How To Make Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Irish cream is my favorite liqueur; it’s delicious and creamy and perfect in coffee or hot chocolate! Did you know that you can make your own homemade Irish cream liqueur in just a few minutes?! It’s way less expensive than buying a bottle from the store, and it tastes just as good!

How To Make Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Makes about 32 oz.


  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 t cocoa powder (can substitute 2 T chocolate syrup if you wish)
  • 1 ½ t instant coffee granules
  • 1 C to 1 ½ C Irish whiskey
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk


Whisk together the cocoa powder, coffee granules, and about a tablespoon of cream until the powder and granules are completely dissolved and mixed in.

Slowly stir in the rest of the cream, making sure it’s mixed well.

Add the whiskey, vanilla, and condensed milk and whisk until completely combined.

Pour the mixture into an airtight container and store in the fridge. It will keep for about 2 weeks.

When you’re ready to serve, pour it in a glass over ice, or add it to coffee or hot chocolate!

Make your own homemade Irish cream liqueur! Way less expensive than store bought, and just as delicious!

Make your own homemade Irish cream liqueur! Way less expensive than store bought, and just as delicious!

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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Marie says

    5 years ago

    I’ve been making homemade Bailey’s for so long I’ve begun making different flavors! If you leave out the coffee and add a half pint of “99 Butterscotch” it’s fantastic! Don’t drive though! Also, cherry Brandy makes a fine chocolate covered cherry Bailey’s!!! Try it!!!

  2. Sue Horner says

    5 years ago

    Please can you tell me if the T is teaspoon or tablespoon?

  3. Mary says

    6 years ago

    If you used a shelf stable, or ultra pasteurized cream would it store longer?

  4. ian says

    8 years ago

    I have been making Irish cream for many years, my recipe is almost the same as yours. Next time you make it try adding one teaspoon of almond essence. the taste and aroma is so much better.

  5. Genevieve says

    9 years ago

    Terrific recipe and great for giving as a Christmas gift :). I linked this recipe post on my blog, I hope that is okay.

  6. Mila says

    9 years ago

    That sounds dreamy!

  7. Eloquence says

    9 years ago

    Ooh, this looks good. I noticed that you said it can store for up to two weeks — is it ready to drink as soon as you’ve mixed it together though?

    Visiting from the show and tell link-up!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      9 years ago

      Yep, ready to drink immediately! Though if you want it cold, just stick it in the fridge for a little while first!

      • maryellen murphy says

        5 years ago

        I found an old recipe for Irish cream and it called for three eggs do you they would add egg to your basic recipe or should I omit

        • Jessi Wohlwend says

          4 years ago

          The eggs will just make it thicker and creamier, so you can totally add them if you’d like!

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