One of my favorite parts of the holidays is sipping Bailey’s Irish Creme and Kahlua (with a little coffee added for good measure) with my family, friends and loved ones…yumm!
I used to buy bottles and bottles of them, but not anymore.
The first time I found out what was really in the stuff I was shocked. I was really very surprised to see what they actually use to make the original Baileys Irish Cream, see for yourself:
This is the ingredients listed on the bottle:
Original Baileys Irish Cream:
Fresh Dairy Cream, Sugar, Alcohol, Maltodextrin, Milk Products, Cocoa extracts and flavours, Irish Whiskey, Colouring: 150b, Emulsifier: E471, Acidity regulator: E331.
Ok…..what the heck is Emulisifier: E471, or Acidity regulator: E331?…..Can’t they just use natural ingredients? Most of us don’t even check ingredient lists to know what we’re ingesting, no wonder so many are sick with new cancers and diseases…..don’t even get me started….I’m so sick and tired of these companies!
Oh, but I digress…….this is supposed to be about homemade Bailey’s recipes (and let’s not forget the lovely and luscious Kahlua!)….Kahlua is another one of my faves!
Aaaaaaanyway, in most cases I try to make my own Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua if possible.
I found a few different homemade recipes to make it yourself for a lot less than the original and without all the ‘unknown ingredients’. They also make wonderful gifts and are almost always the hit of the holiday parties :)
here’s a few easy recipes, that you could whip up in a matter of minutes and pour into a fancy bottles…or whatever bottle you want to use.
If you’re planning on keeping it as a treat for yourself you better hide it in an inconspicuous dark jar or other type of bottle no one would dare open in the back of the fridge because homemade Bailey’s has a way of disappearing when you’re not looking :)
how to make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream Video;
1. NO EGG BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup half & half
1 cup irish whiskey
1 1/2-2 tsp chocolate flavored syrup (like for coffee, not ice cream)
1/16-1/8 tsp coconut extract
Mix all by hand, nonmetal utensils. Store in fridge.
2. BAILEY’S IRISH CREAM
Can sweetened condensed milk
2 c. half and half
2 c. Canadian whiskey (80 proof)
1 tbsp. instant coffee dissolved in 1 tbsp. hot water
2 oz. coffee liqueur (Kahlua) (below is a recipe for homemade Kahlua)
Mix all and chill for two hours or as long as overnight.
Mix all by hand, nonmetal utensils. Store in fridge.
JUST LIKE KAHLUA
1 fifth sized bottle of vodka (any brand)
1/4 cup instant coffee
3 cups water
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
Combine water, sugar, coffee and vanilla in a large pot. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Cool. Add vodka….. voila! Just like Kahlua (or very close).
Another Kahlua recipe:
3 C. Sugar
4 C. Water
10 tsp. Instant Coffee
4 tsp. Vanilla
2 – 3 C. Vodka
Mix first 3 ingredients in large pan and simmer for 1 hour. Remove from heat and cool for 1 hour. Add the vanilla and vodka, mix well and pour into dark colored bottles. Store in cool dark place for 2 weeks for best results. I have used it right away also.
More Homemade Baileys Irish Cream recipes:
3. BAILEYS IRISH CREAM
10 oz. Coffee Rich, thawed
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp. coconut extract
3 tsp. Hershey syrup
1 1/4 c. whiskey, scotch or brandy
Blend in blender on high for 1 minute.
4. BAILEY’S IRISH CREME
1 3/4 c. rum
1 (16 oz.) can Eagle Brand milk
1 c. whipping cream
2 tbsp. instant coffee
2 tbsp. chocolate syrup
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
Put all ingredients in blender and mix. Store tightly in covered containers in refrigerator until ready to use.
NOTE: You can use any liquor of your choice.
Bottle your Baileys Irish Cream and Kahlua in pretty bottles, add some bows and walla! You have yourself a lovely gift everyone will want a bit of.
Baileys and Kahlúa cocktails:
B-52– Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier (or I like a B-53; with Frangelico instead of Grand Marnier) layer in that order.
Baby Guinness- Coffee flavored tequilla in a shot glass, topped with a foamy shaken rim of Baileys (looks like a glass of Guinness)
Black Russian– Kahlua, Baileys and Vodka (stirred, not shaken)
Mudslide– Baileys, Kahlua, Vodka, ice cream, spot of chocolate syrup, blend well, yumm! decorate inside of glass w/ chocolate syrup
White Russian– Kahlua, Baileys, Vodka and cream, shake well.
Kahlua and/or Baileys Irish Cream are also great either with cold cream, in milk, or mixed with hot coffee or cocoa. Of course you could always mix the Baileys and Kahlua together and have a real winner!
Well, enjoy your Baileys and Kahlua and remember to share the wealth this holiday season!
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