How to Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream at Home

This homemade Baileys 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!

Why you will Love this Recipe

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

The easy-to-find 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 equipment you already have on hand.

Next, be sure to try my Strawberry Gin Smash and Lemon Drop Martini.


To make homemade Irish cream, you will need the following ingredients.

Irish whiskey
Sweetened condensed milk
Heavy whipping cream
Chocolate syrup
Instant coffee granules
Pure vanilla extract
Almond extract

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 six bottles with enough Irish Cream left (a glass) to sample, taste, and enjoy!

The bottles below are all available on Amazon.

For more homemade food gift ideas, see these posts: caramel corn, sugar cookies, or one of these food gift ideas.

If you do not care what the bottles look like, use leftover containers or empty salad dressing bottles. ๐Ÿ˜

Recipe Variations

Below are tasty Irish cream alternatives for special diets due to an allergy, intolerance, or other medical need.

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

What to Make with Homemade Irish Cream

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 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

If you like Bailey’s, I know you will also enjoy these Kahlua dessert recipes.

How to Make

It’s really easy! Just follow the steps below.

Step 1
Step 2

Step 1 – Measure ingredients.

Step 2 – Pour all liquid ingredients into a blender

Step 3
Step 4

Step 3 – Add extracts and instant coffee. Mix until combined.

Step 4 – Pour into your individual bottles and gift, or serve. Cheers!


Does homemade Baileys need to be refrigerated?

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 if made with new heavy whipping cream. 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?

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.

Other Delicious Dessert Recipes to Try

Below are more sweet recipes you will love.

Homemade Chocolate Cake
Brownie Pudding
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Bars
Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Healthy Oatmeal Bars with Chocolate and Sea Salt


And without further ado, here is the recipe!

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

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

  • Author: Cindy Munson
  • 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!



one 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jameson Irish Whiskey)

1 cup heavy whipping cream

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I used Hersheyโ€™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 air-proof container. Shake, serve, and enjoy over ice, in coffee, or cocktails. Cheers!


This recipe will stay fresh when stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 months if made with new heavy whipping cream. Check the date on the cream for reference. And be sure to smell the Irish cream before serving 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.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes

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

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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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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