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Irish Cream Recipe

Posted by  ·  September 10, 2010  ·  Last Updated: July 3, 2019

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 the can 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.

You could dress the bottles up even more with a hand painted bottle stopper! Another festive and delicious drink you can make for gift giving is a bucket of Frozen Tumbleweeds.

Don’t forget to check out other handmade gift ideas.



Filed Under: Drinks, Edible Gifts, Recipes


  1. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
    I found some long glass cork-top bottles at saveoncrafts.com
  2. Monday, September 17th, 2012
    I realize I'm a few years late, but I will definitely be trying this recipe out!

    Here is where I'll be getting my bottles; I found them from Martha Stewart's website. They aren't as cute as the ones you found, but I'm sure I can classy them up!

  3. Gramma Teetsie
    Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
    Can't wait to make this - give it as gifts? Hell no. All for me.......Merry Christmas to Gramma Teetsie.
  4. Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
    Wow, this looks yum! And what a cute and delicious little gift. I'll be trying this out some time! :)
  5. Friday, September 17th, 2010
    What a fun idea. I know many people who would be the happy recipient of this gift!
  6. Thursday, September 16th, 2010
    Great idea. I smell Christmas presents!!!
  7. Wednesday, September 15th, 2010
    I love Irish cream. I will definitely have to give this recipe a try.
  8. Monday, September 13th, 2010
    I love the thin, long bottles to display the recipe, looks good and great for gift too.

    I would love to make it soon. Thanks for sharing.
  9. Monday, September 13th, 2010
    What a lovely idea and a great recipe. Thank you.

    This place sells similar bottles. 500 Ml (16 oz). A dozen bottles for $30.


    Scroll down to TRI bottles.
  10. Monday, September 13th, 2010
    Any suggestions for good places to buy glass bottles in a variety of fun shapes?
  11. Monday, September 13th, 2010
    Yumm! I will have to try this! Guess we are a couple of bootleggers...I just posted my homemade Kahlua recipe a couple days ago! http://findingmyaloha.blogspot.com/2010/09/bootlegger-kahlua-best-of-1920s.html
  12. Sunday, September 12th, 2010
    Thank you for that delicious sounding recipe..I have three daughters who love Irish cream coffee. I will add this to my list of homemade gifts for them for Christmas. I better include their husbands too, or there might not be enough to go around! You could also use enamel paints for glass and personalize the bottles with some pretty flowers or designs, also, or maybe sew up a pretty cloth gift bag to wrap it with.
  13. Sunday, September 12th, 2010
    Thank you so much for this idea!
  14. Brenda
    Saturday, September 11th, 2010
    Whew...was checking your blog last night and it was GONE...so glad you're back this morning :D
  15. Miranda
    Friday, September 10th, 2010
    Anyone have a suggestion for a non-alcoholic substitution for the whiskey?
  16. Friday, September 10th, 2010
    This is a great idea.

    Quite a few years ago (before I knew that I was a FOODIE, or even what that was), we went to a dinner party. The meal was absolutely outstanding- every part of it- main course, place cards, homemade EVERYTHING- nothing like I had ever experienced before.

    And she finished the meal off with coffee and homemade Irish cream liqueur...

    I have been wanting to make it ever since... and this would be a fantastic way to both make/serve and give it out as parting gifts! Thanks! (love your flashbacks:)
  17. Friday, September 10th, 2010
    Your blog is awesome!!

    I blogged about this delicious recipe and about christmas tags that you had featured in my blog white rabbit treasures. Hope you don't mind :)

    Have a nice weekend! :)
  18. Cheryl
    Friday, September 10th, 2010
    I have found the Bartles & James wine cooler bottles work really great for liquid gifts. Save the gold screw-on caps, rinse everything in a bleach water solution and dry in dishwasher. I add curling ribbon to the neck and attach the tag to the ribbon. Gold, red and green ribbon look great for Christmas! It's a sacrifice to empty them, but I manage . . .
  19. Friday, September 10th, 2010
    Yum! Thanks for the recipe!