Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's}

This homemade, DIY version of Bailey's Irish cream is incredibly easy to make - even easier than going to the store! All you need is a blender, 7 ingredients, and about 5 minutes to make this creamy, silky, chocolatey liqueur.

  • Author: Alexandra
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 32 ounces (about 1 liter) 1x
  • Category: beverages
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: Irish
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Units Scale
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) strongly-brewed coffee or espresso, hot
  • 2 tablespoons Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) Irish whiskey OR vodka
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 3/8 ounces) heavy cream


  1. Combine coffee and cocoa powder: Combine hot coffee/espresso and cocoa powder in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Blend: Add the cocoa mixture to a blender along with the sweetened condensed milk, whiskey/vodka, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add cream: Pour in the heavy cream and blend in on lowest speed just until incorporated; do not over-blend! Transfer mixture to an airtight vessel and store in the refrigerator. Shake before using.



Storage and shelf life: Keeps well in the refrigerator for about 2-4 weeks.  

Substitutions: Regular cocoa powder can be substituted for Dutch-process; regular whipping cream can be substituted for heavy cream.

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