Coconut Milk Irish Cream

Coconut Milk Irish Cream Recipe

Irish Cream always makes me think of the holidays. Be it Christmas or St. Patrick’s day, I want to pour a glass over ice and sip its creamy goodness while I bake and make merry. The only thing that can make Irish Cream more enjoyable is making it yourself with coconut milk.

As the name suggests one of the main ingredients in Irish Cream is cream. While raw milk can have a place in a healthy lifestyle, especially when used to make yogurt or butter, coconut milk is another great choice and also makes this treat dairy-free.

There are many recipes out there for making your own Irish Cream, but they include ingredients like sweetened condensed milk and chocolate syrup which makes the result a less than desirable drink full of pasteurized ingredients and loaded with white sugar. If you are going to make it yourself, why not make it with healthy ingredients?

Irish Cream Makeover

Traditional recipes use sweetened condensed milk to both sweeten and thicken the drink. This liqueur recipe replaces both the sweetened condensed milk and the chocolate syrup common in other recipes with a homemade, chocolate condensed coconut milk sweetened with honey. It was so tasty that I almost stopped right there and drank that instead!

If you have never tried Irish Cream, you are in for a treat. I like to sip it “on the rocks” (when I’m not pregnant, or course) but you can also thin it down with coconut milk if you prefer a milder taste. If you are a coffee drinker, it also makes a wonderfully tasty creamer. Just remember not to take your coffee with you on the road if you choose to use it as a creamer!

If you prefer, heavy cream (preferably raw), can be used in place of the coconut milk. However, the mild taste of coconut adds a wonderful depth to the flavor.

Coconut Milk Irish Cream Recipe

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Coconut Milk Irish Cream Recipe

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Yield 5 cups

Delicious dairy-free Irish cream recipe made with coconut milk, honey and cocoa powder is a wonderful holiday treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey (or whiskey/bourbon of your choice)
  • 2 cans coconut milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 4 clean, fresh eggs
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon real almond extract

Instructions

  1. Bring 1 can coconut milk to a boil in a small sauce pan. Watch closely as it can boil over quickly.
  2. Add honey and cocoa powder and reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer, uncovered for about 30 mins or until liquid is reduced by about half. (Makes about 1 cup)
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  5. Combine cooled, condensed coconut milk and all remaining ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. You can also use an immersion blender.
  6. Store, tightly lidded, in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  7. It may separate slightly so gently stir or shake to reincorporate before serving.

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Reader Comments

  1. What are the eggs for?

    • I am wondering the same thing about the eggs. Is it safe to store a raw egg mixture for a month in the fridge? But I would imagine the bourbon would keep it all sterile.

    • I am wondering the same. Why eggs?

  2. All I have to say is THANK YOU!!!!!! Yum!

  3. Does this recipe have to have eggs? Would there be a good substitute for eggs? Thanks!

    • They help create a creamy/thick texture and are a common ingredient in irish creams and egg nogs. They can be omitted though…

      • Ok. Got it! Dismiss my former question. ?
        Thanks!

        I will try this with coconut cream (Natural Value brand)—maybe this will make it thicker if eggs are omitted.

  4. You made my day with this one. Irish Creme on ice is my favorite drink. What makes this even better is that I have all of the ingredients on hand. I will be sipping on this tonite. Thanks wellness mama.

  5. Why raw eggs?? Can yoi leave them out? The thought of drinking uncooked eggs in my drink doesn’t sound very good. I’m

    • They help create a creamy/thick texture and are a common ingredient in irish creams and egg nogs. They can be omitted though…

  6. Hey there, so I wanted to ask you some questions..
    I just found out were pregnant with our 2nd child. I’m still breastfeeding our 20 month old and am anxious about him weaning. I plan to nurse him until my milk dries up. He loves nursing, CO sleeps, nurses at night, nap time and whenever he wants, he prefers my milk. We do baby led weaning so he just eats off ours plates and is pretty picky. I’m worried if he will get enough calories and nutrients once my milk is gone. ….any advice..I’m freaking out! Lol

  7. WHY are there eggs in this? I cannot even stomach the thought of drinking eggs, cooked or not. Ugh.

    • They help create a creamy/thick texture and are a common ingredient in irish creams and egg nogs. They can be omitted though…

  8. What is meant by “2 cans”. Can you give a measurement instead please?

    • Cans are typically about 13.5 ounces, so about 27 ounces total.

  9. The addition of the eggs… great idea for creating a “nog” texture AND some added nutrition. This sounds simply lovely! I’ll be adding this to our Turkey day menu. Very nice. Thank you!

  10. Just for the record, I wouldn’t recommend using store bought eggs in this. They are already old and compromised because of washing. Try to find eggs from someone who has their own chickens. Just saying.

  11. How could you do a non-alcoholic version of this drink?

  12. Wonder how coconut rum would work?

  13. I too am concerned about the eggs and hoping to see a reply here.

    • The eggs are a thickener and can be omitted, though I personally am fine using them if I know and trust the source (local farmer)

  14. I cannot eat eggs due to allergy, would gelatin work add a replacement? If so how much? Thank you, I hope you be able to make this allergen free 🙂

  15. Is there a substitute that can be used in place of the eggs to mimic the creamier texture? I am vegan.

  16. Hi Katie – love your blog, and recipes, and tips, and stories 🙂 Just wondering about the canned coconut milk. Is there a brand you prefer, or one that you’ve found that doesn’t use BPA for the lining? The link only takes you to the homemade recipe, so I wanted to ask. Thanks!

  17. Thank you for sharing this recipe! One of my favourite indulgences is a Bailey’s steamer so now I can’t wait to try it with better ingedients. I also want to say kudos to you for not losing it on the rude and/or helpless commenters.

  18. I just made it! I made a half batch as a test run. I also made some adjustments.
    Instead of instant coffee powder, I used chicory granules. Carob powder replaced cocoa powder because chicory and carob are often paired together and instead of honey, I used coconut nectar. Very tasty! I’m sure the cocoa powder and instant coffee will give it a more authentic Bailey’s flavor but I was curious to eliminate the caffeine for myself. I plan on making this again (with the cocoa and instant coffee) and give to a bunch of my clients. Thanks for posting the recipe Katy!

  19. Would I be able to substitute liquid coffee for the granules?

    • I substituted one cup of strong coffee instead of granules and reduced the amount of second can of coconut milk. you will want to use fresh eggs as this will help replace some of the creaminess that will otherwise be lost. this is fantastic, thank you wellness mama!!! Raw eggs obtained from a clean and trusted source are safe for you, however yes you may want to be careful with store-bought eggs as it is the eggshell that can be contaminated

  20. For the eggless people, I left out the eggs entirely and added in one tsp. of great lakes gelatin (orange can). I didn’t even cook the coconut milk down, just whizzed everything up in the Vitamix. Delicious and creamy. I think the eggs lend a silkiness that can’t be duplicated but it’s delicious nonetheless!

    Thank you for posting this.

  21. I’ve never used canned coconut milk, is it different than the half gallons in the refrigerated section? Can I use the refrig stuff the same or would it be better to use canned?

    • You can use the refrigerated stuff or homemade too.