Homemade Baileys Irish Cream #HandcraftedHolidays #Giveaway

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream is simple to whip up and makes an awesome holiday gift. Package your homemade in a pretty bottle with a festive label and ribbon it will be received with big smiles.
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Each Christmas, I put on an apron and bake batch after batch of cookies and stir pans full of hot sugar making caramels, toffee and fudge. Handcrafted gifts are a must. Plates of goodies are delivered to friends and neighbors, but my book club friends get a little something more. I’ve made limoncello, biscotti, spiced nuts, vanilla extract and on and on…so when Heather, of girlichef, invited a group of bloggers to make a homemade holiday gift, I jumped right in. Freund, a purveyor of jars, bottles, vials, tins, jugs, etc. kindly offered to sponsor us, so I put on my thinking cap. Last  December I also created Kahlua for some special friends…so my mind went to another homemade liqueur…this time a copy cat of Baileys Irish Cream.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
Vanilla extract takes 6 months to age to perfection, Kahlua takes weeks, and limoncello days. But Bailey’s Irish Cream can be ready to serve in minutes. And it lasts up to 2 months when kept in the refrigerator. The hard part is picking the perfect bottles, ribbons and labels. And maybe washing your blender…not my favorite chore. Freund is my go-to website for picking out containers and bottles for my holiday gifts. I selected these 6 ounce, clear glass pyramid bottles with corks; and from there, it just took a sticker and a ribbon to make a lovely holiday gift. I’m not crafty at all, but even I can make create festive packaging for liqueurs with some simple supplies.

Handcrafted Holiday ideas for making gifts from your kitchen using products from Freund Container:

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
Adapted from recipe on Chow message boards
  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1⅔ cups Irish whiskey (Jameson's recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Pour all ingredients in blender and mix on high for about 30 seconds. Pour into sealable containers and store in refrigerator up to 2 months. Shake before using.
Yield: about 4 cups
Total time: 5 minutes

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway is for three $100 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply. Gift certificate will expire on February 28, 2014. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. This giveaway will run from Friday November 22, 2013 through Saturday November 30, 2013 (11:59 pm ET).  Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the close of this contest, and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.Freund Container & Supply has been helping build businesses since 1938 as the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers and wholesale packaging supplies online. Freund offers over 5,000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however Freund Container supplied me with a case of jars/bottles for making this project.  They are also supplying the gift certificates for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.

French Friday friends, I’m in Virginia for Mixed, another marvelous food bloggers’ conference. Knowing that I’d be out of town and that there was no freakin’ way that the hubby would eat potatoes with prunes and raisins, I’ve taken a pass on this week’s Sweet Potato Far. I’ll catch up with you all next Friday when I’m certain the Sugar-Crusted French Toast will be a hit…well, as long as I offer it for breakfast and not dessert. He does keep me on my toes, doesn’t he???


  1. What a terrific giveaway! I can think of so many ways I’d use that beautiful glassware.

  2. The Baileys would be such a fun gift! I’d have to get some of those wire bale bottles, they’d be great for everything from your Baileys to chive vinegar:@)

  3. What a great recipe Liz! Love homemade gifts that are so simple and beautiful! The glasses are so pretty and this is such a fun and cute idea 🙂 Pinning and can’t wait to try this, thanks for sharing and hope you have a great weekend 🙂

  4. thanks for sharing those beautiful giveaways.

  5. Yay! Canadians too!!! Yay!
    I love home made gifts; I was just thinking how I’m going to have time with all the work I’ve got going these days. I’m going to have to get going sooner than later. The Irish Cream sounds wonderful and perfect for the holiday season with all the parties going on. I love it I my coffee instead of milk.

  6. Sounds easy and delicious. Would be perfect in the bale wire topped bottles!

  7. I’m making granola, so I’d used the Legacy Mason jars for pretty gift containers.

  8. Your bottles look absolutely gorgeous, Liz…nobody would know your secret (how easy it was)! And yes, making homemade Irish Cream is one of my favorite liqueurs to make since it comes together in mere moments – great party trick ;).

  9. Thanks for the great ideal, Liz!! I have a few neighbors that would love this special treat! Especially thank you for the bottle/container link, always looking for somewhere to buy supplies.

  10. Oooo – I love stuff like this!! I’ve made the Baileys in years gone by – what a great idea to package it in those beautiful bottles for gifts. Have a great conference. I’m off to check out all the other homemade gift ideas….

  11. I love to give gifts of cookies and candies, too, and adding a bottle of Irish Cream would really be a treat for the special people on my list. It would be a treat for me as well to have this in the fridge over the holiday. Finding beautiful little bottles can be a real challenge. Thanks so much for the link.

  12. What a great giveaway!
    You have the best recipies!

  13. I had no idea that you could make Baileys or Kahlua! You Rock! I would feel special to get such an amazing gift homemade in just the right bottles! thanks for sharing

  14. What an easy gift to make and one that everyone will enjoy. 🙂

  15. Love Baileys! Love to drink it – love to share it!

  16. I’d use the Glass Wire Bale Jars and fill them with homemade cookies to give to all my neighbors and friends! I’d paint snowflakes on them to add a nice holiday touch!

  17. I can’t believe you can make baileys! This is fantastic, and I love your sticker label!

  18. Big fan of Baileys but never thought about making it. I have made Kahlua 🙂
    Those containers would be great for making gifts such as ingredients for cookies!

  19. Amanda Schmitgen says:

    Yay! I just put up 15 bottles of homemade vanilla and am going to do some Kaluha 🙂 This will fit right in!

  20. I love Baileys so am eager to try this.
    Thanks for the recipe and for the chance to win!

  21. This in some coffee would be the most perfect way to end a meal. What a treat for someone to receive this as a gift. I’m so glad it is super easy and quick to make.

  22. what a gorgeous gift idea !

  23. You had me at the mention of Baileys… Liz, thank you! Love home made gifts and this is one I have wanted to make for DECADES!

  24. I love the labels you put on here Liz! You are crafty and these are just the perfect gift.

  25. You must know the way to my heart – I love Baileys!

  26. I need to make this now! I love that it’s ready right away, I’m all about instant gratification. Lovely bottles, too. Hope I’m on your gift list 🙂

  27. Definitely going to try out some Baileys…I would try the French square glass bottles, trying to stay clear of plastic as much as possible!

  28. Natalie G. says:
  29. I can’t wait for my big kitchen so I can do the whole-homemade-treats-for-gifts thing. In the past I drove out to my aunt’s house to use her double ovens, but it’s kind of a pain. I love little bottles and things!! can’t wait to check out that site. And your Baileys looks amazing 🙂

  30. I love Freund Container and would spend all of my winnings on a case of 8.5-oz Clear Glass Bale-Wire Swing-Top Bottles for my homemade vanilla.

  31. Such a fun recipe, I bet you are the hit with everyone you know! 🙂

  32. Wire bale air-seal jars are lovely! I love glass storage jars for everything from food to crafts.

  33. Homemade Bailey’s irish cream sounds so yum! What a great gift for the holidays, especially in such pretty bottles!

  34. Bailey’s Irish Cream! and it would be a great gift!

  35. I would use the mason jars and make homemade body scrubs and lotions. I would also make hot cocoa in a jar gifts.

  36. Sarah Schmid says:

    I would get lots of Mason jars and use some of them to put homemade granola in for gifts!

  37. I’ve been making homemade Baileys for years, IMO it’s better than the store bought version. These bottles are perfect for storing them in too! I saw the nifty sea salt ones this morning with the spoon that I love and can’t wait to try. Nice giveaway and my favorite drink. Happy Holidays here we come!

  38. Wow, sounds easy to make. Your packaging is gorgeous.


  39. This irish cream looks absolutely gorgeous 😀


  40. Ohhh, I love Baileys! What a fun little blog hop you guys did! I love homemade gifts!! Everything looks great and I’d be happy to receive any f them.

  41. Mmmm Bailey’s Irish Cream! Sounds great for gift-giving!

  42. I would choose the Clear Glass Rectangular Push Cork Bottles to make homemade vanilla extract.

  43. I love baileys – what a great gift idea!

  44. Barbara Bradford says:

    I am fermenting my hot peppers from the garden and hope to have a extra hot habanero hot sauce in time for Christmas giving. I am going to use the Clear Glass Hot Sauce Bottles-Red Caps to bottle it up.

  45. I like the dark amber pyramid and I would probably make your Bailey’s Irish since time is of the essence.

  46. Lizzy,
    Love the homemade bailey’s recipe. Pinned it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. I would use their containers to make homemade vanilla extract

  48. Yum! I would love one on the rock, please!

  49. I’m obsessed with Baileys so I love this idea!

  50. Lizzy! I love Baileys and hubby loves too! so I lovewd this récipes, amazinf dear!!

  51. I have been wanting mason jar mugs for the longest time.

  52. I love using mason jars and putting homemade stuff inside them for gifts – like cookie mixes, candles etx.

  53. I am not good at choosing. i would like one of everything! And every year I tell myself i am going to make Bailey’s. And every year I don’t. Maybe if I had the right bottle….

  54. i like the thick base glass jars for putting lotions and creams in!

  55. I would love to use the rounded glass jar with cork and wooded spoon for This is your Mommy’s Hot Chocolate. Which is a homemade Hot Chocolate mix with bottles of Baileys.

  56. I would love to have some Thick Base Glass Jars because I do make face cream and these would be perfect containers.

  57. liquor bottles and I would make some kind of homemade liqueur to put in it

  58. *Excited squeal* I know what I’m making as a gift for myself this Christmas! Last year, a good friend’s boyfriend made baileys irish cream and I LOVED it. I drank more than my fair share, that’s for sure. I can’t wait to try this recipe, Liz.

  59. I love homemade gift ideas like this. 🙂

  60. This looks like so much fun! Can’t wait to try this for my teacher friends!

  61. I have a recipe for a delicious blackening spice that I use on meats and veggies when I use my grill pan. I’d choose the Gourmet Glass Jars – Bulb jars for this rub.


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