I first had homemade Baileys almost a year ago at a girlfriends house. My friends used an old recipe they'd had for years. The recipe contained vodka, whiskey, condensed milk, coffee grinds & chocolate syrup. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great. I knew there had to be a better alternative with healthier ingredients. I've searched many recipes and to my awe, most people are content with the condensed milk/ ghetto chocolate syrup version. I also found some recipes that included raw eggs. It doesn't make sense to make this version, because it will have a very short shelf life. If stored properly, this recipe will keep up to a month in the refrigerator.

I finally found a recipe that uses fresh ingredients and tastes amazing! I tweaked it a little and it tastes just like the real thing. You won't be able to tell the difference between this version & store bought.

Bootleg Bailey's is great for gift giving. It takes less than 30 minutes to whip up once the cold brew coffee concentrate is made.

Please drink responsibly.

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
Bootleg Baileys Irish Cream:

1 1/2 cups High Quality Irish Whiskey- I used Jameson's.

2 Tbsp Chocolate Extract- If you don't have any, you can make your own with vodka. Click here for a good 'ible on how

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1 Pint Fresh Organic Cream

1/4 Cup Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

1 oz  Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips  60% Cacao

1/3 Cup Organic Sugar

5.5. oz Coffee Beans

3 Cups of water

MaryCook24 days ago

Hi all,

I'm about to make this Bailey's.

I have some question, please help me to understand.

Recipe ask for 5.5oz of coffee beans ans 1oz of Chocolate chips.

Is that "oz" mean US liquid oz (volume) or Ounces as mass (weight).

I'm really confused.

Hi, thanks for the recipe, it looks great. We are just making the chocolate essence, and I can't help but notice that your masion jar has something else in it that looks like vanilla beans. Could you let us know what that is? Thanks so much!!
Osquar2 years ago
I was hosting a party for 60-something guests and discovered that I only had one bottle of Bailey's left and the liqueur-store had just closed!!
THANK GOD for instructables and for authors like you!! Emergency-solutions at it's best!

Best thing is that it didn't take all that long to make and no one could tell the difference :D

Once again, many thanks!!
lmnopeas (author)  Osquar2 years ago
Your welcome! I'm glad it all worked out!
YUM! Thanks for posting this! I've tried a recipe with egg in it. It tasted fine served over ice, but it couldn't be added to coffee (the smell of egg overpowered the coffee). I'll definitely be trying this recipe!
paleotool3 years ago
I just made the recipe and it is exceptional! Thanks for putting this up. It will be on my list of great desserts in the future.
lmnopeas (author)  paleotool3 years ago
So glad you liked it!
HAL 90003 years ago
Looks delicious! I didn't see a quantity listed of coffeebeans. Do you know how many tablespoons or cups to use for that amount of coffee?
lmnopeas (author)  HAL 90003 years ago
Thanks! I measured out 5.5 oz of beans, so about a cup and a half. This recipe makes just over 26oz of Bailey's.
depotdevoid3 years ago
This sounds good! I got a really good recipe from my aunt and uncle for home made Irish cream a while back, but lost it, and now they live on a boat and are impossible to get a hold of. I've been thinking about trying some other recipes, perhaps I'll give this one a shot!
lmnopeas (author)  depotdevoid3 years ago
I definitely recommend this recipe. It's really, really good and the ingredients are natural.
mrclueless3 years ago
LOL "ghetto chocolate syrup" that's funny. You should write a cookbook and put it on Amazon. You could self publish it in ebook format. I get the impression you have a great sense of humor that would complement it well. You write it and I will buy it. Keep up the good work, looking forward to seeing what you will come up with next. Have a great weekend.
lmnopeas (author)  mrclueless3 years ago
I've always wanted to write a cookbook. I wish I had the time. Maybe when my little one starts school. I'm glad you get my humor. ;) Have a great weekend too!