Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Homemade Bailey's Irish Creme

One of my favorite parts of the holidays is sipping Bailey's Irish Creme & coffee...yumm!
I was suprised to see what they actually use to make the original.....
This is the ingredients listed on the bottle:
Fresh Dairy Cream, Sugar, Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Milk Products, Cocoa extracts and flavours, Irish Whiskey, Colouring: 150b, Emulsifier: E471, Acidity regulator: E331.

Ok.....what the heck is Emulisifier: E471, or Acidity regulator: E331?.....Can't they just use natural ingredients? Most of us don't even check ingredient lists to know what we're ingesting, no wonder so many are sick with new cancers and diseases.....don't even get me started....I'm so sick and tired of these companies!

Oh, but I digress.......this is supposed to be about homemade Bailey's!

Aaaaaaanyway, in most cases I try to make my own if possible.
I found a few different homemade recipes to make it yourself for a lot less than the original and without all the 'unknown ingredients'. They also make wonderful gifts and are almost always the hit of the holiday parties :)

here's a few easy recipes that you could whip up in a matter of minutes and pour into a fancy bottles...or whatever bottle you want to use.
If you're planning on keeping it as a treat for yourself you better hide it in an inconspicuous dark jar or other type of bottle no one would dare open in the back of the fridge because homemade Bailey's has a way of disappearing when you're not looking :)


1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half & half
1 cup irish whiskey
1 1/2-2 tsp chocolate flavored syrup (like for coffee, not ice cream)
1/16-1/8 tsp coconut extract

Mix all by hand, nonmetal utensils. Store in fridge.


Can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. half and half
2 c. Canadian whiskey (80 proof)
1 tbsp. instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water
2 oz. coffee liqueur (Kahlua) (below is a recipe for homemade Kahlua)

Mix all and chill for two hours or as long as overnight.
Mix all by hand, nonmetal utensils. Store in fridge.

Kahlua Recipe

1 fifth sized bottle of vodka (any brand)
1/4 cup instant coffee
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine water, sugar, coffee and vanilla in a large pot. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Add vodka..... voila! Just like Kahlua (or very close).

3 C. Sugar
4 C. Water
10 tsp. Instant Coffee
4 tsp. Vanilla
2 - 3 C. Vodka

Mix first 3 ingredients in large pan and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat and cool for 1 hour. Add the vanilla and vodka, mix well and pour into dark colored bottles. Store in cool dark place for 2 weeks for best results. I have used it right away also.

More Bailey's recipes:


10 oz. Coffee Rich, thawed
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. coconut extract
3 eggs
3 tsp. Hershey syrup
1 1/4 c. whiskey, scotch or brandy

Blend in blender on high for 1 minute.


1 3/4 c. rum
1 (16 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
1 c. whipping cream
2 tbsp. instant coffee
4 eggs
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla

Put all ingredients in blender and mix. Store tightly in covered containers in refrigerator until ready to use.

NOTE: You can use any liquor of your choice.

Well, enjoy your Bailey's and remember to please drink responsibly!

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