Homemade Irish Cream


This homemade Irish cream liqueur is made with Irish whiskey, cream, and sugar with hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and almond. Will keep for 2 months if refrigerated.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
4 cups

Homemade Baileys, anyone? This Irish cream recipe comes together easily with ingredients you likely already have on hand.

What Is Irish Cream?

Irish cream is a rich liqueur made with Irish whiskey and cream. It can be served straight, on the rocks, or mixed into cocktails. You can also use it as an ingredient in boozy, decadent desserts.

Original Irish Cream
Original Irish Cream | Photo by Allrecipe. AllRecipes Magazine

What Does Irish Cream Taste Like?

In a word? Delicious. Irish cream is sweet, smooth, and creamy. It's slightly nutty and has notes of vanilla and chocolate. Of course, the Irish whiskey gives it hints of warmth and oakiness.

How to Make Irish Cream

It truly couldn't be easier to make Irish cream at home: Just blend all the ingredients together. That's it! You'll find the full recipe with step-by-step instructions below.

Irish Cream Drinks

One of the most popular ways to use Irish cream is to mix it with coffee. But that's not the only way to enjoy this homemade liqueur! Explore our collection of 20 Irish Cream Drinks to Make at Home. Here's a preview of what you'll find:

* Bushwacker
* White Russian Cocktail
* Pumpkin Spice Martini

Bushwacker in martini glass

Irish Cream Desserts

Treat yourself to one of these indulgent dessert recipes starring Irish cream:

* Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake
* Irish Cream Brownies
* Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting

irish cream chocolate cheesecake topped with chocolate shavings

How to Store Irish Cream

Store the Irish cream in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two months. Shake well before serving.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"OH MY GOODNESS," raves Rebecca Peterson. "This is absolutely delicious. Why buy it when you can make it? This is also wonderful in a good hot cup of coffee. Curl up with this, a blanket, a book, and some Irish Soda Bread on a rainy day. What could be more perfect???"

"This has been a favorite recipe of mine for years," says Nicky. "I especially love to bring it as a gift to give to the hostess at holiday parties!"

"So good...and so easy," according to REQUINE. "It is best to let it sit for a few days before serving - the flavors blend together much better. But inexpensive to make and tastes better than store bought. Perfect for an addition to the holiday gift baskets!!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 ⅔ cups Irish whiskey

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Gather all ingredients.

    Various Irish cream ingredients in measuring cups and bowls.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  2. Combine sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, heavy cream, chocolate syrup, coffee granules, vanilla, and almond extract in a blender. Blend on high speed until incorporated, 20 to 30 seconds. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

    Irish cream mixture being poured into a container.

    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

  3. Shake well before serving.

    mid angle looking at three mugs of original Irish cream


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