DIY Irish Cream Recipe

Photograph: Liam Boylan

Irish cream is irresistible. It's creamy and sweet with just the right whiskey kick. The best part about making your own is that you're in control of the flavor. Feel free to play around a bit with the recipe.

If you want to experiment with flavors, omit the vanilla and almond extracts and honey to start with a simpler base. Then add your own flavors to taste. For a darker, less-sweet version, substitute melted dark chocolate for the cocoa and 1 tablespoon brewed espresso for the espresso powder. To sweeten it up, use 1 tablespoon melted bittersweet chocolate in place of the cocoa. For a thicker and richer drink, add four eggs before blending, then serve the same day for best flavor.

Recipe Details

DIY Irish Cream Recipe

Active 10 mins
Total 2 hrs 10 mins
Serves 32 servings
Makes 4 cups


  • 1 1/4 cups Irish whiskey

  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder (see notes)

  • 14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 tablespoon real vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon real almond extract

  • 2 tablespoons honey


  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender.

  2. Transfer mixture into a glass jar or bottle and seal. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Shake before serving.

Special equipment



Refrigerate and shake before each use. This will keep for about 2 months. You can substitute instant espresso or make your own espresso powder by brewing espresso and drying, then crushing the grounds.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
93 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32
Amount per serving
Calories 93
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 50mg 4%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 68mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)