Home Made Irish Cream

  • 1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 ounces of heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 16 ounces of Irish whiskey (I used Jamesons)
  • 2 ounces of espresso
  • 1 ounce of chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of almond extract

Beat the condensed milk, cream and eggs in a glass bowl.  Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and continue to gently whisk until the mixture reaches 160°F on your thermometer.  The mixture should also lightly coat the back of a metal spoon.  Remove this from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.  Add the whiskey, coffee, chocolate syrup, vanilla and almond extracts.  Stir well.  This recipe makes about 1 1/4 quarts, but since it is fresh, it must be stored in the refrigerator.  It will keep for up to 1 month. 

Again, I’d like to tell you about one of my thrifty finds.  I’m not of Irish heritage, but I couldn’t resist scooping up these sweet, little shamrock glasses that I found at the thrift store for 50 cents each!  And that really old, green flask…my dad found that in the Boston Harbor over 40 years ago!

As always when I post a cocktail, I’m going to share a favorite piece of music with you!  I love Patty Griffin!  And this song always brings me such a feeling of clarity, simplicity and joy.  Enjoy this Irish cream and have yourselves a Heavenly Day!



  1. Wow, Anne! This cocktail looks rich and decadent! Really lovely! I am sure you will be having a fun filled St. Patty’s Day with one! :)

    • Thanks Ramona! This is good stuff and I am certain I will be sipping it on St. Patty’s day….though I’m not even Irish! : )

  2. I’ve been making this for years Anne and I love it! I am a major Baileys fan but the price can be prohibitive so this is a way to get a “fix” because you can use less expensive whiskey and it still tastes great.. I love how creamy it is.

    • Janet…..don’t you just love this stuff?! I guess it’s the time of year for Irish whiskey to be on sale so I got what I think is a pretty good one! This was just so surprisingly easy to make….that I know I’ll be making it again! : )

  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Anne, I ‘m definitely trying this. I’m not sure why but I had no idea you could make Irish Cream at home. Brilliant. It sounds amazing!

    • Thanks Cassie….if you like Bailey’s ….you should definitely try this. So funny you say you had no idea that you could make this at home…..I had no idea there was so much whiskey in this stuff! But it’s soooooo good! : – }

  5. This looks like a wonderful treat–much better than Bailey’s. It would make a great dessert!

    • Thanks and this is a pretty good treat….I can think of so many ways to use it for dessert…..but over ice is dessert enough for me! : )

  6. Oh. My. Goodness! My mother would go crazy for this recipe. I am sharing this with her ASAP!. Thank you for sharing :)

  7. I am going to try this soon. Love the rich and wonderful home made Irish cream.

  8. heavenly day is right! I want this in a cup of coffee right now! :D

  9. What a fun DIY recipe! I love learning about all the things I can make at home that I never would have considered! This looks delicious, Anne. Great job!

    • Thanks Georgia! I love making things from scratch…..so I don’t know why I didn’t think of this sooner! But I’ll definitely be making it again! Hope you try it! : )

  10. I am enjoying some right now – thanks so much Anne! It is delicious and so much better than Bailey’s or any other store bought kind!

    • Ohhhh….thanks Jon! And after a day like we had today….I’m surprised you didn’t finish the whole bottle! (or did you!?!). Anyway…..I just wanted to give you a little something special to thank you for all your support during my difficult week last week. It meant so much to me. You are THE BEST! : )

  11. No doubt I would swoon over the taste of this. Homemade beats store bought hands down and I do see the previous comment. I am missing out, but not for long. Enticing photo of a delicious drink-glad I stopped in. Yum!

    • Thanks Tina! I hope you are feeling better! You should warm a bit of this up and have it with a slice of your Amber Tweed Bundt Cake! That cake alone, would make anyone feel better! : )

  12. I love a good Irish Cream, but have always been the partaker and, never the partakee. :) Had no idea how they were made. Now that I see, I know why I love these! Yours look beautiful and delicious!

    • Thanks MJ! I feel so stupid and naive! I’ve always loved Irish cream but thought it was a ‘fluffy’ little liqueur. I had no idea it was made with whiskey! LOL I am going to be the partaker and partakee more often! ; – )

  13. Oh, Anne, this is delicious (and I like the green type)

  14. A couple of these and my eyes will be smiling! I’d love to have this on ice cream or bread pudding. Serious drool happening here Ann. Blessings to you also dear friend, have a wonderful week.

    • Thanks Sandra! But it was your beautiful strawberry cheesecake that had my eyes smiling! Hope you are having a great week, too! : )

  15. This cocktail sounds fabulous. I have to admit I don’t drink enough cocktails lol. Also I really want a sugar donut muffin that looks amazing as well. YUM!

  16. I really love home made recipes, this irish cream would be perfect as a cocktail paired with some snacks or maybe I can use it in a dessert, thanks for sharing!

  17. It sure sounds heavenly! Would love to have a glass or two. :)

  18. I so wish I could sit down with you and have a glass! And I just loved the song – I’ve never heard of her somehow, but she has the most beautiful voice, and the song gave me goosebumps. I’m going to go check out what she has on Amazon right now… Hope you too have a heavenly day!

    • Jen….I so wish we could sit down and enjoy a glass or two or three together, too! Somehow, I thought you might like Patty Griffin….and this song in particular. May we both have many heavenly days to come! : )

  19. Good drinks. Good music. What more cook the world ask for. Well, perhaps a drink that comes with a pick-me-up. Thank goodness for your Home Made Irish Cream and it’s espresso!

    • Thanks Mikaela…..and loved your post about your recent basketball trip to the San Francisco Bay! Sounds like fun! : )

  20. This looks just perfect! Time to run out for some Irish whisky!

    • Thanks Amy! I’m sipping some of this as I write! So I’m going to toast to your birthday! Love your list of 30 x 30! : )

  21. Your shamrock glasses alone are enough to bring a tear to my eye Anne… (my Dad was Irish). Your homemade Irish Cream sounds swoon-fully delicious – and rock on Patty Griffin (for her dog – love it!).

    • Awww Kelly. Thanks so much. I love this Irish cream….and those glasses I found at my local thrift store and just had to pick them up. By the way….I love your Brain Beautifying smoothie! I start drinking smoothies in the morning in the spring and summer and really looking forward to trying yours out! : )

  22. Those glasses are adorable and the Irish Cream looks delicious!!

    I love that you have that song on here! That is my favorite song! My boyfriend had it printed out and framed for me as a Christmas gift!

    • Thanks Megan! Don’t you just love the song. What a cool Christmas gift from your man! I just love Patty Griffin and THIS song in particular! I also LOVED your chocolate overload cheesecake bars! WOW! : )

  23. Found it :) Happy days !

  24. my aunt who just passed away gave me a recipe for this. it sounds delish!

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