Baileys has to be one of the most popular drinks in the world, especially at Christmas. This homemade Irish cream liqueur is my version of the great Irish classic and I promise you tastes just as good as the real thing.
Yeeha it’s a double whammy today, two recipes to tempt your taste buds and get you cracking on the last minute Christmas gifts and party preparations.
Here is my homemade Irish Coffee Liqueur recipe plus some rather special Party Spiced Nuts that I’ll be doing on BBC Radio Scotland this morning.
Why make your own Irish cream liqueur?
Homemade Baileys is a LOT cheaper than the real thing. I worked it out that a litre of my homemade Baileys cost me the grand total of £4.00.
It tastes just like the real thing.
It is super quick and easy to make.
I don’t honestly know how much of this homemade liqueur I have made over the years. At one time I was making this version of Baileys on stage every day at the Country Living Christmas Fair.
I made four litres of the stuff then and every drop was gone by the end of the show!
Of course, I do make it every year for myself and as gifts for family and friends.
Baileys Irish Cream
The world’s most popular cream liqueur was launched in 1974 and was originally created as a ‘girly drink’ to get more women buying into the drinks market.
It is made by Diagio in Dublin. They reckon that over 1,250,000,000 bottles have been sold since it was first introduced.
Nowadays Baileys comes in a variety of flavours like strawberry and toffee. However, the original Baileys is chocolate, Irish whiskey and cream.
Ingredients for homemade Irish cream liqueur
Whisky (I have used Scotch whisky because I’m in Scotland and it would be rude not to! You should of course be using Irish whiskey (note spelling difference please)
Whipping cream (USA half and half)
Sweetened condensed milk in a can
Instant coffee granules
How to make Irish cream liqueur
Making Irish cream liqueur is super quick and superbly easy. Just put all the ingredients into a blender and switch it on.
Voila, you now have homemade Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur!
How long will homemade Irish cream liqueur keep?
This will keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.
How to serve Baileys
Serve it straight in a small glass. I love my homemade Irish cream over ice.
In a cocktail, I love to make my Irish Latte Cocktail using this homemade Baileys and my homemade Kalua coffee liqueur plus fresh cream.
Over really good quality vanilla icecream.
Homemade Irish cream liqueur is the perfect party drink and is a welcome addition to a festive hamper.
Now for those Party Nuts
- 1 bag mixed nuts from supermarket
- 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ tablespoon curry powder
- Pinch of cinnamon powder
- Pinch of ground cumin
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 egg white
Here’s how to make your spiced party nuts
Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas6 fairly hot oven. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Whisk up the egg white till frothy. In a separate bowl mix together all your dry ingredients.
Pour the nuts into the egg white and make sure all coated. Spread them in a single layer on the oven tray and scatter over your spice mix.
Bake for approximately 5 minutes until the nuts are golden and smelling amazing.
Let them cool and store in an airtight container. These spiced nuts will keep up to 3 weeks.
Looking for more fun homemade hooch to make at home? Then check out these recipes before you go;
Homemade Kahlua coffee liqueur
Homemade French cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)
How to make golden vanilla vodka
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Homemade Irish Coffee Liqueur
- 350 ml whisky
- 400 ml condensed milk
- 250 ml whipping cream
- 2 tbsp chocolate syrup
- 2 tsp instant coffee granules
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- Whizz the whole lot up in the blender and pour into pretty sterilised bottles.
- Store in the fridge where it will keep in for up to 2 months. Give it a shake before pouring.
Both sounds lovely, I’ll be giving them a go.