Homemade Baileys


Today I wanted to share this fun recipe that my girlfriend and I make around this time of the year (it’s her family recipe).

I highly recommend making this with a friend. It’s a fun way to spend an hour on a Saturday afternoon or even evening.

Now it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a “naughty but nice” recipe, and as Christmas approaches this one is timely. It makes a nice hostess gift or one for your coworkers. It’s not only simple but once you’ve tried this you’ll never buy it again. It makes the store bought stuff taste watered down and almost synthetic.

We usually make a double batch, because I give a lot of it away.

Tie a pretty bow and hang an ornament from the bottle for a hostess gift

Homemade Baileys

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp Cocoa
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 to 4 Tbsp of boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups whiskey

In a large bowl or jug, whisk together the cream and sweetened condensed milk until the two are smooth and well combined. You’ll need two smaller bowls for the next step. In one bowl, whisk together the eggs. In the other bowl add the instant coffee, cocoa and cinnamon with just enough hot water to form a runny, smooth paste. Add the eggs, chocolate mixture and whiskey to the cream. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined. Using a sieve, pour the homemade Baileys through the strainer to strain out any of the lumpy egg whites that might not have blended in properly. What you’re left with is perfectly smooth and rich tasting Baileys. Pour the mixture into pretty bottles and refrigerate.

This baileys will last for at least 3 weeks refrigerated and maybe a lot longer, but there’s usually none left after 3 weeks to test the longevity.

15 Responses to Homemade Baileys

  1. JoAnn Ryan December 2, 2011 at 10:31 pm #

    This recipe looks delicious!

  2. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles December 3, 2011 at 3:50 am #

    First off, what a *fantastic* picture of Joshua skiing in heaven!! Whoa… Looks like he was enjoying some incredible conditions too. I’m curious what hill that was on… (I take it you guys are out West).

    On to the Homemade Baileys… I’ve never even heard of such a thing – how absolutely wonderful! Now, I’ve never been a fan of condensed milk however, I suspect that I’m consuming something equally (if not more) naughty when drinking Baileys (which I rather enjoy!) so it’s all good for a holiday treat… funny, I was just working on a Bailey’s recipe… great minds!! Fun post France. (Looking forward to those protein brownies in the future 😉

    • France Morissette December 3, 2011 at 8:21 am #

      Hi Kelly, As for the skiing, we are out West. I don’t know where this photo was taken however…we have a lot of ski photos. This one may have been taken in Utah? As for the Baileys, I completely agree, when it comes to sweetened condensed milk, it’s a little scary. Milk as thick as peanut butter that comes in a can is definitely processed, but I make an exception for this one recipe once a year (does it count for twice a year if I double the recipe:) ? If you figure out a way to make it without using this ingredient please share! I’d love to know.

  3. Kalinda December 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm #

    Mind blown! I had never heard of homemade Bailey’s either. I had been planning on making cranberry liqueur to give out, but this might usurp my plans. Either way I’m definitely making some for me!

    • France Morissette December 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

      Hi Kalinda, It’s such a nice treat to have around during the season. Especially if you’re planning on entertaining. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Koko December 4, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    That picture is awesome! I can’t wait to try snowboarding this year….just got a new snowboard jacket and I’m so excited! Maybe I need some protein brownies to keep me going….!!

    And Bailey’s….. well you just can’t go wrong there! Apres?

    • France Morissette December 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

      Hi Koko, I used to snowboard but haven’t been out in ages. I’m thinking of getting back into the cross country skiing. Not nearly as cool snowboarding but there’s something so peaceful about it. And a little bailey apres is always a nice treat.

  5. Jeanette December 4, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Love the idea of a protein brownie – my son could use that on his cross country runs. Sounds like the homemade baileys would be nice after your husband gets back from one of his ski runs.

    • France Morissette December 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

      Hi Jeanette. I hope your son can have these. They do have baking powder, but I’m sure your kitchen is stocked with the gluten free stuff. Otherwise they’re probably good to go.

  6. Linda December 6, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    Fabulous photgraphy! and as for the Baileys..homemade, count me in! Just looking at the rich list of ingredients is causing me to pause, but it is the holidays after all!

    • France Morissette December 7, 2011 at 4:48 am #

      Hi Linda, I know not an everyday recipe! It’s definitely a make and share type of thing…kind of like so many desserts out there, but a boozy one.

  7. Kalinda December 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Just made a test batch. Quality control and all, had to try it out before giving it to people for Christmas. 😉 It made my mouth happy. See :D. I think I’ll up the cocoa and instant coffee just a smidge. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    • France Morissette December 15, 2011 at 3:43 am #

      You can never have to much chocolate or coffee Kalinda!


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