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Homemade Irish Cream

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 12th, 2014

Homemade Irish Cream takes less than 5 minutes to make and is so much better than the store-bought kind. Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

Yield: 4 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

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Taste: Just like store-bought Irish cream, but better because you can adjust the ingredients to your taste!
Texture: Thick and creamy. If refrigerating bring to room temperature before using because it will harden slightly.
Ease: Outrageously easy. The blender does all the work and it takes less than 5 minutes.
Appearance: The cream itself is a little boring but you can put it in a cute glass jar and attach a fun label to it.
Pros: Simple, easy, and a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes!

St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week a way and I couldn’t think of a more fun video post to share than one for Homemade Irish Cream. I had no idea how amazingly easy this stuff is to make at home and if you’re like me and already have most of the ingredients on hand, it’s pretty cheap too. This would be a great gift to give out to your friends and family to celebrate, and it also goes great in baking recipes too. Stay tuned for an over-the-top cake I’ll be posting by next week – it uses Irish Cream in the most decadent way!

How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

How to make
Homemade Irish Cream

Yield: 4 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Homemade Irish Cream takes less than 5 minutes to make and is so much better than the store-bought kind. Perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or instant espresso powder
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup OR cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Remove to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Shake well before using.
Course: Drinks
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    Jennifer Rice — December 28, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Have you ever had it curdle when you make it, mine dI’d. How can I avoid this?

  2. #
    Maxime — March 13, 2015 at 10:56 am

    I’m very interested, but I wass wondering, what is sweetened condensed milk?

  3. #
    Gary Griffith — March 12, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    I’m concerned about shipping as gifts. Is there a non-perishable substitute for the heavy cream?

  4. #
    Sbarro’s — March 17, 2014 at 4:29 am

    My guests all felt it needed to be sweeter. Any ideas?

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      Tessa — March 17, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      You could add in some simple syrup for additional sweetness without sacrificing texture!

  5. #
    Eleni — March 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I had no idea it was so simple to make your own irish cream!

    PS, that color looks awesome on you!!

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    Crystinna — March 13, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I noticed you have a large bottle of vanilla extract, where can I purchase one that size? Thanks 🙂

    • #
      Tessa — March 13, 2014 at 7:29 am

      It was actually shipped to me by family from the Dominican Republic. Amazon & Costco usually have bulk sized bottles of vanilla though.

  7. #
    Gaby — March 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    So simple and I bet it is amazing!

  8. #
    gordon — March 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

    That looks amazing. Can’t wait to try it in my coffee.

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