Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known under the brand name Baileys, is my favorite after dinner drink to pair with dessert – or to just drink as dessert. Creamy, velvety smooth and slightly sweet, Irish Cream is a well balanced blend of vanilla and chocolate flavors with hints of caramel, nuts and whiskey. My recipe incorporates all of these tastes, plus adds in another ingredient that gives the whole mixture a big flavor boost!

What I love about this Irish Cream recipe

Two of my favorite flavors are chocolate and caramel, and my Irish Cream Liqueur recipe combines both tastes into a delicious drink. And, this rich, creamy beverage is super quick and easy to prepare. All you need is a blender!

What is Irish Cream?

Irish Cream is a liqueur comprised of Irish whiskey, cream and other ingredients that add more flavor, typically vanilla, cocoa and sometimes subtle caramel.

What does Irish Cream taste like?

Creamy, velvety smooth and slightly sweet, Irish Cream is a well balanced blend of vanilla and chocolate/cocoa flavors with a hint of whiskey.

glass holding one serving of Irish Cream Liqueur with a blue bottle in the background

What’s in Irish Cream?

Here’s all you need to make my version of Irish Cream Liqueur (see recipe card below for proportions and directions):

  • Good quality Irish whiskey (I use Jameson)
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Amaretto liqueur
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Instant coffee granules

There’s so few coffee granules in this recipe that you can’t taste them, but they have a magical way of amping up all the other flavors in this delectable liqueur.

How to make Irish Cream

You are going to be amazed at how quick and easy this liqueur is to make! Here’s all you do:

  1. Blend ingredients.
    Process all ingredients together in a blender until well mixed.
  2. Bottle and refrigerate.
    Carefully pour into bottles with a tight seal (I like to use a funnel) and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (or until your cream is due to expire).

How to store this Irish Cream Recipe

Store Irish cream in bottles with a tight seal and refrigerate. It will keep for up to 2 months, or until your cream is due to expire. However, I don’t recommend freezing it as it will change the texture (and not in a good way).

What to mix with Irish Cream Liqueur

I like to serve this scrumptious Irish Cream Liqueur straight up – just make sure it’s cold. Some of my friends like it on the rocks. Plus, it’s delicious blended together with ice cream for a yummy adult milkshake. Or, add it to hot chocolate on a cold winter night. The uses are endless – and all wonderfully scrumptious!

Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe FAQs

Does Irish Cream taste like coffee?

No, it doesn’t. Even though this recipe calls for a small amount of coffee granules (1 1/2 teaspoons), there is no coffee flavor.

Does Irish cream taste like vanilla?

Yes, Irish Cream does have hints if vanilla flavoring.

What is the difference between regular cream and Irish cream?

Irish Cream is a liqueur that has cream in it (along with whiskey and other flavorings), while regular cream is well, cream, which is the fat that rises to the top when unpasteurized milk sits for awhile.

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Irish Cream Liqueur, most commonly known as Baileys, is a favorite of mine. It’s a rich, creamy, chocolate and caramel-flavored alcoholic beverage with hints of almond and coffee. It’s super quick and easy to prepare – in only 10 minutes!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Around 32 ounces 1x

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons good quality Irish whiskey (I use Jameson)
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons amaretto liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee granules

Instructions

  1. Process all ingredients together in a blender until well mixed.
  2. Carefully pour into bottles with a tight seal (I like to use a funnel) and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months (or until your cream is due to expire!). Shake well before serving.
  • Author: By Lee Clayton Roper
  • Category: Cocktails, dessert
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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.


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  1. OMG this is super delicious! Made it for Thanksgiving, and my family loved it. Definitely making it again for Christmas.