An Irish cream coffee is a wonderful treat on a chilly evening. It also makes a nice end to a special meal. When did you last enjoy a cup of Irish cream and coffee? This alcoholic coffee drink is simple to prepare, and you will only need 3 ingredients, plus an optional garnish. This is Bailey’s coffee recipe is the perfect drink to try on St. Patrick’s Day!
Irish cream coffee is a delectable combination of hot coffee, Irish cream liqueur and whipped cream. To make this Bailey’s coffee recipe even more fancy, you can sprinkle shaved chocolate on top. Serve it right away, and there is no doubt this fantastic drink will warm you up.
I love coffee and am also fond of Irish cream liqueur, so this recipe is a winner in my eyes! I visited one of Colombia’s main coffee-growing areas a few years back with Keurig Canada. It was amazing because I learnt so much about farming and production.
I’ve been a coffee drinker for a long time – I guess that has to do with being Italian. We love our coffee and start drinking it young!
How to Prepare an Irish Cream Coffee
Once you have made this once, you will always remember how to prepare a Bailey’s coffee recipe. You need to brew your favourite kind of coffee and prepare some whipped cream. Either whip your own cream (adding sugar or sweetener if you like) or use an aerosol squirty cream instead.
Combine the coffee with the Irish cream in a glass mug, and then top with the whipped cream. Some shaved chocolate sprinkles are an optional garnish. However, I find they add another great flavour to the drink and love to add them whenever I make this Irish cream and coffee drink.
It’s best to make this in glass mugs with handles, so you can see the layers. It would taste the same from a regular mug, of course. But then it wouldn’t look so pretty.
What is Irish Cream Liqueur?
This alcoholic coffee drink uses Irish cream liqueur. But what is that exactly? There are different brands, the best-known being Bailey’s. Other popular brands include Carolans, Kerrygold and Saint Brendan’s.
Irish cream liqueur is based on Irish whiskey and cream, along with other flavourings. This liqueur can be served neat, on the rocks, in an Irish coffee or hot chocolate. Irish cream can be used to make white Russian cocktails. Also, some people like to add it to dessert recipes for an indulgent touch.
Interesting Facts about Irish Cream Coffee
This drink was invented in 1942. A plane of American tourists was delayed due to bad weather. Joe Sheridan, the airport restaurant chef, added some whiskey to the passengers’ coffees to help warm them up. One of the passengers enquired whether it was Brazilian coffee and Sheridan quipped, ‘no, it’s Irish coffee!’ The rest, as they say, was history.
The Buena Vista café in San Francisco was the first café in the United States to have Irish coffee on its menu. This was in 1952. National Irish coffee day is on January 25, although some would argue March 17 is a close runner-up!
Oh yes, this Bailey’s coffee recipe would definitely be a hit on St Patrick’s Day. In Ireland, Irish coffee is known by its Gaelic name: ‘Caife Gaelach’ and it is drunk through the cream, not stirred.
How to Get the Cream to Float
Floating cream on any coffee drink usually means ensuring the coffee is hot and stirring in a little sugar to thick it slightly. Don’t over-whip the cream. Just pour it over the back of a spoon on to the coffee. If you’re using whipped cream or aerosol cream instead of double cream, you’ll find this easier.
Double cream is higher in fat than whipping cream. This is the UK’s answer to the heavy whipping cream found across the Pond! It’s easy to over-whip though because it’s already pretty thick.
Double cream is about 48% butterfat compared to 33% or 35% butterfat in Canadian heavy whipping cream. But don’t worry – either type works well in this Irish coffee recipe.
Irish Cream and Coffee Variations
Just like with most drink recipes, this one can be tweaked to suit your palate. You can use any kind of coffee you want, or even get creative and try a flavoured coffee or even cold brew.
You might like to add a splash of Kahlua or Tia Maria as well as the Bailey’s. Actually if Bailey’s isn’t your thing but you really want to try an alcoholic coffee drink, you can switch it out.
Try Frangelico or Amaretto for an Italian coffee, cognac for a French coffee, or even Amarula Cream Liqueur if you want a completely different flavour. One of the great things about this alcoholic coffee drink is you can add pretty much any liqueur and never find one that doesn’t taste good.
Chocolate coated coffee beans would make a good garnish instead of the shaved chocolate, or you could add another type of candy. I like to experiment with the recipe, being a coffee fan. However, I typically find myself coming back to the classic Irish cream coffee. It’s kind of perfect just as it is!
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Recipe for Irish Cream Coffee
Irish Cream Coffee
- 2 Ounces heavy whipping cream
- 6 Ounces coffee hot, fresh brewed
- 2 Ounces Irish cream
- 1 Tsp. chocolate shaved
- Whip the heavy whipping cream to soft peaks.
- Stir together the hot coffee and Irish cream liqueur in a glass mug.
- Top with the whipped cream and shaved chocolate.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Let me know if you try this recipe for Irish Cream coffee. Are there any other alcoholic coffee drink recipes that you would like to see next? Enjoy this Bailey’s coffee recipe which is a great drink to try on St. Patrick’s Day. If you are looking for a St. Patrick’s Day cookie recipe, try these Gluten Free Sugar Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.