Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

Susannah Brinkley Henry | Feast + West

Learn how to make Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur that tastes even better than store-bought. It makes a great gift or you can keep it on hand to make cocktails or to sip over ice.

Ireland is a magical place. I have visited once, when I was a teenager with my family. We spent the holidays there and enjoyed a rare White Christmas in Galway.

The three things that stick out most to me about that trip and Ireland in general are the scenery, the people and the food.

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Ireland is just gorgeous. If it's not on your travel radar, it totally should be.

Our road trip through Ireland was like a dream: rolling hills and meadows, stone walls, white sheep polka-dotting the countryside. The countryside is a lush emerald green you'll never forget — a pretty exact match to that specific shade of St. Patrick's Day green.

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The people of Ireland are a proud bunch. Proud to be Irish, proud of their history, proud of their food.

And oh gosh, the food. Everything from the shepherd's pie to the dark stout beer to the Irish cream liqueur is worth writing home about.

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I remember the first time I tried Irish cream liqueur. My mom sometimes serves it as an after-dinner drink over ice, sometimes as a splash in coffee.

The first sip was as magical as that first trip to Ireland. Irish cream is a sweet liqueur you can sip on its own or mix into cocktails. It's smooth and creamy with a hint of chocolate and coffee.

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If you’ve ever purchased it, you might be shocked to know how easy it is to make homemade Irish cream liqueur. We already know I love making cocktail ingredients like spiced rum and simple syrup from scratch, and this is no different!

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All you need are a few ingredients, most of which you might already have at home. You’ll combine cocoa powder, instant espresso powder, heavy cream and a can of sweetened condensed milk, plus whatever Irish whiskey you love. (I went with Jameson.)

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Whisk them all together and decant them into a bottle. Keep it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks — if you can savor it that long!

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There are just so many ways you can enjoy it! Use it to make Irish cream fudge or Irish cream-glazed Guinness donuts. Even a round of Irish coffee Jell-o shots!

Whatever you choose, it’s bound to stir up some of that Irish magic. Sláinte!

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Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur Recipe

  2 Servings


  • 1 teaspoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Powder
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream, divided
  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish Whiskey


  1. In a 1-quart pitcher or mixing bowl with a spout, whisk together cocoa powder, espresso powder and a splash of heavy cream. Whisk in more cream a little at a time, until it reaches the consistency of a paste.
  2. Whisk in the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and Irish whiskey. Stir in the remaining heavy cream.
  3. Pour or decant with a funnel into a 1-quart carafe or bottle. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks.



Cooking Method:
No Cook
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20 servings
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Author: Susannah Brinkley Henry
Recipe Yields: 20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 520
Calories 1668

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 65g
  Saturated Fat 41g
Sodium 388mg
Total Carbohydrate 143g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 140g
Protein 23g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Susannah Brinkley Henry

About Susannah

Susannah is known for her delectable recipes on her blog Feast + West. Here at Food Fanatic, she's sharing her favorite homemade cocktails.

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