Homemade Irish Cream Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Total Time
Prep/Total Time: 10 min.
This delicious, festive Irish cream recipe can be made with ingredients already in your refrigerator and cupboard.

Updated: Nov. 08, 2023

One of my favorite beverages to make when the temperature drops is Irish cream. Irish cream is a liqueur made with Irish whiskey, though it can be made without alcohol, and other flavorings may be added to the beverage. You can serve it on the rocks or at room temperature, or mix it into a cocktail.

As we slowly head into the holiday season, you’re probably excited for seasonal drinks like a pumpkin spice latte or hot chocolate. You may even be planning ahead for homemade food gift ideas. Whether you want a seasonal drink to enjoy for yourself or to gift to loved ones, this Irish cream recipe should be a top contender. It’s easy to make and uses just a handful of ingredients. Just make sure you have your favorite Irish whiskey on hand if you want to make it alcoholic.

Ingredients for Irish Cream

  • Evaporated milk: Evaporated milk adds a subtle nutty flavor to the drink, which keeps it from tasting too sweet.
  • Whipping cream: Whipping cream adds creaminess and a delicate richness to the drink.
  • Chocolate syrup: Chocolate syrup is the easiest way to add a hint of sweetness to your Irish cream. You can also add melted chocolate instead.
  • Instant coffee granules: This adds the traditional coffee flavor to Irish cream. If you want an even more concentrated coffee flavor, add instant espresso.

Directions

Step 1: Combine all ingredients

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Place the evaporated milk, heavy whipping cream, 2% milk, sugar, chocolate syrup, coffee granules, vanilla and almond extract in a blender. Process until the mixture is smooth. That’s it!

Step 2: Mix up a drink

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You can serve the Irish cream as is, or combine it with coffee for a pick-me-up. To do this, pour a cup of your favorite brewed coffee into a cup. Then, add 1/3 cup Irish cream. You can also add an ounce of any Irish whiskey to spike your drink.

Irish Cream Variations

  • Pre-spike it: Feel free to add whiskey to your homemade Irish cream. If you like a stiffer drink, add between 2 to 3 ounces whiskey; if you prefer something lighter, drop to 1/2 ounce.
  • Try different dairies: You can also make Irish cream with sweetened condensed milk. This would eliminate the evaporated milk, sugar and 2% milk from the recipe. Use one can of condensed milk to try this out.
  • Add more flavors: We recommend peppermint extract for a refreshing note, or cinnamon for a deeper, fuller flavor.

How to Store Irish Cream

Once blended, store your Irish cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Make sure to shake it well before serving.

Irish Cream Tips

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How can you use homemade Irish cream?

You can use homemade Irish cream in all sorts of Bailey’s desserts, such as an Irish cream trifle or Irish cream cupcakes. You can also use Irish cream in cheesecakes and baked custards.

What kind of whiskey should you use to make Irish cream?

You can use any Irish whiskey you like. I personally prefer Jameson or Bushmills, but it really is up to you and your palette.

Irish Cream

Prep Time 10 min
Yield 3-1/3 cups.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • EACH SERVING:
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey, optional

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine the first 8 ingredients; cover and process until smooth. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. For each serving, place coffee in a mug. Stir in 1/3 cup Irish cream and if desired, Irish whiskey. Heat mixture in a microwave if desired.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 165 calories, 11g fat (7g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 53mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

Add some creamy goodness to your cup of joe with a splash or two of this homemade Irish cream. —Marcia Severson, Hallock, Minnesota