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Baileys Irish Cream Recipe

Updated on November 15, 2016
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Baileys Irish Cream is a beautiful blend of cream and whiskey. It has been touted as the cure for the common cold - Just Lie down with a bottle of Baileys and a Straw! You can easily make your own homemade version using fresh cream, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and Whiskey, which is simply wonderful.

History of Baileys Irish Cream

In 1971, a group of managers at the Irish Whiskey company, Gilbey's of Ireland, were looking for a new international product based on a unique Irish drink. It had been known for a long time that Whiskey combined with about 50% fresh cream was a great way to settle an upset stomach. Mixing whiskey and cream together produced as delightful smooth drink. While you could mix the cream and whiskey together when fresh is required refrigeration. Bailey's found a secret way to get the cream and whiskey blend to last. So homemade Baileys Irish Cream is the original drink and you can easily make it at home using Irish, Scotch or other Whiskey.

The developers worked for three years to finalised their commercial recipe adding a little chocolate and vanilla. The first commercial Baileys Irish Cream was released at the end of 1974.

The whiskey and cream are homogenized with the help of an emulsifier derived from refined vegetable oil. This process stops the alcohol and cream from separating during storage. This is hard to duplicate in the homemade product but the mixture can simply be shaken to blend the ingredients. No preservatives are needed because the alcohol preserves the cream. Glanbia, an Irish dairy company has been the source of the cream for more than thirty years.

The commercial Baileys Irish Cream has a shelf life of about 30 months and will retain its taste for more than 2 years even after opening if kept in a refrigerator.

The commercial Baileys Irish Cream is made using a secret recipe by mixing whiskey, cream chocolate nibs, vanilla, burnt sugar, and raw sugar and has a shelf life of two years. It has a declared alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume. Baileys is also used in many recipes, such as desserts and cakes.

If you love the luscious, rich and creamy taste of Bailey, why not make a homemade version in your own kitchen? Baileys is easy to make. You only require a few commonly available ingredients. You can innovate and try version variations to suit your taste by adding various varieties of chocolate, almond extract, various varieties of coffee and various liqueurs.

List of Ingredients

  • Whipping cream, fresh cream or Light cream - depends on your preference
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Eggs (optional)
  • A bottle of fine Irish whiskey (preferred), or another variety (Scotch)
  • Fresh coffee, Instant coffee or coffee extract
  • Hershey's chocolate syrup or equivalent
  • Vanilla essence

The ingredients are simply combined and mixed in a blender.Refrigerate and then grab a glass and enjoy his delightful drink.

The cream and eggs are a fresh product and the mixture should be stored in the refrigerator and will only remain fresh for a few days. Now that should not be a problem!

Baileys has launched various varieties including biscotti, mint chocolate and creme caramel. Clearly you can add various ingredients to make your own varieties. Baileys is also used for commercial ice creams. You could also us it for your own homemade varieties.

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  • dobo700 profile image

    dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

    Sounds fantastic, I'll have to give it a go

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    Brian 6 years ago from Utah

    I don't drink, but this is great to know for chocolate fondue and such. Awesome!

  • playfulvixen profile image

    playfulvixen 6 years ago from Central Point

    This sounds so good, I can't wait to try it!

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    Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

    Bailey's is one of my favorite tipples, especially at Christmastime. The original stuff is quite expensive though, so I think I will have a go at making my own this year - now I know how!