Oh, let’s all have a meaningful toast to the holidays. As a person who doesn’t drink much (either alcohol, pop, or even water), I must admit to looking forward to the annual holiday libations; specifically homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream–served in a mason jar!
About 30 years ago I started making homemade liquor for Christmas presents. Kahlua and Baileys were my favorites. As the years went by, I limited the drinks to just Baileys. And started to provide a half-pint jar to all those of age in the family. Sometimes there is a bit of fighting in the family if someone takes someone else’s Baileys. Some of my closest friends and peers at work also receive a jar.
I used to provide more professional packaging, but decided that the simple jar is the perfect container. As the younger generation got older and reached legal drinking age, they also received the Baileys. This year, I am making about 20-25 jars. I have the next 10 days off so a nightly sip is called for. Next Christmas, my daughter will be eligible to imbibe. I can’t wait, because she may not like it and then there is more for me.frothy
My recipe has only made one slight change over the years. I use to add raw eggs to the mix. They added a very frothy texture to the drink. But I no longer add them due to the risk of salmonella poisoning. So fear not, the following recipe is tried and true–and incredibly tasty!!
Here’s my recipe (of course I will accept samples for quality taste testing; I have 30 years experience in this product):
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (such as Eagle Brand)
- 1 2/3 cup Irish Whiskey (I always use Irish Whiskey, such as Bushmills. As long as it is Irish, it is OK).
- 1 cup whipping cream (not whip cream) or Half and Half (either one is fine, whatever you have on hand)
- 1 teaspoon dried instant coffee granules
- 2 tablespoons Hershey’s chocolate syrup (the kind you would dribble over ice cream)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 to 1 teaspoon Almond extract (adjust amount to your taste)
Blend in a blender until thoroughly blended!
Each batch makes enough for about 5 half-pint jars, depending on how much you sip during quality taste tests.
Be sure to refrigerate and to shake well (really well) before drinking. I personally like mine over ice. Some people put a little in their coffee. Or add a bit of milk, some ice cream, and make a Baileys shake (be still my heart).
Now you know why Santa leaves my house with rosy cheeks saying a hearty “Ho, Ho, Ho!” And where do you think Rudolph gets that shiny red nose?