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The best homemade baileys in the history of ever. It’s magic juice, it just falls in your mouth.  WARNING:  Don’t drink too much of this stuff.  You’ll start licking faces.

I can’t take all the credit.  I stole the recipe from my bestie (25 years ago!). Yup. It’s THAT goo

Two years ago, I had mentioned Baileys all casual like on the blog, as if it wasn’t a big deal.

And it wasn’t.

Until it was.

You peeps apparently like to drink.

Why not just buy Baileys from the liquor store?

Don’t go there.

The problem with the Baileys from the liquor store is that it can give you a sugar high and then a low.  You’ll have to scrape yourself off the concrete.   The mix of sugar, chemicals and preservatives are just ewehhhh.

It’s much more peaceful to stay at home and sip baileys.

Winter in Canada is a shitastrophy shit storm. This is why we drink, peeps. This is why we drink.

When we drink coffee, it gives us unrealistic expectations of productivity.


Laughing never gets old.

Baileys ramps up the laugh your ass off factor.

When we drink Baileys, it gives us realistic expectations of giddiness.

Click on the photo for a free downloadable recipe for the best homemade baileys liqueur in the history of ever. It's easy to make, delish and only takes 4 ingredients !

It’s holiday season.

We drink.

We wrap.

We bake.

We eat raw cookie dough.  Shut your face, cookie dough.  Yeah, I’m looking at you.

The best homemade baileys recipe | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | www.LynneKnowlton.com

Let’s get this baileys party started. Brace yourself.  This is good stuff.

Warning:  It is strong.  So strong, it may put hair on your chest.  It isn’t syrupy sweet.

Ready for it ?! Start with some simple glass bottles so you can make some presents.   I found some here on Amazon.

Homemade Baileys Recipe

{  Because I made homemade baileys, I’m domestic, dammit.  I have a special free Baileys recipe printable for you! Enter your email below to subscribe to our blog and get your printable recipe card! }

Click on the photo for a free downloadable recipe for the best homemade baileys liqueur in the history of ever. It's easy to make, delish and only takes 4 ingredients !


For gifts: Pour in glass bottles. Wrap it up.  I dare you to not drink it before you give it away.  Drink whatever is left in the blender.  You’ll be fine.

NOTE:  This recipe makes enough to fill a blender.  It will last as long as your cream ‘best before’ date shows.

Keep refrigerated.Trust me, you’ll drink it all before then. It’s so good.

I .  Can’t.  Even.

You’re welcome.



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  1. Don Balmer says:

    Wanting best recipe please.

  2. Karn Beard says:

    Looking for bailey’s recipe

  3. Ann Boyle says:

    I need this. Like now…yesterday-now.
    Please and thank you.

  4. megan wolfe says:

    Looking to get recipe card!

  5. Deb Deglow says:

    Bailey’s recipe please

  6. Renee Horn says:

    Please send the Recipe?

  7. Sonya says:

    Cute. Curious about the recipe. Nice photos too.

  8. Connie L Renberger says:

    Bailey’s recipe please.

    • Hello Connie,
      Did you enter your email address in the opt-in form in the blog post? If so, the baileys recipe is automatically emailed directly to your inbox.

  9. Carolyn Frank says:

    I have the original Bailey’s recipe,
    So far its really REALLY good, gave 2 versions of it, the lady that new the inventor of Baileys,he gave it to her, and been passed down to me.
    Pretty cool uh!

  10. Barbara says:

    Hi there,
    Thoroughly enjoyed your thoughts on the “magic juice” and photography.
    So looking forward to making and indulging in your heavenly delicious Baileys recipe.
    Many thanks and very grateful to you for sharing.

    Kind regards,

  11. Bob Newell says:

    Thanks in advance for the recipe

  12. Ron Adams says:

    I laughed out load just reading your notes.
    I am looking forward to making the receipe.

  13. Suzanne Beck says:

    Thanks for the recipe!

  14. Trissa Code says:

    I have signed up for the recipe but for some reason I am not receiving it! I should have this memorized considering I make this every year for Xmas gifts but I always refer to this website and it isn’t on here this year. Please help!!

  15. Hello Kelly,
    Please enter your email in the form of the blog post and the recipe will be sent to you automatically.

  16. Susan Searle says:

    Excited to make my first batch after I receive your recipe

  17. Hi Nicola,
    If you enter your email in the the opt-in form in the blog post, the recipe will be sent directly to your inbox. Cheers! Lynne + Tristan

  18. Charlotte Brooks says:

    Thanks thanks thanks thanks

  19. Dawn Pesotini says:

    Love making personal gifts and this is my choice this year

  20. Sally Davis says:

    May I have the wonderful Baileys recipe please???

  21. Vicki says:

    I would love the Baileys Recipe Card

  22. Tracy Ullmann says:

    I would love this recipe, thank you.

    PS I am “a” Tracy Ullmann, not “the” Tracey Ullman.

    • Hi Tracy! Did you enter your email address in the form in the blog post? If so, hopefully the recipe went straight to your email inbox and you have it by now. Fingers crossed. If not, please check your spam and promotions folder. Sometimes robots get confused, and don’t know how awesome our emails are 🙂

      Happy baking!
      Lynne + Tristan

  23. Penny Metzger says:

    Would love the Baileys recipe! Have enjoyed following your family for quite a few years. Great inspiration!

    • Hi Penny! Thanks for following along all these years :)!! Did you receive the recipe by email? If not, let me know and I will double check // forward it to you. Happpppppy baileys making! Lynne xx

  24. Ace says:

    Bailey recipe please!!

    • Hi Ace

      If you enter your email address in the blog post newsletter form, the recipe will be sent automatically to your inbox.
      Happy baileys making! Lynne
      PS. be sure to check your promotions / spam filter as well because sometimes they get lost in there.

  25. Shannon says:

    Baileys recipe please 😊

    • Hi Shannon

      If you enter your email address in the blog post newsletter form, the recipe will be sent automatically to your inbox.
      Happy baileys making! Lynne
      PS. be sure to check your promotions / spam filter as well because sometimes they get lost in there.

  26. Kim says:

    I’d like the baileys recipe

    • Hi Kim

      If you enter your email address in the blog post newsletter form, the recipe will be sent automatically to your inbox.
      Happy baileys making! Lynne
      PS. be sure to check your promotions / spam filter as well because sometimes they get lost in there.

  27. Geneen says:

    Baileys recipe please!

    • Hello Geneen,
      If you enter your email address in the blog post form, the recipe will be sent automatically to your inbox. Happy baileys making! Lynne
      PS. be sure to check your promotions / spam filter as well because sometimes they get lost in there.

  28. Kim says:

    I’d love the recipe for your Bailey’s

    • Hello Kim ! If you enter your email address in the blog post form, the recipe will be sent automatically to your inbox. Happy baileys making! Lynne
      PS. be sure to check your promotions / spam filter as well because sometimes they get lost in there.

  29. Susan says:

    I’d love this recipe

    • Hi Susan,
      Did you receive the recipe in your email inbox? Hope so. It is magical 🙂 If not, check your spam / promotions/ junk folder, it may be hanging out there. Happy baileys making!

  30. Lorrie says:

    Bailey s recipe please

  31. Candi says:

    i need the Bailey’s Recipe

  32. Carole says:

    Baileys recipe please!

    • Hi Carole
      Your baileys recipe should land in your email inbox shortly after entering your email addy in the optin form in the blog post. If it isn’t there, please check your junk/spam/promotions folder and it is likely there. The email robots get confused sometimes 🙂

      Lynne x

  33. Shari Irwin says:

    Okay how do I choose which ones to buy for my friends ….I really mean ME!! Gotta go make the magic juice NOW.

  34. Michael says:

    Hi Love:
    I have to ask you if we can invent a special occasion to make some more Bailey’s. Ummm, Like it’s Saturday lol. I’m still laughing at how many people insist Bailey’s needs to be made with Whiskey. Please… this Vodka version is delicious. Who’s pouring?

  35. Hello Nick,

    There are zero ads on my site. I chose that so my readers have an enjoyable experience reading my blog, even though I lose ad income by making that choice.

    For the FREE excellent homemade baileys, you simply enter your email address and the downloadable recipe is ready within seconds to your email inbox.

  36. Whitney says:

    Definitely need this to survive in NoDak, US! Everyone begs me for it, I’ve been using your recipe for 2 years.. I do, However, add a tsp of instant coffee (mainly because I had it from making homemade kahlua). It’s in my coffee daily 😛 cheers!

    • Whitney! That’s FANTASTIC to hear!! So happy you love it (and this year I am going to add a tsp of instant coffee because you have totally tempted me!)

      My blog post now has a printable recipe in it, and you can vote for it/ give it a rating ! ????


  37. I’m Jewish. So what!? A Jew can’t dress up as santa? Sez who? Just a few things I said after making your recipe. (I may have added a couple (or more) shots of Irish whiskey. thanks for the recipe. It’s delish.

  38. Maureen says:

    You sound like just the friend I would meet if living in Canada. I am in sunny South Africa !
    I am making your bailey’s for Christmas gifts this year and…oh maybe some for me too??
    Lovemore your page

    • Hi Maureen,
      That’s so great to hear!!!! You are in sunny Africa? That sounds BEAUTIFUL ! Did you make the baileys for Christmas gifts this year (and yes, I hope you made some for you too)

      I added a printable recipe card in the blog post so you can even add that to your gifts 🙂

      Lynne xx

  39. Pam says:

    I think your on to something here lady! Can’t wait to try this and will report back. Can’t promise I’ll be sober though. Love your wit. You had me at “shitastrophy shit storm” I’m so using that phrase this holiday season. Let the games begin : ) it’s 5 o’clock somewhere I’m pretty sure….?.noon at least….

  40. Craig says:

    Jacqui, if you are going to use whiskey, then just buy Baileys already.
    Using Vodka is great….you can even make your own Vodka at home….I have heard…..haha. Much, much less expensive….
    Just made a batch and it tastes great….but I wonder if adding some coffee would make it even greater…??

    • I one billion percent agree Craig. So delish! Yes, I add baileys into my coffee for sure. It is ahhhmazing. Happy sipping, Lynne xx

      • Craig says:

        Lynn, I meant adding a little bit of instant coffee into the Bailey’s recipe. The other way around goes without saying….hahaha….
        Only sipping…? Sure that sounds good….

  41. Jacqui says:

    Sorry Lynne, but my recipe is better. Mine actually has whiskey in it. After all, it is Baileys IRISH cream! lol

  42. Michelle says:

    OMG … I totally enjoy reading anything you write. I am laughing hysterically and I am 110% positive my cat thinks I have lost my mind.

  43. MPaula says:

    That was quite an introduction to the recipe Lynne! How could I not try it?
    Have you tried the Irish Cream from the Wine Store? Wine-based, obviously and cheaper and less alcohol than from the LCBO. (The government, aka Big Brother, controls most alcohol in the Canadian province of Ontario.)

    • Teehee 🙂

      I haven’t tried the Irish Cream from the wine store ( I’m in Ontario too!!! wootwoot! )

      I will be sure to give it a try. Thanks for the hot tip!

      I hope you had a lovely holiday! Happy holidays from one Ontarian to another xx

  44. […] cat outta the living room while attempting to keep him from knocking the tree down. {again}… drinking baileys… important stuff like […]

  45. Leigh says:

    Thank you Lynne. Officially now licking faces.

  46. Addict says:

    But what about using Bailey’s cream? Hmmmm? Blasphemic or wicked good?

    • Hmmm, I’m not sure…. I haven’t tried that. I think (but I’m only guessing LOL) that it may make it too sweet. You be the taste tester and let me know. 🙂

      Happy hoho!

  47. Melissa says:

    Feck it, Lynne,
    Just read your recipe and it has Vodka in it (do I have to?!)!
    Promise me I won’t taste the stinkin stuff?
    I will make it as above if you cross your heart, hope to die and stick a needle in your eye that it will taste like Baileys and not vodka. Xo

  48. Anouk says:

    Oh my! I already love this recepie.
    Made it last night and we took a couple of zips.
    It’s fantastic! It’s meant for christmas and i keep it at my moms house, so she better behave hahaha^^.
    I live in the Netherlands so finding the right ingredients was a little adventure. But it tastes great so whatever we made of it, it turned out to be good!

    • So cool that you were able to find alternative ingredients in the Netherlands Anouk ! We were just visiting Australia and had to do the same thing… and it STILL turned out great. Woot woot !! 🙂 Lynne xx

  49. […] updated version and a printable of this recipe is available here on the blog!   You’ll love it! Go check it out […]

  50. Dana Daniel says:

    Just wanted you to know that you have already made my day & it’s only 4:30am!!! Can’t wait to start back to what I Live Mist… Creating & Sitting Back & Thinking ” Outloud”…. I’m REALLY Dang Good:)))

  51. […] a cozy chair, flop yourself down, arm yourself with some energy mud and perhaps a wee spike of baileys. […]

  52. […]  Personally, I’m looking forward to being home with my family, a PAID holiday, and this baileys recipe that is happening […]

  53. Barbie says:

    Hey, just thought you should know….you dripped a lil chocolate on your cutting board…. lol …………….

  54. evie says:

    u r toooo funny CHEERS

  55. AwesomelyOZ says:

    This brought a tear of happiness to my eye because a) I have all those ingredients and b) it’s so easy and then c) I can just substitute any liquor for Vodka or stick with Vodka.. It’s just so.. soo.. beautiful :’) Have a great one and thanks for sharing Lynne! -Iva

  56. Annie Kip says:

    Oooooo love it! Thank you!!! I want to make some right now! I LOVE Bailey’s. It just feels decadent! This reminds me that I have a recipe that is OUT. Of. THIS. WORLD!!! for hot toddies! Why are they called toddies? I don’t know. I need to get that recipe out there for the world – thanks for reminding me!

  57. jaine gayer says:

    Lynne, my favorite holiday recipe is your faux Baileys. I made it last year for Christmas presents and I’m making it again this year. Everyone loved it!!!

    • Great to hear Jaine!

      I swear, this homemade Baileys recipe should get an academy award. A big gold award! ha!

      All kidding aside, isn’t it FANTASTIC as Christmas gifts? People will kiss you. haha.


    • Guess what Jaine? You can now vote on the baileys recipe on my site now 🙂 I hope you come back and vote for it. There’s a new printable recipe page in the blog post too. woot!!

      Big love!

  58. Elen Grey says:

    Ermergherd. Now I want a Baileys so bad. How bad? Soooooooo bad.
    You are a witchy woman. *head thunk* Baileys. *whimper* Baileys. *SOBS* BAILEEEEYS!!!! And it’s back to the wip. Cheers!

  59. Donna says:

    Can’t wait to make your Homemade Baileys. I am unfamiliar with the term “table cream”, is this like half-n-half or more like whipping cream..

    • Hey Donna,

      Table cream is the same cream that you would use in coffee.

      You can buy it as a regular table cream, half n half or even light cream. I use the half n half or 5% light cream.

      It’s all good!!!

      Lynne xx

      PS. I swear, you could use mud and it would still taste great. LOL. This recipe is THAT good.

  60. […] Let’s celebrate with a sip of homemade baileys <– best recipe in the history of ever. […]

  61. Rhonda MacDonald says:

    Oh Lynne, Our hockey coaches won’t know what hit them! What a great gift! There, all of my Christmas shopping done. I haven’t met a teacher yet who didn’t need liquor by Christmas…except for the Applegate teachers who seemed so serene ALL the time.
    I’m looking for True Lemon crystals…my grocery store has stopped carrying them after MANY years, and it was without warning–so I didn’t stock up! What Amazon distributor do you use? Every one that I have looked up doesn’t ship to me! Yikes! I’m not THAT far off the beaten path. And I’m just not organized enough to have a fresh lemon in my fridge every day…besides, they don’t travel well…customs seems to frown on travelling with fresh citrus. Please help.

  62. Chana says:

    If you make those pillow cookies PLEASE snap shots and share! I leeeerv your photography! AND your hilarious dialogue!

    • Will do!! I will definitely be making the pillow cookies.

      My biggest challenge will be trying to get a photo before I gobble them all up.


      Thanks for the blog luuurve. You d’best!


  63. Linda says:

    It’s 6:45am is it to early to make some? Off to the kitchen I go…

  64. Your blog posts remind me very much of the running dialogue I have in my own head.

    Take from that what you will.

  65. Suzanne says:

    Made this multiple times last year. Gonna do it again this year. It’s the bomb!!!

  66. Sally A says:

    I love Bailey’s so much that I thought you were talking directly to me! I am so excited to try this! This may be a dumb question, but do you need to keep it chilled?

    • Hi Sally!

      Good point !!

      I just adjusted the blog post to reflect that. Yes, you need to refrigerate it, because it has table cream in it.

      AND… I was talking to you… LOL.

      Enjoy! 🙂

      Big hugs,

  67. Anika says:

    Love your writing style….. You are speaking out of my soul, besides I usually write German….
    Will try this Baileys for sure

    • Hi Anika,

      I have a few German friends. They sure know how to hold their alcohol.

      They can drink me under the table <- English expression. haha! You will adore this baileys. I pinky swear promise. It's THAT good. Lynne xx

  68. Allison C says:

    New to your blog and loving It! Thanks for the Baileys recipe. I am definitely going to try it. Started some homemade Limoncello off last week. That will be ready for Christmas. Have some foraged Blackberry vodka too. It’s going to be a merry one!

    • Allison !!!! <---- I screamed your name. You have a recipe for homemade Limoncello?! Spill it, girly! Is it too late to start it? Is it divine? Is it one of those recipes where you hang the lemon inside the jar. Gimme. Gimme. Gimme. Foraged Blackberry Vodka?!! Can you be my new best friend? Lynne xx

      • Allison C says:

        Ha ha!

        Here is the recipe http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/513100
        Really easy, just takes some time to zest and squeeze the lemons. You have time before Christmas!

        I live in Wales, UK. We have great foraging around here. Mostly turned into booze – Blackberry Wine (surprisingly good), Damson Rum (really nice almond taste if you leave the stones in), Sloe Gin (the best especially if you can leave it a few months), Blackberry and Vanilla vodka.

        Take care
        A x

  69. Yummy! I made your recipe last year and sipped the whole thing by Boxing Day. My family stopped asking me what was in my cup. They just knew by the glow on my cheeks. They also knew not to take any for themselves and that their hand would be slapped if they got caught even touching the stash in the fridge. 🙂

  70. Chana says:

    These cookies are delicious and gorgeous and soft. You will want to lay on them and fall asleep. mmmmmm

    • The almond pillow cookies look totally DELISH!!

      I am definitely going to bake them for the holidays!!!

      I wonder if they mix well with a sip sip sip of homemade baileys? Hmmm.


      Lynne xx

  71. Mrsugarbears says:

    This is wonderful! Years ago, I made homemade Kahlua for my friends. This is much better!

    • You made kahlua? Not gunna lie, that sounds kind of tempting too. LOL.

      I read your blog post tonight about finding your blog voice. It was beautifully written.

      You know, I’m going to be offering ebooks and courses in 2015 ( in bite sized pieces) to help grow your blogging voice!

      Guuuuurl, we should talk. 🙂

      Big love to you!
      Lynne xx

  72. Melanie says:

    Well hairy mistress to you too missy. Girl you crack me up your blog posts are the best its currently 2.15am in the UK and I was just about to log off and saw your blog post and damn it I had to read it NOW and your photos and words are the best you have such a gift baby. Im with you on the not going shopping I cant bear the crowds and people getting ratty. We did a food shop this afternoon at our supermarket and I swear you would of thought tomorrow was xmas day. I can feel the xmas rush beginning to build and Id rather be at home chillaxin. This will be my first xmas subscribed to your blog and I cant wait to see how you decorate your place for xmas. I have to admit Canadian winters would make me hibernate like a big grizzly bear. I would love to be curled up by your open fires and I can just imagine the smell around your house of real crackling burning wood. Heaven. Well missy I need my beauty sleep so enjoy the rest of your weekend and easy on the Baileys don’t wanna peak too soon ;o)

    • Melanie …

      Love those words … people getting ratty. haha! Why didn’t I think of that wording?!

      Soooooooo true!

      Funny enough, your timing for subscribing is PARFAIT!! This year, I’m posting a few holiday inspired posts with faboosh decorating ideas.

      Guess what? They are going to be quite simple. Easy to copy. I hope you feel totally inspired. Simple greenery. Soft lights. Simply good. Imagine that? SIMPLE. haha.

      Thanks for your beautiful comment. You made my night!!

      Sleep tight, sweet dreams!

      Lynne xx

      • Melanie says:

        Hey morning missy – glad I made your night I meant what I said you have such a way with words and your photos well what can I say jaw droppingly gorgeous. Xmas shopping is the worst Im sure I saw a cartoon once which showed someone going shopping as if it was a scene in Disney birds chirping, songs and laughter filling the air and before they get home they turn into atilla the hun ready to massacre anyone who stands in their way. Lets face it we have the wonderful thing called the internet so we can finally say goodbye to that and sit at home and clickty clickty shop. Love it simple that is what Im all about reminds me of the statement less is more I hate seeing xmas scenes with tons of clutter. Do you have the meerkat adverts in Canada they are everywhere in the UK and the old saying “simples” never gets old. Well I look forward to what you do around your house Im literally like a kid at xmas waiting for your next blog post (nothing like pressure eh????!??!?). Right I neeeeeeeeeeeeeed coffee Ive just got up and ready to have a lovely funday sunday so keep doing what you’re doing and hairy mistress baby ;o)