Homemade Bailey’s

Perusing through Facebook one morning, I came across a friend’s picture of the Bailey’s cocktail he had enjoyed the night before. Yum! I thought, I love Bailey’s! In fact, my husband had recently spent $45+ on a bottle of that fattening deliciousness. Then I noticed the caption on the photo – HOMEMADE Bailey’s. Say whaaaaat!? I never imagined that this was something you could make at home, and for a fraction of the cost. I immediately got the recipe from his wife and gave it a whirl (literally – you will need a blender). No more store bought Bailey’s for us!

I modified the recipe slightly. The original called for heavy whipping cream, more almond extract, and less whiskey. The heavy cream is good – it produces a frothier drink. It is VERY good – but a little too filling for my cocktail tastes. I found the almond extract to be a little over powering – so it was reduced by half. And as for adding more liquor, well….

This goes great in coffee, or over a little ice. Or as my friend and his wife were having it – over coffee ice cubes! Enjoy.


  • 1 Cup half & half
  • 14 ounces (one can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon instant coffee grounds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups Irish whiskey (I used Powers)

Chill whiskey and condensed milk. Add all ingredients in a blender. Turn on high for 1-2 minutes, or until well combined. Store in an air tight container (I use a mason jar). Keep refrigerated for up to a month. Makes 4 cups.

bailey'sA 750ml bottle of Irish whiskey makes 2 batches (8 cups total). It looks like I’m going to have to get another bottle…