Irish Coffee Cocktail with Cream of Bailey

Creamy Bailey's Irish Coffee will have the leprechauns knocking down your door. Irish coffee is surprisingly easy to make at home, which is great news. Enjoy a classic coffee drink with just the right amount of zip thanks to the addition of Bailey's Irish Cream and coffee or espresso.

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Irish Coffee with Creamy Bailey's

Extra-spicy coffee: who doesn't love it? You'll feel both energized and thrown down by the perfect combination of sweetness and creaminess in a cup of Bailey's Irish coffee.  

Dreams are made of this combination of freshly brewed coffee, whipped cream, and a splash of Bailey's Irish cream. Whether you're hosting a weekend brunch, a baby shower, or just want to add some flavor to your morning coffee, keep this Irish coffee cocktail in mind.

Irish Coffee: A Brief Overview of Its Past

In the 1940s, Joe Sheridan opened a coffee shop in the airport in Limerick, Ireland, where he created the first Irish coffee. Passengers who had returned after their flight to New York had been canceled due to bad weather gave him a call, and he knew exactly what they needed to perk up.  

Irish coffee got its name from his combination of coffee and Irish whiskey, which he served with a dollop of sweet whipped cream. Though the drink was becoming increasingly popular in Ireland, it wasn't brought to the United States until the 1950s, when a travel writer ordered one at a San Francisco cafe.  

Recipe for the Perfect Irish Coffee Drink

(recipe in its entirety is available for download below)

Irish coffee is one of the few drinks that is worth the effort it takes to make at home, but otherwise most people would rather just buy it. This Bailey's Irish coffee is a breeze to make, requiring only a few minutes and a few basic ingredients.   

First, warm up an Irish coffee glass or regular coffee mug in the microwave, and fill it three-quarters of the way with coffee. Brown sugar should be added to the coffee and dissolved after it is poured.

After everything else has been added to the glass, top it off with Irish cream and stir. Served hot, topped with whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg.

Is It Possible to Whip My Own Cream?  

Irish coffee without the cream just isn't Irish coffee. There's nothing wrong with store-bought, but homemade whipped cream is incomparably better. It's a breeze to prepare.

Methods for Making Your Own Whipped Cream:

To a chilled bowl, add 1 tbsp sugar. Then, pour in a single cup of heavy cream and whip it with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks.  

WHISK to stiff peaks if you want to pile the cream high; the traditional Irish Coffee Recipe calls for softer peaks.

New Takes on the Classic Irish Coffee

With the rise in popularity of the original Irish coffee recipe came numerous variations. Though the Bailey's Irish Coffee is my favorite, I recommend trying some of the other varieties if you're looking to mix things up.  

Freshly brewed strong coffee, brown sugar, and a shot of good Irish whiskey make up the classic Irish Coffee recipe. Lightly whip some cream and drizzle it around the edge of the dessert.

Recipe for Baileys Irish Coffee - In place of (or in addition to) traditional whiskey that has a fuller flavor and sweetness than the standard

For a Buena Vista Irish Coffee, swap out the brown sugar for two sugar cubes and finish with some lightly whipped cream.

Kahlua is substituted for Bailey's in this recipe for a coffee and Irish whiskey drink.

Blend equal parts of Irish whiskey and Baileys to make Irish Cream Coffee. Finished off with a cherry-red Maraschino hat

Methods for Preparing Bailey's Irish Coffee

  • Make sure to use freshly brewed, strong coffee or espresso that you truly enjoy because it is the star of this recipe. You won't enjoy the cocktail if you don't enjoy the way the coffee is brewed.
  • Since Irish coffee is a hot beverage, the serving mug must also be hot. While you're waiting for your coffee or espresso to brew, warm your mug by filling it with hot water.   
  • If your homemade whipped cream is too stiff, you can soften it by adding a little liquid cream and folding the two together.
  • I recommend sprinkling some freshly grated cinnamon or nutmeg on top of your Baileys Irish coffee. The creamy coffee and rich cream will be elevated by the subtle spiciness that the warm spice imparts.
  • Shaved chocolate on top of the whipped cream is a great way to amp up the flavor.

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Glass for Irish Coffee

Whenever I entertain at home, I try to make cocktails that taste as close to those served in bars as possible. When I drink from these Irish mug glasses, I always feel like I'm in my favorite Irish pub.   

Spoon for stirring drinks

A short spoon is the worst when you're trying to stir a drink, so I always have a few cocktail spoons on hand. Any cocktail can be mixed with ease thanks to the extra-long handle.

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Creamy Bailey's Irish Coffee will have the shamrocks lining up at your doorstep. It's incredibly easy to whip up a cup of Irish coffee at home. Coffee or espresso is topped with Bailey's Irish Cream for that extra kick in this classic coffee drink.

  • A cup and a half of freshly brewed hot coffee (or two shots of espresso in hot water)
  • Brown sugar, 1/2 tablespoon
  • Irish Cream Baileys, 2 ounces
  • cream whipped to a soft peak, either freshly made or purchased
  • optional cinnamon and nutmeg
  1. Prepare a coffee cup or an Irish coffee glass in advance.
  2. Pour coffee until the mug is three quarters full and set it aside to warm up.
  3. When the sugar has dissolved, add the brown sugar.
  4. Combine Irish cream and mix thoroughly.
  5. Hot, with whipped cream on top and maybe some cinnamon or nutmeg?

To Make Whipped Cream at Home Put one tablespoon of sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Then, pour in one cup of heavy whipping cream and whip it with an electric mixer until it forms stiff peaks.

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