Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

This homemade Irish Cream recipe is so easy you’ll be making it every chance you get!  All it takes is 6 ingredients and 5 minutes and results in a creamy, rich liqueur that is just as good alone as it is mixed with coffee or baked goods. And you make just the amount you need! It’s the perfect alternative to Bailey’s Irish Cream and for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.

2 glasses of irish cream on the rocks with white azaleas ad striped green straw.

I almost feel like this recipe is so easy, I’m cheating writing an entire blog post about it. But, if you’re like me, you don’t have room to store a whole bottle of Baileys on the liquor shelf for a year . So my solution is making a smaller amount that I can enjoy at the time and don’t have to store afterwards. And with only 6 ingredients, heavy cream, condensed milk, chocolate syrup, espresso powder, vanilla extract and whiskey, it seemed like a no-brainer not to make my own. And believe me, the flavor is spot on!

Pouring irish cream over ice

There are so many delicious recipes, besides cocktails, that you can make with this creamy Irish liqueur. Try my Irish Coffee or Irish Coffee Chocolate Mousse or bake it into your brownies or cheesecake. Whatever way you use it, it’s bound to be delish! And this flavorful liqueur will keep in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for about 2 months.

finished irish cream in glass pitcher with Jameson bottle in background.

Want to change it up? Check out all the variations below to make it your own. Who knows, you might actually come up with a new cocktail to celebrate!

 

Variations

Making your own allows you to make it sweeter or less sweet, less rich or less boozy or even change up the flavor with a different extract. What’s your pick?

  • Want to save a few calories? Like it a little less rich? Try using half and half instead of heavy cream. I’d advise not to use whole milk as the liqueur would be too liquidy.
  • Like less sweet? Add a bit more cream and whiskey to counteract the condensed milk.
  • More of a teatotaler, cut down on the whisky and add more cream and condensed milk.
  • Change out the vanilla extract for almond or orange extract. It’s a whole new flavor sensation!
  • Don’t have any Irish whiskey? No problem, really any good whiskey will do. 

 

What to Mix with Irish Cream

This creamy liqueur is not just for cocktails!

  • Use it in Irish Coffee for your next brunch or after dinner drink.
  • Use it in baked goods like brownies and cakes. 
  • Try it in chocolate pudding or hot chocolate. 
  • Pour it over ice cream or use it in your own homemade ice cream.
  • And it makes a great gift. Bottle it, tie a ribbon around it and make a homemade label. They’ll love it! 

 

Instructions

Steps to make Irish Cream liqueur.

  1. Gather ingredients. (photo 1)
  2. Place heavy cream  in mixing bowl and add condensed milk. (photo 2)
  3. Add chocolate syrup. (photo 3)
  4. Sprinkle in espresso powder. (photo 4)
  5. Add vanilla extract. Beat at low speed until blended. Do not overbeat. (photo 5)
  6. Lastly, pour in whiskey and beat at low speed until just mixed. (photo 6)

 

 

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Recipe

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Homemade Irish Cream is so easy! Just 6 ingredients & 5 minutes results in a creamy liqueur that is as good on the rocks as it is in coffee or baked goods.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keywords: Baileys irish cream, homemade irish cream, irish cream
Servings: 10 servings (yield: 1 cup)
Calories: 68 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3.5 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Irish whiskey
Directions
  1. Mix first 5 ingredients in mixing bowl at low speed until well blended.

  2. Blend in whiskey and continue mixing at low speed just long enough to blend.

  3. Makes about 1 cup.

Recipe Notes

Variations:

  • Want to save a few calories? Like it a little less rich? Try using half and half instead of heavy cream. I'd advise not to use whole milk as the liqueur would be too liquidy.
  • Like less sweet? Add a bit more cream and whiskey to counteract the condensed milk.
  • More of a teatotaler, cut down on the whisky and add more cream and condensed milk.
  • Change out the vanilla extract for almond or orange extract. It's a whole new flavor sensation!
  • Don't have any Irish whiskey? No problem, really any good whiskey will do. 
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Irish Cream Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1.5 oz)
Calories 68 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 49mg1%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 26IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

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