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Baileys Irish Coffee is a sweet coffee drink that comes with a kick! Easy to make in minutes with minimal ingredients, this boozy beverage is perfect for brunch or sipping when you want to stay warm.
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Table of Contents
  1. Baileys Irish Coffee Cocktail
  2. Why We Love Baileys Coffee
  3. Baileys Irish Coffee Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Baileys Irish Coffee
  7. Tips for The Best Baileys Irish Coffee
  8. What an Irish Coffee Made of?
  9. What is Difference between Irish Coffee and Baileys and Coffee?
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
  12. Baileys Irish Coffee Recipe

When it comes to winter drinks, Baileys Irish Coffee is an absolute classic. This creamy and boozy coffee cocktail is an easy-to-make treat that’s perfect for cozy evenings at home. With its combination of rich coffee, whiskey, sugar, and cream, this indulgent beverage will take your taste buds on a journey to Ireland!

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Baileys Irish Coffee Cocktail

Baileys Irish Coffee recipe makes a classic cold weather cocktail in a matter of minutes. Each cup of coffee comes with a kick of whiskey and Baileys Original Irish Cream – the perfect pick-me-up with a boost of booze!

Our Baileys Irish Coffee is a tasty twist on the traditional Irish coffee cocktail, featuring Baileys Irish Cream in addition to Irish whiskey and is a bit sweeter with a fuller body than the original alcohol-infused coffee drink.

It is so easy to make a boozy coffee beverage at home in 10 minutes total time using 5 basic ingredients; it’s the ultimate caffeinated (or decaffeinated) cocktail to warm you up when the weather turns cold.

You will love this mix of freshly brewed coffee combined with sugar and alcohol, with a sweet Baileys flavored heavy cream or whipped cream topping.

Coffee cocktail recipes are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day parties, weekend brunch, or anytime you want to add a spike to your morning sip! 

Why We Love Baileys Coffee

  • Quick and easy to make in 10 minutes.
  • Only uses 5 ingredients.
  • Warm and cozy hot coffee cocktail is a fun and flavorful twist on the original Irish coffee recipe.
  • Baileys and coffee are a delicious drink combination.
  • Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, brunch, serving as an after-dinner drink.

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Baileys Irish Coffee Ingredients

  • Whiskey
  • Coffee
  • Brown sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Baileys Irish Cream

Substitutions and Additions

  • Whiskey: Feel free to use any brand of whiskey. Jameson Irish Whiskey is the classic, but you can substitute with your favorite. Some of the more popular Irish whiskeys on the market also include Teeling and Bushmills.
  • Tasty Toppings: For an extra flavor boost, top your beverage with powdered cocoa, hot chocolate, shaved chocolate, or fresh cinnamon or nutmeg.  
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  • Coffee pot
  • 4 glasses
  • Whisk
  • Spoon
  • Piping bag and tip (optional)
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How to Make Baileys Irish Coffee

  1. Brew Your Beans: Make a pot of coffee.
  2. Assemble With Alcohol: Add whiskey and coffee to your glasses. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Create The Cream: Whisk together the heavy cream and baileys. Whisk until it has a thick consistency if you want to pour it over the top. Whisk until stiff peaks if you want a whipped cream topping.
  4. Pour, Spoon, or Pipe: Either pour the heavy cream on top of the coffee mixture or spoon/pipe the whipped cream on top. Garnish with powdered cocoa/hot chocolate or shaved chocolate (optional).
  5. Serve: Serve hot. Enjoy!

Tips for The Best Baileys Irish Coffee

  • I love serving my coffee in glass-footed mugs. The layers make such a pretty presentation.
  • Irish coffee should be served hot.
  • You can use any type of coffee you like.
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What an Irish Coffee Made of?

Classic Irish coffees are made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and whipped cream.

What is Difference between Irish Coffee and Baileys and Coffee?

The main difference between Irish coffee and Baileys and coffee is the addition of the liqueur, Baileys. Authentic Irish coffee is made with strong brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream. Whereas Baileys and coffee consist of brewed coffee mixed with Baileys Irish Cream liqueur for a delicious, creamy, and boozy beverage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to mix the Baileys with the heavy cream?

No, you do not have to mix the Baileys with the heavy cream. You can pour it in after the sugar and stir. Just note that it will lighten the color of the coffee so you won’t have the black coffee and white cream contrast.

Do I have to use special glasses to make Irish coffee?

If using glasses, they must be coffee glasses because a regular glass could smash when hot liquid is poured inside. If you don’t have coffee glasses you can use a regular coffee mug. 

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Baileys Irish Coffee

Serves — 4
Baileys Irish Coffee is a sweet coffee drink that comes with a kick! Easy to make in minutes with minimal ingredients, this boozy beverage is perfect for brunch or sipping when you want to stay warm.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 ounces whiskey
  • 24 fluid ounces coffee (enough for 4 cups of coffee)
  • 4 teaspoons soft brown sugar
  • cups heavy cream
  • 4 ounces baileys

Optional garnish

  • Powdered cocoa/hot chocolate
  • Shaved chocolate

Instructions
 

  • Make a pot of coffee (enough for 4 cups )
  • In 4 separate glasses pour in 1.5 oz of whiskey.
  • Pour the coffee into each glass leaving at least 2’ at the top.
  • Stir in 1 tsp of soft brown sugar into each glass.
  • In a jug whisk together the heavy cream and baileys. Whisk until it has a thick consistency if you want to pour it over the top. Whisk until stiff peaks if you want a whipped cream topping.
  • If pouring the heavy cream on top, place a teaspoon upside down on top of the glass. The tip of the spoon needs to be just above the coffee and touching the inside of the glass. Slowly pour the heavy cream over the back of the spoon.
  • If you are using the whipped cream version, you can spoon the whipped cream on top or use a piping bag with a tip for decorating.
  • Garnish with powdered cocoa/hot chocolate or shaved chocolate.

Jenn’s Notes

Tips:
  • I love serving my coffee in glass footed mugs. The layers make such a pretty presentation.
  • Irish coffee should be served hot.
  • You can use any type of coffee you like.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 492kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 178mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1312IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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