Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (Copycat)

Learn how to make homemade Baileys Irish Cream with this quick and simple recipe. 

two small bottles of homemade baileys and a glass of ice

Have you ever wanted to make homemade Baileys Irish cream? You won’t believe how easy it is!!

It’s cheaper than buying a bottle from the store, and it tastes amazing! All you need is a blender, and a few ingredients you likely already have on hand. In less than a minute, you will be sipping a rich, creamy, and velvety smooth Irish cream.

The ratios of the ingredients can be tweaked according to your preferences. Do you want more or less chocolate?  Go for it. Do you want it stronger? Add more whiskey. It’s entirely up to you.

Enjoy this liqueur with ice, add a splash to your coffee, pour it over ice cream, use it for baking goods, or give it as a gift for holidays and special occasions.

The recipe makes about 1 litre (4 cups). You can either pour it into 1 large bottle, or divide it into smaller bottles and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

If you try this homemade Baileys Irish cream, I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #aseasyasapplepie on Instagram!

Recipe adapted from Cupcake Project

Looking for more DIY Christmas gift ideas? Check out my Homemade Flavored Salt, Homemade Vegetable Stock Powder, and Italian Hot Chocolate Mix.

DISCLAIMER: This is a copycat recipe, it’s not the original Baileys Recipe

two small bottles of homemade baileys and a glass of ice
5 from 27 votes
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (Copycat)
Prep Time:
1 min
Total Time:
1 min
Author: As Easy As Apple Pie
Course: Drinks
Servings:1 litre (4 cups)

Learn how to make homemade Baileys Irish Cream with this quick and simple recipe. 

  • 235 grams (1 cup) heavy cream or half & half
  • 395 grams (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 400 ml (1⅔ cup) Irish whiskey I used Jameson
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  1. Place all the ingredients in the canister of a blender and blend until smooth, for about 30 seconds.

  2. Transfer the Baileys Irish cream to a glass bottle, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.
  3. Shake well before use.
  4. Enjoy!

High speed blenders can curdle the mixture. Start your blender on a medium speed and increase slowly. If the mixture starts to curdle, turn the speed back down and blend until just combined.

Another solution is to strain the liquid through a sieve, then scrape any excess off the top with a spoon.

  • Nutrition Facts: 1 serving = 1 glass / 37 ml 
Nutrition Information
Amount per serving (37 ml) — Calories: 117, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 27mg, Carbohydrates: 11g, Sugar: 11g, Protein: 2g

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five small bottles of homemade baileys

101 comments on “Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (Copycat)”

  1. Hi Elena,
    Love this recipe and so does my mum, which inspired me to include it in my post on DIY gifts for Mothers Day.
    Here’s the link http://threadbarecloak.com/diy-gifts/last-minute-diy-mothers-day-gift-ideas.html
    Thanks for sharing

  2. Drinking it now next to the fireplace and Christmas tree- very nice.

  3. Where did you find these bottles? I love them.

  4. Silly question but is the coffee made up, or is it a teaspoon of coffee granules?
    Thank you

  5. Hi Elena,
    This is delicious, came out perfect and better than the store bought versions! I used 1/2 tsp cocoa powder because I had no chocolate syrup, just in case anyone else may not have the syrup at hand either, cocoa powder is a fine alternative. I appreciate your half & half option as well because I don’t have any heavy cream in the house and who wants the extra calories anyway? Thank you for this recipe, I will be making batches to give away as gifts! Cheers!

  6. Just made your Irish Cream recipe for St Patricks Day and it is really good, taking it for a dinner party to have with pound cake, ice cream, and coffee for dessert.

  7. is the shipping on the bottles expensive? the bottles themselves are reasonable. .
    Just made my first batch and I’m loving it thank you so much!
    I’m in Houston Texas by the way

  8. For folks who are looking for the bottles, they are also available at amazon.com. Search “glass bottles for liquor.” I bought the Bormioli Rocco 8.5 oz set of 12 and plan to add my own raffia or ribbon. Great recipe!! This will be my Christmas gifts to friends and family this year!

  9. How much does this recipe make?

  10. Hi Elena:
    I am curious about why this has to be stored in the refrigerator, and why it will only last for 2 months. It seems that Bailey’s Irish Cream does not require refrigeration and does not expire. Do you know if a higher alcohol content were used, would it last longer and not require refrigeration?

  11. Made this tonight as a trial run for Christmas. It is very good and the heavy cream was worth it. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. Could you use fat free half n half

  13. I make this every year using the same recipe. It is delicious!! I serve it over ice cubes made of coffee and add a little liquid peppermint coffee creamer. So good!

  14. How long can you keep it. I want to make so me toe xmas but want to know how long before of goes bad because of the cream

  15. Hi Elena,
    Can I try this recipe with Scotch instead of Irish whiskey?

  16. If I wanted to add a flavour, like salted caramel or vanilla could I used food flavouring?

    • Sure, you can. Just add the flavoring (1 teaspoon) with the other ingredients.

      • Fantastic, I made a taster batch and then added different flavours, orange, salted caramel, almond and caramel… I will try banana and coconut when I get the flavours. My friends loved the Chocolate Orange one (I added a little more chocolate)

        Thank you so much for taking your time to write and reply, I’m so excited to be able to make this and have already made up a bottle for a Christmas gift

      • Glad to hear that, Kat! 🙂 The salted caramel one sounds delicious!

  17. What other types of caramel can you use?? Really Love the Baileys Caramel

  18. I am trying this today and cannot wait! My husband thinks I should try it with Canadian Club, since we have some on hand. I think I better stick to Jameson or I’ll be disappointed. Comments?

  19. Ok tips from us – if you want to double the amount don’t make two spoons of coffe:))) cheers for the recipe from Russia))) very delicious

  20. Made this today! It’s delicious! Thanks for the less expensive more delicious Irish Cream recipe! My mother will love this!

  21. has anyone tried vodka please advise as i love my vodka lol

  22. Going to go for it today.Love Irish cream in my coffee ☕️I always go 50/50 with strong coffee Thanks


  24. I always have a bottle of this in my refrigerator!  It’s fine as is but I wondered what I could to keep the chocolate syrup from settling to the bottom.

  25. Instead of heavy cream, can I use normal whip cream for this? 

  26. Yup- easy as pie. Made 2 separate batches and just had to drink now the leftover. This is so awesome. Thank you! 

  27. I want to make this up and give it out as Christmas presents, how long would it last unrefridgerated for? 

  28. I am super excited to try this! Could I grind my own coffee beans or does it have to be instant coffee? Thank you!

  29. Could you make it more coffee flavoured by adding more granules? Or would it need another way of flavouring? Thanks.

  30. Great recipe! Thanks! Enjoying!

  31. This is a wonderful drink! We made it for holiday gifts and it went over very well!

  32. Just made this & it tastes great! Can you tell me how the calories compare to store bought Bailey’s?

  33. I made two batches without curdling. The second two both curdled. How can I prevent that from happening?

    • Did you use the same speed? If the speed is too high the mixture can curdle. You can try to add the alcohol at the very end, with the blender going, at a very slow speed. I hope it helps! 🙂

  34. I just made this (with home made chocolate syrup) and I used brandy because I’m out of whiskey and it is WONDERFUL!  I will make it again soon with whiskey as I love that Baileys flavor, but now I’m wondering what other alcohols would be good in this…

  35. Love this. First attempt and I used Master’s Imperial Scotch whisky. Added just 200 ml and it’s punchy enough for me. Added two tsp of instant coffee granules and 2+ tsp of cocoa powder. Slightly more condensed milk n cream (say 5 to 20 ml more). Drinking it now with my cold coffee.

  36. I am off to get some condensed milk and give this recipe a shot. I made homemade Kahlua at Christmas but do prefer Baileys. Will definitely let you know how it turns out for me. I’m wondering if camp coffee would be okay.

  37. I made this recipe and used camp coffee. I also use pure vanilla extract. It is absolutely delicious. Thank you for the recipe. I will most definitely be introducing it to my Baileys loving gal pals.

  38. Loved ready all the comments, I’m excited to try this. If I wanted to add coconut flavour to it how would I do that? Thank you.

  39. I cannot have alcohol. How will that affect the taste? Is there anything I can substitute (that doesn’t have alcohol)?

  40. I used Kahlua instead of coffee and chocolate syrup. Bloody smashing nip!!!

  41. We made this for Easter using homemade lactose free condensed milk and lactose free cream. It was amazing. We then served it in  Easter eggs with whipped cream on the top.  Wow it was a show stopper 

  42. I read all the comments and answers, learned a lot now I’m ready to make it ! Thank you

  43. going to try this tonight for our camping weekend gettingnout the vitamix

  44. WOW just what I was looking for!

  45. I have to say I am really impressed with this simple recipe. As someone that makes his own liquors I found this to be a super easy way to duplicate the taste of a high quality Irish Cream. I even compared them side by side and found that the recipe provided gave a smoother silkier mouthfeel that was pleasant.
    Thanks for taking the time to share this.

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