Home-made Baileys

Baileys is at the top of my list of favourite liquors.  I love it plain or in cocktails… and I also use it to make sweets.  I make a killer Baileys Ice Cream and I always recommend it to people who want an easy ice cream recipe that does not even require an ice cream machine!  But to get back to today’s post… I had bought some fresh cream to make something for a party that got postponed at the last minute and you know how it is… fresh cream has a pretty quick expiry date!  So, I HAD to use it.  I wanted to make some of the above mentioned Baileys Ice Cream, but I had run out of Baileys!  What to do??  That is when I remembered seeing quite a few recipes for home-made Baileys on the web and I thought of giving it a try myself!  I was lucky enough to have some whiskey in the liquor cabinet… but no chocolate syrup.  So I made my own and then went ahead and made Baileys.  How was it?  Superb!  It was so good that I am not buying any more Baileys… I am just making my own!!  This is a great Christmas gift idea… so bookmark it and make it for yourself or for your loved ones!Home-made Baileys

4.9 from 7 reviews
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Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
  • 235 gms – 1 cup fresh cream (the one for whipping cream)
  • 395 gms – 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 400 ml – 1⅔ cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp espresso or instant coffee
  • 2 tbsp chocolate syrup (I used mine, but you can use store bought syrup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  1. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour it into a glass bottle and seal it. Keep it in the fridge.
  3. Shake the bottle before serving it.
It will keep for up to 2 months.

Home-made Baileys

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  1. Righto, I am definitely making this one! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful recipe xox

  2. Delightfully simple and with the homemade Chocolate Syrup you made I bet it’s really delicious. I’m going to give this one a try.

  3. edvige says:

    Ciaooo per fortuna che mastico l’inglese abbastanza bene perchè le traduzioni sono pessime ma le immagini aiutano molto. Questo liquore mi piace da matti ma come tutti i liquori sono aumentati di brutto quindi……ciaoooo e buona settimana.

  4. lisa says:

    Really yummy, just remember to blend for a very short time, otherwise the cream will whip.

  5. George says:

    tried this today, EVERYONE LOVED IT

  6. Esther says:

    Oh my goodness! Baileys my favourite but it never cross my mind to make it at home *slap forehead*. Tis is great, thanks for sharing – so excited now to make it :)

  7. John Davies says:

    I made this today and omitted the whiskey. Then I poured it into a whipped cream dispenser.

    I’m planning on treating myself to coffee with whipped Irish cream each morning to make it a bit easier to get out of bed. I didn’t think the whiskey before work was such a good idea. But I can add it in at night for a nice Irish coffee.

  8. myles says:

    Needed to add about a cup of sugar to make comparable to Baileys.

  9. Edie says:

    My recipe calls for coconut essence instead of almond and it is a nice touch. Also calls for the eggs but not worth the risk.

  10. Jill says:

    Is the espresso or instant coffee granules or prepared liquid, please?

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  12. Adriana says:

    Oops, accidentally used rum ! My bad, now I have to make a second batch with Jameson’s. Shucks ;)!

    Most of the recipes for Homemade Bailey’s that I have used in the past call for a ripening period, some as lenthy as a month…has anybody done a side by side trial of fresh vs. aged?

    • Manu says:

      I have never aged my Baileys… the Whiskey is already aged and as it contains fresh cream, I don’t think it could last for weeks without getting spoiled (though I don’t know for sure, as mine has never lasted long enough to test this! ;-)). Let me know if you try!

    • Lina says:

      Super late, but I just wanted to check, how was this with rum? I’m allergic to corn and therefore can’t do whiskey. I was hoping rum or brandy might work!

  13. Adriana says:

    Sorry but the almond extract overpowered the rest of the flavors. I suggest 1/4 tsp. and adjust upward with caution to taste.

  14. I have all the ingredients to make this today! Can hardly wait xo

  15. tracey leicester says:

    not bad, tasted the coffee and not enough whisky, but nearly there!! not as nice as shop bought but still drinkable!

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