Last year some of my neighborhood friends got together and made a huge batch of homemade Baileys Irish Cream suitable for gift-giving. It was a fun night for all involved, and we came away with lots of cute little jar gifts of our homemade Baileys Irish Cream to give away to friends and family at christmas time.
Here's the Baileys Irish Cream recipe we used:
1 3/4 C. Irish whiskey (we used Southern Comfort)
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 C. heavy cream or half-and-half
2 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
2 Tbsp. instant coffee granules
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. almond extract
Mix all ingredients until well-blended. Pour your Irish Cream into jars or other containers. We used decorative fabric and ribbon as well to make them look more festive for gift-giving. Refrigerate immediately, and chill before serving.
If you're going to do a get-together like we did, double or triple the recipe as needed. You'll want a five-gallon bucket for mixing your Irish Cream. Because it contains heavy cream, refrigeration is necessary. Your homemade Bailey's Irish Cream should keep well until the expiration date on the cream container (if it lasts that long!).
Drink it straight, over ice, in coffee, in hot cocoa, over ice cream… the possibilities are endless! (thanks for the great line, Shawnda!)