustrated, dealing with a not so nice critic, person, or just a big meanie, your ready to pull your hair out or even just stop all together….just remember, people actually, honestly and Truly REALLY REALLLLY REALLLLLLLLLY absolutely LOVE WHAT YOU’VE DONE, ARE DOING and WILL CONTINUE TO DO!!!! And us; the people actually, honestly and truly people, far outweigh the negative ones, by a looooong shot The conclusion madame?? Keep on keeping on. Keep blogging and putting what you do out there because you are freaking AMAZINGLY GREAT at it!! X0

    Now. I do have a quick question, or three, about your Homemade Irish Cream recipe. I’m planning to make it for a hot chocolate diy ‘Spike-It’ bar (yessss, ANOTHER great idea I decided to give a go after browsing your entries 😊😁) for Sunday’s cookout/get together/pig roast….How much does it end up making once everything’s combined and ready to be enjoyed ?? How far in advance should I/could I/can I make it…… a few days before Sunday, say on Thursday or Friday night, the night before, the day of……?? Annnnnnd, is it one of those mixed drinks like sangria that tastes better after sitting for a few hours or even overnight to let the flavors combine and happily ‘mesh’ together??

    Thank you… ….for you help, your ideas, Your Blog that rejuiced & renewed My Creative Ideas and most of all…..YOUR BLOG!!! Keep at it & keep on blogging Madame!!! Mwahhhh x0x0x
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!!!

    1. Samara, you are too too sweet! Thank you for your kindness and your beautiful words. They mean so much to me! Your pig roast also sounds like an amazing party and I’m so glad you’re having it outside, even if it’s a touch chilly. The Irish cream will be the perfect touch! This recipe yields about 3-1/2 cups of finished Irish cream. You can easily make it a few days or even a week in advance. I hope this helps! I know your friends will love it. Thank you again for being amazing! xoxo

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