Recipe: How to make homemade Bailey's Irish Cream


Since we’re not able to host or go to holiday parties this year, we decided to make some batches of homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream (from scratch!) to deliver to a few people that we can’t get together with this year. This recipe comes from my boyfriend’s mom and was the first time we made it ourselves. I was actually shocked at how easy it was to make, and if you’re looking for a cute, thoughtful (and delicious) homemade gift for a friend or neighbor, this is perfect.

Ingredients and instructions are listed below, but you can also watch our TikTok HERE (or below) as well!

Recipe: How to make homemade Bailey's Irish Cream. A quick and easy recipe that you can make for yourself, or give away as gifts to friends and neighbors.

Here’s what you need:

1 cup fat free half and half
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 3/4 cups Irish Whisky
1 tsp instant coffee
2 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Once you have all your ingredients, pour them all into a blender and mix on high for 30 seconds. That’s it! You’re done. Each batch makes about 32 oz of homemade Irish Cream. Then all that’s left is pouring the mixture into your favorite container to share with friends … and don’t forget to make some for yourself as well.

We found THESE GLASS BOTTLES with a swing top stopper. They hold 33 oz and come in a set if 6. And with a little wine bag, you’ve got the perfect gift to drop off on someone’s doorstep for the holidays.

We had a wine bag left over which is what is displayed above, but we had to order more for our full set of gifts. If you need some wine bag suggestions, here are some to consider: LINK TO WINE BAGS ON AMAZON. Here are some really cute plaid & burlap bags to check out too: LINK TO WINE BAGS ON AMAZON (PLAID/BURLAP).

Lastly, if you still need a blender, I recommend looking at a NINJA. We use ours all the time for blending soups and making smoothies (and now, for making Bailey’s!).

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  1. Jean

    You list Sweetened Condensed Milk in the recipe but no ounces of the can used. I don’t shop for that product.

  2. Sharon M

    I made this and not sure what happened but it is very thick…..too thick to drink. I used regular half and half and Jameson whisky

  3. Sally Sexton

    When I used full fat it curdled in the alcohol. I found out that this happens because alcoholic spirits are weak acids. When you add alcohol to milk, it lowers the milk’s pH value, causing it to curdle. So drink it pretty soon!

    1. Farmersdaughter

      Half and Half is 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 whole milk, in the US it is purchased in the dairy section near the cream. Fat free, is made with fat free milk and has a ton of sugar in it to hide the taste of no fat. I mean, what’s the point of a fat free cream product?? I make this frequently and use regular 1/2 and 1/2

    1. Linzi

      also very nice with a small shot of black Sambucca, try to make it float on top of the Baileys taste -a-like!

    2. Nate.P.K.

      You can do either! We’ve had it on ice to sip, or mixed it like how you’d use Bailey’s in anything else — hot chocolate mostly for us. :)

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