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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

I love Irish Cream - more commonly known as Bailey's!  I love it in my coffee, on the rocks, by itself, or in mixed drinks.

How to make your own Irish Cream, Bailey's without the chemicals - The Tipsy Terrier blog

We made Limoncello in 2012 and gave bottles as Christmas gifts and I wanted to make a different liquor to continue the tradition.  I came across this recipe on Pinterest and gave it a try.  After doing a side by side taste test with Bailey's we tweaked a few ingredients and came up with:

Tipsy Terrier Irish Cream

Yield: 6 cups, 20 minutes cook time and 20 minutes of letting the mixture cool.

Ingredients needed to make Irish Cream - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Line up of ingredients
  • 1 cup strong coffee (if I had coffee I would add a teaspoon of instant espresso to it, if not a heaping teaspoon to a cup of water)
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Heaping Tablespoon dark cocoa (I used Ghirardelli Ground Chocolate Cocoa)
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1  14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/4 cups Irish whiskey (I used Jameson or Bushmills)
Enjoy Irish Cream without the chemicals - The Tipsy Terrier blog

1.  Bring the coffee to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan.
2.  Add the cream, cocoa, sugar, honey and extracts, and whisk thoroughly.
3.  Simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes, whisking frequently, until the mixture begins to thicken.
4.  Remove the saucepan from the heat;  whisk in the sweetened condensed milk.
5.  Transfer the mixture to a heat-safe bowl, and set aside to cool for a while (approx. 20 minutes)
6.  Whisk in the whiskey until completely blended.
7.  Store in the refrigerator in a lidded container or decorative bottle.  Serve over ice, straight up, or in   coffee.

Reminder:  This beverage has no preservatives and isn’t shelf stable.  It must be kept refrigerated and shake well before serving (the chocolate has a tendency to settle to the bottom.)

The Bailey's recipe is quite guarded so this is our best guess based on taste.  The recipe that I modified included a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and overpowered the taste.  I scratched it from recipe and increased the chocolate and the whiskey.  Our version is much smoother than Bailey's and I believe that it is because of the high quality whiskey.  I considered using a lower shelf whiskey but I could not find one made in Ireland and I wanted to stay true to "Irish" cream.

How do you like to drink Irish Cream?  Have you made a liqueur before?



I am linking up with Beth at Home Stories A to Z
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  1. This looks delicious and what a good Christmas drink! I l have never made a liqueur before, but I do enjoy Baileys. Wish I had some right now for my coffee after reading this:)

    1. Make some! It even tastes better after it has sat a few days in the fridge.

  2. this looks incredible!! I need to try it asap :)
    and thanks for linking up with Treat Yo Self Thursday!