Homemade Baileys

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Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream with this easy and delicious recipe. Combine Jameson whiskey, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, instant espresso, chocolate syrup, and vanilla for a rich and creamy homemade liqueur in just 5 minutes!

Homemade alcoholic beverage in cups.

It only takes a few simple ingredients and a blender to make our homemade version of the popular Baileys Irish cream liqueur.

Enjoy it on the rocks or added as an ingredient in baked goods, desserts, coffee drinks, and more.

With less than one minute of blending time, you can have a batch ready to go for any occasion!

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • Irish Whiskey: We used Jameson, but feel free to use your favorite brand.
  • Heavy Cream: This is essential to ensure the Irish cream has a thick, creamy texture. Half and half works well as a substitute. Avoid using milk because it makes the liqueur too thin.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: Adds sweetness and thickness to the liqueur. Make sure you don’t use evaporated milk which isn’t sweetened.
  • Chocolate Syrup: We used Hershey’s brand syrup like you’d use to make chocolate milk, but any brand works. This adds a hint of chocolate flavor to the liqueur. A half teaspoon of cocoa powder makes a good substitute.
  • Instant Coffee: I keep instant espresso in the pantry, so that’s what we used for this recipe. Instant coffee works, too. Make sure the granules are small and dissolve easily.
  • Vanilla extract: We use pure vanilla extract but imitation vanilla works in a pinch.

How to Make Homemade Irish Cream:

This recipe is so easy to make. It’s as simple as pouring, blending, and done!

Scroll to the recipe card below for ingredient amounts and full instructions.

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and process on low speed for 20 to 30 seconds.
  2. Pour into a sealable container for storage until you’ll ready to use.
Top down view of irish cream ingredients in a blender.
Liqueur in a blender.

Tips for Success:

  • Try to use high-quality ingredients for the best flavor and most authentic taste.
  • Be careful not to over-blend the ingredients; otherwise, you’ll whip the cream. You do want to blend the ingredients long enough to combine them until smooth and creamy.
  • Add some spice like a pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon for a different flavor.
  • This Irish cream liqueur makes a great gift! Make sure to seal the bottle well and keep it chilled before and after gifting.
  • Use different flavor extracts in place of vanilla extract for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Feel free to make adjustments to the ingredients to fit your tastes.
  • If the drink sits on ice for too long, it could start to separate.


Refrigerator: Store leftovers in the refrigerator in a sealed container.

How Long Does Homemade Irish Cream Last?

The liqueur stays fresh until the heavy cream expires. It begins to smell and taste sour when it goes bad.

Irish cream liqueur in cups.

How to Use This Irish Cream Recipe:

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Glass mug filled with homemade baileys.

Homemade Baileys

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 32 Servings



  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and process on low speed for 20 to 30 seconds.
    1 ⅔ cups whiskey
    1 ¼ cups heavy cream
    14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
    3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
    1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
    1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pour into a sealable container for storage.
  • Scroll up and see the post for tips, FAQs, and storage information.

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*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce. Actual calories will vary.
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.


Serving: 1ounce | Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 60mg | Fiber: 0.05g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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