Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Our Homemade Baileys Irish Cream recipe is a deliciously creamy alcoholic drink that takes just 5 minutes and 6 ingredients to make! The perfect homemade gift for family and friends.

Bottles of homemade Baileys Irish Cream.

Every Christmas I make a big double batch of my Homemade Baileys Irish Cream and give it to friends and neighbours in little hampers filled with shortbread, gingerbread, fudge and Christmas cake – it’s the perfect and delicious homemade gift!

Creamy Baileys in glass jars with homemade gift tags.

6 Ingredient Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

This is such a simple recipe… and all you need to make it is: 

  • cream (see recipe notes)
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract
  • Irish whiskey (such as Jameson’s)
  • instant coffee granules (see recipe notes)
  • chocolate syrup or topping

*please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post for ingredient quantities, method and tips!

The ingredients for homemade Baileys Irish Cream.

How To Make Homemade Baileys

Step 1 – Place all ingredients into a blender or Thermomix

Whiskey being poured into a Thermomix to make Baileys.

Step 2 – Very slowly increase the speed to medium/low (or Speed 3 in a Thermomix)

Be careful not to mix the ingredients too much or the cream may curdle – only mix on low until just combined. 

Creamy chocolate whiskey mixture in a Thermomix.

Step 3 – Pour into sterilised jars and store unopened in the fridge for up to 2 months. 

Once opened, continue to keep refrigerated and consume within 1 week. 

Homemade Baileys being poured over the top of ice in a glass.

Tips For Making Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

  • Mix the coffee granules with 2 tbs boiling hot water and stir until dissolved. Allow the coffee to cool before adding to the blender (this step is optional – but recommended for a smooth result).
  • Certain blenders (particularly the powerful ones) can curdle the mixture slightly as they ‘whip’ the cream. To avoid this, start your blender on a very low speed and increase slowly to medium/low. Mix until only just combined. If for some reason your mixture does appear curdled, simply pour it through a sieve and then allow the drained liquid to settle. Scrape any excess off the top with a spoon.
  • Use a cream that does not easily curdle or whip (I like to use Bulla Cooking Cream which doesn’t curdle or whip) but if you can’t buy this brand, choose a thin pouring cream and mix on a very low speed to combine.

Gift bottles of creamy Irish cream made with whiskey.

FAQ

How long will my Homemade Baileys Irish Cream last?

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream can be stored in sterilised jars for up to 2 months unopened in the fridge (so you can make it ahead of time and be super organised!!). Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 week. 

Where can I find small glass bottles or jars?

Most $2 shops or discount stores will stock small sealable glass bottles or jars (Kmart often has great little bottles for just a couple of dollars). 

Do I need to dissolve the coffee granules first?

I find that you get a much better tasting Baileys if you do dissolve the coffee granules in boiling water and allow them to cool before adding to the mixture. If you’re in a rush you can add the granules without dissolving them, however, you’ll notice that you still have very small granules after mixing (these will dissolve over time though). 

What type of cream should I use?

I like to use Bulla Cooking Cream as it’s designed to not whip or curdle when mixed. However, if you can’t find this brand, choose any thin pouring cream. 

What type of whiskey should I use?

Any brand of Irish whiskey is absolutely fine to use. I used Jameson Irish whiskey in this recipe. 

How can I stop my mixture from curdling?

It’s important to very slowly increase your blender or Thermomix speed from low to medium/low (no higher). We’re aiming to only just combine the ingredients – any higher speed will start to whip/curdle the mixture.

Whoops! I didn’t read the tips and mixed the ingredients on too high a speed and now my mixture has curdled! What can I do to save it?

Fear not! Pour the liquid through a fine sieve into a measuring jug. The jug will collect the non-curdled liquid while the sieve will catch the curdled part which can then be thrown out. 

Creamy and chocolatey homemade Baileys in a glass with ice.

More Baileys Irish Cream Recipes

This homemade Baileys recipe is absolutely delicious served on it’s own over ice, or poured over a bowl of ice-cream. But if you would like to use it to create a sweet dessert, check out these yummy Baileys recipes.

Christmas homemade gifts of Baileys.

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Make your own Homemade Baileys Irish Cream in less than 2 minutes and with only 6 basic ingredients. The perfect homemade gift for family and friends.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Christmas, Drinks
Cuisine: Christmas
Keyword: homemade baileys
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 20 serves
Calories: 160kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp instant coffee dissolved in boiling water
  • 1 cup (240g) cream
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup (375g) Irish whiskey such as Jameson's
  • 3 tbs (45g) chocolate topping or syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Mix the coffee granules with 2 tbs of boiling water and allow to cool completely (this step is optional - but recommended for a smooth result). 
  • Place all ingredients (including the cold coffee liquid) into a blender.
  • Very slowly increase to medium/low speed for 20 seconds or until just combined (see notes). 
  • Pour into sterilised glasses, seal and place into the fridge.
  • Keep unopened in the fridge for 2 months. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 week.

Thermomix Method

  • Mix the coffee granules with 2 tbs of boiling water and allow to cool completely (this step is optional - but recommended for a smooth result). 
  • Place all ingredients (including the cold coffee liquid) into the Thermomix bowl. Very slowly increase to Speed 3, 20 seconds, or until just combined (see notes). 
  • Pour into sterilised glasses, seal and place into the fridge.
  • Keep unopened in the fridge for 2 months. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 week.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES: 
Quantity - this recipe makes approximately 1 litre of homemade Baileys. 
Coffee granules - Mix the coffee granules with 2 tbs boiling hot water and stir until dissolved. Allow the coffee to cool before adding to the blender (this step is optional – but recommended for a smooth result).
How to avoid 'curdling' - Certain blenders (particularly the powerful ones) can curdle the mixture slightly as they ‘whip’ the cream. To avoid this, start your blender on a very low speed and increase slowly to medium/low. Mix until only just combined. If for some reason your mixture does appear curdled, simply pour it through a sieve and then allow the drained liquid to settle. Scrape any excess off the top with a spoon.
Cream - Use a cream that does not easily curdle or whip (I like to use Bulla Cooking Cream which doesn’t curdle or whip) but if you can’t buy this brand, choose a thin pouring cream and mix on a very speed to combine.
Whiskey - Any brand of Irish whiskey is absolutely fine to use. I used Jameson Irish whiskey in this recipe. 
Storing - Homemade Baileys Irish Cream can be stored in sterilised jars for up to 2 months unopened in the fridge. Once opened, keep refrigerated and consume within 1 week. 
Glass bottles/jars - Most $2 shops or discount stores will stock small sealable glass bottles or jars (Kmart often has great little bottles for just a couple of dollars). 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 64mg | Iron: 1mg
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92 thoughts on “Homemade Baileys Irish Cream”

  1. Debbie says:

    Thinking of making this thanks for all the tips ! Can I put more Bailey’s in ??

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Debbie, do you mean more whiskey? If so, yes you can xx

  2. Antoinette Trainor says:

    Can I use coffee from my Nespresso machine instead of instant in this recipe

    1. Lucy says:

      Absolutely! Just make a small espresso shot and allow it to cool completely. xx

  3. Jody Harbinson says:

    How many mils does this make. I will be making 4 or 5 batches 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Jody, it makes approximately 1 litre (1000 ml). xx

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