Baileys Irish Coffee – A creamy winter warmer

by Mama Loves A Drink

This Baileys Irish Coffee recipe is a perfectly indulgent treat for the cold season: try it during the holiday as a comforting winter drink.

Also known as Irish Cream Coffee, it can be served with or without the extra whiskey depending on taste, and of course, the devilishly sweet finish of whipped cream dusted in chocolate is totally up to you!

Perfect for those chilly evenings, this is a favourite for snuggling up with a book in front of the fire – a pure mama indulgence treat!.

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What is Baileys Irish Cream?

Baileys Irish Cream is an alcoholic cream originally from Ireland.

Sold in ready-made bottles, it is excellent on its own but it is also a great base for warming and comforting concoctions such as the one on this page.

Made with cream, cocoa, and a dash of Irish whiskey, Baileys Cream has a very smooth texture and a sweet, delicate taste that makes it popular with whiskey drinkers and novices alike.

Tools you will need for making a Baileys Irish Coffee

  • Tall glass with handle
  • Long stirring spoon
  • Jigger
  • Whip (for whipping cream)
  • Coffee maker

Find all our favourite tools for your home cocktail bar here.

Ingredients

  • 60ml Baileys
  • 30ml Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup (250ml) freshly brewed filter coffee (or 2 shots espresso & top up hot water)
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • Optional garnish with nutmeg, cinnamon or shaved chocolate

Process:

Brew coffee in your usual method.

While it brews, measure out the Baileys and whiskey into the glass

Add your freshly brewed coffee and stir

Top off with fresh whipped creamOptionally top off with chocolate, a light dash of shaved nutmeg or cinnamon for a festive twist!

Yield: 1 serve

Baileys Irish Coffee

whipped cream on top of an irish coffee

A deliciously delectable after-dinner treat. Best served in a glass handled cup

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 60ml Baileys
  • 30ml Irish whiskey
  • 1 cup (250ml) freshly brewed filter coffee (or 2 shots espresso & top up hot water)
  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream
  • Optional garnish with nutmeg, cinnamon or shaved chocolate

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee in your usual method
  2. Measure out the Baileys and whiskey into the glass
  3. Add your freshly brewed coffee and stir
  4. Top off with fresh whipped cream
  5. Optionally top off with chocolate, a light dash of shaved nutmeg or cinnamon

Alternative methods

The recipe above follows the easiest possible process. However, there are variations on this basic method that calls for slightly less Baileys and can therefore be appealing if you are looking for a lighter drink.

Our favorite alternative recipe whipped the Baileys with the cream, rather than to the coffee: this is a slightly trickier passage, as you must be careful not to un-whip the cream in the process, but makes for a lovely, aromatic cream that is just delightful on your lips!

Oher recipes we have found suggest additional sweeteners such as brown sugar even maple syrup – it’s up to you but we think the Baileys alone is sweet enough!

If you don’t have Baileys, you can also try Kahlua Irish cream. iSubstitute Kahlua for Baileys, you’ll get a stronger coffee taste and a darker finish than the Baileys, though still sweet.

More for Irish Coffee Lovers!

  • Love your Baileys? You can find all our favourite Irish Cream recipes here, we are particularly partial to the flat white Martini – check it out here!

Mama Loves A Drink advocates quality over quantity. Always drink responsibly!

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