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Bailey's Original Irish Cream Copycat Recipe
Bailey's Original Irish Cream
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Drink
Calories: 120
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.8 (46 reviews)

Bailey's uses a special process to combine two otherwise incompatible ingredients: cream and whiskey. This secret technique keeps the cream from clumping and separating from the whiskey, and allows the liqueur to go for two years unrefrigerated without spoiling. But we won't need to tap into any secret preparation techniques for our clone here since we'll be storing the liqueur in the refrigerator. We will, however, replace cream with canned evaporated milk. This gives us a properly sweetened finished product with the taste and texture of the deliciously famous Irish cream. Here now is an improved version of the Bailey's clone recipe that appears in More Top Secret Recipes. This version has fewer ingredients, is easier to make, and tastes amazing.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (1 12-ounce can)
1 cup Irish whiskey
Secret tip
Submitted on: 02/18/17
A secret hack is to put the liquid in a clean empty sauce squirter with a fine hole. As you squeeze it out it combines together. This is what the manufacturers do on a giant scale. This will give you the perfect result every time
Al V.  
Submitted on: 12/15/15
I just made a test batch...and it is to die for!!! I used sweetend condensed milk and whipping cream. I also used Caramel Moonshine for my whiskey. I did find however, that the choclate syrup took away the flavor of the caramel. So next time I am going to taste it before I add the syrup to see if I prefer that taste better. Will re-post my results.
Some substitutions
Submitted on: 10/11/15
To make this dairy-free, I used one can full fat coconut milk. Also used honey in place of the sugar. Tastes great!!
baileys recipe
Submitted on: 02/20/15
Big hit with everyone!
Submitted on: 01/11/15
I sort of combined a selection of the modifications mentioned earlier and ended up with: 1/2 cup 35% heavy cream (whipping cream here in Canada), 1 1/2 cups sweetened condensed milk, 3/4 cups Irish whiskey, 1 tbsp chocolate syrup, 1/2 tsp instant espresso, 2 tbsp cinnamon syrup. Divine!
Juan Mortyme  
Submitted on: 12/21/14
Used a Bailey's container as a pitcher. The secret is safe.
G-d Leros  
Submitted on: 12/07/14
To get the 'creaminess' these comments are complaining is missing: Remove the sugar and Evaporated milk, replace with sweetened condensed milk and 1/3 cup whole cream. If you have an espresso machine two shots instead of granules.
Deena Montillo  
Submitted on: 11/21/14
I plan to make this tomorrow (11/22/14). I'm going to use condensed milk vs. evaporated and not add the sugar and will incorporate Tim the college student's changes. I have a question for A Mann as to what kind of cinnamon syrup (the secret missing ingredient) he uses. Also, any recommendation on a very good but reasonably priced Irish whiskey to use?
irish cream
Sue Sheppardf  
Submitted on: 11/11/14
try making this with a spiced rum instead of irish whiskey, absolutely delicious and sue the condenesd milk
Landrys pecans  
Submitted on: 09/17/14
Left out the sugar and evaporated milk and replaced with sweetened condensed milk. Excellent!
Submitted on: 03/22/14
This is better if you replace the evaporated milk with condensed milk leave out the sugar and add 1 cup of cream. Amazing.
Very good!
Gma Cakes  
Submitted on: 01/03/14
I made this with Tim the college student's minor changes, except I forgot to add the sugar! I guess that makes it a major alteration. It turned out really well. We had some before I realized I forgot the sugar. I think I'm going to keep it this way to reduce calories.
What brand irish whiskey
Submitted on: 12/14/13
I had this recipe made by someone else and loved it. They did not share what brand of irish whiskey they used. Does anyone have any recommendations. I would like to make to provide as gifts.
Submitted on: 05/29/13
I just made my first batch and also used the college guy's suggestion. I only had expresso instant mix so 1/4 tsp seemed to work fine. My biggest change is I used 1/2 the amount of sugar figuring I could add more. It was just right. I also used a cheaper whiskey. Definately my best batch of IC yet. Great recipe!
Shannon Castellano  
Submitted on: 05/25/12
I loved this recipe with the college student's modifications. As good, if not better than the name brand liquor. I give it as gifts for the holidays...people love it!
Vegan Bailey's
Submitted on: 03/04/12
I followed the college student's modifications except I substituted 1 1/4 cups of the milky part of a tin of coconut milk for the dairy, and used 1/4 cup of very strong coffee instead of instant coffee. I made this for a dairy-intolerant friend and she loved it. I have to admit that it tasted pretty good to me also, though I prefer the store brand.
Secret missing ingredient
A mann  
Submitted on: 04/19/11
Great recipe but there is one thing missing and one added having made Baileys for 30 years there is a secret you missed. To every 750ml bottle you add 4 tablespoons of cinnamon syrup and remove the sugar the condensed milk is sweet enough.
Submitted on: 01/03/09
Definitely use the sweetened condensed milk. I used a 14 oz can and it's right on the mark, I'm sure 12 oz would be fine as well. The evaporated milk is good but it's more like chocolate milk with whiskey in it.
Submitted on: 08/27/08
In long run found knock-off $11.00 cheaper.
Submitted on: 08/05/08
In Todd's book MORE Top Secret Recipes it says to use sweetened condensed milk. go that route.
Submitted on: 06/09/08
try using SwissMiss instead of the chocolate, then use an Irish whiskey, and add the evap milk as cream.. you'll never know the difference! :)
Joe Gallenstein  
Submitted on: 04/28/08
To hell with the expensive Irish Whiskey...just use cheap stuff and don't just use 1 cup put 2 or 3 cups in also use the sweet condense milk ...much better ....if you use 3 cups ...watch if it will knock you on your butt.
Submitted on: 01/08/08
Bailey's is a fairly cheap concoction, so at first I didn't see where this recipe would save much money. Ha! I was wrong. You can make at least 3 batches from a 750 bottle of Irish whiskey. Great recipe.
Submitted on: 01/07/08
This recipe is much better if you use 1 can of sweetened condensed instead of the sugar. It makes it creamy, and tastes great
Submitted on: 12/17/07
Followed the recipe exactly. Not as creamy as Bailey's, but not bad. I'll probably purchase one of the knockoffs of Bailey's next time. (less expensive, but still creamy)
Submitted on: 12/12/07
This is very good though I will follow the recommendations from the college kids next time. I can't wait until I bring this and the cloned Grand Marnier to my next family gathering!
Ed D  
Submitted on: 09/18/07
Baily's has always been one of my favorite after dinner relaxers. Now this is. Thanks Todd.
Submitted on: 06/21/07
If you like choc put a few more tbs in. If you prefer rum or brandy try that. Ummmm Good!!
Submitted on: 06/19/07
Better than the original!!!
Submitted on: 12/03/06
This is the best recipe I have found for this recipe. Thank You so much
Submitted on: 06/16/06
This recipe is wonderful. Thanks so much!
Submitted on: 05/15/06
I served this tonite and everyone agreed that it was better than the store bought (probably because its fresher) I followed the college students recomendation and it was outstanding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted on: 03/13/06
I'm a college student, so needless to say we do a lot of drinking. This recipe is a great replica of the original and it only costs about $8 to make as opposed to the normal $25 in the store. After tinkering with it a little bit, we found that if you cut the whiskey down to 3/4 cup, double the choc. syrup and use 3/4 teaspoon of coffee you get the best results.
Submitted on: 03/09/06
This tastes just like the real thing...I love it. It only took a couple of minutes to mix the recipe, pour it over ice, and we got to enjoy it immediately. Yummmmmm!
Submitted on: 01/16/06
My last recipe for irish cream had raw eggs, this is much better.
Submitted on: 01/06/06
I lu lu lu luuuuv Bailey's in coffee and don't get to have it often due to the cost of a bottle. This recipe is outstanding and so similar to the original that I couldn't tell the difference! I served "Bailey's" and coffee at Christmas and nobody else could tell the difference either, hehehe. Good work on this one, it's awesome!!!!!
cathal & kate  
Submitted on: 01/02/06
I made this for my Irish husband, a discerning Bailey's drinker, and even he was impressed! Great recipe for the novice and experienced alike. A must-try for the Bailey's enthusiast!
Submitted on: 12/19/05
Delicious and easy to make!
Submitted on: 12/10/05
Try adding 1/2 the vanilla, it's great!
Submitted on: 11/27/05
I had another recipe and it was AWFUL.. this one ROCKS! Thank you so much
Submitted on: 09/30/05
wow! The closest recipe to the real thing that I've ever found! Thanx!
Submitted on: 09/29/05
The best Irish Cream recipe I've ever found. Thanks a million because I love Irish cream!!
Submitted on: 09/15/05
Just tried this recipe and it is as close to the real stuff as you can get. Sure beats the last recipe I had. Thanx
Submitted on: 09/08/05
This is superb!!!! Hard to not drink too much of it.
Submitted on: 09/07/05
tried this recipe and it is awesome!!!
Submitted on: 07/18/05
About as good as you can get.