Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (Copycat)

Learn how to make a copycat version of Baileys with this quick and simple recipe. Cream, whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee combine with sweetened condensed milk for a rich and creamy alternative to store-bought Irish cream.

five small bottles of homemade baileys

Irish cream recipe

Have you ever wanted to make homemade 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.

Enjoy this Irish cream liqueur on the rocks, add a splash to your coffee, pour it over ice cream, use it for baked goods (cakes, muffins, donuts, cupcakes, brownies, pies, etc.), or give it as a gift for holidays and special occasions.


Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe: 

  • Whiskey – I used Jameson Irish whiskey, feel free to use your favorite brand.  A lot of my readers used different liquors and loved it. Check “Readers’ Tips and Suggestions” down below for some ideas.
  • Heavy cream – or half & half. Half cup of whole milk and half cup of heavy whipping cream will work as well. Don’t use only milk or your drink won’t be creamy enough. 
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Chocolate syrup – or chocolate topping (I used Hershey’s).
  • Pure vanilla extract – or another extract, like almond , peppermint, and orange. What about some cinnamon or pumpkin spices? 🙂
  • Instant coffee granules – to kick up the coffee flavor, choose an instant espresso. 

How to make Baileys at home

This homemade Baileys Irish cream recipe comes together in under one minute in the blender.

Simply combine cream or half-and-half, sweetened condensed milk, instant coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Then add the Irish whiskey and blend for a few more seconds. Done! 

TIP → Powerful blenders can curdle the mixture as they whip the cream. To avoid this, use a low speed and mix just until combined. If your mixture does appear curdled, simply strain the liquid through a sieve and scrape any excess off the top with a spoon.


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. Not a fan of coffee? Replace it with raspberry liqueur or salted caramel. It’s entirely up to you.

two small bottles of homemade baileys and a glass of ice

Every Christmas, I make a big batch and give it to friends and family. I put it in pretty glass bottles with a ribbon and a handwritten card with suggestions on how to use it and instructions (example: keep it refrigerated, “enjoy by..”)


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


I bought the bottles in the pictures from “Lakeland“, a shop in the UK. They have an online store but the 250 ml bottles have been out of stock for a while.

You can find swing top bottles in stores like Target, discount stores, or you can order them on Amazon and Etsy.

Readers’ Tips and Suggestions

You don’t have time to read all the comments? Here is a summary:

  • Mark tried this recipe with Southern Comfort and Amaretto. Brenda with brandy, and it was awesome! Carol with Bourbon.
  • Melanie‘s tip:  if you don’t have chocolate syrup, use 1/2 teaspoon of cocoa powder instead. I suggest whisking the cocoa powder with a tablespoon of cream until smooth.
  • Jo replaced the coffee and chocolate syrup with Kahlua.
  • Claudia bought beautiful Bormioli Rocco bottles on Amazon. Just search for “glass bottles for liquor”, there are so many options!
  • Lorry used “Screwball whiskey” (peanut butter whiskey 😱) + 1 extra tablespoon of chocolate syrup and omitted the coffee.
  • I love Kathy‘s suggestion: make a cinnamon Baileys with “Fireball Whiskey” – very Christmasy!
  • Rebecca added orange extract and extra chocolate. Amazing!
  • Chris made a pumpkin spice version adding half a teaspoon of pumpkin spice, and a half cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling).
  • Wade made a dairy- free version. He used coconut milk to make sweetened condensed milk, and then used coconut milk instead of cream.
  • Arvind used Drambui instead of coffee and added some Cointreau and a spot more chocolate sauce.

If you make this easy recipe, please leave a comment and rating below. I always love hearing how it turns out for you!  And don’t forget to share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #aseasyasapplepie 


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

five small bottles of homemade baileys
5 from 53 votes
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (Copycat)
Prep Time:
1 min
Total Time:
1 min
Author: Elena Tomasi
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: irish
Keyword: homemade baileys, homemade Irish cream, Irish cream recipe
Servings:1 litre (4 cups)

Learn how to make a copycat version of Baileys with this quick and simple recipe.

  • 1 cup (235 ml) heavy cream or half & half
  • 1 14-ounce can (395 ml) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup (400 ml) Irish whiskey I used Jameson
  1. Place the cream, sweetened condensed milk, instant coffee granules, chocolate syrup, vanilla, and mix on low speed for 30 seconds.

  2. Then add the whiskey with the blender going, at a very slow speed, and give it a whirl for a few more seconds.

  3. Transfer the Baileys Irish cream into sterilized glass bottles with tight-fitting lids and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

  4. Shake well before use.
  5. Enjoy!
  • Curdle - High speed will whip/curdle the mixture. We’re aiming at just combining the ingredients – use the blender at low speed.
    If it curdles, 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: 135, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 26mg, Carbohydrates: 12g, Sugar: 12g, Protein: 2g

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152 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. I bought them in Lakeland πŸ™‚

    • What is the name of the store? I want to order these – they are the cutest I have seen. Thank you πŸ™‚

      • Hi Lizzie! The name of the store is “Lakeland”, it’s a UK store. This is their online page: Lakeland I saw that right now the 250 ml bottles are out of stock, but they have the 500 ml. I have the 500 ml as well, I use them for fresh juices πŸ™‚

  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 Jenn! That’s a really good question. This article explains why πŸ™‚

  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. Sorry for the autocorrection
    *I want to make some for xmas

  15. Hi Maumita! Sure, you can use Scotch. πŸ™‚

  16. You can store in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

  17. 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

  18. You can use salted caramel πŸ™‚

  19. Canadian Club is fine! πŸ™‚ Let me know how it goes!

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

  21. I am glad you loved it, Ilya! πŸ™‚

  22. I hope you will like it! πŸ™‚


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

  25. Read the label. There is an expiration date and you must refrigerate after opening.

  26. Yes, you can use whipping cream πŸ™‚

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

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

  29. You need instant coffee. I hope you will like it! πŸ™‚

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

  31. Great recipe! Thanks! Enjoying!

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

  33. The bottles can n e found at meijer or dollar tree stores.

  34. Hi Jeni! I am glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

    I added the nutrition info. One portion has more or less 117 calories (the store bought one has 130 calories).

  35. 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! πŸ™‚

  36. I just made this (with home made chocolate syrup) and I used brandy because I’m out of whiskey and it is WONDERFUL! Β 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…

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  46. WOW just what I was looking for!

  47. 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.

  48. Just made this with peanut butter whiskey ( screwball) added an extra tablespoon of chocolate syrup and omitted the coffee. It was incredible!

  49. Yummy, I made it tonight with Jim beam, and it’s so moorish. Thank you and merry Christmas

  50. Could I whisk instead of blend?

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