(Organic!) Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish Cream St Patrick’s Day is coming!  In my youth, I was an Irish dancer and spent the holiday traveling from bar to bar, dropping into bed exhausted.

Now that I’m older, I plan to spend the evening more simply, reading by the fire with a glass of Irish Cream.  (After driving the kids from event to event and before dropping into bed exhausted.)

To make my “homey” St. Pat’s Day even more homespun, I have made my own Irish Cream—with mostly organic ingredients–everything but the whiskey!  Homemade Irish Cream is easy, delicious and economical, though how economical depends on the quality of whiskey you decide to use ;-).

And in case that “cream” word scares you, there is even good news on the dairy fat front.  The Dec 21, 2011 edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine discusses the recent discovery of natural substance in dairy fat that may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This compound is found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and butter and is not produced by the body.  For more information see the Harvard Gazette.

Homemade Irish Cream Liquor

Ingredients (organic if available)

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 – 1 2/3 cups Irish whiskey  (I used one cup)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee granules  or 1/2 T strong brewed espresso
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup (I used homemade)
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Mix all ingredients in blender

2.  Store, covered, in the refrigerator  and use within a month or two.  The chocolate will tend to settle so shake up the bottle before using.

I bought an economical whiskey for this figuring that I wasn’t much of a whiskey connoisseur.  Next time I will try something higher end because I think that would make it even better (not that it needs to be better).

Irish Cream is great straight and delicious added to coffee.  A great way to take the last edge off of winter!

Pour and Enjoy Your Homemade Irish Cream

Washed Grolsch Beer Bottles Make Great Containers

19 thoughts on “(Organic!) Homemade Irish Cream

  1. Patdhie

    I keep coming back to this post for it’s spirit (and the recipe).
    Thanks for this internet gem!

  2. grace

    i always wondered how to make my own irish cream–great recipe! also, isn’t ‘grolsch’ just the most fun word you’ve ever heard!?!

    1. Inger Wilkerson

      Yes, it’s great! My daughter is studying in Scotland this year–heading to Wales for a weekend and has been sending me interesting Welsh words too. Really over the top!

  3. Louise

    I was seriously considering baking Irish Soda Bread this year. I may just have found my excuse not to!

    Thanks for sharing, Inger. I’ll be holding onto this one tight! (You sure did put that home made chocolate syrup to good use in numerous ways:)

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