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vegan baileys irish cream

vegan baileys irish cream_hot for food

Making your own vegan Baileys Irish Cream at home couldn’t be easier! And yes, I’m aware that you can now buy a vegan Baileys Irish Cream, but this is better and doesn’t have any weird ingredients in it. Make up a batch or two before the holidays so you’re armed and ready to get cozy! Serve it cold or hot in espresso or coffee, or add it to hot chocolate. This boozy drink is yours to experiment with!

I whipped it up along with hazelnut hot chocolate and vegan nog as part of the video below! These 3 vegan holiday drinks are exactly what you need to keep your spirits high all season long! 

vegan baileys irish cream_hot for food

vegan baileys irish cream

Making your own boozy vegan Irish cream at home couldn't be easier!

Course Drinks
Keyword cocktail, coconut, holiday, holiday drink
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
refrigerate 12 hours
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 cups
Author Lauren Toyota


  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/2 C strong brewed coffee
  • 3/4 C coconut sugar
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp or vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 C Jameson Irish Whiskey


  1. Add the contents of both cans of coconut milk to a sauce pan and whisk in the remaining ingredients except the whiskey and heat over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk occasionally for 20 minutes. 

  2. After cooking, I strained mine just to remove some of the "skin" that formed on the top. If you whisk more frequently that won't happen! Once strained, allow the mixture to cool before putting it in the fridge.

  3. Chill it completely overnight in a sealed jar. Once chilled, you can add the Irish whiskey and store the mixture for up to 10 days in the fridge. If you want to freeze any of it, don't add the whiskey into the whole batch and just to each serving as needed. If you freeze it, consume within 2 months. The mixture will separate when refrigerated or thawed from frozen, but just shake it up before serving over ice. You can also add more whiskey to each individual serving as desired. It's also good over ice with more espresso or coffee! Or add it to a cup of hot coffee or espresso.


  • J Peters 3 years ago

    Would there be an alternative to the coconut sugar? I can’t seem to come by it in my town.

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      you can use regular sugar or brown sugar!

      • J Peters 3 years ago

        I used brown sugar; this is DELICIOUS! Thank you!

        • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago


  • Amanda 3 years ago

    I recently made a non-vegan recipe for this and was going to see if you had a vegan alternative… and there you go.. reading my mind! 🙂

    I’m surprised there’s no chocolate added though. Regardless, can’t wait to try!


  • Stephanie 3 years ago

    I made this for my non-vegan family and they loved it!

    Thanks for the great recipe 🙂

  • Niki 3 years ago

    How the hell do you expect the coconut fat to not separate from the liquid when it cools? Because with my one the fat settled on top and in the drink there are bits of coconut fat swimming around 🙁

  • Allyson 3 years ago

    How strong do you have to make the coffee for this recipe?

  • Jill k 3 years ago

    Lauren… baileys came out with a vegan version of regular baileys. Almond base, so good.

    • Lauren Toyota 3 years ago

      yes, but homemade is better 😉

  • Kelly 3 years ago

    Amazing! I swapped the Irish whiskey for Spiced rum as that is all I had at the time, but still worked a treat! Even pleased the non-vegan of the household! Thanks Hot for Food 😘

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