How to Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream at Home

This homemade Irish Cream recipe is perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any day!

4 bottles of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream with a Christmas ribbon.

Let me show you how easy it is to make homemade Baileys Irish cream at home.

This copycat version of the famous Bailey’s Irish Cream is delicious and so darn fast and easy.

It’s perfect for a quick homemade gift if you find yourself at your busiest this December!

You will love it, and if you give it as a gift, so will your friends and family!

Baileys DIY

This made-from-scratch Irish Cream tastes almost exactly like the original Baileys.

Irish Cream ingredients include heavy whipping cream, Irish Whiskey, vanilla, almond, chocolate, and instant coffee granules combined with sweetened condensed milk.

This all adds up to a rich, decadent, and creamy alternative to store-bought Irish Cream. YUM!

The do-it-yourself recipe is made even better due to the fact that you know every ingredient going into the mixture.

Another bonus is that it uses ingredients and equipment you already have on hand.

Glass Liquor Bottles

If the presentation is important to you, invest in pretty bottles to hold and display your custom Irish Cream.

Any of these bottle options would work great for a gift. However, you may have to double or triple the recipe based on your gift list and the size of the bottles.

I purchased the first ones below (The six swing top 8.5 oz. bottles) and made one batch of the recipe.

The recipe filled 6 bottles with enough Irish Cream left (a glass) to sample, taste, and enjoy!

The bottles below are all available on Amazon.

If you do not care what the bottles look like, just use leftover containers or empty salad dressing bottles. 😁

Baileys Recipes

When you think of Irish Cream, you likely think of Baileys.

Baileys Irish Cream is the best-selling liqueur worldwide! It’s probably due to the incredible flavor of this creamy chocolate masterpiece.

It’s also well-known for combining nicely to create delicious drinks and cocktails. So let’s whip up some drinks with your newly created homemade liqueur.

Here are some of the best and most famous drinks and Irish cocktails made with Baileys.

You can make these drinks with any kind of Irish Cream you have.

Baileys White Russian Recipe
Classic Mudslide with Ice Cream
Chocolate Martini with Baileys
Espresso Martini with Baileys
B 52 Shot or Cocktail
Baileys Coffee
Baileys Hot Chocolate

Dairy Free Baileys Recipe

Homemade Baileys can be made dairy free by substituting ingredients like full-fat coconut milk or dairy-free almond milk with sweetened condensed milk.

Check out these recipes below for dairy-free options.

Vegan Baileys Irish Cream with Coconut Milk
Vegan Baileys with Coconut Milk
Copycat Vegan Baileys with Almond Milk

The original retail version of Bailey’s Irish Cream does include dairy. However, in 2017, the brand launched its vegan version, Baileys Almande, which is made dairy-free with real almond milk instead of Cream.

Alcohol Free Baileys

You can also enjoy a version of Bailey’s without the alcohol.

These non-alcoholic options have all the creamy flavors of the classic liqueur, with tasty flavor additions, such as espresso and spices.

These recipes are easy and quick, just like their full-strength sister. Just mix and serve.

It’s a wonderful option when you are going alcohol-free.

Non-Alcoholic Baileys Recipe
Vegan No Alcohol Irish Cream

Recipe for Baileys Irish Cream

It’s really easy. Just pour the ingredients into a blender and mix until combined. Pour into your bottles and gift, or serve. Cheers!

And without further ado, here is the recipe!

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4 bottles of Homemade Baileys Irish Cream with a Christmas ribbon.

Recipe for Baileys Irish Cream

  • Author: cindy
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


Learn how to make homemade Baileys Irish Cream at home. This copycat recipe is delicious, fast, & easy. Perfect for a homemade holiday gift!


Units Scale

114 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 2/3 cups Irish Whiskey (I used Jameson Irish Whiskey)
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 T Chocolate Syrup (I used Hershey’s)
1 teaspoon Almond Extract
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon Instant Coffee


Pour sweetened condensed milk, Irish Whiskey, heavy cream, chocolate syrup, almond and vanilla extract & coffee granules into a blender. Mix just until incorporated.
Refrigerate in an airproof container. Shake, serve, and enjoy. Cheers!

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

Keywords: homemade baileys, cocktaiils, baileys irish cream liqueur, liquor, christmas drinks, homemade gifts

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How to Store Homemade Baileys after Opening

Keep your homemade Irish cream in a sealed, airtight glass container in the fridge. Shake it well before serving.

How Long Does Homemade Baileys Last

When stored in an airtight container, homemade Baileys should last up to 2 months in the refrigerator. The alcohol helps preserve the mixture.

Be sure to smell the liquor first to ensure it hasn’t spoiled.

Watch for signs of spoilage, including a sour odor, separation, a change in color, a lumpy texture, or mold on the bottle’s surface, neck, or cap.

Can you Freeze Baileys

No. You should not freeze Homemade Irish Cream liqueur. If you put it in the freezer, the milk portion will separate from the alcohol. You will have a slushy mess and it is not recoverable.

Homemade Baileys

Let me know if you make the recipe! I know you will love it. Thanks for stopping by!


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1 comment on “How to Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream at Home

  1. This recipe is so delicious and fast to make too!! So fresh and yummy!! Even better than what you buy pre-made. 🙂

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