Check it out, my fellow inebriates. With roughly $33 worth of simple ingredients, we’re going to make almost 3 litres of dreamy Irish Canadian cream liqueur. Yes!
Okay, so typically we wouldn’t get all the ingredients ready like this. My mum would be more likely to begin a recipe, then run around the kitchen looking for ingredients she didn’t bother reading about, all the while cursing whatever’s burning, only to realize we’re out of whatever she needs. But today we got organized. After all, this is a documentary of sorts.
- 8.75 oz milk chocolate chips (call it a rounded cup)
- 1 shot espresso
- 750 mL whisky (that’s 3 cups to you imperialists)
- 2 cans condensed milk
- 2 cans evaporated milk
- 2.5 cups whipping cream
Can you believe it? That’s it! In fact, the only complicated part of this whole deal is getting the chocolate chips to melt nicely. If you don’t have a double boiler (and who does?), just put a smaller saucepan inside a larger one partly filled with water. Get the water gently boiling, then simmer it, making sure the water won’t go apeshit-splashy into the small saucepan. Put the chocolate chips and the espresso shot inside the little saucepan and stir as they melt. Mmmmm!
Meanwhile, get a bowl like our big pink one and pour the whisky into it. (Usually we make cookies and cakes in the big pink bowl, which makes the kids come running, and today was no exception. They loved making Canadian cream liqueur.)
Once the chocolate is melted and well stirred (no lumps), pour it into the whisky, whisking it up immediately so it doesn’t get a chance to harden. You’ll probably get a few little chips at the bottom, but most of the chocolate should become happily suspended in the whisky. It will look like the Exxon Valdez spill at first, then like diarrhea. Don’t worry, you’re doing it right.
Empty all four cans into the bowl and whisk everything up. The mixture will lighten pleasantly.
Pour the whipping cream in. This is the AHA! moment when you realize it looks just like the store-bought stuff. Just like it, people!
Whisk the mixture to ensure the color is uniform. Then…do you have a container ready?
Our branding/packaging is still incomplete, so we’re using this 4 L milk jug for the next two weeks while our Canadian Cream mellows. We’ll give it a shake every day, look longingly at it, sniff it…and after two weeks have passed torturously by, we’re going to pound it. Ahhh!
Almost forgot: store-bought Irish cream goes for $55 per 1.75 L. Our yield is 2.85 L for $33! OMG, making your own is one-third the cost of buying it!
Review in T minus two weeks, so save the date, MFI 😉
15 thoughts on “Our own Irish (well, actually Canadian) Cream—at one-third the price of store-bought! (And YOU can do it too!)”
Holy crap! I can do that! I hope your mom let you lick the spoon, LB!
She let me drink from the whisky measuring cup! I promised less hygiene 🙂
Let us know how it tastes. We have a bottle of whiskey sitting here that we don’t know what to do with.
It’s smelling pretty moonshiney right now but already it’s mellow compared to yesterday. Dad wants to sample it RIGHT NOW but…well, actually, we should.
That’s awesome. You should get your own Discovery Channel show, like instead of Moonshiners, you could be Creamers….Outwitting Mounties to produce and sell illegal Canadian Cream (you even have the proper receptacle: Milk jugs).
I would love that! Do you think Discovery would go for it?
Nice! I love making booze! And I’ve been wanting to make Irish Cream. I made Kahlua a few years ago and gave it out as gifts with my cookies.
Wow, I’d love to try making Kahlua. Was it easy?
I should mention that we’re not 100% comfortable with having used the cheapest whisky possible; the recipe probably would turn out better with a nice Irish whisky. Also, it seems thinner than store-bought Irish cream, but I’m wondering if it will thicken over the next couple of weeks as the flavor mellows. All of which is to say: I don’t know if we chose the absolute best recipe, but it sure was cheap and easy.
No, it was very easy. Here’s the link if you are interested: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,193,138162-238201,00.html. I remember that I was pregnant at the time that I was making it, so all I got to do was lick the spoon. But I broke into my reserve a few months after having the baby. It’s great over ice cream.
Much appreciated!! That could be our next project 🙂