Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream Recipe from a Tipsy Housewife

 Homemade Irish Cream. 

Homemade Bailey’s. 

Boozy and fabulous?

Whatever you want to call it, it’s awesome.

No processed ingredients.  About as scratch as you can make it without milking the cow or distilling the whiskey yourself.

I decided to make my own Irish cream at the last minute so I had my dear Mr. Hot Stuff pick up a bottle of Irish whiskey on his way home from work yesterday. 

(PS – sorry about the photo quality, it was REALLY cloudy and dim when I was taking the pictures)

This morning, I went to work.

See, here’s the thing – I looked online for recipes but I couldn’t find one without sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, instant coffee, and other non-scratch ingredients.  I mean not like I’m wanting to distill the whiskey myself, but I think you get what I mean.

So – my homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream recipe has the following:

Irish Whiskey, heavy whipping cream, cold brew coffee concentrate, 63% dark chocolate, vanilla extract, sugar, and that’s it.

The first step is to melt the chocolate with a wee bit of cream to help it mix in.

I use Guittard 63% dark chocolate chips.  I love them, though I wish I could find some darker chocolate chips that don’t cost an arm and a leg.

All melted and combined!  You want to gradually add more cream whilst stirring (sorry I didn’t get pics of that part).  If you try to add this to the cream, it will never mix in.

In the meantime, combine your cream and sugar and gently heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Blend it up together to make sure there are no chocolate particles left behind.  Go easy on this step – you can very easily end up with chocolatey whipped cream if you aren’t careful!

Then, add your whiskey, cold brew coffee & vanilla, & pulse real quick to incorporate.

Voila!  Homemade Irish Cream :)

I had to taste test it of course.  To make sure it wasn’t poisonous.  The sacrifices I make for this family… I’m telling ya! :)


Bethany (a slightly tipsy housewife)

Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream from Scratch
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Recipe type: Alcoholic Drink
Author: Homesteader Kitchen
Prep time: 30 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Rich and creamy homemade Irish Cream liqueur – made with no processed ingredients.
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1oz dark chocolate, chopped (or chips)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup cold-brewed coffee concentrate
  1. Melt the chocolate with a small amount of the cream (maybe a teaspoon or two) and stir until it is all melted and well incorporated.
  2. Meanwhile, gently heat the remainder of the cream and add the sugar.
  3. Warm together until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Gradually add more of the sweetened cream to the chocolate mixture, stirring constantly, until the chocolate is mostly liquid and not so thick.
  5. Combine the remainder of the cream mixture with the chocolate mixture in a blender and pulse a few times until well combined.
  6. Add the whiskey, vanilla, and coffee.
  7. Pulse a few times with the blender until everything is well mixed.
  8. Chill before serving.

You can substitute honey for the sugar for a completely unprocessed version – just use 1/4 cup honey and reduce the cream (if you want) by about 1 1/2 Tbs.