DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey’s}

by alexandra

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. |

If there’s one thing I can get on board with spiking, it’s a sweet, silky, chocolate-y, cream I can add my to lattés in the name of lazy weekend mornings. (Or hectic Monday mornings, or whatever, because who’s really keeping track?)

In other words, I’m totally on board with homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream. It takes 5 seconds to make and it’s insanely good. That sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? Not gonna lie, it kinda is.

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. |

I had grand plans for this Irish Cream which involved a St. Patrick’s Day dessert, but those plans basically crumbled apart and I figured homemade Bailey’s would have to be it. As such, I was left with a large bottle of the stuff that’s swiftly disappearing by the day – which is really only to be expected because it’s so easy to drink. Considering that my wine-and-beer family keeps rum in the cabinet for baking, saves tequila for sore throats, and splurges on margaritas during vacations, the fact that we’re running right through this stuff says something.

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's} - a sweet, creamy, and chocolate-y, homemade Irish Cream Liqueur made in a blender in SECONDS. |

Technically, this isn’t authentically Irish because I used vodka rather than Irish Whiskey (it’s what we had so it’s what I used), but since it’s still in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I say it’s all good. Plus, it takes seconds to make and tastes like happiness in a bottle, so who really cares if it’s authentically Irish or not? It’s so lusciously creamy and sweetly chocolate-y, and it’s got that boozy aftertaste that wakes up your tastebuds, lights up your nostrils, and let’s you know that what your drinking is definitely spiked – in a good way.

Sorry Bailey’s, but I honestly don’t know WHY anyone would pay twenty-some dollars for a bottle of Irish Cream when the homemade version is so ridiculously easy to make and tastes incredible. Just saying.

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's}

about 4 cups

DIY Irish Cream {Homemade Bailey's}

Creamy, silky, chocolate-y homemade Irish Cream liqueur made in a blender in seconds. Why buy Bailey's when you can make your own version?


  • 1 shot espresso, hot
  • 2 tablespoons dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 3/8 ounces (1 1/2 cups) heavy cream
  • 10 ounces (1 1/4 cups) vodka
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


  1. Combine espresso and cocoa powder in a small bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer to an airtight vessel and store in the refrigerator. Shake before using.

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Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen March 14, 2014

Just came across your wonderful blog via pinterest! This drink needs to be in my next latte! Love it :) Pinned!
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alexandra March 14, 2014

Aww thank you so much! I’m glad you found the blog. :)

Ilona @ Ilona's Passion March 14, 2014

OMG! This is interesting recipe. Love it:)

Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 15, 2014

I love Baileys, this looks so delicious!
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whatjessicabakednext March 16, 2014

Homemade Bailey’s sounds amazing! Great recipe! :)
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alexandra March 17, 2014

Gah it’s SO amazing! Thanks Jessica!

Rene December 31, 2016

I can see the shelf life being really short. Is this correct?

alexandra January 2, 2017

From what I recall I typically use this too quickly to really tell how long it lasts, but I would say at least a couple weeks in the fridge.

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