Copycat Bailey's Irish Cream - Made Vegan!

I'm not a huge fan of creamy alcoholic drinks, such as Bailey's or Godiva Liqueur.  It just tastes a little sketchy to me.  When I make my own, however, it just reminds me of a delicious boozy smoothie.

I looked at a few homemade recipes and decided to wing my own.  Some elements were obvious to change (ahem, the cream) but others were a little bit of trial and error.  The dates, for instance.  You can use whatever type of sweetener you want to - maple syrup, agave, stevia, etc - but it does need a little something to sweeten it up, in my humble opinion.  The dates give the "Irish cream" a bit of a thickness that is pleasant and reminiscent of the real thing.

A word to the wise: unless you have an amazing blender (read: Vitamix), you'll want to strain the cream once you've finished.  It would be weird to drink your glass and find a chunk of date in it.  Another word to the wise: this recipe is pretty boozy!  You may want to cut down on the alcohol if you plan on drinking it on the rocks.

Copycat Bailey's Irish Cream - Made Vegan
2/3 c. Irish whiskey
1 tsp. instant coffee
2 tsp. cocoa powder, like Guittard
1 tsp. vanilla 
1/4 tsp. almond extract
10 medjool dates, pitted 
3 c. almond milk, or other type of non-dairy milk

Directions
In a blender, puree all of the ingredients until smooth, to your desired consistency.  Taste the mixture to be sure it doesn't need any additional sweetener.

Strain the liquid to get any leftover date chunks out.

Make sure the liquid is used within 3-5 days.  It's nice and fresh, so take advantage of it.

I'm working on a bread pudding that features this Irish cream as well - AND a buttercream frosting!  Come back and grab those recipes too :-)

Cheers!
-Aileen