Homemade Irish Cream Recipe is so easy to make in just 5 minutes

Whether you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day or just want to enjoy a little indulgence, nothing beats sweet and creamy Irish cream! This versatile liqueur is a favorite in Ireland and beyond, and is so easy to mix into drinks or even add to baked goods. But forget the store-bought version: making your own version is easier than you think and so satisfying. We’re sharing the best homemade Irish cream recipe using just six ingredients and five minutes of prep that’s sure to bring you good luck. Better yet: we offer two recipes using the liqueur so you have more ways to enjoy it.

What is Irish cream?


Irish cream is a cream liqueur (usually sweeter than alcohol and used to flavor cocktails) known for its smooth texture and indulgent flavor. It combines Irish whiskey, cream, sugar and often additional flavorings such as cocoa, vanilla and coffee. Many drink Irish cream straight, on ice or mixed into cocktails or desserts.

You may be surprised to learn that Irish cream is not originally from Ireland. In fact, Baileys, the original Irish brand of cream, was invented in 1973 by Englishman Tom Jago in London. However, Irish cream remains a protected geographical indicator product, meaning it must be produced in Ireland.

What about Irish whiskey?

Irish whiskey, the alcoholic component of Irish cream, is a popular spirit with a long history in Ireland. And fun fact, the word “whiskey” comes from Irish. whiskey, meaning “water of life”. By the 17th century, Irish whiskey had achieved great popularity both at home and abroad, with distilleries flourishing across the island.

Distinct from its Scottish and American counterparts, Irish whiskey is typically triple distilled for smoothness and aged in oak barrels, resulting in a smooth, rounded flavor. Known for its light and approachable taste, this liqueur features notes of barley, fruit and vanilla.

For more festive St. Patrick’s Day recipesclick for Irish nachos, 7 Irish drinks and Irish stew.

Expert Tips for Making Irish Cream

Making homemade Irish cream may seem complicated, but it’s surprisingly easy with a few expert tips. We spoke to Erin Clarke from Well Plate who shares some helpful tips to get you started.

1. Don’t over-whip

Making Irish cream requires mixing several ingredients, including the cream. “Be careful not to overdo it or you’ll whip the cream,” says Clarke. When mixing the cream, small air bubbles become trapped while the fat begins to break up and stick together, forming whipped cream. You can avoid this by mixing your ingredients until just combined.

2. Store it properly

In general, store-bought Irish cream will keep for 2 years. However, you can still make homemade Irish cream last for a while by following the proper steps. Storage in an airtight container is essential. “It may last several weeks in your refrigerator, but I doubt you will keep it for long!” adds Clarke.

3. Make it a gift

Pouring homemade Irish cream into a decorated jar makes the perfect housewarming or holiday gift, according to Clarke. And who doesn’t love something homemade? Wrap the bottles with rope, handwritten notes or bows for a truly heartwarming surprise.

6 Ingredient Irish Cream Recipe

Fresh ingredients take the classic flavors of Irish cream to a whole new level. With just six ingredients that you may already have, this homemade liquor tastes just like the store-bought bottle. Try this recipe from The View From Great Island that only takes five minutes to prepare. And be sure to store your Irish cream in an airtight container in the refrigerator and shake it well before serving.

Homemade Irish Cream

homemade Irish cream



  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 C. instant coffee or instant espresso

  • ½ tsp. Sugar-free cocoa powder

  • 1 cup Irish, Jameson or favorite whiskey

  • 1 C. vanilla extract

  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk


  • Active time: 5 minutes

  • Total time: 5 minutes

  • Yield: 12 servings

  1. Put 1 tbsp. of heavy cream in a mixing bowl and add the espresso and cocoa powder. Mix them until both powders are completely dissolved and there are no lumps left.

  2. Add the remaining heavy cream, stirring or whisking gently.

  3. Add the whiskey, vanilla and condensed milk and mix everything well.

  4. Pour the mixture into a bottle with a cap, then refrigerate until needed.

Note: Alternatively, you can put everything in a blender and blend briefly to combine. Do not mix for too long otherwise you risk whipping the cream.

2 fun recipes using Irish cream

Now that you’ve made your Irish cream, you can use it for a variety of recipes you probably haven’t thought of. From baked goods to alcoholic beverages, Irish cream offers endless possibilities for adding a touch of luxury and rich flavor. Here are two recipes using homemade Irish cream that you absolutely have to try.

Irish Cream Coffee

homemade Irish cream


Lisa Hatfield from Delicious Table shares her favorite Irish coffee recipe, ready in 10 minutes. “It can be made with a shot of Jameson Irish whiskey or a dash of Bailey’s Irish cream or homemade Irish cream,” says Hatfield. For a festive presentation, she suggests garnishing with “beautiful edible gold, clover sprinkles or chocolate shavings.”


  • ¼ cup heavy cream, for garnish

  • 1 cup of hot water

  • 2-3 teaspoons light brown sugar

  • ¾ cup hot brewed coffee

  • 3 tbsp. Irish whiskey

  • 3 tbsp. homemade Irish cream

  • Chocolate shavings, edible gold leaf, green clover chips, for garnish


  • Active time: 10 minutes

  • Total time: 10 minutes

  • Yield: 1 drink

  1. Prepare a pot of coffee. Meanwhile, whip the heavy cream in a bowl, with an electric mixer or by hand. Whip cream until soft peaks form; it should be thick but still pourable.

  2. Fill a cup with hot water and let sit for 1 minute. Pour in the hot water and add the brown sugar. Then pour in the hot coffee up to ¾, stir to dissolve the sugar, then pour in the whiskey.

  3. Top with heavy whipped cream, carefully pouring over the back of a hot spoon to form a thick layer on top. Then add homemade Irish cream. Finally, decorate with chocolate shavings, edible gold leaves or sprinkles.

And don’t forget to check out this recipe for Irish Coffee with Whiskey Whipped Cream created by the First for Women Test Kitchen!

Related: Keep the good times going with one of these delicious dessert cocktails

Irish Cream Brownies

This decadent brownie recipe from Kitchen Time with Neha combines Irish cream with chopped dark chocolate for a rich, fudge-filled bite. Best of all, they’re topped with a velvety Irish cream-infused frosting! Watch the video recipe below.

Personalize your cup

With just a few adjustments, you can customize your homemade Irish cream to suit your tastes and improve the flavor profile. Get inspired by these fun ideas.

1. Use Flavored Extracts

Extracts allow you to enjoy a wide variety of flavors without having to buy syrups or add too much sugar. Try mixing mint, almond or coconut extracts!

2. Sprinkle with spices

Add some warmth to your cup with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg or cardamom. Or get adventurous with spice blends like apple pie or pumpkin pie spice.

3. Experiment with sweeteners

Go even more indulgent with more sweetener! A swirl of caramel sauce, maple syrup or honey can do the trick.

4. Zest some citrus fruits

Infuse your cream with a bright citrus note by adding freshly grated orange, lemon, grapefruit or lime zest.

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