Irish Cream Syrup for Coffee

This homemade Irish cream syrup for coffee is perfect to use in a breve, latte, cold foam with cold brew, or even in a cold blended coffee! It’s simple to DIY at home and gives that extra something special to your drinks.

Homemade Irish cream syrup in a glass jar

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Why this works

This homemade Irish cream-flavored syrup is nonalcoholic and works well in breves, lattes, coffee, cold brew, or anything else you can think of! The chocolate, vanilla, and creamy flavor profile of Irish cream match perfectly with espresso and coffee making this a delicious way to flavor your drinks.

If you want to mimic Starbucks’ Irish Cream Cold Brew, or a Dutch Bros’ Kicker this is the syrup recipe you need!


Ingredients for Irish cream flavored syrup

This homemade syrup takes advantage of ingredients you’ll likely already have in your pantry, with one exception: coconut extract. Using coconut extract might seem unanticipated but it really brings out the flavors and gives this syrup something special.

These are all the ingredients for this Irish cream syrup recipe:

I like to use the sweetened condensed milk to mimic the creaminess that you love in Bailey’s Irish Cream. But, if you are going to be using the syrup to make a latte, cold foam or something else that heavily uses milk or cream, it can be omitted.


Is this Irish cream-flavored syrup nonalcoholic?

Yes, this syrup is nonalcoholic and is made to be used to flavor beverages like coffee, lattes, and cold brew.

Can I use this syrup to make an Irish cream cold brew like at Starbucks?

Yes, this syrup is a great way to make a homemade Irish cream cold brew. Starbucks’ recipe uses the syrup in a cold foam that is then used to top the cold brew.

Do I need to add the vanilla, almond, AND coconut extract?

Of course, it’s up to you, but I find this combination is best to mimic the actual taste of Irish cream.

What else can I use this syrup for?

You can use this Irish cream syrup on ice cream, with tea, or with anything else you can dream up.

Can I make this on the stove instead of in the microwave?

Yes, this recipe is for the microwave because I find it easier and faster, but you can follow the same process on a stovetop.

How long is the syrup good for?

Put the finished syrup in an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It will keep for two to three weeks.

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Homemade Irish cream syrup in a glass jar

Irish Cream Flavored Syrup

This flavored simple syrup recipe highlights the vanilla and chocolate taste one loves in Irish cream.  Enjoy it in a latte, cold brew, or your morning coffee.
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Course: Simple Syrup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: irish cream breve, simple syrup
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 60kcal


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk


  • Add water, white sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract and coconut extract into a microwave safe bowl* and whisk together.
  • Heat mixture in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes until it is boiling.
  • Remove and whisk in cocoa powder and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Heat mixture in the microwave for another minute or until it starts boiling.
  • Cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Will keep for 2-3 weeks.


  • *I like using a large glass measuring cup. That way you can see when it boils and there is plenty of space for the liquid to expand.
  • You can use this syrup to make an Irish Cream Breve.


Serving: 3Tablespoons | Calories: 60kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    This is DELICIOUS!! I added the extracts after the syrup had cooled sightly and omitted the sweetened condensed milk as I prefer add warm half & half.

    I sprinkled the top of my breve with unsweetened cocoa powder and it was every bit as good as a $7 Irish cream breve at Starbucks!

    Thank you so much! I love that I can make this for pennies and there’s no preservatives!

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