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Homemade Irish Cream Recipes

December 19, 2012

Snowman Ornament at CHEFS MixIf you’re ready to stock your bar with store-bought Irish cream, consider making your own this year. Irish cream recipes are easy, and the liqueur is delicious over ice, in coffee or in mixed drinks. Homemade Irish cream is also perfect for last minute gifts.

Today at CHEFS Mix, I'm sharing my two recipes for homemade Irish cream: traditional and dairy-free. Both make a fresh-tasting, rich and creamy liqueur. The best part: you can custom-blend each batch, controlling the quality of the ingredients and the amount of alcohol. Use your choice of whiskey or bourbon. Because the whiskey mixes with cream, sugar and other flavors, you may not want to use a top shelf brand.

The first recipe makes a traditional Irish cream using dairy products but no eggs. You mix everything in a blender then refrigerate the mixture for a few hours before enjoying.Clover at CHEFS Mix

The second is a dairy-free recipe that requires more work (it’s worth the extra effort, however). First, make homemade sweetened condensed milk using canned coconut milk and brown sugar. Choose a quality brand like Thai Kitchen that doesn’t dilute the coconut milk with water. The coconut milk gives this Irish Cream a subtle coconut flavor. I like it but if you don’t, add more vanilla or another flavor extract. Mix all ingredients in a blender, refrigerate and enjoy. Because this mixture thickens significantly when chilled, I recommend that you store it in a wide-mouthed jar. To serve, it may be easier to spoon than pour. If the Irish cream is too thick, thin it by stirring in more creamer.

 

 
Homemade Irish Cream Recipe from CHEFS Mix

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Homemade Irish Cream at CHEFS Mix     For variety, add 1 teaspoon or more of almond or hazelnut extract.

     1 cup light cream or half and half
     1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
     1-1/2 cups whiskey or bourbon (add more or less to taste)
     1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or espresso powder
     1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
     2 teaspoons vanilla extract
     Pinch of salt (optional)

 

1. Add all ingredients to blender jar. Blend on high for 15 seconds. Scrape down sides with a spatula. Blend on high for another 15 seconds.

2. Pour into glass container with tight fitting lid and refrigerate. Before your first tasting, let mixture chill for a few hours or overnight to allow flavors to meld. Keeps up to 1 month or longer in the refrigerator. Shake well before serving.

 

Homemade Irish Cream (dairy-free) Recipe from CHEFS Mix

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This dairy-free Irish cream is thick and creamy – easier to spoon than to pour. For variety, add 1 teaspoon or more of almond or
hazelnut extract

Homemade Irish Cream at CHEFS Mix     Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk
     1 can full fat coconut milk (quality brand like Thai Kitchen)
     1/2 cup dark brown sugar

     Irish Cream
     1-1/2 to 2 cups soy milk creamer or coconut milk creamer, plain or flavored
     1 recipe sweetened condensed coconut milk
     1-1/2 cups whiskey or bourbon (add more or less to taste)
     1 teaspoon instant coffee granules or espresso powder
     1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)
     1 tablespoon vanilla extract or to taste
     Pinch of salt (optional)

 

1. Make the Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk. Combine 1 can of full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar in a heavy saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes or until thick and creamy. Mixture will reduce by about half. Cool to room temperature before making the Irish Cream (step 2).

2. Make the Irish Cream.  Add all ingredients to blender jar. Blend on high for 15 seconds. Scrape down sides with a spatula. Blend on high for another 15 seconds. Pour into glass container with wide mouth and tight fitting lid and refrigerate. Before your first tasting, let mixture chill for a few hours or overnight to allow flavors to meld. Irish cream will thicken significantly as it chills. If the Irish cream is too thick, thin it by stirring in more creamer. Keeps up to 1 month or longer in the refrigerator. Stir well before serving.

 

 

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