It’s that time of year when I’m inspired to make as many homemade things as I can. I think it’s the cold weather that makes me want to hibernate and cook up a storm. This Irish Cream recipe from ILikeToCook22 is sublime. It has little bits of espresso grinds and chocolate and an amazing texture. You’ll never buy it from the store again!
You’ll need: unsweetened cocoa powder, milk, cream, powdered sugar, Irish whiskey, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, cinnamon, espresso grinds, and honey.
Start by combining the espresso, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and powdered sugar, and mixing it all together.
Then add a dash of heavy cream. Don’t worry, you’ll get to add lots more in a second.
Give it a stir and set it aside.
Now you add some more heavy cream to a blender or if you have an immersion blender, you can do all of this in a bowl.
Add the milk…
Then the condensed milk.
And next a bit of honey. I loved this touch, it added some earthiness.
Add a few drops of vanilla…
And then pour all of the dry ingredients mixed with cream into the blender!
Then you add your whiskey. It doesn’t have to be the Irish variety; that’s just what makes it feel authentic.
Blend it for 30 seconds or so until it is smooth and creamy. Try not to drink it out of the blender with a straw. It’s very hard though. Trust me.
I made this in advance and then served it at my holiday party. It was a mega hit. Thanks so much to ILikeToCook22 for this Tasty recipe! Visit her blog Our Italian Kitchen for more amazing goodies.
Instead of going to the store to buy some Bailey’s, try your hand at making your own. It was quite easy and very good!
- 1 teaspoon Instant Espresso Granules
- 1-½ Tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- ½ teaspoons Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoons Powdered Sugar
- ¾ cups Heavy Cream, Divided
- ¾ cups Milk
- 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk (14oz)
- 1 teaspoon Honey
- 1-½ cup Irish Whiskey
- 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1. In a small bowl, mix together the espresso, cocoa powder, cinnamon, powdered sugar, and 3 Tablespoons of heavy cream. Stir until dissolved and set aside.
2. Pour all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl, then add the cocoa espresso mixture.
3. Use an immersion blender to incorporate all ingredients together for 20-30 seconds until your mixture is smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender a traditional blender on pulse or puree will work as well.
4. Pour it into your favorite sealable containers. Let the drink sit overnight for all the flavors to blend together.
5. Be sure to give it a good shake before using and enjoy your homemade Irish cream for up to 2 months. Store in refrigerator.
Source: 6 Bittersweets
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Diana on 1.14.2012
I made this!!! sooooooo good will be a holiday tradition, and present for years to come, yummy
Becky on 1.9.2012
Excellent! I just got done making this and the taste is great. I used vanilla bean paste and Jameson Irish Whiskey. Thanks for the recipe.
KarolS on 1.7.2012
I made this for New Years. I have allergies to dairy, so I substituted coconut milk, Soy Cream and Almond Milk in the recipe. It was Fantastic! My FIL enjoyed it immensely not realizing it was dairy free. Thanks for sharing this!
Jen @ Midwestern Modern Momma on 1.3.2012
I came home from work today and whipped this up. Then sat down on the couch with a mug of steaming hot coffee spiked with some of the fresh Irish Cream. I couldn’t wait for it to sit overnight! And let me just say, I think I’ve found my after-work drink. It is so delicious!! I can’t wait for my husband’s homemade whiskey to finish in the barrel so I can use it!!
Teri on 1.2.2012
Just made a batch of this and it is to die for. If you don’t have espresso powder, I think Starbucks Via would work. Go. Make this.
Gopal Iyer on 1.2.2012
Thanks for sharing the recipe. I can’t wait to try it out
Heather on 1.1.2012
We made Irish Cream for gifts this year. It was amazing. We found some really cute bottles form the local wine/beer making store and it was a hit. We are still using a bit of the last batch. I am not sure I will ever buy it from the store again since we did the math and it is about the same price. I think this is a great gift during the holidays!
Sue on 1.1.2012
This recipe looks wonderful and I can’t wait to try it!!! I am new to the site and it says that I have a recipe box ~ I would love to add this recipe to it for future reference but can not figure out how to. Could someone please help me?
Ruth on 1.1.2012
Irish Cream Cheesecake- wonderful!
I made a chocolate stout cake for my beer loving friend and glazed it with irish cream ganache- I made a batch of standard mocha flavor and used it instead of heavy cream with the chocolate. It’s legendary now.
There’s so much you can do with this recipe. I made a completely dairy free version using coconut cream and powdered sugar for my dairy free and vegan friends.
VegasGirl on 1.1.2012
Does anyone know where to find instant espresso powder? I can’t seem to find it anywhere and I’ve checked all manner of grocery stores and specialty shops (like William Sonoma). Any suggestions?
Lee C on 1.1.2012
Nom! Then you could make Irish Cream Cheesecake. Very rich, but it’s so the best!
SheilaKay on 12.31.2011
I love my immersion blender and certainly don’t want to deny it it’s finest hour so I’ll be whipping up some of this right away.
Liz, just walk an extra 30 minutes and you don’t have to worry about the WW points!
Liz on 12.31.2011
Oh oh. Danger ahead………lolol. Yum. Why did I join weight watchers just before thanksgiving? Somebody give me a kick, please.
Paula P. on 12.31.2011
Thank you Violetsky
Clayvessel on 12.30.2011
Drink it, quick! Before that whole January diet thing starts and ruins it!
triciaw on 12.30.2011
I’m on the way to the store now! This looks soo delicious!
Ruth on 12.30.2011
I make batches and batches of this for Christmas gifts every year- every year I make a new variation:
Lemon Dark Chocolate
I just finished making a batch of the Cinnamon Vanilla.
I always use Canadian Whiskey- I feel like peaty quality of the Irish Whiskey isn’t as good, and the expense is wasted. If you have an immersion blender, this will be its finest hour.
Basically, the formula for mine is as follows:
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2- 1 3/4 cup whiskey
1 pint half and half
And then add flavors. Cinnamon Vanilla is a good tablespoon of vanilla and a tablespoon of cinnamon, and sink a stick into the bottom of the container.
For Chocolate Mint, use 1 cup whiskey and the rest Mint Schapps. Use a good chocolate sauce (I use organic) and a dash of vanilla.
For Mocha, use powdered espresso, chocolate sauce, and a dash of vanilla (do this to taste)
For coconut, substitute the half and half for coconut milk, and a dash of extract. Chocolate in this is delicious, and also a dash of vanilla.
Go crazy. This is easy and delicious, and people will adore you for it.
violetsky on 12.30.2011
Paula you wouldn’t need the honey. It will just add an extra sweetness.
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions on 12.30.2011
I made eggnog martini’s for several holiday parties this year. They were a huge hit and use Irish cream in the recipe. The addition of this homemade Irish cream would have set them over the top!
Rachel Sayers on 12.30.2011
Just a tip for when making Irish cream, use Bushmill’s Whiskey as it is the oldest Whiskey distillery in the world and makes the best Whiskey. It was opened in 1604. This tip comes from a seasoned Whiskey drinker and Irish person!
Paula P. on 12.30.2011
I’m allergic to honey. Is it necessary for the recipe… or can you suggest a substitution, please?
Lorile on 12.30.2011
Guess I’ll have to stop doing laundry and cleaning bathrooms to make that concoction….Darn.
Urban Wife on 12.30.2011
Wow. I need one of those giant supersize straws.
Chana Keefer on 12.30.2011
I usually steer clear of all things alcoholic but, dang, you just mixed all my favorite things in the world with a bit of whiskey–Think I’m fallin’ off the wagon!
Darn you–looks amazingly delish!
Kelly on 12.30.2011
My grandmother used to make homemade Irish cream that’d make your toes curl AND put hair on your chest! We all loved going by to visit during the holidays. Between that and the rum balls, you had to call for a taxi home!
Meagan on 12.30.2011
Excellent! This is one of the few alcoholic beverages my mom enjoys, so I may have to make some for her!
Ree | The Pioneer Woman on 12.30.2011
Gosh. Gosh, gosh, gosh. Beautiful!
Lori @ RecipeGirl on 12.30.2011
I must make this- delicious idea!
Wenderly on 12.30.2011
Boy does that look lovely, luscious and lip licking good!!!
All Good in Mommyhood on 12.30.2011
I have blogged much about the restaurant where I work – which is a fabulous Irish pub. Nothing beats these specialties! Looks delish!