Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

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Crafting your own homemade Baileys Irish Cream with pasteurized eggs offers a wallet-friendly alternative to store-bought versions, making it an adaptable addition to coffee, desserts, or as a delightful cocktail. A perfect fit for festive occasions, this DIY Irish Cream serves as an ideal gift and a highlight for holiday gatherings.

3 glasses of homemade bailey irish cream

Shared by a dear friend, this recipe has been a cherished tradition passed down through her family for generations. However, the presence of raw eggs initially posed a concern. Drawing on the knowledge gained from ServSafe® courses, emphasizing the risks of consuming raw eggs, hesitation surrounded the recipe. Enter Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs—pasteurized, maintaining egg integrity while eliminating Salmonella risk, making them safe for raw consumption.

Not stopping there, health-conscious adjustments were made to the recipe by swapping out whipping cream for 2% milk. The result? A lighter version that seamlessly fooled tasters at a recent gathering, earning enthusiastic praise and second glass requests. Cheers to a safer, healthier, and equally indulgent Irish Cream experience! Add to a warm mug of Crockpot Hot Chocolate. You might also enjoy our Cranberry Spritzer.


  • 14 oz. Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk (or heavy whipping cream)
  • 1 large Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs (pasteurized for safety when eating raw)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Hershey’s® Chocolate Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. almond extract

How To Make

After carefully measuring and combining all the ingredients – the sweetened condensed milk, Jameson Irish Whiskey, 2% milk (or heavy whipping cream), Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs, Hershey’s® Chocolate Syrup, and a touch of almond extract – the next step is crucial for achieving that velvety consistency. Pour into a blender, setting it to high for one minute. This blending ensures that each ingredient integrates, resulting in a smooth Irish Cream.

Once the blending is complete, transfer to a sealed container and allow it to chill in the refrigerator. This step not only refines the flavors but also chills the drink before serving.

To serve, drizzle the glass with chocolate. This adds an extra layer of sweetness and a touch of elegance, setting the stage for the main event. Pour the chilled homemade Irish Cream into the chocolate-drizzled glass, allowing the rich flavors to mingle with the chocolate accents. This final touch not only enhances the visual appeal but also introduces a delightful contrast of textures, making each sip a luxurious experience. So, whether you’re serving guests or treating yourself, this process ensures that every element of your homemade Irish Cream is a celebration of flavor and presentation.

Recipe Tips

Use a High-Quality Blender: Invest in a high-quality blender to ensure a smooth and well-mixed consistency. This helps incorporate all the ingredients seamlessly, giving your Baileys a creamy texture.

Adjust the Sweetness: Taste the mixture before chilling and adjust the sweetness according to your preference. You can add more chocolate syrup for a sweeter flavor or increase the whiskey for a stronger kick.

Experiment with Liquor: Feel free to experiment with different types of Irish whiskey or other liqueurs to personalize the flavor profile of your Baileys. Some may prefer a smokier whiskey for a bolder taste.

Consistency Options: If you want a lighter version, stick with 2% milk. For a richer and more indulgent Baileys, go for heavy whipping cream. You can also try a combination of both to find the perfect balance.

Chocolate Drizzle: Before serving, consider drizzling additional Hershey’s® Chocolate Syrup on top for an extra touch of sweetness and presentation.

Serve Over Ice: Serve your homemade Baileys over ice for a refreshing and chilled experience. This is especially enjoyable if you’re serving it as a standalone drink.

Get Creative with Presentation: When serving, consider garnishing with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or a cinnamon stick for an added visual appeal.

top down shot of baileys irish cream in 3 glasses


How Long Does Homemade Baileys with eggs Last? 

You can store your Irish Cream in the refrigerator for up to one month. 

What Can I substitute for Eggs in Homemade Baileys?

If you can’t find pasteurized eggs you can simply skip the eggs or use egg beaters

Is it necessary to use Davidson’s Safest Choice® Eggs?

Using pasteurized eggs like Davidson’s Safest Choice® eliminates the risk of Salmonella, making them safe for raw consumption. If you can’t find this specific brand, look for other pasteurized egg options.

Can I omit the almond extract?

Certainly. The almond extract adds a subtle nutty flavor. If you’re not a fan or have allergies, feel free to omit it or substitute it with a different extract.

Can I use a hand mixer instead of a blender?

While a blender is recommended for a smooth consistency, you can use a hand mixer if that’s what you have. Ensure thorough mixing to avoid any clumps.

Storage Instructions

To store your homemade Baileys with eggs, transfer the mixture into a tightly sealed container and refrigerate it promptly. Proper storage is essential for maintaining its freshness and flavor. Ensure that the container is airtight to prevent the absorption of unwanted odors from the refrigerator. Shake the container well before serving after it has been chilled, and always check for any signs of spoilage, such as off-putting odors or changes in color and texture, before consumption. Homemade Baileys typically has a refrigerated shelf life of about a month, but for optimal quality, it’s recommended to consume it within this timeframe.

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3 glasses of homemade bailey irish cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

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Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Homemade Baileys with eggs (pasteurized and safe to consume) is simple to make at home and is much less expensive than the store varieties. Serve it in coffee, use it in desserts, or serve as a cocktail. Homemade Irish Cream makes great gifts and is perfect for your holiday parties. 


  • 14 ounces Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk, or heavy whipping cream
  • 1 large Davidson's Safest Choice® Eggs or another pasteurized egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • chocolate syrup optional


  • Blend the ingredients. Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend 1 minute on high.
  • Serve. Chill. Keeps for 1 month in the refrigerator.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 44mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 256mg | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 198mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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