This indulgent homemade Vegan Irish Cream recipe combines coconut milk with sweetened condensed coconut milk, Irish whiskey, cocoa powder, coffee extract, and vanilla. It is deliciously creamy with hints of cocoa and vanilla, and you can make it in less than 5 minutes!
I wanted to make a beverage for upcoming St. Patrick's Day, and naturally, Irish Cream with whiskey came to mind. I hadn't had an Irish cream since I've gone vegan, so I set out to make my own. Most cream liqueurs are not dairy-free. I've heard there is a vegan almond Baileys, but I haven't tried it. Have you?
You're going to love the taste and creaminess of this Irish Cream, not to mention how easy it is to make! I like mine with extra cocoa, so the color is a tad darker than Baileys Irish Cream. I've made this several times, and once you try it, you're going to want to make this homemade version of Baileys again soon!
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- fine metal sieve - to remove the coconut milk solids from the canned coconut milk and the sweetened condensed coconut milk. If you skip this step, your Irish cream might be much thicker and almost solid the next day, like pudding.
🥥 Ingredients to make Vegan Irish Cream
Here's what you'll need to make it:
- Canned full-fat coconut milk - for creaminess.
- Sweetened condensed coconut milk - no sugar is needed since this is already sweetened.
- Organic cocoa powder - I like Irish cream to be a little chocolatey, like a Irish Mocha Cream. Adjust the amount to your preferences.
- Coffee extract
- Vanilla extract
- Irish whiskey - I used Jameson Irish whiskey. The main ingredients are unmalted and malted barley, maize, and Irish water from the Dungourney River local to the distillery.
🥃 Is whiskey gluten-free?
Even with whiskey brands that are triple distilled, people with high gluten sensitivity have been known to have a reaction to whiskey. It's easy enough to make your own version of Baileys at home and use a whiskey that you know you can tolerate. You can find more information here.
This dairy-free Irish cream is so easy to make; it takes less than 5 minutes to put everything together in the blender.
- Place the coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, cocoa powder, coffee extract, and vanilla extract in a blender.
- Mix at low to medium speed for 30 to 60 seconds.
- Add the whiskey and mix at low to medium speed for another 30 to 60 seconds. Depending on how many solids are in your coconut milk and sweetened condensed coconut milk, it may take just a few moments longer. Don't worry, all is not lost if it curdles.
Be sure to use a fine sieve to collect any coconut milk solids. If you skip this step, your Irish cream will be much thicker and almost solid the next day. Using a sieve will make your Irish cream smoother. It will be creamy without being overly creamy.
This homemade vegan Baileys recipe makes approximately 2 cups. If you are entertaining or plan to give some away as gifts, you can double the recipe.
💭 Top tips
Whether the mixture curdles or not, I recommend using a fine sieve to collect the coconut milk solids. I've tried it with and without, and I much prefer the filtered version. Otherwise, your Irish cream will be much thicker the next day, like pudding. If this happens, you can dilute the Irish cream with water, coffee, or almond milk which is thinner. Mix it up well and strain with a sieve to remove any coconut solids.
♻️Variations and Substitutions
You can customize this recipe according to your preferences. If you want the Irish cream to be stronger, add more whiskey.
An alternative to full-fat canned coconut milk would be homemade cashew milk which is neutral yet richer than other types of plant-based milk. Light coconut milk would work but it will be less creamy; it wasn't creamy enough for me. You can use coconut cream; dilute it with coffee or water.
Instead of coffee extract you can use espresso powder or instant coffee mixed with a small amount of hot water or espresso; place it in the fridge to cool it down before adding it to the rest of the ingredients.
Maybe you don't want as much chocolate - put in less cocoa powder or leave it out.
You can add another liquor such as Drambuie, bourbon, rum, Grand Marnier, or raspberry liqueur.
Instead of coffee extract, use espresso powder mixed with a small amount of hot water or espresso. If you don't like coffee, leave it out or add one of the liquors mentioned above.
If you don't have coffee and cocoa handy, try adding Kahlua. Instead of vanilla, try orange extract or almond extract. The possibilities are endless!
🧊 How to serve
- Refrigerate and shake well before serving.
- Enjoy this Irish cream right out of the fridge (my favorite) or over ice.
- You can pour it over vegan ice cream.
- Add it to baked goods and frosting, such as this recipe for my decadent Vegan Chocolate Fig Cupcakes with Irish Cream Frosting.
- Make it for the holidays and special occasions, whether it's March or December.
This homemade vegan Irish cream keep in the fridge in an airtight container (preferably glass) for up to four or five days.
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Vegan Irish Cream
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
- 6 oz sweetened condensed coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon coffee extract or 1 tablespoon instant coffee or 1 teaspoon instant espresso mixed with small amount of hot water and let cool, or espresso
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 200 ml Irish whiskey
- Place the coconut milk, sweetened condensed coconut milk, cocoa powder, coffee extract, vanilla extract in a blender. Mix at low to medium speed for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Add whiskey. Blend for another 30 seconds at low to medium speed. Strain the mixture with a fine metal strainer, whether it curdles or not.
- Transfer into a container and refrigerate.