Copycat Baileys Irish Cream

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Homemade Irish Cream is the perfect addition to your morning coffee, delicious served over ice cream and perfect over ice for sipping.

Did you know it takes less than 5 minutes to make this Copycat Baileys Irish Cream at home (and the flavor is amazing)?

jar of Copycat Baileys Irish Cream with glass full with ice in the back

This easy recipe comes from the McNab Family Cookbook, a little self published cookbook with some of my favorite Irish inspired recipes (among many other goodies). There are actually 3 Homemade Baileys Irish cream recipes in my little book with different ingredients (eggs, chocolate syrup and rum). I combined the parts I liked best to create this delicious recipe.


  • Sweetened Condensed Milk thickens and sweetens the mixture.
  • Light Cream makes this creamy of course and helps balance out the sweetness of the condensed milk.
  • Whiskey is used to spike this treat. No need for a fancy whiskey, an inexpensive brand works just as well.
  • Flavor Instant coffee and vanilla add flavor.

To Make Irish Cream without Alcohol

This Irish cream can be made without alcohol. Skip the whiskey and add a teaspoon or so of rum extract or whiskey extract. Brands can vary so add a little bit at a time until you reach the desired flavor!

homemade Irish cream ingredients


As long as your cream is fresh, this will last about 2 weeks in the fridge.

If giving this as a gift, leave a note to ensure your recipients refrigerate it.

pouring Copycat Baileys Irish Cream into a glass of coffee

Recipes to Spike with Irish Cream

jar of Copycat Baileys Irish Cream with glass full with ice in the back
5 from 2 votes
Review Recipe

Copycat Baileys Irish Cream

Prep Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 5 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Copycat Baileys Irish Cream is creamy & flavorful with a bit of a kick. The best part is, it's ready in under 5 minutes!


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 2 cups light cream or half and half
  • 1 cup whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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  • Combine all ingredients in jar with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Shake to mix well. Chill at least 24 hours before serving.
  • Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes

This Irish cream can be made without alcohol. Skip the whiskey and add a teaspoon or so of rum or whiskey extract. While the flavor is slightly different, it's delicious!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 215, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 49mg, Potassium: 145mg, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 291IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 108mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Baileys Irish Cream, Baileys Irish Cream recipe, copycat Baileys Irish Cream, how to make Baileys Irish Cream
Course Beverage, Drink, Drinks
Cuisine American, Irish
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close up of Copycat Baileys Irish Cream in coffee with writing
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Copycat Baileys Irish Cream in a jar and being poured over coffee with a title
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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

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  1. This is SO delicious! SO rich. Can I use this as a substitute for the commercial Bailey’s when needed for recipes? ….like your Bailey’s brownies recipe? Thanks!!!

    1. I haven’t tried it but I can’t see why the Baileys wouldn’t work in the brownies Chey. Enjoy!