Femail makes Baileys at home for £5

Can you REALLY recreate Baileys in your kitchen for £5? Femail tries viral recipe for homemade Irish cream to find out if it’s worth the effort

  • Civil servant Kristi Carver, 41, has produced her own version of Baileys at home
  • Kristi, from Carlisle, Cumbria, spends just £10 to produce two bottles of drink
  • FEMAIL taste tested the recipe at home, and found it very sweet and thick
  • But tester Bridie said that with adjustments it could make a tempting drink  

A mother has sent the internet into meltdown after sharing the recipe she uses to make her very own Baileys at home – for just £5 a bottle.    

Kristi Carver, 41, from Carlisle, Cumbria, has been making her own version of the Irish cream liqueur drink every Christmas for years, and recently decided to share her secret recipe on Facebook.

The mother-of-one creates her own version of Baileys with change from £5 – a fraction of the £15 that the original bottle sells for in supermarkets, using six ingredients including eggs and condensed milk. 

Inspired by the civil servant, FEMAIL’s Bridie Person-Jones tested the £5 six-ingredient recipe for herself…

FEMAIL tries the recipe for £5 six-ingredient Baileys at home 

The recipe

Blend all of the following ingredients together until smooth:

  • Half a bottle of whiskey
  • Six eggs
  • One can of condensed milk
  • One can of evaporated milk
  • One teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • One teaspoon of coffee or hot chocolate powder 

Serve over ice and store the rest in a sterilised glass bottle in the fridge for up to a week.  

Bridie says…

I love a good Baileys, although I only really drink it at Christmas unless it’s in a dessert, and I am a huge fan of their iced coffee and will guzzle it on any occasion where a tinned cocktails is an appropriate beverage. 

I thought I’d give this a go because it looked so easy, and I always want an excuse to use my blender I spent too much money on.

It was extremely easy to whip up and was ready in seconds, and I already had all the ingredients in the back of my cupboard. 

Bridie (pictured) thought the drink was too sweet and thick to replace her  Baileys

The recipe only takes six ingredients – eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, vanilla, whisky, and hot chocolate or coffee

Initially I was impressed by the ease, and speed, of the recipe, but the result is incredibly sweet – hurt your throat sickly sweet. 

I first made it without any whisky, to try the alcohol free version before adding some Johnnie Walker to the mix. 

Adding the whiskey takes away some of the sweetness – and it certainly reminded me of Baileys, but the texture was a lot thicker and it wasn’t as smooth as Baileys.

It’s as much like a White Russian or Eggnog as an Irish Cream, but still a very drinkable shake for the festive period.  

Bridie blended the ingredients together in seconds – and said it was very easy to make

If I were to make it again I’d go for coffee instead of hot chocolate (I didn’t have any instant coffee or I would have opted for that this time). And I think I’d use just evaporated milk instead of condensed milk, because it certainly doesn’t need that extra sweetness. 

If you’re trying to make an authentic Irish Cream too, probably better to opt for an Irish Whiskey rather than scotch.

Blends tend to mix in cocktails better than single malts, so something like Jameson’s would be perfect. 

One of the perks of the recipe is that it’s very adaptable, Nestle Carnation recently launched a vegan condensed milk which is made from rice and oat milk and is indistinguishable from the real thing, so those on plant-based diets can make it too.

Bridie said she’d adapt the recipe if she were to make it again – using less sweet ingredients and coffee instead of chocolate 

It  would be very easy to add different spirits and flavours to make it to your own taste and easy to remove the alcohol for people who don’t drink.

I’d like to try a version with some cinnamon and winter spice, and it would even be nice warmed up. 

It’s also very cheap to make a lot and could easily be bottled up as great stocking filler – or to be passed around on Christmas Eve or to sip on in front of the Queen’s Speech. 

I wouldn’t make the recipe verbatim again, but it’s certainly something I could experiment with over Christmas – I can already picture my sister pouring some Welsh toffee vodka into it as a Boxing Day tipple.

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Kristi’s recipe for homemade Baileys 

Blend all of the following ingredients together until smooth:

  • Half a bottle of whiskey
  • Six eggs
  • One can of condensed milk
  • One can of evaporated milk
  • One teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • One teaspoon of coffee or hot chocolate powder 

Serve over ice and store the rest in a sterilised glass bottle in the fridge for up to a week.  

Civil servant Kristi Carver, 41, from Carlisle, Cumbria, shared her recipe for homemade Baileys on Facebook last week

Using just six ingredients and a blender, Kristi produces two bottles of the Baileys-like drink for £10


Kristi said that by spending just £10 she is able to produce twice as much as if she had spent £15 on a single bottle of Baileys

On her original Facebook post in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group, Kristi said that her own version is good for up to 10 days after making it if it is kept in the fridge

Kristi (pictured) also said that for extra flavour, you could add mint or orange essence in place of the vanilla that she used

 

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