As the holidays approach, it’s time to branch out from your usual bottle of wine to something that will actually surprise your guests. Enter Baileys, the Irish cream liqueur made with cream, Irish whiskey and cocoa. It works wonders in a whole slew of wintry drinks (like eggnog and hot cocoa), plus pairs beautifully with many of the season’s sweet flavors, like chocolate and coffee. We’re here to answer all of your Irish cream Qs and provide recipes for 20 Baileys cocktails that are guaranteed to be a hit.
20 Baileys Cocktails to Shake Up at Home
What Can I Mix Baileys With?
Its sweet flavors and creamy texture lend themselves particularly well to bold bevs with notes of chocolate and espresso. (That’s why Baileys is called for in so many hot cocoa and coffee recipes.) By that same token, it also works in tea-based beverages and with other dark liqueurs and beers, like Kahlúa and Guinness. Irish cream can also be combined with vodka, tequila, whiskey and rum in a variety of classic cocktails, like mudslides, espresso martinis or white Russians.
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20 Baileys Cocktail Recipes
4. Baileys Almande Unicorn Smoothie
Three layers of fruit purée meet refreshing coconut water and a glug of rich almond Irish cream. How cute is the berry-topped unicorn horn?
5. Baileys Eggnog Latte
Not only is the eggnog infused with Baileys, but so is the whipped cream on top. Finish each mug with a sprinkle of nutmeg (or add a dash of spiced rum or bourbon if you’d like it boozier).
6. Espresso Martini
This old-school cocktail is having a major renaissance. Fancy the O.G. recipe up with a splash of milky Irish cream.
7. Baileys Almande Strawberry Pineapple Frozen Cocktail
Psst: You know what would taste *really* good in this fruity sipper? A generous dose of coconut rum.
10. Sugar Cookie Martini
Complete with a vanilla frosting rim covered in holiday sprinkles, this liquid dessert gets its kick from white chocolate liqueur.
11. Best Irish Coffee
All Irish coffee calls for is Irish whiskey and hot joe. Add Baileys and it’ll take over for your usual milk and sugar, since it’s both creamy and sweet.
16. St. Nick’s Naughty & Nice Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie
Depending how naughty you want to be, add Baileys, peppermint schnapps and Kahlúa to taste. (And top that bad boy with a massive whipped cream crown while you’re at it.)
17. Iced Eggnog Lattes
Supplement this virgin drink with Baileys, Kahlúa, chocolate liqueur or bourbon to your liking.
18. Adult Hot Chocolate
Chalk this cold-weather essential’s nuanced nutty flavor up to Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur. Pass the mini marshmallows, would ya?
19. Frozen Irish Cream Cappuccinos
The ingredients are blended until smooth and creamy, hence the bev’s foamy head. Feel free to serve it hot instead with a steamed milk topper.
How Should I Drink Baileys?
Should Baileys Be Refrigerated?
The dairy-based liqueur should be kept in the fridge once it’s opened, so it doesn’t go bad. If the bottle’s never been opened, you can leave it on your bar cart until you’re ready to use it.
Can I Drink Baileys Straight?
Yup! Many enjoy a few fingers of Baileys over ice. If you don’t want it to get diluted, serve it straight up instead of on the rocks by stirring it with ice in a cocktail shaker, then straining it into your preferred glass.