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 or Christmas morning!
Add a little Irish cheer to your day with this easy recipe for Irish Cream Coffee! With just a few simple ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious and creamy twist on your classic cup of joe.
Irish cream coffee is a delectable combination of hot strong coffee, Irish cream liqueur, and homemade whipped cream. To make this coffee with Irish cream recipe even more fancy, you can sprinkle chocolate shavings on top. Serve it right away, and there is no doubt this fantastic drink will warm you up. it is the perfect hot drink for a cold day.
I love coffee and am also fond of Irish cream liqueur, so this recipe is a winner in my eyes and other coffee lovers like me! It is a favorite coffee cocktail! I visited one of Colombia’s main coffee-growing areas a few years back with Keurig. 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
Classic Irish cream coffees are made with a few ingredients. You will need hot freshly brewed coffee, good quality Irish cream, shaved chocolate and real whipped cream.
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. A milk frother can help if you don’t have a whisk on hand.
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
Irish cream coffee (sometimes called Irish creme coffee) 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 inquired 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 Baileys Irish cream coffee 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 – it just needs to be lightly whipped 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, Baileys coffee is one that can be tweaked to suit your palate. You can use any kind of coffee you want, or even get creative and try a flavoured hot coffee or even cold brew instead of regular coffee. 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. Various syrups would also be a great addition, such as marshmallow syrup. 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!
Irish Cream Coffee FAQs
Irish coffee and Irish cream coffee two different coffee cocktails. A classic Irish coffee has Irish whiskey and some brown sugar to cut the bitterness of the coffee. An Irish cream coffee cocktail does not need to have sugar added because it uses Irish cream which is a sweet liqueur.
Yes, you can make this non-alcoholic. Use a non-alcoholic Irish cream coffee syrup like Torani to make an alcohol free version.
This is likely because the heavy cream is too warm. Put the cream, bowl and whisk in the refrigerator to cool down. When you plan to make whipped cream, you can refrigerate the bowl and whisk ahead of time.
Irish Cream Coffee Recipe
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 Irish cream coffee recipe. Are there any other alcoholic coffee drink recipes or Irish cream coffee drinks 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. Perfect for a cozy winter morning or a festive celebration. Give it a try and cheers to the sweet life!
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