Homemade Irish Cream

Making your own homemade Irish cream is easy, fun and makes a great gift. It's delicious on the rocks or serve it with coffee and whipped cream for a decadent boozy dessert.

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A hand pouring homemade Irish cream from a small carafe into a glass with coffee on a green plaid napkin.

Why Make Homemade Irish Cream?

Why not? I mean, sure you can buy yourself a bottle of Bailey’s®, but making it yourself is easy, a lot more fun and you can adjust the flavor to suit your own tastes – if you wanted a stronger Irish cream, you could add more Irish whiskey to the mix; if you preferred a little more chocolate, you could increase the chocolate sauce; and the same goes for the coffee flavor. Making homemade Irish cream makes Irish cream your own.

Ingredients on a white tiled counter.

What is in Irish Cream?

There are very few ingredients in homemade Irish cream, which makes this recipe especially easy. You’ll need some good Irish whisky, of course, and then some heavy cream, a can of sweetened condensed milk, chocolate sauce, pure vanilla extract and a little instant espresso powder. Oh – and it’s nice to have a blender too, although you can make this with a whisk if that’s what you have.

Looking down into a blender with homemade Irish cream inside and a green towel next to it.

How to Make Homemade Irish Cream

The key to making homemade Irish cream is to combine all the ingredients except for the heavy cream. Blending all the ingredients together first without the cream allows you to really combine them without incorporating and holding air in the final product. The heavy cream, of course, would get whipped if you put it in the blender. Once the initial ingredients are nicely blended, slowly blend in the heavy cream and THAT’S IT! You’re done. Now just look for a pretty bottle to put the Irish cream in.

Pouring homemade Irish cream from a blender through a funnel and into a bottle on a white tiled counter with a green towel nearby.

How Long will Homemade Irish Cream Last?

Once you’ve made your Irish cream, keep it refrigerated and it should stay good for 3 to 4 weeks. 

Pouring Irish cream into a digestive glass on a white napkin.

How to Serve Irish Cream

You can serve Irish cream on the rocks or straight up in an aperitif glass. I think it’s pretty delicious either way. As the ice cubes melt, they will water down the liqueur a little – that might be want you want or what you don’t want, so you decide. You can also serve Irish cream in coffee and then topping the mix with some whipped cream. That makes a pretty spectacular after dinner coffee that can easily sub for dessert. 

An Irish coffee in a glass resting on a plaid napkin on a wooden table with a small carafe of Irish cream in the background.

Irish Cream Desserts

Speaking of desserts, however, you might want to take your Irish cream one step farther and use it in a recipe to actually make dessert. These Irish Coffee Cupcakes are absolutely delicious and with your own homemade Irish cream, you can really brag about how you made the cupcakes from scratch!

A hand holding up a single Irish Coffee Cupcake over a plate.

Homemade Irish Cream

  • Prep Time: 5 m
  • Total Time: 5 m
  • Servings:


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 14 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Combine the sweetened condensed milk, Irish whiskey, vanilla extract, espresso powder and chocolate sauce in a blender jar. Blend on high until smooth and well combined.
  2. Add the heavy cream and blend on low speed for 30 seconds to incorporate the cream into the mixture without adding too much air.
  3. Transfer your homemade Irish cream to a quart bottle or jar and chill for at least 2 hours. Serve over ice or in coffee. Store refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.
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  1. 5 stars
    I made the Irish Cream and the cupcakes. Wow, so good.
    Love your recipes. Meatloaf and roast chicken were awesome. Excited to try more.

  2. 5 stars
    WOW. Blue Jean Chef you’re the best! LOVE YOUR RECIPES. Have always been a big fan! This Irish cream does not disappoint! Delicious! Thank You!

  3. 5 stars
    OH MY !!! That recipe for irish cream is so good. I had a recipe and I threw it away and this is my go to recipe now. And the cup cakes were so good. They were gone before anything else was eaten. and there was different deserts out.

    1. Sure, you can use half and half. The consistency won’t be quite as rich and thick but you will save some calories

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