Creamy and festive, this spiced homemade Baileys is the perfect Christmas cocktail for keeping out winter chills while getting into that holiday spirit.
It's a must-try for gingerbread lovers, and it's easier to make than you think: you only need five ingredients and less than five minutes to whip up this silky DIY Irish cream!
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🥃 Why you'll love this Baileys recipe
Christmas is the season of giving, and there's no better gift than something you made with love (and alcohol, ha). Besides, this gingerbread-spiced Baileys is:
✔ Effortless: It's surprisingly easy to make infused liqueur - it requires just five ingredients and will only take about five minutes of your time to DIY this yumminess.
✔ Inexpensive: So much more affordable than store-bought!
✔ Better than store-bought: In my experience, homemade is always better. You can flavor this homemade Irish cream to your liking, and you'll know exactly what ingredients went into it.
✔ Condensed milk and egg-free: Lower calories and no safety risk associated with drinking raw eggs!
✔ Perfect for Christmas and the holidays! It's a must-have for holiday celebrations (or any day), and it makes last-minute homemade gift-gifting a breeze. Perfect addition to the holiday gift baskets!
- Half and Half - you can use heavy cream (*see "Top Tip" below), or you can substitute ½ cup of whole milk and a ½ cup of heavy cream.
- Spiced Rum - we like Captain Morgan - use gingerbread spiced rum if you like, or see variations below.
- Nutella - not a fan of this hazelnut spread? Replace it with chocolate syrup or cocoa powder.
- Gingerbread Spice - you can easily make your own spice blend with spices you already have on hand or see variations below.
📝 NOTE: Looking for the FULL recipe to print? Find the complete list of ingredients and detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
To make Baileys cream from scratch, all you have to do is combine the ingredients in a blender for 20 seconds, and you're good to go!
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender.
2. Blend on high speed until smooth, 20-30 seconds.
💡 Top tip
If you're using heavy cream, you'll want to be careful about blending it too long, or you might get a whipped cream layer! If that happens, strain the baileys through a fine mesh sieve or a cheesecloth. Easy-peasy!
Spices - You can use any spice you like. Try it with pumpkin spice, apple pie spice, cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon (or use Fireball Whiskey instead of rum).
Flavors - You can replace gingerbread spice and flavor your Baileys with almond, orange, or mint extract. Use vanilla extract for the original Irish flavor - great for celebrating St. Patrick's Day!
Alcohol - Make it with Irish whiskey, brandy, vodka, or Amaretto.
Alcohol-free - Make it virgin by omitting alcohol.
Dairy-free - Make it vegan by replacing the half & half with coconut cream.
🍴 Recommended Equipment
You can use whatever you have on hand to mix the ingredients.
🗄 Storage Tips
Store the gingerbread-spiced homemade Baileys in airtight bottles in the refrigerator. Because of the dairy content, it will only keep for up to two months. Shake well before using!
These ingredients don't stand up well to freezing.
❓ Frequently Asked Questions
I don't suggest using milk in this recipe as your Baileys won't be creamy enough.
Bring these deliciously easy homemade Christmas Baileys in decorative bottles or mason jars to any holiday party and watch them disappear.
Bring the recipe too, because you know they'll be asking you for it.
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Christmas Homemade Baileys
- Food processor or a whisk
Blender or food processor method
- Combine Nutella, spiced rum, half & half, powdered sugar, and gingerbread spice in a blender.
- Blend on high speed until incorporated, 20 to 30 seconds.
- Fill clean glass bottles and refrigerate overnight to allow for flavors to blend.
- In a small bowl, blend Nutella and rum until Nutella is dissolved; slowly stir in heavy cream.
- Add powdered sugar and gingerbread spice and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
- If there are lumps/curdles in your Baileys, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
- This recipe makes about 2 cups but can be easily doubled or even tripled.
- For variations and substitutions, read the tips in the post above.
- Please remember that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used.
- Always drink responsibly! This recipe is not suitable for kids. See tips in the post on how to make this Bailey's virgin.