Have you ever made your own booze at home? It’s pretty exciting to brew your own beer, make your own wine, or – as we’re doing today – make vegan Baileys. In my last article I mentioned Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liquor (which is vegan). It is – unfortunately though – not available in any of the stores in my hometown. I have not checked Costco yet, maybe that’s worth a trip.
There is a solution for every problem. If you can’t buy it, you make it. That has always been my motto, ever since I embarked on the road of veganism 🙂
Nowadays, however, we shouldn’t make any shopping trips unless it is really necessary, so the ingredients for this recipe should have to wait for a complete grocery shopping trip when you’re buying things that are needed in the kitchen. On the other hand, now that we’re stuck at home, it should be fun to make your own liquor.
Only two months ago, a friend in Belgium made his own beer at home, and he proudly shared it on Facebook. The beer looked good and so did his face, it was quite happy 😉 So, let’s make some Baileys and enjoy the rewards. This recipe is really good. I love it! You can tell that I have made this before, right? 😉
- 3/4 cups of whisky
- 1/2 strongly brewed coffee
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 cans of full fat coconut milk (coconut cream works too)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup and 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or agave honey as I used in the video) (Not everyone wants to use agave honey, although it gives a nice flavor, but if you feel more comfortable using maple syrup, then use that. It also tastes great. 🙂 )
- Optional: herbal extract
- 1/3 cinnamon stick
- a little ginger powder (2 pinches) or the equivalent of chopped up fresh ginger. Don’t overdo it with the ginger.
- caramelized sesame seeds, crushed to a powdery substance (you can replace that with crushed cardamom seeds if you prefer or if caramelized sesame seeds aren’t available)
- 1/2 cup of water
- If you’d like to add the herbal extract, then prepare that first. Add cinnamon stick, ginger, and caramelized sesame seeds to water and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes.
- Prepare coffee. When the coffee is still hot, mix in the cocoa powder, because the warm coffee will make it easier to dissolve the cocoa.
- Pour the full fat coconut milk into the bowl
- Add whisky and stir
- Add all other ingredients, and stir
- Optional: add two tablespoons of herbal extract and mix it in
With this you’ll spend some nice time at home, making delicious Baileys. When it’s ready, it should be stored in the fridge. The last time I made it, I kept it refrigerated for a little over a week. While I don’t want to advocate the use of alcohol during these times – alcohol does weaken the immune system if taken in excess – this is a fun activity at home. You could also add some of your favorite spice to it if you ‘d like. Let me know how it goes 🙂
Perhaps in an upcoming post we can dive into a beer making class. Dive in to the class, ok, not the beer barril 😉