Sunday, March 20, 2016

Baileys Cocktails

Baileys Irish Cream

Orgasm - a Baileys Cocktail Source: Stuart Webster via Flickr
Baileys Irish Cream has been a staple part of bars and many homes since it's inception in 1974. When it was first introduced to the world a cream liqueur was a novel concept and the world took to it immediately. Baileys is a combination of Irish whiskey and the finest Irish cream combined with a chocolate and caramel flavoring.

The 1980s cocktail scene saw a growth in the number of creamy cocktails being drunk, this was due to Baileys. Baileys mixes so well with so many other liqueurs and spirits that it really is a must have bar essential.

To make the Orgasm cocktail featured here simply take 1 oz of Baileys, 1 oz of Cointreau and 2/3 oz of Grand Marnier Liqueur - add to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into an old fashioned glass. As you can see from the image Maraschino cherries make a great garnish!

Baileys and Kahlua

Coffee and Cream, a match made in heaven

Baileys mixes especially well with Kahlua as the cream flavors of the Baileys enhances the coffee taste of the Kahlua. I have combined the two of them really well in my own Choc Bunny cocktail and here are plenty of other cocktails with both Baileys and Kahlua in them.

Choc Bunny
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua
Chocolate milk

Shake Baileys and Kahlua together in a shaker with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top up with chocolate milk. This is one of my favorite go-to Baileys cocktails and I actually based it on cocktail named something bunny (I forget exactly what) which I had on the Kookaburra Queen in Brisbane. That cocktail used 'normal' milk, but one day at home I happened to have some chocolate milk and I thought using that in the cocktail would be nice.....I no longer make it with 'normal' milk and I renamed it the Choc Bunny because it really is a delicious, chocolately glass of heaven!

B-52
1 part Cointreau
1 part Baileys
1 part Kahlua
2 parts cream
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a cocktail glass.

International Incident
1 shot vodka
¾ shot kahlua
¾ shot amaretto
¾ shot frangelico
1 ½ shots Baileys

Place all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Burnt Almond Martini
1 ½ shots vodka
½ shot kahlua
½ shot Baileys
½ shot amaretto
2 shots cream

Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. To serve stain into a cocktail glass.

Baileys Smoothie
½ oz Baileys
½ oz Kahlua
½ oz Advocaat
2 oz cream
1 banana
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a goblet to serve with some grated chocolate sprinkled on top.

Baileys with Mint?

A delicious combo

Baileys creamy flavor also complements creme de menthe really well as these cocktails will show.

Snake in the Grass
2 parts Baileys
1 part Creme de Menthe
cream (optional)

Place the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Midnight Mint
1 ½ shots baileys
¾ shot white creme de cacao
¾ shot green creme de menthe

Place all of the ingredients along with some ice into a cocktail shaker and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Baileys and Chocolate

Chocolate and Cream, a real treat

Cream and chocolate are also tastes that go hand in hand and the same goes for Baileys and Creme de Cacao.

Quick Alexander
1 part Midori
1 part Baileys
1 part Creme de Cacao
3 parts cream

Place all of the ingredients, along with ice, in a cocktail shaker and shake. To serve strain into a cocktail glass.

Orgasmatini
2 shots vodka
1 shot white creme de cacao
1 shot baileys

Pour all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Of course you've also got another type of Baileys which further shows how well Baileys and chocolate go together and that's Baileys Chocolate Luxe - one word, delicious. It's delicious on its own or substitute original Baileys for it in any of these recipes for a divine twist.

Baileys and Malibu

Coconut Cream - what more is there to say?

Coconut is another flavor that go well with cream. Take the coconut rum of Malibu and add it to the creaminess of Baileys and you are on to a winner.

Caresser
1 part Baileys
1 part Malibu
4 parts milk

Place Baileys into a hurricane glass, add the Malibu and then the milk, carefully stirring.

Mother
2 parts Baileys
1 part Malibu
1 part vodka
dash of grenadine
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a goblet to serve.

Baileys and Fruit

Fruit and Cream, simple but delicious

Fruit and cream often go hand in hand with desserts, here are some sweet cocktails that prove that the creamy taste of Baileys also works well with fruit.

Irish Banana
1 part Banana Liqueur
1 part Baileys
1 part cream
½ banana
½ cup ice

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a hurricane glass to serve.

Strawberry Kiss
30 ml Baileys
30 ml vanilla vodka
60 ml apple juice
5 ml grenadine
2 strawberries

Muddle the strawberries and vanilla vodka in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients as well as some ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass to serve.

Warm Baileys

Ideal for cooler temperatures

A warm cocktail is always delicious when the temperature starts to fall and Baileys can be heated without losing any of it's creamy flavor.

Cookies and Cream Cocktail
8 oz Baileys Irish Cream
8 oz Amaretto
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Combine the Baileys and Amaretto in a small saucepan and gently heat over a medium-low heat until warm (not hot). Stir in the cinnamon and pour into cocktail glasses to serve. Sprinkle extra cinnamon on the top if you desire.

Paula Deen Porcelain Nonstick 1-Quart Saucepan with SpoutsPaula Deen Porcelain Nonstick 1-Quart Saucepan with Spouts
I was shocked to realize a couple of years ago that not everyone has what I grew up calling a milk pan! If you don't already have one then consider buying this one to warm your Baileys in.

I love to use mine to make all kinds of hot chocolate drinks from classic to Mexican hot chocolate to adult versions and more.

As well as warming my Baileys up that is :)  

Still on the Bailey's theme making a hot chocolate and adding a slug of Baileys is another delicious way to enjoy your Baileys on a cold winter's night.


There are a number of new flavors of Baileys available in different parts of the world from Hazelnut to Mint, Caramel and the chocolate I've already mentioned. These lead to even more fun cocktail recipes to try, if you have a new flavor and you're not sure how to use it the just start by substituting it for the original and see if you want it mintier, more chocolatey, nuttier etc and then add more of those flavors to it.

Baileys Cocktails - delicious cocktail recipes to enjoy featuring Baileys

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