Nannie’s knock-off Baileys

I’ve wanted to try this recipe of my grandmother’s for many years. It sat in my mom’s recipe book in the kitchen and whenever I came across it I’d always say to myself “I gotta make that one Christmas“. But then like, 10 years happened and still nothing.
This year I mentioned to my parents I’d like to give it a go and blog it. While we were in the kitchen stuffing our faces one day, my mom happened upon my Nannie Ada’s recipe and the next day I was buying the ingredients. I was a bit hesitant though because it didn’t seem like the ingredients would get along, but that didn’t stop me.

3 eggs
1 can sweetened condensed milk {
3 tsp chocolate syrup
8 oz fresh cream {roughly 230ml}
1 cup Tia Maria 
1 cup whiskey {we used Tullamore Dew}
Makes 1 litre
Add all ingredients to a large jug and blend with a hand blender until mixed well. Just make sure you add the whiskey last. If you were to add it before the Tia Maria, it may cause the cream to split. Other than that, it’s painfully straight forward recipe. It took me all of about 3 minutes to make.
I think it is an absolute dead ringer for Baileys. Husband says it’s very close, but I think it’s because he knows I made it that there’s that bit of doubt there. It didn’t stop him from having 3 glasses of it last night … I’ve been keeping ours in a small decanter in the fridge to be on the safe side, and because it looks fancy too. You could of course pour it into an empty and clean Baileys bottle if you’d like to be extra crafty. Practice your sinister laugh as you hand your guests a glass. 
Best served over ice, ice, baby.

Being the persnickety shrewd that I am, I cracked out Excel and did the figures. Was it worth it? Will it be cheaper? Well, for 1 litre of knock-off Baileys it cost us €16.07. I was full of doubt. Until I found out the current price for 1 litre of Baileys is €26.83. A saving of €10+. Not bad … Bottoms up. 
And of course, an early happy new year to you! Husband and I will be kicking it at home this year with le chats and up to our eyes in knock-off Baileys, sparklers, bubbly and MOAR food it seems. See you on the other side xx A

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  1. December 31, 2013 / 11:00

    Happy New Year to you and the husband!! Enjoy the knock-off Baileys, what a clever Nannie! Love the styling of these photos, you genius girl you! Looking forward to stalking you in 2014…

    Maria xx

  2. John JJP
    January 22, 2014 / 22:30

    oh my gosh my grandmother LOVED baileys! too bad I didnt check your website over the holidays, we would have really done with making some. but hey we'll make some now, lol! any excuse.

  3. June 7, 2014 / 02:25

    Happened upon your blog from Pinterest..and love it! Your voice and your sass are great. PS, I LOVE Bailey's year round, so I'm thrilled to find this. Cheers!!

    • June 9, 2014 / 10:17

      Aw, thank you Heidi! And this reminds me, I must make some more Baileys soon. Om nom nom xx A