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Irish Cream Recipe
If you made the hand painted bottle stoppers you might want to make this Homemade Irish Cream to fill your bottles!
Here is another really yummy treat, Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur! I love it added to a cup of coffee!
Irish Cream Liqueur
from Bon Appetit
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1 cup whipping cream
1 tablespoon canned sweetened cream of coconut (such as Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut) My can was solid at the top, so I placed about 2 inches of water in a skillet and heated until the cream of coconut was liquid)
Combine first 5 ingredients in blender; blend until coffee crystals dissolve, about 1 minute. Add whipping cream and cream of coconut to mixture and blend 10 seconds. Pour into glass bottles, add a tag and you have a perfect gift. On the back on the tag include instructions to keep refrigerated and that it should last two weeks.
You can pour chilled mixture over ice cubes, pour over chocolate or coffee ice cream too. This recipe make about three cups with just a enough to leftover to have a nice cup of coffee (or two)!
I used 8oz tall skinny bottles from Germany (sorry). I have tried to find them online with no luck, they were not expensive about $1.00 or so each. I did think these Round Ball Reed Diffuser Bottles would also make a beautiful presentation. They are 8.5 ounce, so if you forgo your cup of coffee it might work -- or you could add and extra 1/4 cup of cream and I don't think it would alter the recipe too much. There are many bottle supply companies online where you can find 8 oz bottles. You might also try World Market or the Dollar Store.
Don't forget to check out other handmade gift ideas.