Monday 26 November 2012

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur

Its beginning to feel a lot like Christmas... all the stores have their Christmas displays on, the lights are bright and sparkly, and the Christmas trees are beginning to appear. Not in our house though, seeing as we still have a couple of birthdays to celebrate first, eeps. December is always an expensive month for me, with Aditi turning five this year and Kay... well, lets not go there :)
But the one thing that really puts me in the mood for Christmas is this delicious recipe for homemade Irish cream liqueur from Kay's dad, affectionately referred to as 'Grandpa's Hooch'. Come Christmas, FIL makes up batches of this recipe for friends, and its a lovely tradition that I follow every year at Christmas (er, and a few times in between...). And indulge is definitely the right word here... this is not for the calorie counters. Its choc-a-bloc with cream, condensed milk and of course, the staple Irish whiskey. Its very reminiscent of Bailey's, but with a kick of its own that makes it pretty unique, and in my humble opinion, even better than Baileys. 

While I still have to wait for Christmas to make up my big batch and I was getting way too impatient, so I whipped up a small batch and its mellowing in the fridge, as we speak. Its really good on its own, over ice or in coffee. A warning though, it goes down deceptively smoothly, and so its easy to forget that its got a good chunk of alcohol in it, so do enjoy responsibly :-)

This recipe uses raw eggs, so you may want to use pasteurised eggs, if you wish. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week, although I highly doubt that it will last that long.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur


(Printable Recipe)

1 tin (300ml) sweetened condensed milk
1 cup (250 ml) coffee cream (18% cream, or single cream)
3 eggs
1 cup (250 ml) Irish whiskey (I used Jameson's)
1 tbsp chocolate syrup
1 - 2 drops coconut essence or extract (or you can use 2 drops of almond extract)


Blend together the ingredients until well mixed. Ideally, refrigerate for a day to let the cream mellow, but its pretty good on the day as well. Shake well before pouring out. Serve neat over ice or in fresh black coffee.

Yes, its really that easy :-)

*I am not sure where FIL got the recipe from, as he's been making this for several years now. But it seems to be a a fairly standard one with a few variations here and there.

This isn't one of my best pictures, but it fits in with the theme at Junglefrog Cooking's Photo Challenge for November, so away it goes :) 


  1. Oh my - this sounds dangerous! We made eggnog for the first time the other day and loved that, so I reckon we'd love this even more :)

    By the way, the blog looks wonderful - love the redesign!

  2. Thanks MiMi... yeah its dangerous all right, I have a hangover this morning :-)

    I decided to take the blog a bit more seriously, hence the redesign. It seems to have worked so far, have had a lot more hits.

  3. Hi Michelle!
    That looks wonderful! Go Grandpa!
    Thanks for linking up to the Blog Crawl! Happy SPD!

  4. This sounds absolutely delicious. I think I'll make up a batch of this, throw on my sweats, and have a fun weekend! :o) Hahahaha!

  5. Hi, I'm your newest follower! I love your Irish cream, it looks yummy! I'm going to make it soon Mimi... hey...we have to live a little dangerously!
    I'm inviting you to visit me at Kathleen's for the St. Pat's tables, although I'm not Irish, I'm a girl from Astoria-Queens and grew up with Irish-Italians in my neighborhood, (now Greek) and
    Catholic, so here goes my love for St. Pat's.
    Have a wonderful St's Patty.

  6. @Kathleen, thank you for hosting the blog crawl, its even better than a pub crawl, methinks.

    @La, what do you think I did all weekend ;-) I didn't even bother with the sweats, just stayed in my jammies.

  7. I'd love to raise a glass of this on the 17th-enjoy:@)

  8. This sounds soooooo good. I'm printing the recipe to make it. Thanks for the printable link.
    Happy St. Patrick's Day and I'll raise a glass, too.

  9. This looks really good...I might just make it for tomorrow!

    Happy St. Paddy's Day! :-)


  10. It never occurred to me you could make your own Baileys style liquer. Fabulous!

  11. @Lynn, thanks. Happy St Paddy's day!

    @Babs, thanks for your comment. My mother-in-law suggested that I make the recipes printable as in her words 'not everyone has a computer in the kitche :-)'

    @Jane, thanks and a happy St Paddy's day to you too. Enjoy with your lovely family.

    @Sarah, yep, and it's pretty addictive stuff too. Should get rid of sore throat pronto :-)

  12. YUM. That is an OUTSTANDING Christmas tradition. ;)

  13. Thanks so much for joining in the challenge for this month and you may think this is not your best image but I still think its pretty awesome!

  14. I was unaware of any Iresh cream liqueur. Thanks for introducing with such recipe. It seems delicious as well.

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  15. wow! I am definitely going to be making this!! My brother and his finance are big Bailey's fans and they are hosting Christmas this year. Perfect host gift

  16. Bailey's like this. Definitely would try for me not for others. Hahaha


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