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

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream in a decorative bottle

How to Make 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 copycat of Baileys Irish Cream.

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream in a martini glass with a cherry garnish

Homemade Irish Cream and packaging materials for gifting

Easy Last-Minute Holiday Gift

Vanilla extract takes 6 months to age to perfection, Kahlua takes weeks and limoncello days. Homemade Baileys 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:

Things you may need to Make this  Irish Cream Recipe (affiliate links):

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream in a decorative bottle

The Recipe: Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

An easy to make, homemade liqueur that's perfect for gifting!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 16 servings


  • 1 cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 2/3 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.


Adapted from recipe on Chow message boards.

Makes 4 cups.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 3g


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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???

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