Homemade Baileys Irish Cream…made vegan!



It’s a lame Monday morning with 1 hour less sleep than usual and you’re probably thinking about this weekend.

So let’s talk St. Patrick’s Day. :)

It’s on Saturday. Fun will be had. Drinks will be consumed and parades will be watched. And we’ll probably be missing a lot more than 1 measly hour of sleep. Consider today your sleep deprivation training for the 17th.


Picture with me if you will, a thick and creamy homemade Baileys Irish Cream, free of any glycerol monostearate, dairy cream, refined sugars, maltodextrin, artificial flavours, modified milk ingredients, and colour.

I have no idea what I just typed.

Using just 5 natural ingredients, this homemade Baileys has a light hint of coconut and espresso. It’s vegan, but you’d never know it.


I also never would’ve guessed that Jameson Irish Whiskey would be vegan either. Who needs Guinness when you have this bad boy?


Last year, when I was putting together one of my vegan recipe round-ups, I came across Janessa’s submission for her vegan Baileys Irish cream. I suddenly realized that a homemade version didn’t look so difficult after all. I filed the idea away for later and finally got around to trying out my own version last week.

Coconut milk provided the ultra creamy texture. I “cooked down” the coconut milk with some Sucanat (or use brown sugar), until it thickened, for about 10 minutes.


During my first trial, I cooked it down too long and discovered how to make vegan condensed milk!!


Check out how thick and creamy this is after about 20 minutes, cooking down 2 cans of full fat coconut milk and 1/2 cup of Sucanat. I’ll have to use this in a baking recipe…it’s crazy delicious.


I decided that I didn’t want it that concentrated for the Baileys, so I bottled up the first attempt and went back to the drawing board. This time, I only boiled it for about 9-10 minutes, instead of 20. It was perfect..slightly thick, but not overly so. I removed it from the heat and stirred in the rest of the ingredients.

Like this homemade espresso. ZING!!! Can you tell I drank espresso all weekend long? You can use coffee too, but I wanted it bold.


Let’s just say that I didn’t feel the effects of the time change at all…..wheeeeeee.

However, my hands may be a bit jittery.


With a pinch of salt and a hefty dose of Jameson, it was complete..and incredibly easy to make! My batch made about 3.5-4 cups, as shown below. The actual yield is unknown because there was a lot of sampling going on!


4.7 from 16 reviews

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream, made vegan.

Vegan, oil-free, soy-free


Ultra creamy and delicious, this vegan Baileys will knock your socks off. And not just because it’s strong!

Inspired by Janessa.

3.5 to 4 cups
Prep time
Cook time


  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup Sucanat (or brown sugar should work)
  • 3/4 cup strong espresso or coffee, or to taste
  • 3/4-1 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey, or to taste
  • pinch of salt


  1. In a medium or large pot, add the cans of coconut milk and whisk. Now whisk in the sugar. Bring to a low boil, stirring frequently. Simmer for about 8-10 minutes, while stirring frequently, until it cooks down and thickens slightly.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the espresso or coffee. Don’t have a coffee maker? Just buy a cup from the coffee shop and use that. Add in espresso/coffee to taste.
  3. Add a pinch of salt and finally the Jameson, to taste. I added about 3/4 + 2 tbsp of whiskey and it was strong, but so is the original! Make it as strong or weak as you prefer.
  4. Store in sealed jars and serve over ice, with coffee or tea, or in baked goods. The whiskey and espresso settles to the bottom of the jar slightly, so give it a good stir before using. I’m not positive how long this keeps in the fridge, but it’s been good in our fridge for a couple days now and I expect it to last 4-5 days. Well, not technically…!


I’m thrilled with how this turned out. It’s very strong, but then again, the original Baileys is as well and I wanted it to be as close to the original as possible.
You can serve it over ice…


Add a shot to coffee or tea…


or even bake with it…yessss.


Now I just have to find a way to sneak my Baileys into the pub…

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1 Siri @ The Herbivoress March 12, 2012

This post makes me so thirsty ;) And I am jealous of your coffee consumption– I’m definitely feeling the effects of the time change today!


2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table March 12, 2012

You may have just created a monster. So many flavoring options… I’m thinking this would make a fabulous “adult” shamrock shake!


3 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012
4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 12, 2012

Oh wow!!!! Now THIS is what I need to get me going this morning lol! I can see you going places with this recipe Ange… brownies…. frosting…. maybe a Bailey’s green monster?! ;) Can’t wait to see what’s next!


5 Leah @ Chocolate and Wild Air March 12, 2012

That looks amazing!!! I’m running my first ever race on St. Patty’s day, but this would be the ultimate reward


6 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites March 12, 2012

you are SO creative angela. And I STILL …LOVE your header…although I do really appreciate your love for photography and your wanting to change it! … that’s what keeps you on the edge and popular! it’s awesome, Angela!


7 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh March 12, 2012

Ooooh yes please! Doesn’t look too complicated either, a plus!


8 Rachel B March 12, 2012

ohh man as soon as I read bailey’s in the last post I was hoping desperately you’d post the recipe!!! its also my mom’s favorite so I would love to be able to surprise her with a homemade version :)


9 Ashley F. March 12, 2012

I don’t drink much coffee or alcohol anymore, but sometimes on a rainy spring morning I crave Baileys! Also, I’m always looking for ways to impress my in-laws with vegan dishes and I’m sure this is one they’ll definitely enjoy!


10 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 12, 2012

That looks WONDERFUL! I’m a huge fan of Jameson, and will definitely use Saturday as an excuse to drink a bit. :)
And yeah- that extra hour lost has majorly messed up my sleep schedule! It will all even out soon though..


11 Zestful Lou March 12, 2012

Is it bad that I am sitting in my classroom wishing I had some of this to pour into my morning coffee?


12 Zestful Lou March 12, 2012

…Don’t worry…my students haven’t arrived yet….


13 Angela March 12, 2012

it’s one of those days, I think. ;)


14 Amanda March 12, 2012

My husband loves Jameson. Perhaps I will encourage him to buy a bottle so I can make this…I’m thinking it would be great turned into ice cream?!


15 Willow March 12, 2012

Yum! What a great idea to make it yourself – I never would have thought of that! Your recipe sounds great.

Also, I was *just* thinking about how to make vegan sweetened-condensed milk! I’ll have to try this out, for sure. :D


16 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 12, 2012

Yum! Perfect time for this recipe!! :)


17 Eva March 12, 2012

Oh dear… We officially don’t celebrate St. Patrick’s day here, but you just gave me a very good reason to start celebrating it!


18 [email protected] KatieDid March 12, 2012

oh how I adore baileys. And frangelico. I never knew it contained all those ingredients though, I think I’ll have to try making my own soon enough.


19 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 12, 2012

I’ve seen recipes online and on pinterest for making homemade Baileys/Irish whiskey. I LOVE Baileys and have thought about making my own many times, just never have gotten around to it…and look at you go, making a vegan version!

I could dive into a cup of that and get my day started off very well…haha :)


20 Sabrina March 12, 2012

Yum! I can’t wait to try this.
In the pictures it looks like a your using a French press for the coffee? Did you brew a strong coffee that way or is it an incognito espresso maker? Maybe I’ll have to make 2 batches…one with French press coffee and one with espresso….just purely for comparison purposes you know ;)


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I just ground espresso beans and made it in my french press :)


22 Clair March 12, 2012

No way.

You are phenomenal.


23 Destini March 12, 2012

I actually made a recipe very close to this, this weekend for my Vegan Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes! SOOOO Yummy


24 Ashley March 12, 2012

Yummm excellent creation!


25 Tammy March 12, 2012

I always really liked you. But now I love you. Looks amazing. I’m super pregnant but will try this soon post-pregnancy.


26 JenniferP March 12, 2012

What size cans of coconut milk did you use? I buy the bigger cans usually from the Asian Market (better than the stuff at the grocery store, and a lot cheaper). I even have part of a can open in the fridge that I need to use up… must go pick up some Jamesons tonight ;)


27 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

they are 398 ml :)


28 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy March 12, 2012

Yum! I love baileys irish cream-especially in coffee! I have never thought to make my own! I may have to give this a try!


29 Kristin March 12, 2012

I love baileys and I do believe that I have the whiskey on hand. It looks like I will be experimenting soon.
Holy Cannoli Recipes


30 kaila @ healthyhelper March 12, 2012

This looks so good! I always love a little baileys in some coffee around the holidays! But I think this version would probably be even better….I am sure the coconut tastes great with all the other flavors!


31 Alex @ Raw Recovery March 12, 2012

This is so cool!! I want one now! It’s 5:00 somewhere right?


32 jenna March 12, 2012

Ohhhhh man! I’m drooling :)


33 Anne Elizabeth March 12, 2012

Wowza, that looks gooooooooooooooooodddddddd…. Cheers to St. Paddy’s Day!!


34 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 12, 2012

Mmmm Bailey’s is so delicious my cat is actually named after it, haha…it definitely deserves to be featured in donut recipes…and just about everything else in life! I’m overjoyed you veganized it!


35 sophie March 12, 2012

For sneaking it into a pub…flask…stuck onto your thigh ;)
No bouncer’s going to mess with a pretty girl like you!!

Do you think I could sub in coconut sugar for the sucanat?

Thanks for the great recip!


36 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

bahaha why didn’t I think of that.

Does coconut sugar melt like normal sugar? If so then I’d say it’s a go. I need to try some coconut sugar soon!


37 Sarah March 12, 2012

This is the second reference to coconut sugar I’ve seen today! Earlier I read an article about it on a local blog, Summer Tomato: http://summertomato.com/is-coconut-palm-sugar-a-healthy-sugar-substitute/ Sounds like it’s a worthwhile substitute for sugar, although its health benefits are still unclear. I’ll have to test it out — and may do so making your fantastic Baileys recipe! I love Baileys so, but have avoided it in the past few years because of all of its processed ingredients. Here’s my chance to get back on the wagon! (Though, is it technically “off the wagon?” ;))


38 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

It was on Dr Oz last week too!


39 Lise March 12, 2012

Yum! Well I am not vegan but as soon as I saw the vegan condensed milk, I thought vegan banoffee pie ! Which I am now going to crave until I make it, obviously. Angela, you’re the voice of temptation.


40 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I don’t think I’ve ever heard of that pie! What is it?


41 Lise March 12, 2012

I think it’s British, the crust is made with crushed biscuits (don’t really know what kind, I never made one myself), then you have a layer of caramel, a layer of sliced bananas and a big layer of whipped cream on top.


42 Lise March 12, 2012

I forgot to add that my idea was to make vegan “dulce de leche” with the vegan condensed milk because I know some people replace the caramel with it.


43 Angela March 12, 2012

ah yes I have seen that…sounds incredible!


44 [email protected] Sinfully Nutritious March 12, 2012

What a great recipe. Although, I really excited about the condensed milk! That will come in handy. Thanks for all the great tips.


45 Anna @ The Guiltless Life March 12, 2012

Homemade Baileys?? Vegan??? Yes! Now I can make vegan mudslides – the true way we make them back home (I’m from the Caribbean) – with ice cream. I’ll use So Delicious coconut milk ice cream, your vegan Baileys and some Kahlua (is that vegan? Darn I have to go look now haha) and I’m set! Soooo good!


46 Emily March 12, 2012

Looks amazing and love that you can pronounce all the ingredients. How long do you think the finished product will keep in the fridge?


47 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I would guess 4-5 days minimum.


48 MEG March 12, 2012



49 Carissa March 12, 2012

I actually tried the vegan Bailey’s from your recipe roundup. It was tasty, of course, but I hated using the creamer since that’s still full of some odd stuff. Coconut milk + sucanat sounds dreamy!


50 Claire March 12, 2012

Thank you for this recipe! I love Baileys but cant handle all the sugar/artificial flavors. I never thought of using coconut milk with its natural sweetness and thickness and a little brown sugar. I cant wait to try!!


51 Anne March 12, 2012

I have been reading your blog for over a year and even though I rarely make the recipes, I still love reading it. I think this post just made me love you a bit more – next question – do you think that the vegan condensed milk can be made into dulce de leche like condensed milk?


52 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

hah thanks Anne. As for the condensed milk, I can’t see why not! I think the longer you cook it, the thicker it gets. You can also control how sweet you want it. It was my first experience with it, but I will certainly be playing around with it more.


53 Kathy March 12, 2012

Vegan condensed milk? Bailey’s?
This recipe is like a 2 for 1!


54 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca March 12, 2012

Ooohh I WILL be making this! I drink Kahlua when I’m craving a chocolate liquer, but it’ll be fun to make my own Bailey’s! And I do hope you plan to share the recipe for those donuts :D


55 Lauren (PB&G) March 12, 2012

This is beautiful! I’ll be celebrating from London this year! Only 7 hours until we leave!!


56 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

nice…have fun!


57 Janessa @ Epicurious Vegan March 12, 2012

Wow, your version looks great!! And your photos, so lovely!


58 Marya March 12, 2012

For years I’ve wanted a recipe for vegan Bailey’s! Thank you, I’m so excited to try this out.


59 Moni'sMeals March 12, 2012

So SMART! What a great idea. I think a flask will be in your near future, that way you can head to any bar you want. :)
Don’t you wish that bars had drinks like this for the “norm” ahhh, One day!….

Have a great day and I need one of those donuts right about now! With a tall vegan baileys please. :)


60 [email protected] March 12, 2012

No joke I was googling recipes for this YESTERDAY! So glad I have your blog, it seems like you’re always reading my mind!! Cant wait to make this!


61 Ellie March 12, 2012

This looks YUM-Y!

I just wanted to say thank you for all your wonderful posts! I have been reading Oh She Glows for a while now, and you have inspired me and given me the courage to start my own healthy blog!

Today marks the anniversary of my very first blog post!


62 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

Congrats Ellie! I will check it out. Thanks for your kind words :)


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65 Fi. March 12, 2012

I don’t drink (alcohol) so I can’t say I’m excited about the homemade Baileys recipe, but I am SUPER excited about the vegan coconut condensed milk! I’ve been craving a vietnamese coffee lately and I think I just figured out how to veganize it! Thanks! Also, you’re blog is great, I’ve been following it for months now. As a new vegan it’s been a great inspiration.


66 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

I hope it works out for you…now I’m intrigued & going to search for a recipe :)


67 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 12, 2012

just looked it up…WOW sounds amazing!


68 Christine @ The Brighter Side of Life March 12, 2012

Top o’ the evenin’ to ya! All I have to say is… mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…..


69 Jessica March 12, 2012

Yay! Hot chocolate with a little Bailey’s was a Christmas Eve tradition in my family, but I had to stop partaking when I went vegan. Now, I can bring that tradition back! (And I probably won’t wait until Christmas to try this recipe.) Thank you, Angela!


70 Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours March 12, 2012

Angela you are pure brilliance!!


71 Miriam March 12, 2012

How clever!! I love this. Happy St. Patrick’s Week!


72 Bronwyn March 12, 2012

OH yum! That is delicious sounding. I know what I’m making Saturday. ;) Soooo….. when is the doughnut recipe coming up?


73 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

I hoped to have it ready this week, but I’m still not happy with the doughnut…still a bit cakey for my liking. I might have to wait for the book.


74 Susan March 12, 2012

Yummy – this would make a great homemade Xmas gift


75 Jenessa March 13, 2012

…and i thank you! i know it wasn’t this Jenessa, but i’m grateful one of us inspired you to do it :)


76 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012



77 [email protected] March 13, 2012

Sounds good!


78 Kari @ bite-sized thoughts March 13, 2012

I’m a little speechless. Wow?!


79 Alyssa (Down To Earth) March 13, 2012

I cannot wait to make this. I bet it’s a lot cheaper to make than buying a bottle for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you for sharing!


80 Ileana March 13, 2012

So cool how you made this. Looks so delish. Have a great week!


81 LizAshlee March 13, 2012

What a fun recipe! My younger sis’s fav day is St. Patty’s and I am headed home to visit her..so excited!


82 Emily (Edible Psychology) March 13, 2012

Ooh, Bailey’s is one of the things I have missed MOST about giving up dairy! I can’t wait to try it. Hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!



83 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers March 13, 2012

Woohooo, what an awesome recipe. This is one I must make! Looks delish!!


84 Charlotte March 13, 2012

I am so excited to try this. I LOVE Baileys. I have been making your recipes & modifying them as needed as if it is hard to find some vegan items where I am. Thanks so much for the inspiration my family dose not even realize they are eating so healthy.


85 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

that’s so great to hear…enjoy!


86 teri March 13, 2012

One word about how to get this into to pubs…FLASK :-) it works everytime!

Any thoughts on a Jameson alternative? I have celiac disease and dispute some beliefs, it is not gluten free. I get terrible contaminations from it and would love another option but that’s a unique taste to replace!

Thank you!!!!


87 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 13, 2012

Hey Teri,

Aw that’s a bummer…what about bourbon? I think the taste is sliiiiightly similar. Not sure if they make it GF though!


88 Sonja March 13, 2012

So, this is a really cool recipe, but coconut milk does not agree in any way with my stomach/gi tract. Could this be made with almond milk? I’m guessing no . . .


89 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers March 13, 2012

Oooo, how festive! I’m so pumped for this weekend’s festivities. :D


90 Lauren M. March 13, 2012

I think I’m in love!


91 Shakila March 13, 2012

You know what else that vegan condensed milk would be great for? Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee! It’s a favorite of mine that I’ve missed since going vegan…


92 Abby @ Fig & Fork March 14, 2012

I will be wife of the year if I make this for my husband – awesome recipe!!!


93 Clem March 14, 2012

Angela, I just made this recipe and I can’t believe how much like Baileyss it is!!! I can’t even taste the coconut milk!

You have no idea how happy you just made me. I was resigned to enjoy the occasional drink of Baileys as a vegetarian treat but now I can enjoy my favourite drink without guilt. Thank you!!!


94 Clem March 14, 2012

I just noticed though that after leaving it in the jar (closed) for a few hours the alcohol and the rest of the cream are separating. Is that normal?


95 Diana @ frontyardfoodie March 14, 2012

This makes me wish that I wasn’t pregnant.

And I also feel like drinking coffee now. haha


96 Jen March 14, 2012

Insanely good, cheers!


97 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 15, 2012

Glad to hear that Jen!


98 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 15, 2012

Holy moly. Even a virgin version of this would be ahhhhhmazing on a hot, summer day.


99 Anniemac March 16, 2012


You have made our year with this recipe!

Baileys was the only thing my husband and I have missed the last 2 Christmases (we are vegan about 20 months). Especially as we live in Ireland Baileys and Christmas are a tradition!

I am also super happy to have you conform Jameson is vegan as I was too scared to check as a lovely Jameson and Cranberry Juice is the only alcoholic drink I can drink on a night out without being in a heap the next day – my theory is it is of minimum ingredients and the Vit C cures the hangover before it starts …..;0)

If Eric ever gets you to the Emerald Isle be sure to stop by!


100 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 16, 2012

Thank you…enjoy!


101 Andria @ havefoodwillfeast March 16, 2012

Omg Angela. you. are. a. genius…….seriously. I’m never buying regular bailey’s again!


102 Cate March 16, 2012

Hi, I just made this and it’s delicious… But, mine came out darker than yours. I ended up using cream of coconut and a can of full fat coconut milk – I wonder if that’s the reason. I also used brown sugar instead of sucanat which may have added to the darkness. Regardless, it tastes delicious and I will bottle this for my dad as his birthday gift!


103 Emily March 17, 2012


Just finished making this to celebrate St. Patrick’s day – thanks for the great recipe! Delicious.



104 Grace March 17, 2012

I just made this and it’s fantastic! A dead ringer for regular Bailey’s … my housemate really doesn’t like coconut but she could barely taste it in this recipe. Thanks!


105 Get Skinny, Go Vegan. March 18, 2012

While I don’t know how much I could handle of this super yumminess (sugar & booze do a number on me!), it looks truly amazing!!!! And a great drink for guests!


106 Rachel R. March 19, 2012

This stuff is AMAZING. I made a double-batch for our St. Patty’s party – attended largely by omnivores – and it was a hit!


107 Annie March 19, 2012

Holy moly, this was absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing, Angela!


108 meg April 3, 2012

I just made this tonight. All I can say is WOW! So easy to make, and soooo delicious. Thank you thank you thank you!


109 Annie July 3, 2012

Hi, Angela!

What would happen if I used all light coconut milk? Thanks :)


110 Blake @ Blake Bakes July 8, 2012

I used your accidental discovery of vegan sweetened condensed milk to finally veganize my family key lime pie recipe. It turned out awesome. Thanks!


111 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 9, 2012

wow that’s great!!


112 Meggyn August 4, 2012

I am impressed. Got damn.


113 loren August 6, 2012

Great post, Angela! Wonderful recipe, commentary, and photos. I look forward to trying this sometime soon.Thank you!


114 Erin November 11, 2012

This recipe is great!! My hubby and I love Carollans Irish Cream and were looking for a recipe to make some. This is fantastic!


115 C.G. Avalos November 15, 2012

Just finish making this phenomenal recipe….now I’m working on finishing my second drink so if you all will excuse me.

Oh yea…it taste wonderful.


116 stephanie November 24, 2012

sipping on it now and it’s gorgeous, just gorgeous. <3


117 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 25, 2012

mmm you just gave me a craving for this…it’s been too long!


118 Laura November 25, 2012

Yum, i cant wait to try this recipe.. bailey and coffee used to be my favorite in the winter and I’ve missed it.

If there anything i could substitute for the Jameson if i wanted to make it non-alcoholic? my boyfriend doesn’t drink and i know he’ll want something special in his coffee when he see mine :D


119 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 26, 2012

Im not sure but you could always just leave it out! Maybe more almond milk?


120 Patricia Tyrrell December 9, 2012

Would coconut sugar work as well as Sucanat? Looks delish, can’t wait to try it this Christmas!


121 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2012

I can’t see why those sugars wouldn’t work!


122 zosia December 11, 2012

Hi :)

I have two questions about this awesome recipe…

1) Can I use coconut sugar instead of sucanat / brown sugar?
2) By 3/4 cup strong espresso or coffee, or to taste – you mean prepared coffee, right? (Have to make sure…)

Thanks :)


123 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 11, 2012

Hey, To answers both your questions – yes I think so and yes :) enjoy!


124 Rachel December 13, 2012

This may be a no brainer question but….I am thinking of making this as Christmas gifts this year and am wondering (for shipping purposes) if this will need to be kept cold?


125 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2012

Hey Rachel, I think opened coconut milk needs to be refrigerated so I would say yes it does. Sorry about that!


126 Thayer December 13, 2012

Really enjoyed this recipe the first night we made it, but by the next day there were big chunks of solid coconut fat in the batch that just wouldn’t “stir up”. It was a little gross trying to chew through it. Has anyone else had this happen? Did you find a solution?


127 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2012

This can happen due to the the coconut milk and sometimes there isn’t much you can do about it. I would try reheating it to see if that can melt the coconut bits.


128 Marielle | Vega in Vianen February 7, 2013

I discovered the same just now. Made some a couple of hours earlier and we were definitely ready to try some! I might just leave it outside the fridge, see what happens… I have to admit, I only made half of the amount, so I only used fullfat coconut milk…


129 Christina December 13, 2012

Oh my gosh! You have no idea how timely this post is. Can’t wait to try this recipe. Absolutely love your site.


130 Jessica December 13, 2012

This looks amazing! I was wondering if I could make this without the coffee? My mom and I both love Bailey’s but she does not like coffee at all (not sure if original Bailey’s has coffee in it?) Thanks!


131 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2012

Yes Im sure you can make it without! Just sub the espresso/coffee for almond milk, maybe?


132 Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 13, 2012

This link was in my FB feed this morning so I clicked over and I was reading it all perplexed and discombobulated, thinking “Whaaa…how I’ve never noticed before that St Patrick Day is apparently in December and like one week before Christmas wtf?!!”
Then I got to the comments and saw the comment dates indicating this was a post from March…and then it made sense…yikes, I need another latte to wake up hahaha:p


133 Vegan Radhika Sarohia December 13, 2012

Forgot to add this recipe looks spectacular and I will be making this for sure!!:D


134 Jacquelyn December 13, 2012

So which is it on the Jameson? You have 2 different amounts, one in the ingredients and one in the recipe? I don’t drink Bailey but I have a hubby that loved it but can’t have dairy anymore… so this will make a SWEET Christmas surprise!! But I want to get it tasting right!


135 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 14, 2012

I added about 3/4 cup…which makes it strong, but then again so is the original. I would add it to taste and you’ll be fine :)


136 Sandra December 15, 2012

I just made this and I was wondering whether I should put it in the fridge right away or whether I should let it cool down in the jar first. I’m very excited to bring this to my staff holiday party tomorrow (we have a few lactose intolerant people and I’m the token vegan)!


137 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 15, 2012

Either should be fine…I think I allowed mine to cool before putting it in the fridge. enjoy!


138 Tara December 18, 2012

I want to make this and take it with me on my travels..Do you think it would be ok out of the refridgerator for 8 hours or so??


139 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 19, 2012

Im not sure…I would pack it on ice :)


140 Meredith December 23, 2012

I made this yesterday and only used 1/2 cup of whiskey, and I found even that strong! It’s delicious though – I may have put some in my coffee at 10 AM this morning :)


141 Shadé @ One Vegan Fatty January 1, 2013

I made this for New Years Eve…ah-mazinggggg!!! Thank you!


142 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2013

awesome, happy new year!


143 Ysa January 4, 2013

OMG – just found your recipe on your 2012 list. Terrific!!
As I´m new to eating a vegan diet I just love to try “redesigning” food and beverages.
Thanks for sharing!
Love, ysabell


144 Lauren January 7, 2013

Making this today for a party I am having tomorrow! I’ve been making the transition to vegan for a couple months now, and I absolutely love how my body feels these days. Thank you for always providing some of the very best recipes on the web!! I wouldn’t have ever thought to make a jump like this without reading your blog!


145 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 7, 2013

Aw thank you Lauren, I appreciate it! Congrats on all your changes :)


146 Mary January 7, 2013

I made this for Christmas and was surprised at how much it tasted like the real thing. Bailey’s is a random thing I completely forgot how much I loved. And this is SO MUCH CHEAPER to make than buy! I think it actually tasted better the second day (as most things tend to) although it did start to get really thick from the coconut milk. After about a week it was almost gelatinous! I guess I should have drunken it faster. ;)


147 Melissa January 7, 2013

Finally got around to trying this and it was great. I did half as baileys and reduced the other half for glaze to a Guinness gingerbread cake. Great combo


148 Chasity Grome January 17, 2013

I’m interested in making this (I LOVE Baileys) but my husband doesn’t like coconut at all. Do you think I could sub in hemp milk for some of the coconut milk and it will still turn out okay?


149 Katherine February 19, 2013

OMG! Finally got around to making a batch. Wow! Delicious! I used both cans and mixed together and froze 1/2 for round two. It is so good. I was lazy and just added a tsp instant espresso powder while cooking down milk. I thoroughly enjoy your blog and every recipe I have made has been spot on delicious. Thanks Angela! You make being vegan fun.


150 Zariel March 7, 2013

Hey! Great recipe, do you think I could use this to fill a donut? My BF is craving an irish creme stuffed donut but I’m not sure where to begin. Your advice would be much appreciated!


151 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 8, 2013

Hmm I think it would be too thin to fill a donut? Maybe if you whipped it with icing sugar it might work?


152 Annie March 11, 2013

I made this last year and was very happy with the results! Do you think the texture would be that different if I use two cans of light coconut milk? Angela, I can’t wait until you publish a cookbook! Just sayin’… ;)


153 Sacha March 15, 2013

You have just received guru status; thank you for this recipe; I am definitely going to prepare some this weekend.

From a Bailey’s fan.


154 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 17, 2013

hah glad to hear that!


155 Darcy March 15, 2013

Looks delicious, I will have to try this out. P.S. I like the spoon in your pic, very pretty!


156 Megan March 15, 2013

Im not vegan but I love baileys and this recipe sounds even better than the original baileys! I’m going to give it a try. Enjoy your St.Patrick’s day!


157 Jen @ Existential Evolution March 16, 2013

Whoa baby! This is going on my TO MAKE list for an upcoming party. I do miss a Baileys on the rocks since cutting dairy out 4 years ago. Thanks for bringing this to us!!


158 anthony c March 16, 2013

I made this for my vegan girlfriend and we both LOVE IT! I would serve this to anyone and doubt they would know it is homemade, yet vegan. This will be part of our regular rotation, thanks for shareing.


159 DarkValkyrie March 17, 2013

hello Angela
discovered your blog very recently, and must say I love it.
I allowed myself the right to adapt and translate your fantastic recipe for today, right here:
I mentioned your blog of course.
if you ever disagreed with my initiative, just let me know, and I will change my blog.

see you soon and thanks for sharing that great recipe anyway.


160 Rachel March 18, 2013

This was AMAZING! Huge hit with everyone in my house! The only thing I changed in the recipe is adding a tiny dash of organic vanilla extract at the end. I felt like it helped tie all the flavors together seamlessly. Thanks so much for this recipe! Definitely going to make it all the time now! :)


161 Olivia March 18, 2013

Mine curdles as soon as I put it in my coffee, is this normal? Or did I mess something up, lol?


162 Angela (Oh She Glows) March 18, 2013

Hey Olivia, Gosh I’m not sure why that is happening – it could be the coconut milk acting up. Sometimes it can do that depending on the brand. Does it help if you whisk it into the coffee?


163 Olivia March 18, 2013

I used my emulsion blender, but I think you’re right with the coconut milk. Next time I’ll use a different brand and see what happens. Thanks!!


164 gretchen March 24, 2013

This was very tasty, but I would liken it way more to a Mudslide than Bailey’s. Still very good. thanks for the idea!


165 Pete June 5, 2013

I’ve been meaning to make this for a while, and it is absolutely lovely!


166 Storie July 9, 2013

This is awesome and I totally want to use this in a cake! However, sad part is that although I’m vegan, I’m also mildy allergic to coconut (sucks) so I was wondering what you though about using regular soy milk? You can also buy soy milk for coffee that is already pretty thick to start off, so maybe that’s an option?

Anyway, just wondering if there was a specific reason behind the use of coconut milk and if you though substituting for soy milk would work.


167 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 10, 2013

Hey Storie, I used full-fat coconut milk because it’s super thick and creamy. I’m not sure how soy milk would turn out. If you cook it down longer it might work – let me know if you try it out!


168 judy July 11, 2013

I loved the idea and the recipe is easy. But I don’t drink alcohol. And this has whiskey? I don’t even know how to spell whiskey?? Please let me know if there are recipes like this one, but with no alcohol. Thank you.


169 Jessica September 5, 2013

It’s not for me.


170 DONNAORMANDY September 10, 2013

I would love an email newsletter from you to subscribe.


171 Danielle October 20, 2013

Thank-you! Thank-you! Thank-you! Who knew dairy-free Bailey’s would be soooo easy?! Mmm, my Sunday brunches are back. It is seriously delicious. I am not missing out on the “real” thing in the least (how can so many mysterious ingredients actually be called the ‘real’ thing?!). I will never go back. Much gratitude!


172 Amanda W October 25, 2013

I am excited to see this tasty treat veganized! But I am curious about using coconut milk; is there any taste of coconut?


173 Maureen November 10, 2013

Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I’m severely allergic to dairy & have missed being able to have Bailey’s, mudslides, etc… I’ll definitely be trying this recipe!


174 Erin November 18, 2013

Just made this! Added cinnamon and vanilla and it’s amazing. Thanks!


175 MMR November 30, 2013

How long did this last in your fridge? Could I ship it across the country? I’m very excited to try this!


176 Amy December 2, 2013

Has anyone tried this? I just read two pages of how yummy the recipe looks! Haha I agree but I wonder if anyone has actually tried it? Is it as good as it looks?


177 Noelle Tuominen December 7, 2013

I included this recipe in my Christmas cocktail post today!


178 Jen December 17, 2013

Hey Angela,
Going to make this for Christmas this year, but do you think it would work with coconut sugar instead of sucanat?


179 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 17, 2013

Hi Jen, I can’t see why it wouldn’t!


180 Shanna December 19, 2013

So… any way this could be made with a regular plant based milk (soy, almond) instead of coconut?? I HATE coconut…


181 mario denis December 19, 2013

Hi, Do you seperate the liquid from the cream from the coconut can?


182 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 20, 2013

Nope, just add the whole can! :)


183 Martyna December 19, 2013

I’m trying to stay sugar-free as much as possible. What other sweetener would you suggest? I know honey isn’t vegan but maybe it could work???


184 Cattie December 20, 2013

I would have never thought of making this at home! And I never thought about the fact that Bailey’s is full of “junk” – duh (not that I drink it all that often, but anyway). Your version sounds amazing, I have to try it (and that condensed milk, wow)!


185 Jourdaine December 23, 2013

I doubled the batch because I’m bottling some up for gifts. I also mixed a couple tablespoons of chocolate chips in the coffee before adding to the coconut milk. I love the subtle chocolate taste. My family has always used Canadian Mist in their Bailey’s (not very Irish, no, but we think it tastes smoother in Bailey’s… we drink our Jameson neat!), so that’s what I used in my batch. Delicious!!!! I can’t wait to hear what my friends and family think. I can’t compare it to the real thing (I went vegan WAY before I turned 21), but still so good.


186 Aaron December 24, 2013

Made this for the holidays. Very good. Took my palette a few sips to adjust to the taste, but it was great. Had made baileys before in my pre-plantbased days, with a recipe using cream and raw egg… makes me shudder now. Love finding unique plantbased versions like this.

Have a great holiday. We will, tipping back from baileys tonight on Christmas Eve!


187 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 24, 2013

Hey Aaron, So glad you are enjoying it! I made some today too. :) I agree about the flavour taking a moment to get used to, but once the taste buds adjust it’s quite lovely in its own right! Merry Christmas to you all!


188 Talia December 27, 2013

This looks amazing! I miss Bailey’s. Do you think coconut sugar would work with this?


189 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 28, 2013

I can’t see why not!


190 Shayna Teicher December 28, 2013

I can’t wait to make this! I tried to scroll through all the comments before asking here (so many happy people!), does anyone have an idea of shelf life? This is the sort of thing that would be amazing to have handy in the fridge for special occasions. Thank you!


191 Ange February 6, 2014

I’m allergic to food colouring and lactose intolerant so Bailey’s has been on my no-drink list. I’m married to an Irishman and love Jameson –I’ll definitely be trying this out soon! Plus with ingredients I can source easily in Shanghai…you’ve made my day with this.


192 Millie February 27, 2014

Oh wow! I’ve just found this and I am so making it! It looks like the best thing ever! This summer I will be rocking that drink over ice by a pool :) x


193 Simoriah March 16, 2014

I’ve just made this, I’m really impressed with the way it’s turned out! Thank you for your idea, I’ll experiment with this next time and try using soya milk =] have you any more of an idea how long this will keep? Thank you in advance.


194 Tasha March 18, 2014

My friend made this for us to celebrate St.Patricks Day this year and it was amazing!!! Delicious by itself and we tried it blended with vanilla vegan ice cream, best shake I’ve ever had.


195 Paty Shaulis March 27, 2014

Hi Angela!! First, I wanted to say I got your cookbook. I absolutely LOVE it! I have made several recipes, including the 10-spice vegetable soup with cashew cream and they have all been delicious. My question is this…I have been buying organic foods only (and eating healthy) for years now. Just about two years ago, my daughter and I went vegetarian and in the last couple of months, we have finally made the switch to vegan. I don’t really miss anything at all except for I like my coffee with creamer. I used to use Coffee Mate (years ago) and have switched to So Delicious Coconut creamer but just read your post on Carrageenan. Do you have any recipes for coffee creamer (without the alcohol :-))? Thank you!!


196 cj April 17, 2014

I made this according to the recipe but with coconut sugar instead of sucanat. It is incredibly delicious! I haven’t tried Bailey’s in more than 4 years, so can’t speak to how “authentic” it is. All I do know is that I enjoyed it more than I remember enjoying Bailey’s! Highy recommended.


197 Giselle August 5, 2014

Amazing! I will most definitely be making vegan irish cream this holiday season!!
Thank you!


198 Carla November 27, 2014

I made this! it is excellent and my husband (who doesn’t like coconut) loved it as well. Thank you for the recipe!


199 Marie December 7, 2014

I made this last night and O….M….G….. Delici!
I used have almond milk which didn’t make it as thick but it’s soooooo nice I’m having it in my coffee right now:)
Thank you!


200 Giselle and Cody December 7, 2014

Oh my goodness, I have been waiting to try this recipe out for months now!

December is finally here! (Not that I had to wait until the Christmas season)

I will be attempting this vegan irish cream in a few days and the taste testers will be a house full of vegans and non-vegans attending our Christmas party.

Can’t wait!


201 Roads December 30, 2014

You know, if you skip the coffee in this recipe and add it to Root Beer, you just made the best alcoholic root beer float EVER! Absolutely fantastic!


202 ms saira January 3, 2015

I had to spend christmas away from home without whisky ( the horror)! So guess what I made as soon as I got back. Used Teachers instead of Jamesons, added a dash of nutmeg- I am sooo happy right now!! Happy New Year to you!!


203 Melinda January 4, 2015

Oh my goodness!! If you haven’t tried this you are missing out!! I’ve made three batches. The one I’m making tonight is for friends at my office. I went to the Container Store and bought some lovely bottles and oh what a gorgeous gift!! Thank you for the recipe!! This is one for the books!!!


204 Kylie January 17, 2015

!!!!!! Best drink ever !!!!!


205 Kathleen February 21, 2015

If Irish Whiskey were gluten free this would be great! Unfortunately, while the distillation process does remove the gluten protein, the alcohol is still cross contaminated by having contained the gluten to begin with. So, those of us that are extremely allergic to gluten, will react and get very ill from whiskey or any other alcohol distilled from a gluten based carb.


206 Marília March 13, 2015

This is so fecking delish. I’m so happy.


207 Natasha March 14, 2015

This recipe kicked off some excellent St. Patrick’s Day festivities here in Oakville and Toronto. My friends couldn’t believe it wasn’t the original! Thank you Angela!


208 Jemima Fronk May 6, 2015
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Really really nice! I infused some loose chai tea in vodka overnight then strained and replaced the jamieson with it and it’s amazing, already pissed at 12.30pm, ah well thats housewife life for you


209 Carmen May 9, 2015

Wow! I think I LOVE you!! LOL Thanks Angela, your the best!


210 Sarah August 31, 2015

I saw a non vegan recipe for this and it said it would last for 2 months refrigerated. It used heavy cream and condensed milk. Do you know why this one wouldn’t last that long? Just wondering. thanks!


211 Lora O'Brien November 24, 2015

Hi, just to let you know we recently featured this recipe in our latest Eluxe article.
Feel free to check it out and share it on. We personally cannot wait to try these! :)



212 Ashleigh November 27, 2015
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Just made this and it’s PERFECT!!! Thank you♡


213 Leah O'Sullivan December 12, 2015

I came across this recipe where doing a Pinterest search. It’s just cooling, and I am so excited to try it!


214 Claire December 22, 2015
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Brown sugar works perfectly. I have made this a number of times and always have perfect results. I searched this recipe for a friend who could no longer have dairy and made a batch for Christmas for her. It’s delicious and better than the “real” thing.


215 mark charlton December 28, 2015
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Just made this – WOW! The coconut flavour comes thru but that only makes it better


216 Nicole January 3, 2016
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Does this recipe have to have the coffee in it?


217 Susan pollock February 1, 2016
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DELICIOUS. Though in order to get it to taste like real Baileys I had to add About 20% more sugar. But this is awesome – now I can have Bailey’s cocktails with my vegan husband!


218 Lauren March 9, 2016
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Hi Angela! I started following your blog in 2011 when I was transitioning to a vegan diet. I bookmarked this recipe when you first posted it, and 2 years later I finally made it. Since then…it’s become a tradition for me! I love this recipe! I think it’s better than the original Bailey’s. My boyfriend has a St. Patrick’s Day Birthday, so I can vouch that this stuff works wonderfully in car bombs, coffee, or just by itself. I might have to add it to his birthday cake frosting this year! Anyways, just wanted to go back and add my rating!


219 Angela Liddon March 10, 2016

Hi Lauren, thanks so much for the comment! I’m so happy to hear you love the recipe – I definitely do, too. :) I think it would be a great addition to cake frosting. Please let me know how it turns out!!


220 Sue March 11, 2016

Just to let you know Guinness went vegan earlier this year, so Vegans can now have a pint on Patrick’s Day.


221 Joanna March 14, 2016
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Sooooooo yummmmmy! I used to love Bailey’s but since I don’t drink milk anymore this is a wonderful alternative. It’s actually better because it’s not as thick as Bailey’s! Thank you for sharing your secret with us!


222 Angela Liddon March 17, 2016

Glad you like it, Joanna! :)


223 Steph March 18, 2016

Well, I had less than stellar results. Should have boiled the coconut milk down more, I’m thinking to 2.5 cups, before adding the coffee and whiskey. It tasted pretty good warm.

After sitting in the refrigerator over night the coconut fat congealed on top which shouldn’t have been surprising since it hardens at room temperature. We added the Baileys it to hot coffee.
I’m going to try it again because your recipes have always been superb and I know it was my error.


224 Steph March 19, 2016

Should the coconut milk be boiled down to about 2 cups before adding the coffee and whiskey?


225 Jenny Cooperman May 19, 2016

Looks delicious!

Can you I use a sugar alternative here, like agave or maple?

Thank you!


226 Angela Liddon May 27, 2016

Hey Jenny, I haven’t tried another sweetener. I’d say “yes” to subbing in another granulated sweetener, but as for a liquid sweetener this would make the Bailey’s much more liquidy and I’m not sure how long it would take to cook down. Let us know if you try anything out though!


227 Tara May 25, 2016
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Oh boy.. love love love this recipe! Am up to my second batch this week, oops hehe. It’s as delicious warm as it is cool.


228 Fran May 28, 2016

Ooooohhhhhh…… this means I can have a Springbok!!


229 Sierra August 17, 2016
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I loved this, but I think I messed up somewhere by using normal coconut milk in a carton for the “light” coconut milk. Do you think that’s why it wasn’t as thick as it should have been? Thank you though, for this amazing recipe!!!


230 Angela Liddon September 8, 2016

Hi there Sierra, If you mean the cartoned coconut milk (the kind typically found near soy or almond milk in the grocery store), I do think that’s the likely culprit! Like soy and almond milk, this type of coconut milk is really more of a dairy milk replacement that is best consumed as a beverage or used in smoothies, over cereal, and so on. It’s typically watered down and contains other additives as well, and so it tends to be lighter/thinner than even the “light” canned coconut milk. In my recipes I will specify canned coconut milk. and also indicate whether I used full-fat or light. Another possibility as to why it was thin is that the liquid needed to be cooked down longer than it was. So you could always try throwing it back on the stovetop and simmering it a bit longer until the volume reduces. I hope you still enjoyed the Homemade Bailey’s, though, even if it wasn’t quite as rich!


231 Ole October 22, 2016

Nice recipe :)


I know there is a lot of fighting going on the past few years, within the Vegan community, comparing Animal abuse to the good old Slavery… Doesn’t that make a lot of Vegans, Hypocrits, often supporting Human Slavery, by buying Sugar?


232 Paula October 31, 2016
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This just made my day. I was so excited I made two batches. I used canned full fat coconut milk (i have way to much of it) & I’m wondering if I should have used a different coconut milk because if I put it on ice the fat cools on top & is not appealing. Thanks so much!


233 Emma November 9, 2016
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Just made this!! Amazing! Thank you! Xx


234 Angela Liddon November 14, 2016

Great to hear it was a hit, Emma :)


235 Janet Jackson December 1, 2016

Wow brilliant mus try this for christmas, I wanted to share to facebook but no share button :(


236 Madison December 5, 2016
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So excited to try this for christmas gifts! Do you know how long it stays? Does it need to be consumed in a few days/week/etc?


237 Angela Liddon December 14, 2016

Hi Madison, I’d say this keeps safely at least 4-5 days, but much longer than that and I’m not sure (it’s not very long in our house before it’s all gone! Haha).


238 Noelle December 22, 2016
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Delicious! I used a cup of Jameson and cold brew coffee. Thanks for sharing!!


239 Amy December 24, 2016

I’m making this for gifts and would love to be able to tell ppl the shelf life. Does anyone know? Also will it be okay if it’s not in the fridge for a day while transporting ? Sorry for the silly questions!


240 Husam March 17, 2017
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Fantastic recipe! Made a batch last year, as well as this year for St. Patrick’s Day. This time, I decided to bring a couple jars into the office. My coworkers are not disappointed with this non-dairy alternative! Now we’re all sippin’ Irish coffee until our 10am standup starts. (:



241 Angela Liddon March 17, 2017

I’m sure your coworkers appreciated the thought! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you all!!


242 Patrycja April 15, 2017

Hi Angela
Do you have to add coffee?


243 Angela Liddon April 20, 2017

Hey Patrycja, I think you should be able to make this without coffee, perhaps subbing it for more almond milk. That will change the flavour profile a bit, but it should still be pretty tasty!


244 Geri Habstritt October 31, 2017

I made a recipe almost identical to yours and it didn’t call to cook the coconut milk first. The Baileys turned out thick and clumpy like full fat coconut milk. I’m going to dump it out because I can’t even get it out of the container. Does your recipe stay smooth and creamy?


245 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 1, 2017

Hey Geri, When chilled, it does firm up due to the fat in the coconut milk, so I recommend letting it sit on the counter before using and then giving it a gentle shake to redistribute.


246 Jillene December 9, 2017

Tried this recipe and love the idea, but when I put it in the fridge the coconut milk condensed and it was a bit chunky when we drank it…


247 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 10, 2017

Hey Jillene, Yes, the fat from the coconut milk does harden when chilled. I suggest leaving the Bailey’s at room temperature for a little bit before serving then give it a good shake.


248 Becca December 13, 2017
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This recipe is incredible and I am now making batches for Christmas presents. However, I am unsure of the shelf life, how long should this last in a mason jar?


249 Angela (Oh She Glows) December 13, 2017

Hey Becca, So glad to hear you love it so much! It should be refrigerated and will last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks I would imagine. It’ll solidify a bit when chilled so let it come to room temp before using and give it a good shake. Hope this helps!


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