Have you made your own Irish cream yet? It's a fantastic project that takes just a few minutes and the recipe could not be easier to follow. If you enjoy Bailey's, you'll love this even more.
You can enjoy your homemade Irish cream on its own served over ice. It also makes a great coffee creamer or you can use it any of your favorite cocktails that call for Irish cream. It also makes a fabulous gift for the holidays and winter months.
There are many recipes available for homemade Irish cream and everyone puts their own spin on it. This recipe includes all of the basics and you should feel free to adapt any ingredient to suit your personal taste.
You can also skip the whiskey and create a non-alcoholic Irish cream to enjoy in your coffee anytime you like.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on high for 20-30 seconds, or until smooth.
- Pour into a bottle using a funnel and seal tightly.
- Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 day before using.
Store the Irish cream in the refrigerator when not in use. It should keep for quite awhile (possibly up to a month), but be sure to check it for freshness if you have it around for more than a week.
Treat it like milk and if it smells sour, toss it!
Before serving, give the bottle a good shake as it does tend to separate.
Tips for Making Homemade Irish Cream
Skip the Eggs. Many Irish cream fans prefer to skip the eggs and that is perfectly fine. Your liqueur may not be as thick and creamy, but it will still be delicious. If you are in any way uncomfortable with drinking eggs or are giving your Irish cream as a gift, it would be best to simply pass over that ingredient.
If you do include eggs, it is vital that you store the cream properly and use it rather quickly. The whiskey will act as a preservative, but it will not prevent spoilage if the cream is left at room temperature for too long.
Adjust the Flavorings. Chocolate, coffee, and vanilla are common flavoring ingredients for Irish cream. You can adjust any of these to suit your taste though its best not to go over 2 tablespoons for any of them.
The almond extract, on the other hand, is an optional ingredient. It does add a little more flavor and some recipes call for an alternative such as coconut extract instead.
The Bottle. Any bottle will do for storing your homemade Irish cream, you simply need to ensure that it has a tight seal. This is the perfect excuse to reuse and recycle an empty liquor bottle that has been thoroughly cleaned.
- The recipe will yield around 750 milliliters (the size of the average liquor bottle).
- Be sure to label the bottle with the date so you know exactly when you made it.
Cocktail Recipes for Your Irish Cream
Now that you have your Irish cream, it's time to mix up a drink.
Of course, you can enjoy it in your coffee or over ice, but it's also fun to mix into cocktails.
- Autumn Chai Swizzle - Add the cream to a cup of masala chai.
- Irish Cactus - Serve it on the rocks with tequila.
- Snickertini - Mix it into a decadent caramel-chocolate cocktail.
- Spiced Pumpkin - Pumpkin pie vodka? It's hard to resist.
Maybe a Shooter's More Your Style
Irish cream is also a favorite for party shots and you can use your homemade version in one of these tasty little drinks.