Wednesday, March 6, 2013

DIY Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Syrup and Virgin Irish Cream Lattes

I don't drink and I've never had an actual Irish cream coffee, but the upcoming St. Patrick's day holiday made me crave the fake Irish cream coffee creamer I used to use sometimes back in the states. I've never seen international delight creamer here, and I'm sure even if there is somewhere, it is crazy expensive. So I set out to make my own flavored coffee syrup.

The vanilla, almond, and touch of chocolate flavor combo seems just like the Irish cream flavor as I remember it. You could mix the flavors into 1 cup sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup cream or half and half if you want ready made creamer instead. That should be quite similiar to store bought versions. I just prefer to add more regular milk instead.

This syrup is also great in hot cocoa. And of course if you give anyone a cup of hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and sprinkles you'll instantly becpme their hero. At least that is what happens around here. :)

Homemade Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Syrup Recipe

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  1. In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to a slow boil until the sugar completely dissolves.
  2. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, turn off heat. Add vanilla, almond, and cocoa and stir until well combined.
 I store the extra syrup in a glass jar in the fridge.

Homemade Virgin Irish Cream Latte Recipe

  • 1/2 cup strong coffee
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Homemade Irish cream coffee syrup to taste
  • Whipped cream (optional of course)
  1. Brew coffee.
  2. Heat milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until just beginning to bubble at the edges. Froth milk if desired.
  3. Add coffee syrup to taste and top with whip cream if desired.


  1. Dear Anna , I have just made your coffee syrup as I am pregnant and on medication so cannot drink, I run a small gluten free cake business and was wondering if you would mind if I shared this recipe on my business blog, linking back here of course, I am sure my customers would enjoy this and it is lovely and easy to make.

    1. Sure Carrie, no problem! I appreciate you linking back.

      Best wishes in your business endeavors.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Hi! I really enjoyed your recipe of Homemade Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Syrup, I've translated it for (brazilian) portuguese. I think I will post it on my page (tumblr or facebook), and I will link your website. Is there any problem with that?

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  4. Best ever thank you so much trudy

  5. I made the syrup, bright sugar and water to a slow boil, sugar was desolved, it's watery, not thick like a syrup. Did I do something wrong?


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