DIY Irish Cream

I am so excited about this homemade Irish Cream, I couldn’t wait to press ‘publish’ — I found the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, Farmette, and Imen just happens to blog from the Irish countryside, so you know this is authentic!  Sometimes I know from the minute I see a recipe that I have to make it and that it’s going to be fabulous, and that’s what happened with this one.  Irish Cream has always been a favorite of mine, and this from scratch version tastes even better than the bottled stuff.  As much as I love the original, there is something just a little sketchy about the idea of bottled cream.  Fresh is way better.  Get out your favorite Irish whiskey and some good fresh cream…and prepare to be amazed.

Classic Irish Cream, made from scratch

This is so simple and so good I’m not going to leave you hanging, I’ll get right to it.  It’s a mixture of cream, whiskey, condensed milk, and touches of vanilla, instant coffee, and cocoa powder.  It’s spot on, I wouldn’t change it in any way, and I highly recommend mixing up a batch for St Patrick’s Day.  You can serve it on the rocks, in a White Russian, or in an after dinner coffee.   I like it straight up in tiny vintage cordial glasses.

How to Make Irish Cream

Yield: makes approximately 3 cups

How to Make Irish Cream


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp instant coffee or instant espresso
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Put a tablespoon of the cream in a bowl and add the espresso and cocoa powder. Mix these together until both powders are completely dissolved and there are no lumps.
  2. Add the rest of the cream, while stirring, or gently whisking.
  3. Add the whiskey, vanilla, and condensed milk and blend everything well.
  4. Pour the mixture into a bottle with a top, and refrigerate until needed.
  5. This will keep in the fridge a couple of weeks.

Homemade Irish Cream

This one is a no-brainer, you must make it.  And be sure to visit Imen’s stunning blog for more tastes of Ireland.

Luxurious homemade Irish Cream



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15 Responses to How to Make Irish Cream

  1. Judith says:

    The BEST! We made it tonight for a quiet Saint Patrick’s Day treat. Smooth and delicious…a perfect blend. No more Bailey’s for me.

  2. Homemade Irish Cream is by far the best stuff on the planet! Hands down better than you can get anywhere! This recipe looks gorgeous..

  3. I love Irish Cream, how divine! I’m posting one more recipe tomorrow with Irish Cream so I’ll be sure to link to your homemade version :).

  4. Susan says:

    Oh my, this sounds good, Sue! I am definitely going to try this because I love the store brand and can just imagine how much more fresh and delicious making your own would taste. I’ll have mine over 1 ice cube ;)

  5. I love Farmette too, Sue! What a handy recipe to have! Thank you for sharing. :-)

  6. Betty says:

    I have everything for making this except for the heavy cream, and if it wasn’t raining cats and dogs, I’d be in my car right now fetching some. Can’t wait! :)

  7. I will always always read your blog, because I am that excited with this recipe. THIS is my all time appertif. I like it in my coffee. I like to use it recipes. OMG!!! If I wasn’t sitting—-and pooped from cleaning—–and rather mature—–I would be jumping up and down. Smiles——

    • Sue says:

      haha, I’m so glad Carol! Actually I just pulled my next recipe post out of the oven…Irish Coffee Cheesecake Bars…made with this Irish cream so stay tuned! I think you will love this, the flavor is so fresh compared to the bottled stuff.

  8. Katy says:

    Yum! This will make great gifts for my Irish cream loving friends. Thanks so much

  9. I can’t wait to try and make my own! It’s like an after dinner drink and dessert all in one lovely glass. Love the shamrocks :) Happy weekend my friend!

  10. Wow, shamrocks and all! What a beautiful post and I don’t need St Patrick’s day to put this recipe to use. I’m sure it’s infinitely better than anything you can buy!

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