Homemade Dairy Free & Vegan Irish Cream | Homemade Baileys for the Holidays

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

The snow has started to fall and the holidays are right around the corner. Nothing has me wanting a nice cuppa joe like watching the snow fall and a nice cozy blanket.

Winter is a busy time for us, like many. We have family birthdays on top of the regular ol’ Christmas and New Years festivities, and when you combine multiple blended families you feel like you end up doing more running around than celebrating. It’s worth it, though. Wouldn’t trade our crazy for anything.

Last Christmas I was just going into my second trimester. I had a cold of all colds, was hosting Christmas dinner, and my mom was visiting.

It ended with me crying on my kitchen floor. Hormones are a bitch.

This year I am putting self-care at the top of my list! I will take time for myself and I will do something I enjoy. There is a good chance it will involve some silence and some homemade Baileys. Or wine. Or whiskey. Maybe it will just be a nap, let’s be serious. I have been using Plan to Eat for all my holiday meals and baking this year and so far it has been wonderful. You input your recipe or find one on the internet and add it to your meal plan schedule in the app. It only takes a few clicks and it generates your shopping list, too. Please don’t cry on your floor like I did, if you haven’t done my 7-day self-care challenge yet, you should!

So before the holiday hustle, whip up a quick batch of this homemade Baileys, and prepare to relax. This recipe is also dairy free and vegan-friendly, and perfect for gifting! I have even included some simple gift tags!

homemade baileys gift


  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 can light coconut milk* OR 2 cups of your favorite flavored dairy-free/vegan creamer – I used silk hazelnut almond creamer and it turned out great!
  • 1/4 cup strong brewed coffee (instant can be used) or espresso
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Simple syrup or sweetening agent of choice – if using light coconut milk not flavored creamer
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup of your favorite whiskey – I use Jameson

*See note in directions


I have tried my best to lay out the ingredients for you but I am such a “taste as you go” person in the kitchen. In fact, for this recipe, I encourage you to taste as you go. Warning – I will not be held responsible for any decisions made due to over tasting.

*Note: Simple syrup is not needed if you are choosing to use your favorite flavored creamer in lieu of a second can of coconut milk.

  1. Prepare your strong coffee or espresso. I like it to be stronger than I would care to drink, that way you get the coffee flavor without watering the recipe down.
  2. Add the cocoa powder to the hot coffee and mix well.
  3. If you are using the 2 cans of coconut milk but do not have simple syrup, you can either make some, or you can sweeten it with a sugar/sweetener of choice into the hot coffee.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a blender, starting with 1/2 cup of whiskey and blend for 30 seconds or so.
  5. Give it a taste.
  6. Give it another taste then add more whiskey to desired strength. I used about 1 cup.

Pour your new liquid heaven into canning bottles or jars and keep in the fridge. Enjoy it in coffee and hot chocolate, or enjoy on ice!

Gift it!

This makes great gifts – being dairy free & vegan ensures no one is left out.

I like to use swing-top glass bottles when gifting and pair them with a simple hanging gift tag.


Click on your choice of gift tag for a FREE printable sheet!

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Homemade Baileys Irish Cream




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