Homemade Irish Cream

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This Homemade Irish Cream is a rich liqueur made with Irish whiskey and cream. It’s delicious on its own or added into coffee. Serve it with my favorite Chocolate Chip Irish Soda Bread or Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Homemade Irish Cream in cups.

One of my favorite trips I’ve ever taken has been to Ireland. I stayed in Dublin for a few days, which was absolutely beautiful. Then I drove to the countryside where I visited an official Bailey’s dairy farm. Needless to say, I had my fare share of irish cream that trip and I loved it!

What is Irish Cream?

Irish Cream is a creamy liqueur mixture made up of whiskey, cream, sugar and other flavorings. Serve it on its own or mix into coffee, making a delicious Irish coffee.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Homemade Irish Cream

Ingredients for Homemade Irish Cream.
  1. Sweetened condensed milk – All of the sweetness comes from a can of sweetened condensed milk. It also adds a delicious creaminess too.
  2. Chocolate syrup – This makes it ultra delicious.
  3. Instant espresso or coffee granules – This will accentuate the flavor of the chocolate.
  4. Heavy cream – This adds nice a nice creaminess to it.

For the rest of the ingredients, please see the recipe card below!

Ingredients all frothy in a blender.

Recipe Tip

Avoid curdling – I did some research as to ensure a life free of curdling and it’s all about adding the alcohol slowly and being sure to use heavy cream. Alcohol is an acid so making irish cream with, say, whole milk will definitely break the milk, which could result in some serious coagulation.

How to Make Homemade Irish Cream

  1. Warm the cream. Heat the cream with chocolate syrup, coffee granules and salt until the granules dissolve.
  2. Blend the rest. Blend the cream mixture with more cream, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract.
  3. Add the booze. With the blender running, slowly incorporate the whiskey.
  4. Chill the Irish Cream. Refrigerate until ready to use. Enjoy!
Homemade Irish Cream in jar.

Recipe FAQs

How to long does homemade Irish cream last?

This is good for 4-5 days when stored in the fridge in an airtight container.

Does this homemade irish cream need to be refrigerated?

Absolutely.

What other liquors can I add besides whiskey?

You can add bourbon or rum. The flavors will be slightly different but both would be delicious. I think scotch or any sort of brandy might be too strong of a flavor.

Where is Irish Cream From?

Irish Cream is not a traditional Irish product as it was invented by a creative agency for Dublin, the capital of Ireland. As it was popularized, Irish Cream became a protected geographical indicator product which stated it must be produced in Ireland.

Should I serve this over ice?

It’s totally up to you. Serve irish cream neat or on the rocks.

Homemade Irish Cream in glasses with whipped cream on top.

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Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
This Homemade Irish Cream is a creamy and boozy delight. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or even a cold night wintery night.

Equipment

  • 1 blender

Ingredients 

Irish Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream , divided
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 (12-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey

Garnish:

  • Whipped cream
  • Small piece of chocolate, shaved

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan, set over medium low heat, warm 1/4 cup heavy cream with the chocolate syrup, coffee granules and salt. Whisk until the coffee granules and salt have dissolved and the consistency is smooth.
  • To a blender, add the coffee and cream mixture, the remaining 3/4 cup heavy cream, can of sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract; pulse until very smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. With the blender running, slowly pour in the whiskey (adding slowly will avoid possible curdling). Transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour. Right before serving, give it a good stir.
  • Serve over ice with a scoop of whipped cream and a bit of grated chocolate, if you like!

Notes

Tips and Tricks:
  • How to Store this Recipe – Keep the Irish Cream in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to one week.
  • Avoid curdling – I did some research as to ensure a life free of curdling and it’s all about adding the alcohol slowly and being sure to use heavy cream. Alcohol is an acid so making irish cream with, say, whole milk will definitely break the milk, resulting in some serious coagulation.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 4cups | Calories: 451kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.9g | Protein: 5.3g | Fat: 16.1g | Saturated Fat: 10.1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 35.6g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
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35 Comments

  1. in you last part you have the word “zest” describes the grated rind of a citrus fruit and not “chocolate” What you want is ” a grating of chocolate.” or ” a sprinkle of chocolate”

  2. Crazy question, but do you think that the whiskey could be boiled down to eliminate the alcohol and make this non-alcoholic? I’m pregnant and have been craving the taste of Bailey’s, but of course I can’t indulge… this looks like it could be a great substitute! Thanks 🙂

    1. Hmm…I’d recommend skipping the liquor all together. Liquor takes a bit of time (I’d say an hour or so) to actually boil or cook out. You can make the recipe as is, skip the liquor and thin it out with a bit of water or more milk! That might be a good compromise. Of course, it won’t have the liquor taste but it’ll still taste great.

  3. What? Who know this was an option? I love Irish Cream and would love to try to make my own. I’m inspired! So delicious!! : )

  4. How neat! I love the idea of making Irish Cream yourself. Thanks for such a great looking recipe! Perfect for St. Patty’s day 🙂

  5. oooh my god this looks good. I never order the creamy stuff at the bar, but I’ll have sometimes as a fancy treat at home over crushed ice. Want want want