Home-made Baileys – 5 ingredients

5 Oct


Creating my own home-made Baileys makes me a happy woman. I go through phases of indulging in an after-dinner Baileys, which, for the uninitiated, is a creamy whiskey drink. I like it with a splash of milk, or just straight. And with my simple recipe you can enjoy it too.

Should you be a non-drinker, I hazard to guess there is a friend, family member, neighbour or colleague who would adore a bottle of home-made Baileys. This recipe makes around 800ml so make sure you have a large enough, sealable, sterilized glass jar to store it in when it is made. This home-made Baileys would make an excellent Christmas gift, and you could ivied one lot into two smaller glass bottles to give as a gift. It needs to be kept in the fridge and should last around four weeks… if you can bear to have this luscious, easy-to-drink, umm, drink, on hand.

One of the key ingredient in this recipe is chocolate syrup. I made my own and the bonus is, there was plenty leftover to drizzle over ice-cream, add to warm pies, blend into milkshakes or just eat from the jar. Anyway you look at it, that’s a win. You might prefer to buy your own.

Chocolate syrup recipe


½ cup caster sugar

½ cup cocoa powder, sifted

½ cup water

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


Whisk cocoa and sugar in a medium saucepan off the heat. Pour in water, put heat on low and whisk constantly until mixture boils. Boil for four minute, stirring all the while. Take off the heat, stir in the vanilla and seta aside to cool, where it will thicken. Do not add to Baileys recipe until room temperature. Store remainder in sterilised glass container in the fridge.




¼ cup espresso

1 cup thickened cream

1 1/2 cups whiskey

400 grams sweetened condensed milk

3 tablespoons chocolate syrup


Place all ingredients in an electric blender and whizz until it all comes together – this should take about 20 seconds.

Pour into the glass bottle and place in fridge. Gently shake before serving over ice, with milk or straight.




10 Responses to “Home-made Baileys – 5 ingredients”

  1. Snapshotsincursive October 6, 2016 at 2:29 am #

    This remains one of my tried and true gifts to share! 🍓

  2. Laura @ Feast Wisely October 6, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Love it Hungry Mum!

    • The Hungry Mum October 6, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

      Thanks Laura – so do I! A bit too much, probably 😉

  3. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) October 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    What a fabulous idea! I have never made my own booze 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing
    Gourmet Getaways

  4. Gary Lum October 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    If only I could drink alcohol, I bet I would love this. It’s like adult chocolate milk 😃

    • The Hungry Mum October 7, 2016 at 8:48 pm #

      That is a perfect description Gary! Miss8 actually thought it was chocolate milk when she saw it in the blender – I quickly set her straight 🙂

  5. Liz October 26, 2016 at 1:59 am #

    homemade baileys? wow I gotta try that one!

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