Have Yourself A Very Budget Christmas: Make Your Own Baileys

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

For me, Christmas isn't Christmas without Baileys. I have memories going back as long as I can remember of my mum and nan pouring themselves glasses from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day without abandon. Me? I'll drink it all year round but that, my friends, is not the point. The point is that a bottle of Baileys will usually set you back between £15 and £20 and if you're buying other alcohol, it's an expense you can avoid. I can vouch for this recipe as my friend Emma and I made it last year. We made it a bit too thick but did it taste of Baileys and get us happy? Yes it did.

You'll need:

  • 1 cup of whiskey (you can use more to taste - I used 2-3)
  • 1 cup light cream/whipping cream (depending on how thick you like it)
  • 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla/almond extract (I used both but they are optional
  • Bottle with cap.
  • Blender.

    1. Blend all ingredients together until you're satisfied with the consistency.
    2. Do the taste test and at this point add more whiskey/coffee/syrup/vanilla or almond extract until it suits you.
    3. Transfer to any clean bottle with a tightly closing cap you like.
    4. Refrigerate to store and shake well before use.

    I use this in coffee, cakes and even to drink by itself as it is honestly that good. Let me know if you try it and how it goes.