This homemade Thermomix Baileys recipe is so quick and easy and gives you a rich creamy liqueur perfect for after dinner drinks.
No Baileys in the drinks cabinet? No problem! You can make your own in just minutes with this easy Baileys recipe.
It's the perfect after-dinner drink or boozy dessert substitute and also makes a wonderful gift for friends. Give it a go - you won't be disappointed!
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Homemade Baileys Ingredients
You will need the following ingredients for Baileys:
- Thickened Cream - Baileys is best made with a thick or double cream. However, you want to be careful that it doesn't whip when you are mixing it. I usually use a cooking cream like this one as it is specially designed not to whip or curdle. If you can't get it then standard double cream or half-and-half will be fine.
- Condensed Milk - this is what gives the Baileys its deliciously sweet caramel flavour.
- Chocolate Syrup - the kind you would pour over ice cream.
- Espresso - a lot of recipes for homemade Baileys Irish Cream use coffee granules or instant coffee powder. I am afraid I am a bit of a coffee snob and so never have this in the house. I do have an espresso machine though, and so this is what I use in my Baileys. If you don't have an espresso machine, just mix up some instant coffee with a couple of tablespoons of hot water.
- Vanilla Extract
- Irish Whiskey - this is a recipe for IRISH cream and so you should really use Irish whiskey in Baileys. This is about more than just the name though. Irish whiskey is known for having a smoother finish and so is ideal for an easy-drinking liqueur. You can replace with a Scotch but make sure whatever you choose has a smooth finish and not too jaggy. I usually use Jamesons Irish Whiskey in mine.
How to make Baileys
Making your own Baileys in the Thermomix is super simple. Just be careful not to turn the speed up too high or your Baileys is in danger of curdling.
To make it, start by mixing together the cream, condensed milk, chocolate syrup, cooled espresso and vanilla extract. Do this for just 20 seconds on speed 2.
Next measure out your whiskey - I do this by putting a jug on top of the Thermomix lid and measuring it that way. Given that the recipe calls for around half a standard bottle of whiskey, you could just measure by sight too.
Now set the Thermomix timer to 20 seconds and speed 2 and pour the whiskey through the hole in the Thermomix lid to combine. That should be enough - don't overmix.
Now pour into sterilised bottles that have a good seal on them and store in the fridge until you are ready to drink.
The Best Way to Drink Baileys
For me the best way to enjoy Baileys is to keep it simple: pour Baileys over ice in a glass and enjoy it on its own.
It's so delicious it doesn't really need anything else.
Other Baileys Drink Ideas
Bored of drinking Baileys neat? Here are some other ideas:
- Add Baileys to coffee or hot chocolate and top with whipped cream
- Make an iced coffee or chocolate milkshake laced with Baileys
- Mix it with vodka and Kahlua to make a Mudslide
- Shake it with vodka and chocolate liqueur to make a Chocolatini
- Layer it with Kahlua and Grand Marnier to make a B-52 shooter
FAQs and Top Tips
This Baileys recipe uses fresh cream so yes it needs to be stored in the fridge. It will last for several weeks unopened (the alcohol acts as a preservative).
Once you have opened your homemade Baileys, it is best to drink it within one week.
If your Baileys curdled it probably means that you have set your Thermomix speed too high. You need to mix it slowly. It is also best to use a cooking cream that doesn't curdle. it also helps to add the whiskey at the end as per the recipe instructions.
If your Baileys has gone bad it will have a sour smell and will probably have thickened and/or gone lumpy.
Freezing homemade Baileys is not recommended as it can separate. It will last in the fridge unopened for several weeks though.
Er, yes! Take a look at the amount of whiskey in this recipe and you will see that this has a pretty high alcohol content. Remember to drink responsibly!
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- 225g cream (cooking or double/thickened cream is best)
- 395g can condensed milk
- 50g chocolate syrup
- 30g espresso (cooled)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 350g Irish whiskey
- Add cream, condensed milk, chocolate syrup, espresso and vanilla extract to the Thermomix bowl. Mix for 20 seconds / speed 2.
- Place a jug on top of the Thermomix bowl and weigh in the whiskey.
- Set the Thermomix to 20 seconds / speed 2 and slowly pour in the whiskey through the hole in the lid to combine.
- Pour into sterilised bottles with a good seal and refrigerate until needed.
- Cooking cream is ideal for this recipe as it is specially designed not to curdle or whip. If you don't have any then double/thickened cream will be fine.
- If you don't have an espresso machine, you can mix 1 tsp of instant coffee with 2 tablespoons of water.
- Be careful not to over-mix the Baileys or mix on a high speed as it may curdle.
- Any good quality Irish whiskey is fine for this recipe. If you don't have Irish whiskey you can replace with Scotch, but make sure it is a smooth whisky.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 150Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 30mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 2g