Easy Homemade Irish Cream: A Cozy Delight to Sip and Savor

Today, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that’s become a staple in my cozy evenings and weekend gatherings – the ever-so-satisfying Easy Homemade Irish Cream.

Picture this: a rich blend of brandy, velvety cream, and a touch of chocolate and vanilla, all coming together to create a delightful concoction that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for a warming sip by the fireplace or a unique addition to your favorite coffee, this homemade Irish cream is about to become your new favorite go-to.

Or if you’re looking for the perfect St. Patrick’s Day after dinner drink this is it!!

Let’s dive into the simple joy of crafting this luscious libation!

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Ingredients in this Easy Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

Hey there, fellow cream liqueur enthusiasts! Today, I’m super excited to share with you my latest kitchen experiment – a delightful homemade Irish cream that’s just perfect for cozy evenings or as a fancy addition to your weekend brunch.

What’s unique about this recipe is that it’s crafted with a twist of brandy, which adds a lovely depth of flavor. So, let’s dive in!

I started off by gathering the essentials: a cup of brandy for that rich, warming kick.

Add in a cup of whipping cream to bring in the lush creaminess, and a cup of milk to balance it all out.

Then, to add to the decadence, I used three large eggs – they really help in creating that silky texture we all love in Irish cream.

The star players in the flavor department are a cup of chocolate syrup (because, let’s face it, chocolate makes everything better).

And a generous double splash of vanilla extract for that sweet, aromatic touch.

Let’s go!

Substitute Ingredients You Can Use in This Recipe!

Depending on your dietary preferences or ingredient availability, you can consider some substitute ingredients for this homemade Irish cream recipe:

Dairy-Free Options

Instead of regular milk, you can use a non-dairy alternative like almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk.

Opt for a non-dairy whipping cream substitute for the whipping cream component.

Egg Substitutes

If you prefer to avoid raw eggs, consider using pasteurized eggs or egg substitute products. Alternatively, you can omit the eggs altogether, although it may affect the texture slightly.


Adjust the sweetness to your liking by using different sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, or a sugar substitute. Add gradually and taste to ensure the desired level of sweetness.

Chocolate Flavor

Experiment with different chocolate syrups or cocoa powders to achieve the chocolate flavor you prefer. Some recipes also use melted chocolate for a richer taste.

Alcohol Alternatives

If you want to change the base spirit, you can try using whiskey or rum instead of brandy for a different flavor profile.

Always keep in mind that substitutions may alter the final taste and texture of the Irish cream, so it’s a good idea to experiment and adjust according to your preferences.

Making the Easy Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

Now that we’re all set for a cozy adventure in our kitchens, let’s dive into making this Easy Homemade Irish Cream.

Grab your blender and get ready to create some magic!

Start by measuring out a cup each of brandy, whipping cream, and milk.

Crack open three large eggs, and if you’re feeling adventurous, how about a cup (or more) of rich chocolate syrup?

Finally, add a generous dash of vanilla extract to elevate those flavors.

Now, into the blender it all goes – the brandy’s warmth, the cream’s smoothness, and the chocolatey goodness, all mingling together!!

Hit that blend button, not too fast, not too slow, just until everything becomes a harmonious symphony of deliciousness.

Taste-test time!

Adjust the sweetness with more chocolate syrup if needed.

Once it’s perfect, transfer your creation into a snug little container, pop it in the fridge, and let it chill for a few hours or overnight.

Voila! Your homemade Irish cream is ready to elevate your sipping experience.

Shake it up, pour it over ice, mix it into coffee – the possibilities are as endless as the joy this delightful concoction brings. Cheers to easy, homemade happiness!

Other Tips and Tricks for Making the Easy Homemade Irish Cream Recipe!

Making homemade Irish cream is straightforward, but a few tips and tricks can help ensure it turns out perfectly:

Blend Well, But Not Too Long

When you blend the mixture, ensure it’s smooth and well combined. However, over-blending, especially at high speeds, can cause the cream to thicken too much due to over-whipping. Blend just enough to mix the ingredients thoroughly.

Quality Ingredients Matter

The taste of your Irish cream will largely depend on the quality of the ingredients used. Choose a good brand of brandy and fresh, high-quality cream and milk for the best flavor.

Gentle Heat for Eggs

If you’re concerned about using raw eggs, you can gently heat the mixture. Whisk the eggs with some of the milk and gently heat it until it reaches 160°F (71°C), stirring constantly to avoid scrambling. Then cool it down before blending with the other ingredients. This step can help to pasteurize the eggs.

Adjust to Taste

The recipe can be tweaked according to your preferences. Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less chocolate syrup, or vary the strength of the alcohol.

Sieve for Smoothness

For an extra smooth texture, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps or egg strands.

Chill Before Serving

Irish cream tastes best when chilled. Let it sit in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving to allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to chill thoroughly.

Shake Before Use

If the Irish cream sits in the fridge for a while, the ingredients may separate slightly. Give it a good shake or stir before serving to ensure everything is well mixed.

Store Properly

Keep the Irish cream in an airtight container in the fridge. Homemade Irish cream usually lasts for up to two weeks.

Serving Suggestions

Experiment with different ways to enjoy your Irish cream. It can be sipped on its own, added to coffee, or used in various dessert recipes.

Remember, making Irish cream at home allows you to customize the flavors to your liking, so feel free to experiment and adjust the recipe as you go!

The Origins of Irish Cream…

Irish Cream is a type of liqueur that originates from Ireland, as the name suggests.  That makes this recipe the perfect St. Patrick’s Day cocktail!

It was first created in the 1970s.

The most famous brand, and the one that played a significant role in popularizing Irish Cream worldwide, is Baileys Irish Cream, which was created in 1974.

This liqueur is a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients like cocoa and vanilla.

It’s known for its rich, creamy texture and unique flavor profile that combines the warmth of whiskey with the smoothness of cream.

Irish Cream quickly became popular both in Ireland and internationally, often enjoyed on its own, in coffee, or used in a variety of cocktails and desserts. The success of Baileys led to the emergence of other brands and homemade versions, like the recipe you’re interested in.

How to Store Leftover Easy Homemade Irish Cream

Storing leftover homemade Irish cream is quite straightforward. Here’s how you can do it:

Pour any leftover Irish cream into a clean, airtight container. Glass bottles or jars are ideal for this purpose. Make sure the container is properly sealed to keep out air and prevent contamination.

Store the container in the refrigerator. Homemade Irish cream should always be kept cold due to its dairy content.

Your homemade Irish cream can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The presence of alcohol helps to preserve the cream, but since it contains fresh dairy and eggs, it’s best not to keep it for too long.

Uses for Homemade Irish Cream!

Homemade Irish cream is a versatile and delicious addition to various beverages and desserts. Here are some ideas on what pairs well with Irish cream:

Coffee or Hot Chocolate

Irish cream and coffee make a classic combination. Add a splash of homemade Irish cream to your morning coffee or hot chocolate for a delightful treat.


Use Irish cream as a key ingredient in cocktails. It pairs well with other spirits like coffee liqueur, whiskey, or even flavored vodkas. Try making an Irish Cream Martini or a Mudslide cocktail.


Drizzle Irish cream over desserts like ice cream, chocolate cake, or brownies. It adds a rich and creamy flavor that complements the sweetness of desserts.


Create indulgent milkshakes by blending Irish cream with vanilla ice cream or chocolate ice cream. Top with whipped cream for an extra treat.

Over Ice

Enjoy Irish cream on the rocks, sipping it slowly to appreciate its smooth and creamy texture.

Irish Cream Liqueur Cheesecake

Incorporate Irish cream into a cheesecake recipe for a boozy and flavorful twist.

Pancakes or Waffles

Drizzle Irish cream over pancakes or waffles for a decadent breakfast or brunch option.

Mixed with Tea

Experiment by adding a splash of Irish cream to your favorite tea for a cozy and warming beverage.

Remember to be creative and explore different combinations to find your favorite way to enjoy homemade Irish cream. The versatility of this liqueur opens up a world of delicious possibilities!

If you enjoyed this easy St. Patrick’s Day drink recipe check out a few of my other cocktail recipes here!

Sláinte!!!  Or in plain English, Cheers!

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Homemade Irish Cream Recipe

Whether you're looking for a warming sip by the fireplace or a unique addition to your favorite coffee, this homemade Irish cream is about to become your new favorite go-to.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: christmas cocktail, coffee drink, irish cocktail, irish cream
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 426kcal

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  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup chocolate syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a blender, combine the brandy, whipping cream, milk, 3 large eggs, chocolate syrup, and vanilla extract.
  • Blend on low speed for about 30 seconds, just until the ingredients are combined.
  • Increase the blender speed to medium-high and blend for an additional 30-45 seconds until the mixture is smooth and well-mixed.
  • Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness if needed. You can add more chocolate syrup if you prefer a sweeter taste.
  • Once satisfied with the flavor, pour the homemade Irish cream into a clean, airtight container.
  • Refrigerate the Irish cream for at least 2 hours or overnight to allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to chill.
  • Shake or stir the Irish cream before serving, as it may separate over time in the refrigerator.
  • Serve the homemade Irish cream over ice or use it as a delightful addition to coffee, hot chocolate, or cocktails.
  • Remember to consume responsibly, and keep in mind that this recipe contains raw eggs. If you have concerns about consuming raw eggs, consider using pasteurized eggs or an egg substitute. Enjoy your modified homemade Irish cream!

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Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 768IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg
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