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Made Irish Cream for christmas presents. YUM! And Easy!

JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
I know some of you ladies like to make stuff so I wanted to share this with you. I'm sure lots of you knew that you could make your own Irish Cream, but it just never dawned on me until I happened upon a recipe online. So, today I got all the stuff, went to the home brew store for some 6oz bottles and made it. And Oh. My. God. It's SO good!! smile.gif I knew I'd be giving it to at least 20 people, so I made a big batch. I say just make the big batch because once you try it you'll wish you had more anyway. smile.gif I made some cute labels for it and think it'll go over very well as a holiday gift. smile.gif Here's the recipe. It's VERY easy! smile.gif

4 cups half and half
2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 bottle (750 ml) whiskey (I used Jameson's, of course. smile.gif )
1 can evaporated milk
half cup very strong coffee. (or you can use instant coffee, just make sure to dissolve it well first. I made super strong coffee in a french press.)
4 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons coconut extract

Blend and refrigerate. It's said to taste better after sitting for a few weeks, and should last for anohter month or so in the fridge. Except for at my house. Where it will be lucky to last a week. wink.gif
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    That sounds yummy. I don't suppose they would make good teacher gifts though...they kinda frown on alcohol in grade school...party poopers...
  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    Hell, I bet teachers would need it and appreciate it the most! :)
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  • PoodleheadPoodlehead Posts: 6,959Registered Users
    Give it to them on the last day of school before break, at the end of the school day. They can party.
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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Bunch of questions!
    -How big a can of evaporated milk?
    -How much did this batch make?
    -What should I suggest serving it with (aside from alone ;-))

    Sounds DELICIOUS and cheap! I'm excited to make it!
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  • Curly Girl FlaCurly Girl Fla Posts: 1,834Registered Users
    That sounds wonderful-and it would NOT last, around me, anyway. Do you have a picture of the type of bottles you use for the gifts? I may have to try this...
  • BoomygrrlBoomygrrl Posts: 4,940Registered Users
    Great idea!!! I just might try it. Last year, a friend made us a cinnamon gel-like drink (it was thick but it was yummy). It was a nice idea. Maybe I can return the favor for her (and other friends...and for me, especially *hiccup*) and make some this year.
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  • misspammisspam Posts: 5,318Registered Users
    This sounds very tasty.

    Thanks Jess!
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  • xcptnlxcptnl Posts: 15,678Registered Users
    Would this be used like Baily's Irish Cream?
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  • NayaNaya Posts: 922Registered Users
    Jessicurl wrote: »
    I know some of you ladies like to make stuff so I wanted to share this with you. I'm sure lots of you knew that you could make your own Irish Cream, but it just never dawned on me until I happened upon a recipe online. So, today I got all the stuff, went to the home brew store for some 6oz bottles and made it. And Oh. My. God. It's SO good!! smile.gif I knew I'd be giving it to at least 20 people, so I made a big batch. I say just make the big batch because once you try it you'll wish you had more anyway. smile.gif I made some cute labels for it and think it'll go over very well as a holiday gift. smile.gif Here's the recipe. It's VERY easy! smile.gif

    4 cups half and half
    2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
    1 bottle (750 ml) whiskey (I used Jameson's, of course. smile.gif )
    1 can evaporated milk
    half cup very strong coffee. (or you can use instant coffee, just make sure to dissolve it well first. I made super strong coffee in a french press.)
    4 tablespoons Chocolate Syrup
    2 teaspoons vanilla
    2 teaspoons coconut extract

    Blend and refrigerate. It's said to taste better after sitting for a few weeks, and should last for anohter month or so in the fridge. Except for at my house. Where it will be lucky to last a week. wink.gif

    OMG (random and off topic) but are you the ACTUAL Jessica from www.jessicurl.com???

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    Back on topic:

    Did you use light or dark vanilla? Or does it not matter?
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    Naya wrote: »
    OMG (random and off topic) but are you the ACTUAL Jessica from www.jessicurl.com???

    If so *insert shrill scream* I didn't know you posted here! I LOOOOOVEEEE your products and have been singing their praises!!!

    Back on topic:

    Did you use light or dark vanilla? Or does it not matter?

    That's me, yep. :) I was posting here before I even started my biz, and it's because of NaturallyCurly that I even did. :) I'm so glad you like my stuff! :)

    I just used whatever vanilla I had at home, so I don't think it matters. You can leave out the coconut, replace it with mint...whatever. :) I mean really, how badly could one mess up whiskey and cream?? ;)

    I'll take and post those pics I promised when I get home. :)
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    How much does this recipe make?
  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    What the heck, most of my other reply didn't post. I hope this works.
    Narnia wrote: »
    Bunch of questions!
    -How big a can of evaporated milk?
    -How much did this batch make?
    -What should I suggest serving it with (aside from alone ;-))

    Sounds DELICIOUS and cheap! I'm excited to make it!

    The standard size of evaporated milk. 12 ounces I think? It made a lot. I figure I have to give it to around 20 people or so. I mixed it all in a big pitcher that's probably a gallon, and it's about 3/4 full or so? I can take a pic of the container later before I bottle it so you can see, since there are no measurements on the container .:) I'd consider serving it with ice. :) But also coffee liquor for mudslides, baking with it, Irish Cream milkshakes, in coffee... on and on. :) If you Google Bailye's and recipes you can get some more ideas. :)
    Do you have a picture of the type of bottles you use for the gifts? I may have to try this...

    I'll take one later at home with the labels I made. :) Doesn't hurt that my last name is McGuinty. :) They're like small green wine bottles kinda. They're perfect. :)
    xcptnl wrote: »
    Would this be used like Baily's Irish Cream?

    Yup! :)
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  • va_candiva_candi Posts: 849Registered Users
    Thanks for sharing the recipe! I decided a month ago that everyone was getting a homemade gift this year (e.g., something baked). This is a great idea for the adults in my life.
  • goldencurlygoldencurly Posts: 2,385Registered Users
    This sounds yummy! Minus the coconut for me (allergies) I'll go with mint.

    Thanks for posting this!

    I'll probably not bottle it, just serve it at our family Christmas party :laughing1:
  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    Do you know the amounts for a smaller recipe? Usually its easy enough to figure out but these could be a little more awkward. I'd like to make it as a present for my parents-but dont really have anyone else to give it to.

    I also dont understand the first line

    '4 cups half and half' ? Thanks
  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    kat180 wrote: »
    Do you know the amounts for a smaller recipe? Usually its easy enough to figure out but these could be a little more awkward. I'd like to make it as a present for my parents-but dont really have anyone else to give it to.

    I also dont understand the first line

    '4 cups half and half' ? Thanks

    Here's a different recipe that is in much smaller amounts. Not sure how it tastes but I'd imagine it's similar. That first line in my recipe above means 4 cups of half and half. Here's the smaller recipe I found:
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    • 3/4 cup and 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon Irish whiskey
    • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee granules
    • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
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  • kat180kat180 Posts: 6,280Registered Users
    Thank you- I may try that recipe- although I imagine buying the whisky might be expensive- and i ahve no idea which one to buy.

    What is half and half? I assume it is some type of ingredient but I have not heard of it. Perhaps it is called something different over here. Im guessing some soft of cream?
  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    Kat180, half and half is half milk and half cream. You can do your own mix, or maybe just use single cream? I know dairy is a bit different in the UK.
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  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Posts: 3,413Registered Users
    This sounds so good, in fact, I nearly bought a bottle of Bailey's this week! Thanks, Jess.

    RCW-I thought the very same thing about giving it to teachers...after all they have to spend their days trying to teach my children!
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  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Posts: 8,660Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Thanks for the recipe. I'm having a get together this Saturday night & a pre-Xmas party the next weekend. You can't go wrong with sweetened condensed milk. Yum!
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  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Posts: 10,572Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    Sounds like a great idea to make and serve when we host Christmas. :) We usually serve hot mulled wine.
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    I used Jameson's, but any Irish whiskey would work. :) (any whiskey I guess, but it makes sense to stick to Irish whiskey when making Irish cream. :) ) I used a big 750 Ml bottle and it made 14 bottles that each hold about 6 ounces. The whiskey cost $25, each bottle cost $1.50 with the caps, so with the cost of the cream the total cost was around $56 (give or take...I estimated about $10 for the cost of the cream and whatnot), making each bottle around $4 or $5. Not bad for a super awesome hand made gift! :)

    I forgot that I loaned my camera to a friend but I can take one on my Blackberry, so I'll do that and email it to myself and add it to this thread in a bit. They turned out super cute!! :)
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  • SariaSaria Posts: 15,963Registered Users
    For those wondering about bottles, The Container Store (if you have any in your area) sells some nice ones. I bought some from them when I made eggnog for gifts.
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    Here's a pic of the finished product that I took with my phone. It's a little blurry and not the best quality pic but it's all I could do right now. :) The label says "McGuinty's Irish Cream. Made with Jameson's Irish whiskey and fresh Humboldt Cream." It looks super cute in person. :) I got the bottles at the local home brewing store.
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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Alright, so I decided that today (being it is my day off) I would take this on! I only need for about 3-4 people so I think I'm going to do 24 ounce bottles.
    ANYway, I went to the brewery for bottle and the guy told me that he wouldn't do this, because the half and half would go bad? He told me it wouldn't keep long enough...

    So, I said "I guess I will go find out the answer and be back!"
    Here I am, trying to find out the answer! Thoughts..?
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  • maria_imaria_i Posts: 1,760Registered Users
    This sounds delicious :happy2:



    Some time ago I made a low-carb version. It was good, not exactly like Bailey's, but very good.
    It's very similar to your recipe, except for the sweetened condensed milk.
    Low-Carb Bailey's Irish Cream
    2 cups (16 oz) whipping or heavy cream
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla essence
    1/2 (4oz) cup Irish Whiskey
    1/2 (4oz) cup good black coffee (how strong is up to you)
    1/2 (4oz) cup water
    1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 tablespoons granualar Splenda

    Put the half cup of coffee and the water into a suacepan and disolve the cocoa and Splenda in it. Allow to cool completely. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.

    This one has a tendancy to settle out and will need to be mixed gently before each use.
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  • NarniaNarnia Posts: 1,770Registered Users
    Alright well I am still sitting here with my coat on waiting for an answer. I will just trust the ladies that have made it and make it myself too! But if I get sick from bad half and half in a month, I'm coming for you, Jessie! ;-)
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  • maria_imaria_i Posts: 1,760Registered Users
    You have to store it in refrigerator up to 4 or 5 weeks.
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    I read on one site that the whiskey will keep the cream good if you keep it in the fridge. Another said that it's BEST if it can sit for a few weeks, but I can tell you, it tastes DARN good right now as it is. :)
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  • JessicurlJessicurl Posts: 401Registered Users
    And when you think of it, Bailey's has cream in it too, and that's not often even in the fridge. :) So I think we'll all be fine. I did sanitize the bottles though, to be extra careful.
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