This Is the Only Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe You’ll Ever Need

You need to try this Irish cream liqueur recipe. Not only is it tasty on a cold day—it also makes an impressive gift. Cheers!

The Irish have a rich and storied history. Part Irish myself, I love the literature, songs and, of course, recipes (These are our favorites!) Surprisingly, there isn’t much history for the Irish cream liqueur recipe our taste buds know and love today. Barely older than me, Irish cream is still relatively a babe when compared to the tomes of Irish history and lore.

What Is Irish Cream?

It’s made of cream, milk, sugar, chocolate and coffee (plus or minus a few ingredients). The history of Irish cream is a short one. In the early 1970s, Irish distillers were looking to sell a product internationally. Tom Jago, a liquor executive, came up with the Irish cream liqueur recipe and a bestseller was born.

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Are Irish Cream and Bailey’s the Same Thing?

Kind of. Bailey’s is a brand that is synonymous with Irish cream—consider it the Kleenex of the Irish cream world. However, there are other brands available in Ireland and beyond, like Kerrygold. (We taste-tested the Kerrygold Irish cream, by the way.) So Bailey’s is Irish cream, but Irish cream can be any one of many brands, or even made at home.

How to Make Irish Cream

It’s straightforward and easy, but nonetheless tasty. The key is selecting your preferred whiskey and, as always, making sure you have the best quality ingredients available.


  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (Here’s how to make your own.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey

Step 1: Blend the Ingredients

In a blender, combine the first eight ingredients. Cover and process until smooth.

Step 2: Add the Whiskey

Slowly stir in the Irish whiskey. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator until you are ready to drink.

Step 3: Serve It Up

You can serve this Irish cream liqueur recipe a few different ways—including in some of our favorite Irish cocktail recipes. Here are my recommendations:

Serve Your Irish Cream for Dessert With Traditional Irish Baked Goods
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Jennifer Schwarzkopf
Half Chilean, half Irish descent and all joie de vivre, I'm a food writer/photographer who loves to share stories about different cultures and the magic that is sharing a meal together. When not doing that, you'll find me working on my culinary degree, hanging with family & friends, and just trying to "live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Salud!