Gluten-free, Dairy-free Baileys Irish Cream Copycat Recipe

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Brunch Foods, Christmas, Drinks, Holiday, Thanksgiving | 7 comments

… Raising a Glass in Cheer Once Again!

Gluten-free Dairy-free Baileys Irish Cream Copycat Recipe

Oh, oh, oh this is so, so good! I’ve been missing those sweet, creamy, luxurious-mouth-feel drinks. You too? Well, miss them no more! We gluten-free, dairy-free folks have to stick together and share our successes, right? Even toasting to them occasionally. So pull up a bar stool, lift your glass (filled with this lovely Baileys Irish Cream Copycat), and toast to another delicious and safe* alcoholic beverage.

For those who might not be familiar with the original Baileys Irish Cream, it has a flavor of cream, coffee, whiskey, and a hint of chocolate. Oh, and did I mention, deliciousness. Yes, that too.

I’ve been told by folks without food restrictions that this recipe mimics the real thing quite well, with the original being just a bit sweeter. For my taste, I don’t think it needs extra sweetness, but you can easily increase it to your liking. You can also adjust the level of whiskey you include. This recipe has boldness to it. Again something I like, but it can be toned down to your preference.

The ingredients blend up in less than a minute in your trusty blender, and the mixture will last up to two months if kept chilled in the fridge (I keep mine in a re-sealable mason jar). When you’re ready to use it, simply give the jar a quick shake to re-homogenize the ingredients, then pour and enjoy.

Baileys Irish Cream Copycat is delicious naked sipped from a glass (a chilled glass would be fun), over ice, or coconut milk or almond milk ice cubes (so they don’t make the cocktail watery when they melt), and especially in coffee. Adding a smidge of this mixture makes that morning cup of coffee (holidays and weekends, my friends) or after dinner coffee so much more enjoyable, if you ask me.

So let’s get to the recipe, so we can get to the toasting!

And if you like creamy and luxurious feeling drinks, be sure to try my Snowflake recipe too!


Gluten-free Dairy-free Baileys Irish Cream Copycat Recipe


No Shellfish BugNo Fish BugNo Peanut BugNo Soy BugNo_egg_tag_image_0No Dairy BugNo Gluten BugPrep time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: None

Chill time: can be used immediately; store in fridge



1/2 cup + 1 Tablespoon canned coconut milk, well shaken before measuring

7 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

14 ounces non-dairy sweetened condensed milk, room temp or chilled – see note below

1 1/2 teaspoons instant coffee, reg or decaf – I use Maxwell House

2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup – I use Hershey’s

1 teaspoon vanilla – I use McCormick

1 2/3 cup whiskeyJack Daniels and Jameson Irish Whiskey are both g-f



Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend on high for 30 to 60 seconds. Taste for sweetness, add a little sugar if more sweetness is desired. Blend again, if appropriate. Serve and enjoy. Store in an airtight, re-sealable jar in fridge for up to two months. Shake before serving. (See serving suggestions in the intro above.)

NOTE: To make non-dairy sweetened condensed milk, combine 2 14-ounce cans coconut milk (regular not low-fat – I like Thai Kitchen) and 1/2 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until reduced by half (14 ounces or 1 ¾ cups when done), stirring very often in the beginning of the cooking process, then constantly near the end when the mixture becomes thick. Use caution when stirring because the mixture will bubble up when you place a stirring utensil into the hot mixture. When reduced, remove from heat, add a pinch of salt, stir and let cool. Store in an airtight re-sealable jar in fridge until ready to use.

*It’s only safe from allergens – please remember to drink responsibly so everyone can have fun and stay safe.

I generously give thanks to Alisa Fleming of for her dairy-free substitutions that I’ve altered for this recipe.

Safe food is a journey … Thrive!™

Other recipes you might enjoy:

Winters Snowflake Gluten-free Dairy-free Cocktail

Winters Snowflake Cocktail


  1. Just made this..beyond really..better than the real stuff..thank u so much for sharing..i only had unsweetened vanilla almond milk..and i used raw cane sugar in the ‘condensed milk’..turned out heavenly?

    • Thanks so much for sharing your outcome … and for stopping by to check out Daily Forage! I’m so glad you like it. I love your recipe changes and I’ll be trying these SOON! Cheers to you! Connie

      • About to make my 2nd batch..merry christmas..all the best in 2018 ?

        • Hi Shantelle! I’m so glad you’re enjoying it! My second batch of the season is coming up soon too. 😉 May 2018 be your best year yet! xConnie

        • Oh, Shantelle, I’m SO glad you enjoy the Baileys recipe. It’s a favorite of mine too! Must have missed your comment during the holidays from all the frivolity. Hope 2018 is kind to you! xConnie

  2. Any thoughts or suggestions to make this nut free as well?

    • Oh, Marny, that’s a tough one. I’ll do some experimentation and get back to you with my findings. Thanks for asking and for stopping by. xConnie

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