An Easy Homemade Gift

We have a couple good friends that make their own Irish cream every year. They were gracious enough to gift us with a bottle, in a great Blanton’s Bourbon bottle, at our wine party. My wife loves the stuff, and the way our friends make it, it’s a mild, tasty version that won’t knock you on your butt!

We have some good flip-top bottles from various drinks we’ve had (mostly some flavor of French lemonade or something like that). We thought it might be a good thing to make some Irish cream to give away. I hope our friends either 1. aren’t reading this, or 2. aren’t offended that we usurped their idea! If it weren’t so good, we wouldn’t have thought it was such a great idea, though.

The recipe we found couldn’t have been much easier:

  • 1 cup cream (we used heavy, though light or even half and half might work for a thinner consistency)
  • 1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup (we used Ghirardelli, which seemed richer then Hershey’s)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee (I’m going to use cold pressed coffee instead next time, and add more)
  • 1 2/3 cup Irish whiskey (I’m also going to try a decent blend of Scotch whisky for Scotch cream)

The directions from there couldn’t be much easier:

Everything goes into a blender. The blender gets turned on high for 30 seconds. And it’s done!

The concoction should last for a couple months in the refrigerator. We poured it into the flip-top bottles, and I’m making labels for them. They’ll go out as gifts, and I hope those that get it really enjoy!

If you make stuff like this for gifts, let me know what you do…


I tried this with Ballentine Scotch whisky, a cheap but approachable blended whisky, and it worked as well as Irish whiskey.  So now we will be making… McAdams Scotch Cream!



About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. What a great idea, much better than Christmas chex mix!
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  2. Man oh man, Alexis will absolutely LOVE this, she’s a Bailey’s freak.
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  3. Anne Marie, It turned out even better with a sweet, mild Scotch, IMO.

    Chris, it takes all of about 3 minutes to make. I sanitized the bottles with stuff I use when I brew, and that’s about all it took.
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