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How to Make Irish Cream | Tasting Table Recipe

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Why don't you have to refrigerate Baileys??


1½ cups Irish whiskey (such as Jameson)

One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

2 teaspoons instant coffee

1½ cups heavy cream


1. In a blender, combine the whiskey, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup and instant coffee, and blend on high speed until combined.

2. Place the whiskey mixture in a bowl and stir in the cream until smooth. Store the Irish cream in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2 weeks. Serve chilled over ice.

Baileys® is the only cream liqueur that guarantees its taste for 2 years from the day it was made, opened or unopened, stored in the in the fridge or not when stored away from direct sunlight at a temperature range of 0-25 degrees centigrade.

One of the keys to achieving this 2 year shelf-life is in our patented process of blending of fresh Irish cream with the spirits and the whiskey without the use of preservatives. The alcohol acts as a natural preservative for the product.

Under normal conditions of storage Baileys has a shelf-life of 30 months.

If you are concerned about a bottle of Baileys® please check the best consumed before date on the bottle - all bottles now carry a best before date. This number is located on the bottom left hand side of the back label. Example : Code 11 20XY would mean that we guarantee the product would taste perfect until that date (XY is the year 2 years from the date of manufacture)

After a lot of years it turns solid, like tofu.  I learned this recently.

Alcohol might be a preservative but unrefrigerated cream sounds like it could go horribly wrong. 

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