When I think of Baileys Irish Cream, I associate the consumption with indulgence and am instantly taken back to the colder weather and the winter holidays. I feel nostalgic with the thought of sipping Baileys on ice, Christmas eve or enjoying a Baileys spiked coffee on a cold winter’s morning. Rarely, do I think to enjoy this decadent treat in the warmer months, until now.
Recently, I had been looking for a dairy free option that I could easily make at home with natural ingredients. I wanted to eliminate the unknowns of glycerol monostearate, maltodextrin, and artifical flavours, yet still satisfy that Irish cream craving.
As soon, as I stumbled upon this recipe on Oh She Glows, I knew it would be life-changing. 🙂 Angela Liddon, hits it right, every single time. With five simple, natural ingredients, this homemade treat offers a hint of coconut and espresso, a dynamite combination. Let’s just say I may have over-indulged, it’s just that good.
Not only, does this vegan option hit the mark on taste, but this recipe is just as easy as picking up a “convenient” bottle at your local liquor store. I insist that you give this homemade recipe a try to see for yourself. From here on in, I will absolutely choose this version over store-bought each and every time.
My Saturday morning coffee on the front porch just got a whole lot better.
Homemade Baileys Irish Cream (yields 3.5-4 cups)
- 1 can light coconut milk
- 1 can full-fat coconut milk
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup strong espresso, or to taste
- 3/4-1 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey, or to taste
- pinch of salt
- In a medium or large pot, add the cans of coconut milk and whisk. Now whisk in the sugar. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, while stirring frequently, until it cooks down and thickens slightly.
- Remove from heat and stir in the espresso or coffee.
- Add a pinch of salt and finally the Jameson, to taste. Make it as strong or weak as you prefer.
- Store in sealed jars and serve over ice, with coffee or tea, or in baked goods. The whiskey and espresso settles to the bottom of the jar slightly, so give it a good stir before using.