Bailey's Original Irish Cream copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Bailey's Original Irish Cream

Score: 4.81. Votes: 47
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Bailey's uses a special process to combine two otherwise incompatible ingredients: cream and whiskey. This secret technique keeps the cream from clumping and separating from the whiskey, and allows the liqueur to go for two years unrefrigerated without spoiling. But we won't need to tap into any secret preparation techniques for our clone here since well be storing the liqueur in the refrigerator. We will, however, replace cream with canned evaporated milk. This gives us a properly sweetened finished product with the taste and texture of the deliciously famous Irish cream. Here now is an improved version of the Bailey's clone recipe that appears in More Top Secret Recipes. This version has fewer ingredients, is easier to make, and tastes amazing.

Make more fun copycat cocktails and liqueurs with my recipes here.

Source: Top Secret Recipes: Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits & Shakes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk (1 12-ounce can)
  • 1 cup Irish whiskey
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee
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      Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and mix well or shake until the sugar is dissolved. Store in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Shake before serving.

      Makes 3 cups.

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Score: 4.81. Votes: 47
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Dec 11, 2017, 09:23

I just made 6 batches for Christmas presents. This gave me 18 16 ounce bottles. (3 bottles per each batch) The only adjustment I made was to use less chocolate syrup. I reduced it to one half tablespoons and it was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!

Jan 7, 2008, 22:00

Bailey's is a fairly cheap concoction, so at first I didn't see where this recipe would save much money. Ha! I was wrong. You can make at least 3 batches from a 750 bottle of Irish whiskey. Great recipe.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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