Sooooo yeah. I did this.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur I

Actually, let me tell you what I’ve been doing on Christmas break. It’s not like I even have a Christmas break, but whatever. My 12-year old self will never be able to get over the fact that I don’t have a good week or two off around the holidays. Same goes for summer vacations. I pretty much schedule my world around “school nights.” I’m forever in seventh grade.

But here’s what I’ve been doing: making a lot of booze. My cousin Lacy and I made candy cane vodka and homemade amaretto. Then I figured why the heck stop there? I also started running out of those things and wanted more.

So I did this.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur I

It was fabulous. It’s so thick and rich and creamy. Like all of us, it gets better with age. And I’m pretty sure it’s exactly how you should spend the last weekend of 2012.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur I


Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Yield: makes about 5 cups

Total Time: 10 minutes


5 ounces high-quality milk chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon instant coffee


Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring until totally smooth. Add to a large bowl and whisk in a few tablespoons of whiskey, stirring until combined. It may separate a bit, which is fine. Whisk in the condensed and evaporated milks until smooth and creamy, then whisk in the remaining whiskey, instant coffee and cream. The instant coffee and chocolate may not totally disolve at first, but it will as it sits.

Pour mixture in a large pitcher, bottle or a few separate jars and refrigerate. This is best after it sits for a few days, but we drank it immediately and it was still delicious. Just make sure to shake and stir the mixture every few hours (or even once/twice a day) so everything dissolves and meshes together. Serve on the rocks or in coffee!

[lightly adapted from allrecipes]

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur I

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90 Responses to “Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur.”

  1. #
    Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine — January 3, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Wow, this looks delicious! I’m saving this one for a special occasion! I can hardly wait to try it!


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    Sweet Candy Buffets — January 3, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    Wow! These look great


  3. #
    Jay — January 4, 2013 @ 10:24 pm

    I made homemade ‘Baileys’ last year, but my recipe did not have chocolate it in, I think it would significantly improve it! Will have to try again :D so good!


  4. #
    dena — January 5, 2013 @ 12:27 am

    what Irish whiskey did you use?


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    Megan @ Megsiemay Makes — January 5, 2013 @ 10:07 pm

    I’m late to the blogosphere – I know, I know, Mexico, taco tour, OMG-I’m-Moving-Here mole covered enchiladas….

    This looks spectacular! I’m totally trying this. Immediately. Like, tonight.

    You are a wonderful human being. Thank you.


  6. #
    hello? — January 6, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    Am I the only one who realizes that she said she was 12?!?!


    • hi — January 7th, 2013 @ 1:08 am

      You realize she’s referring to when she was 12 and had two weeks off for the holidays… not that she is 12.


  7. #
    idiosyncratic eye — January 8, 2013 @ 4:34 pm

    Tried it! ;)


  8. #
    Sarah S. — January 8, 2013 @ 9:03 pm




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    Savannah Jual — January 19, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

    Hey Jessica! Just wanted to thank you for sharing such a tasty irish cream recipe! I’m dying to try it with a cup of hot chocolate! I shared the recipe on my blog today, here’s the link:

    Loving the blog, keep being awesome!


  10. #
    Gary Sig — January 23, 2013 @ 2:54 am

    I’ll have to try that homemade recipe next time friends come over! Irish cream liqueur goes GREAT with quality cigars that you can customize yourself! On top of making a homemade drink, you can have a custom cigar that you and your friends can share.


  11. #
    Kara Fredrickson — December 9, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    I just found your recipe (and site) a couple of days ago and just this minute whipped up a batch. It is freaking amazing, so much so I might not share it… Thanks!!


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    Nicole — December 10, 2013 @ 10:21 pm

    Hey! Love you’re website….this looks so delicious!

    One question-the instant coffee, would it be prepared coffee or coffee grinds used?



  13. #
    sabine cassidy — December 31, 2013 @ 10:49 am

    omg its so good I made it yesterday and its almost gone thanks for posting


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    Patty — August 13, 2014 @ 9:34 pm

    Just made this, kinda. Oops! Didn’t have my glasses on and put in 1/4 cup of instant coffee, as in way-more-than-1/4-teaspoon! Also used dark chocolate cuz that’s what I love…. I think it will STILL be delish, just may be bopping around a bit after drinking it! :)


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    Amanda — November 24, 2015 @ 1:58 pm

    How long would this last out of the fridge? Thinking of making some to send in parcel for a gift.



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