This irish cream liquor is delicous and velvety over ice or add some to your coffee to festive it up a bit. I rarely crave coffee liquor, but something about the holidays makes it totally acceptable to be decadent and boozy, right?

Since it's the season of giving, I'm not going to just booze it up alone. This easy homemade version of Bailey's irish cream is perfect to package in decorate bottles, store in the fridge and have on hand whenever the need for a gift arises.

My step mom has been whipping up batches of bailey's for Christmas for as long as I can remember, and I started using her recipe years ago. It's super simple and the best part is you can get creative and customize it with other flavors or spirits. Use more or less alcohol or make a simple creamer and leave the spirits out completely. Use hazelnut or coconut extract to change the flavor, or substitute egg nog for the heavy cream. Get creative, friends!

Gather your ingredients

3 eggs, 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup (I prefer Hershey's Simply 5 but any will do), 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 2 packet of Starbucks Via instant coffee (or 2 tablespoons of the instant coffee of your choice), 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk, 1-2 cups whiskey (depending on your strength preference). I use whatever whiskey I have, or the cheapest. There's really no sense in wasting an top shelf spirit when you are going to be mixing it with all these other extremely delicious ingredients, but whatever floats your boat.

Pour everything except the whiskey into blender.

 How beautiful is this mixture?! I mean, how can you go wrong with cream, coffee, condensed milk and chocolate.... kind of makes you want to jump right in and swim around, no? Or, maybe that's just me...

Blend until combined.

Stir in your desired amount of whiskey and pour into bottles. 

My step mom uses 2 cups of whiskey per batch and my grandma uses 1 cup, so I took the middle road and added 1 1/2 cups. I typically do not like a super strong drink. I'd rather drink 10 weak drinks than 2 strong ones, but that's just me. You go ahead and pour as much or as little whiskey as you want.

This delicious mix keeps for up to 2 months refrigerated.

There are so many creative ways to use it, I doubt it would ever last that long. Try it in a bailey's milkshake, bailey's creme brulee, bailey's cheesecake, bailey's espresso affogato float, baileys and coffee, bailey's bread pudding, bailey's poke cake, bailey's frosting for cupcakes, bailey's french toast...

If you try this recipe I want to know what you think and how you customized it. Leave a comment and let me know and don't forget to take a picture  and share it on my facebook page or tag me on instagram.


Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Liquor
recipe by Tristin Rieken at ONEarmedMAMA.com based on a recipe from Cheryl Mullenix

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 Cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups irish whiskey
  • Place all ingredients (except whiskey) in blender.
  • Blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in whiskey.
  • Transfer to an air tight canister and store in the refrigerator up to 2 months.

Yield: 1 liter (4 cups).

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