Vegan Irish Cream Liqueur (Homemade Baileys)

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Irish cream is the perfect treat. With its creamy texture, sweetness, comforting notes of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla, and soul-soothing warmth of Irish whiskey,  it’s a true grown-up indulgence.

Today I’m sharing a veganized recipe for Irish cream. This cream liqueur traditionally contains Irish whiskey, dairy cream, a sweetener, and flavouring ingredients like coffee, cocoa, and vanilla. A lot of homemade recipes use sweetened condensed milk and skip any added sugar.

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To make vegan Irish cream, you’ll need homemade cashew milk (recipe below), canned coconut milk, Irish whiskey, sweetener (I used granulated sugar), a touch of cocoa, instant coffee, and pure vanilla. A blend of homemade cashew milk and coconut milk makes for a creamy, neutral base that won’t immediately announce itself as either COCONUT or CASHEW – just dairy-free creamy goodness.

Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.  After blending, allow the flavours to mix for at least a few hours before serving (overnight is best!)

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This Irish cream isn’t SUPER sweet. If you want to use it as a boozy compliment to coffee, you might prefer it a little sweeter. For more of a coffee liqueur, double the amount of instant coffee in the recipe. For something more chocolatey, add a touch more cocoa. If you prefer something lighter, sub the canned coconut milk for almond milk or coconut milk from a carton. This recipe is about 12% alcohol, add more whiskey if you prefer something stronger.

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This dairy-free liqueur is perfect for sipping this St. Patrick’s Day (but really, any holiday is a great time to drink Irish cream!) Serve it on the rocks, add it to coffee or hot chocolate, or use it in homemade frosting.

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It hasn’t been long enough for me to have any definite suggestions for shelf life, but the alcohol and sugar in this recipe should give it a lengthy expiration date. From experience I know it’s perfectly fine at room temperature for at least 3+ days. In the fridge it will last for 2 weeks or longer. Many recipes made with real cream claim to be good for up to 2 months when refrigerated!

When chilled, the coconut fat forms a layer on top of the liqueur. Give the bottle a good shake before serving or spoon the layer from the liqueur and discard it. Either way, be sure to shake before serving! Enjoy!

PS: I used Barnivore to make sure my whiskey of choice was vegan. They’ve also got a phone app you can use when you hit the liquor store!

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Vegan Irish Cream Liqueur (Homemade Baileys)

Prep 15 minutes

Total 15 minutes

Servings 3 cups

Making your own Homemade VEGAN Baileys is super easy! All you need is 7 ingredients, 15 minutes, and a blender. This sweet Irish cream is perfect for sipping this St. Patrick’s Day. Makes 3 1/3 cups of 12% alcohol liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups homemade cashew milk
  • 1 cup Jameson Whiskey (or your favourite Irish whiskey)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tsp cocoa
  • ¾ tsp pure vanilla
  • ¼ tsp instant coffee

Homemade Cashew Milk

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for 4+ hours or simmered for 3 minutes)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into sterilized bottles and seal. Allow the flavours time to marry for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight) to enjoy it’s fullest taste.
  3. Shake before serving.

Homemade Cashew Milk

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blander and blend on high until smooth and creamy.

Recipe Notes

Shake before serving.

Storage: It hasn’t been long enough for me to have any definite suggestions for shelf life but the alcohol and sugar in this recipe should give it a lengthy expiration date. From experience I know it’s perfectly fine at room temperature for at least 3+ days. In the fridge it will last for a good 2 weeks or longer. Many recipes made with real cream claim to be good for up to 2 months when refrigerated!

When chilled the coconut cream fat forms a layer on top of the liqueur. Give the bottle a good shake before serving or spoon the layer from the liqueur and discard it.

Courses Drinks, Alcohol

Cuisine Vegan