Baileys is the world’s top selling liqueur brand in the world, North America is a major market for it, and most of those numbers are undoubtedly tallied over the holiday season. An Irish whiskey and cream based liqueur made by Gilbeys of Ireland in Belfast, it’s a much-loved addition to coffee and hot chocolate, but guess what: you can make your own Irish cream to give away or snuggle up to as nights grow longer and colder. Once you have yourself a batch, there’s much more to do with it beyond dressing up your coffee for the holidays.
Add a splash to whipping cream before you whip it, use it in frostings or pour over ice cream. An Irish cream milkshake is a festive treat – or to make Irish cream truffles, heat 3/4 cup cream and 1/4 cup Irish cream in a pot set over medium heat until steaming; remove from heat and add 3 cups chopped chocolate or chocolate chips. Let sit for a minute, then stir until smooth. Refrigerate until firm, then roll into balls; roll balls in cocoa or flaked toasted hazelnuts to coat.
If you’re making it to give as gifts, buy inexpensive glass bottles, gussy them up with ribbon and store in the fridge until you pass them off. Happy holidays!
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
Adapted from several versions on AllRecipes as well as other recipe sites – all very similar.
1 cup whipping (35%) cream or coffee (18%) cream
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 – 1 1/2 cups Irish or Canadian whisky
2 Tbsp. cocoa or chocolate syrup
1 tsp. instant espresso or coffee
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until well blended. Store in a sealed bottle in the fridge, and shake well before serving.