So, for Christmas this year I decided to give out homemade Bailey’s (not bay leaves as my mom kept thinking I was saying). I found the recipe I wanted to use here. I ended up using the light cream and the almond extract and I also used Jameson. I mean, if you’re going to be using Irish Whiskey, might as well have the best. The recipe itself is incredibly easy. If you’re too lazy to click the link, the recipe consists of 1 14 oz can of condensed sweetened milk (found in the baking isle), 1 cup light cream, 2 tbs of chocolate syrup, 1 tsp of instant coffee (not coffee grounds; learned that one the hard way after I chewed my first batch), 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp almond extract, and 1 2/3 cups (or more) of Irish Whiskey blended together for 30 seconds.
Now, some people don’t like their Bailey’s so chocolatey or don’t like the taste of coffee. I think these people are insane, but if you happen to one of them, you’re free to play around with the measurements and determine how much chocolate or coffee you really want in your Bailey’s. Since this was my first time making this, I stuck with the original recipe.
Like I said, making the Bailey’s was incredibly easy. The hardest part about the whole thing was figuring out how to cap the bottles. A little hit, put the caps on before pouring the Bailey’s in. I learned that one the hard way too. Also, I would suggest using a funnel or something to help pour the Baileys in the bottles from the blender. I made quite the mess when I did it.
Now, if you’re wondering where to find bottles, I found mine at a homemade beer and wine supply store Lets Do Wine. Originally I went to Michael’s (Hobby Lobby was closed), but they didn’t have enough bottles. The woman at the store told me to go to a supply store. I’m glad I did. I was able to buy a case of 16 oz bottles, with caps, for pennies. They had lots of other sizes as well so it’s definitely worth checking out.
The recipe I gave “filled” two 16 oz bottles. I ended up up giving bottles to all of my co-workers, Mike’s family, and my family. So far, I have had nothing but good reviews. I will definitely be making this again in the future.