Homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on March 8, 2012

I’m not Irish. Not even a teeny, tiny, itty, bitty bit. Hubs, he’s Irish by association because his mother is (he’s adopted and we don’t much about his birth-family’s history, so he’s kind of made it up as he goes). And so, since Hubs is Irish, by association, that means I’m also Irish by association.

I think that’s how marriage works anyway. You take on each other Irishness, right? Well, maybe not all of the time, but definitely when it gets close to Saint Patricks Day. Because I want to take part of the festivities, especially when desserts and drinks are involved.

Now, we aren’t big drinkers. Sure, sure, we had our time in college, but since kids have taken over our lives, we rarely get out. So instead, we stay at home and drink.

Kidding! We have kids. Small kids. It’s just not physically possibly to stay up late enough to really drink.

But a glass of wine on a Friday evening with pizza, that we can do.

Unless of course it’s March, and then the only acceptable drink is Irish Cream. Yes, we celebrate all month long. Don’t you?

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream

As much as I adore the creamy, sweet deliciousness that is Irish Cream, I won’t dish out $20+ for a teeny tiny bottle. I just can’t bring myself to do it. Not when I can make it at home, for a fraction of the price. And, if I may be honest, homemade Irish Cream is waaaaaaay better. You can adjust the potency of it by increasing or decreasing the amount of whiskey that you add.

Homemade Bailey's Irish Cream Recipe

More whiskey. Less whiskey. Pour some in your coffee. Add a little to hot chocolate. Drink it hot. Drink it cold. There is no judging. It’s Saint Patrick’s Day after all.

Homemade Bailey

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Homemade Bailey

A festive drink inspired by Saint Patrick's Day, homemade Irish cream will make everyone wish they are Irish.


  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk (make your own)
  • 1-2/3 cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and set on high speed for 30 seconds.
  2. Bottle in a tightly sealed container and refrigerate.
  3. Allow to rest for 24 hours before serving.
  4. Shake well before serving.


Keeps for up to two months in the fridge.


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1 Karen @ Trilogy Edibles March 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm

OMG that’s the best thing ever. I love Bailey’s in hot chocolate, a true Canadian drink! Awesome

2 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

That is one of my favorite ways to drink it. So good on a cold night.

3 Mindie March 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm

Tweeted your post and following you on twitter now too. Thanks for hosting.

4 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Thanks so much for sharing Mindie!

5 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Mmmmm…Irish cream. Love it! Thanks for hosting!

6 Jocelyn March 9, 2012 at 6:19 am

Homemade Irish Cream? Seriously? I had no idea you could make it at home!!!!
Thank you so much for hosting!!!

7 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

It’s soooo, easy. The hardest part is waiting 24 hours to drink it.

8 Run DMT March 9, 2012 at 7:16 am

I;ve linked up for two weeks in a row! WOOHOO! I’ve been trying to avoid sweets in my house, but with Dr. Seuss’s birthday and our dog’s adoption celebration, it’s been hard to avoid. So here I am! I’m back! At least for this week. :-)

Your “Baileys” recipe sounds fabulous! You had me at sweetened condensed milk. Can’t wait to try this!

9 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Glad to have you two weeks in a row!

10 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

What a great idea. Thank you for sharing! Pinned and Stumbled. :) Happy Friday!

11 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Thanks for the Pin and Stumble!

12 TidyMom March 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

Looks delicious!!

Thanks for linking up to I’m Lovin It! I featured your post in my wrap up! http://tidymom.net/2012/st-patricks-day-recipes/

Have a great weekend!

13 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Thank you so much for featuring my Irish cream! You totally made my day.

14 Alice March 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

hhmmm… i always love bailey’s :)
i’ve linked up my post, my first succesful donuts LOL
i was looking for link to subscribe to your blog, also to like your fb page and follow on your twitter but i couldn’t find it, pls help
thks :)

15 Allison @ Alli 'n Son March 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

The links for everything are at the top of the page, in the green/yellow box.

16 Alice March 16, 2012 at 10:22 am

Thanks! Done all 3 :)

17 Alyssa March 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hi there!
I’d love it if you’d stop by and link this up at Themed Baker’s Sunday. The theme this week is St. Patty’s Day treats!
Hope to see you there!
Cupcake Apothecary

18 Addicted to Recipes March 12, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I LOVE Bailey’s and have never thought to make my own. Thank you for the inspiration! Would love for you to share: http://iamaddictedtorecipes.blogspot.com/p/link-party.html
Have a great day!

19 Miz Helen March 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Hi Ali,
My glass would be empty! It looks awesome, yummy. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Miz Helen

20 Allyson D March 16, 2012 at 7:58 pm

*LOVE* Thanks for the recipe! We were just talking about needing some of this!!

P.S. I believe it’s called “Irish-in-Law” – I tell hubs he’s Irish-in-law all the time, by association with me… and since he’s adopted, it’s totally legal I enjoy my in-law ethnicity, you should too! 😉

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