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Christmas just would not be Christmas without a bottle of Irish liquor. But, it is also frightfully expensive. Here is a recipe for liquor that tastes better than what you can get in the store, and is a fraction of the price. I have been making this for a good twenty years, and I never tire of it.
1 cup of cream. (I tend to use whole cream, but use whichever you prefer.)
14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1 2/3 of a cup Irish whiskey (Your favourite brand will do nicely.)
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence. (Avoid the imitation stuff.)
1 teaspoon of instant coffee.
Simply add all the ingredients into a blender and let it run for thirty seconds or so. Then transfer to a bottle, and it will last up to three months in the refrigerator. You could make several batches, bottle it, make your own labels, and hand them out as Christmas presents.
You can substitute Scotch Whiskey, bourbon, or even brandy and add a touch of other essences also. Hazelnut is particularly scrumptious. You could even make it without any alcohol and it is still a tasty treat.
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