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What Does Starbucks’ Irish Cream Cold Brew Taste Like? Expect Cocoa Flavors

Months after dropping a new seasonal Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, Starbucks is unveiling winter’s answer to the fall sip — and TBH, it sounds even tastier than the original. You’re not alone if you’re wondering what Starbucks’ Irish Cream Cold Brew tastes like. The festive iced sip will satisfy your sugar cravings without going overboard on the sweetness, so get ready to add a new holiday beverage to your rotation this season.

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Starbucks surprised fans by unveiling its newest iteration on mixing flavored cold cream with its signature cold brew. According to the company, you’ll be sweetening up your Starbucks Cold Brew with Irish cream syrup before it’s topped with a layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam and sprinkles of cocoa powder. Erin Marinan, the Starbucks product developer who modeled the sip after homemade Irish cream her family made, cites the cocoa notes from the cold brew as the perfect pairing for the chocolate in the Irish cream.

Tina Kolokathis, Elite Daily’s Deputy Editor of News & Entertainment, got to try the limited-edition drink, and she says her first impression was that it is pretty similar to Starbucks’ Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew, except with pumpkin flavors swapped out for cocoa.

Initially, she thought she was getting notes of hot cocoa in the cold foam, since she could smell the cocoa on top. But in the end, the drink is “more subtle” than the pumpkin variety, and it “tastes like a slightly sweetened cold brew with a hint of cocoa in the Irish cream.”

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This is the first time that the coffee giant has unveiled an Irish cream syrup, and you can customize any of your sips by adding the flavoring for an extra charge. A Grande Irish Cream Cold Brew will cost between $4.45 and $4.75. There’s also the option to make the vanilla sweet cream cold foam topping with almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk — if you’d rather go dairy-free.

You can head to your participating Starbucks locations in the United States and Canada for this limited-time sip starting on Dec. 3. However, I’d make sure to mark your calendar and plan an afternoon date with the new drink starting on Dec. 5, thanks to a new BOGO happy hour deal that runs every Thursday this month and includes the Irish Cream Cold Brew as well as Starbucks’ other holiday drinks.

Like for all Starbucks happy hours, customers can head to their closest Starbucks storefront from 2 p.m. through 7 p.m. local time on Thursdays through the end of December for a buy one, get one free deal on any handcrafted beverage that’s a size grande or larger. To partake, all you have to do is make sure you’ve downloaded the Starbucks app before you check out. Sounds like a great way to snag an Irish Cream Cold Brew.

Starbucks’ “Irish Cream” Coffee: Here’s What Their Newest Drinks Taste Like

Yes, I’m a coffee snob.

Rather than an addiction, I like to say that I have a love of coffee. My day is always better when I start it off with the perfect morning cup. I went chasing that “first sip feeling” at to see what Starbucks’ “Irish Cream” coffee was like.

Starbucks’ new drinks just dropped on Tuesday, December 3. These two limited-time menu items are the only new addition to their menu this holiday season.

I’m hugely into coffee, and I’ve even been a barista in a past life. I have an espresso machine at home, and whenever Beanstock, the coffee festival, comes to Vancouver, I always have a VIP ticket.

I got the only-in-Canada Irish Cream Americano and an Irish Cream Cold Brew to see if they’d satisfy a coffee drinker who’s about to hit that 3 p.m. slump.

They were both super easy to order and clearly marked on signs when I arrived at the Starbucks closest to my office.

These two beverages looked incredible. Especially the cold brew version because it came with that snow-white top with a black coffee bottom that slowly integrated and mixed together as you wanted.

Made with Irish Cream syrup, vanilla sweet cream cold foam and topped with a dusting of cocoa — here’s what the drinks tasted like:

My first thought when I tasted it was that it felt like International Delights creamer. It’s a nostalgic taste since, like many kids, I would secretly drink the little tiny creamers from the coffee bar at the local 7/11.

I was reminded of the Irish cream flavoured coffee creamer, except this Starbucks version is more refined, polished and way less sweet.

You can definitely taste the cocoa notes and finish, plus there’s a hint of vanilla.

Mostly, you notice the thick, heavy cream flavour. It’s so creamy that it felt like I could taste the buttery fat in the coffee, so anyone who loves keto-friendly buttered coffees is going to flip for these drinks.

What’s the difference between the two?

The cold-brew version tastes a bit cleaner and lighter than the americano version. Plus, it was way creamier and richer than your average iced coffee with milk.

The americano version gave a more homey and familiar feel, especially as a coffee drinker.

The verdict: anyone who loves a bit of coffee in their cream in the mornings is going to love switching up their morning brew for one of these new drinks. Neither of them is overly sweet like you might expect.

The cold brew version is deadly delicious, and the americano version lets you savour a decadent version of your usual coffee with cream.

If you want something sweeter, try the secret menu items like the “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” Frappuccino.

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Best Irish cream taste test

Looking for the best Irish cream liqueur to serve to guests this Christmas? Read on to find the results of our original Irish cream drinks taste test.


Irish cream liqueur combines cream with Irish whiskey. Traditionally Irish cream is served on the rocks or added to hot drinks for a boozy finish, for example boozy hot chocolate or Irish cream coffee, and it’s usually served around the festive period.

Why not make your own Irish cream with our super easy recipe? , perfect for the festive period…

How the best Irish cream liqueur taste test worked

Five members of the olive team conducted a blind taste test to find the most flavoursome shop-bought original Irish cream. We tasted eight original Irish cream liqueurs from supermarkets and brands. The group choose 1st and 2nd place winners with the rest coming in as overall worthy runners up.

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Baileys the Original Irish cream liqueur, £15.89, Amazon

Baileys Irish cream is made by Gilbeys of Ireland, a combination of cream and Irish whiskeys from various distilleries.

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The results for the best Irish cream liqueur

Joint winner: Marks & Spencer traditional Irish cream liqueur, £13/1l, Marks and Spencer

Marks & Spencer make their Irish cream with triple distilled aged Irish whiskey and blend it with fresh dairy cream from the Ballyrashane creamery. This winning Irish cream was thick, sweet and syrupy with a perfect hit of booze, the ideal combination. The price is mid-range and comes in a black bottle with a gold lid, perfect for gifting.

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Joint winner: Deluxe Lidl Irish cream liqueur, £6.99/700ml, Lidl

Lidl Irish cream is made with fresh Irish cream, spirits, and Irish whiskey. This winning Irish cream was super creamy and boozy with a strong sweet smell, it also had a lovely balance of light vanilla tones. This Irish cream is priced slightly cheaper and comes in a black bottle with Lidl deluxe branding.

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Irish cream liqueur runner up

Iceland Irish cream liqueur, £8/700ml, Iceland

Iceland’s Irish cream has a blend of fresh Irish cream and oak-aged Irish whiskey. We thought this Irish cream was the lightest out of the bunch with a super smooth consistency. It also had a distinct caramel toffee taste, resembling Werther’s Originals. The Iceland Irish cream comes in a black bottle with orange and gold luxury Iceland packaging.

Since we conducted this taste test, we found two other Irish creams to try here…

Mozart Chocolate Cream, £13.95/50cl, 31 Dover

Belgian chocolate, cream, cocoa and Madagascan vanilla go into this well-rounded, not-too-sweet liqueur that has a nice boozy kick. Essentially it tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk – what’s not to like?

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Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur, £17.95/1l, Master of Malt

As far as Irish creams go this is hard to beat. Made using single-malt three-year-old Irish whiskey this is an opulently creamy, buttery affair with a super-smooth finish.

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Other Irish cream liqueurs we tried in the taste test

Specially Selected Aldi Irish cream liqueur, £6.49/70cl, Aldi

Aldi’s luxurious and decadent Irish cream liqueur is made with fresh dairy cream and has distinct notes of Irish whiskey, chocolate and hazelnut.

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Sainsbury’s taste the difference Irish cream liqueur, £11/1l, Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s Irish cream liqueur is made with triple distilled Irish whiskey. It was a particularly boozy number.

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BAILEYS’ vs. COOLE SWAN Irish cream liqueur REVIEW

I have been and still am, to say the least, super excited about Coole Swan from the moment I dug it out of my mailbox (shout out to the folks over at the Coole Swan distillery for hooking me up) and have been having a lot of people over trying it out and raving about how tasty it actually was.

With everybody, from bars to people at home, out there knowing about Baileys’, I figured it would only make sense to give both of these products an honest back-to-back review (kind of like that one small guy competing against the bigger one in a movie).

Coole Swan, a fairly new product to the market, has only been around for a couple of years and still struggles to make its way onto bar shelves as of today or really at any place carrying booze. Entirely made out of natural ingredients from bourbon vanilla pods to raw cocoa beans and fresh cream, from the Coole Swan farm (literally located right next to the distillery), they figured out a less sloppy, artisanal approach to making Irish cream and my guess is, attempted to stay away from the way of handling things some of the bigger brands are known for.

Baileys’, introduced in 1974 and, let’s face it, everybody’s IRISH CREAM or the only irish cream everybody is familiar with. Owned by the Diageo company (out of their 1200+ brands portfolio), Bailey’s comes in a lot more variety of flavors, biscuit, caramel (you name it) and is undoubtedly sold worldwide using the regular Irish cream recipe.

BOTTLE: COOLE SWAN comes in a white tall bottle along with a swan-engraved blue top, keeping it simple with a straightforward design (perhaps to make it more about the liquid inside?) BAILEYS’ has that same kind of ‘generic’ look to it with a tall black bottle along with what looks like a painting reminiscent of some Irish landscapes, which is the only thing standing out on a bottle design standpoint.

WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? They both carry that same Irish cream color even though BAILEYS’ is definitely darker, not that far off from a hot chocolate color-wise as opposed to COOLE SWAN, more similar to any type of dairy based products.

WHAT DO THEY SMELL LIKE? BAILEYS’ has a really deep nutty/chocolatey nose hitting your nostrils with a fairly potent ethanol all along whereas COOLE SWAN is far more tamed (with an actual cream thickness when swirled around the glass) with a lot more components coming through at once, not standing out or taking over one another but all having their say and coming out nicely (like a democracy?)… Vanilla, chocolate as well as a slight condensed milk note to it.

WHAT DO THEY TASTE LIKE? Harsh, was the first adjective that came to mind when I first took a sip of BAILEYS’. It comes with a really thin feel to it with a lingering burn and, while it doesn’t taste awful and did draw me into going back for a second sip at first, I couldn’t get over the nasty burn I kept getting (and maybe overly sugary for an Irish cream? Just a thought).

COOLE SWAN didn’t turn out to be nearly as thin but coated my tastebuds as soon as it hit my tongue with some lovely creaminess that I wasn’t really prepared for. First off, it did trick me into thinking that I wasn’t actually drinking anything alcoholic but maybe some sweet ass coffee way ‘overcreamified’ (though we’re up to 16% ABV/Baileys’ is up to 17%) which is impressive ; Smooth, sweet but not overly sweet (minus the harsh burn) and it goes down really easily. While most people might for some reason end up overlooking the core component of a spirit, the dairy that went into the making of COOLE SWAN does stand out as freshly milked and made all the difference all the way through the tasting ; And here I am, left feeling like I just swallowed a bunch of chocolates with some leftover spices (nutmeg? clove? cinnamon?).

In a nutshell, while there is no doubt I will still be buying COOLE SWAN 20 years from now, I could still picture BAILEYS’ being used for mixing when it comes to anything calling for Irish cream just as well BAILEYS’ making it through the next hundred years as a product since both are two completely different products from beginning to end ; Hence they might be to the liking of two different kinds of palates as well? Some might be into the overall creaminess of the COOLE SWAN and some into the chocolatey/caramely heaviness of the BAILEYS’.

Last but not least, with that being said, I still like COOLE SWAN a lot better for the all around great product they managed to put together over however long it took them to come up with it and have yet to get my hands on anything beating it ; I would even go as far as saying that they did an amazing job (on top of being super-friendly people getting back to your emails). The flavor profile, texture and overall quality make COOLE SWAN the best damn Irish cream on the planet today.


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With a smooth, fresh taste which demands your attention, Coole Swan is a liqueur which can be easily recognised.
This drink swirls evenly in the glass and finishes with long legs of cream as a clear demonstration of its quality. Fresh and natural: subtle and complex; fresh vanilla cream combines with creamy chocolate and refined top-notes of rich cocoa and delicate hints of soft whisky to give your tastebuds an experience they’ll never forget. With no lingering after taste or cloying feeling in the mouth, it is clear why the Coole Swan Irish cream Liqueur is a multi award winner.

Coole Swan is best served cold – straight from the fridge (which is also the best place to store it) and lasts six months once open. It makes the perfect cocktail, smoothie, coffee or even a hot chocolate. Here’s one of our favourites; Tiramisu Smoothie.

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this natural Irish cream liqueur is beautifully soft, silky and light which graces the palette with wonderful tasting notes

Baileys With A Hint Of Salted Caramel

Name: Baileys Salted Caramel

Style: Irish Cream Liqueur

Numbers: 17% ABV

Producer: R & A Bailey & Co., Dublin, Ireland

I have a very strong affection for Baileys, and Baileys Flavors in particular. For three reasons. First, because they’re damned tasty. Second, because I think Baileys is a legitimate manufacturing and marketing phenomenon. And third, because I used to work on Baileys, and did a lot back in Blighty (slang for good ol’ Britain) to relaunch Baileys Flavors in 2008/9. I’m incredibly proud of the work I did (and the people I worked with), and just can’t resist taking a little time to reflect on the latest in a long line of Baileys Flavor launches.

We’ll get to the tasting bit shortly, but first, why am I so passionate about the “phenomenal” aspect? It’s been a while since I spurted off my fun facts about Baileys, but let’s see what I can remember…

Did you know…

  • Baileys is made with 100% fresh ingredients and no chemical or artificial preservatives.
  • Approximately one in four cows in Ireland (about 40,000 cows) produces cream that is used in Baileys. (And, because of the protein-rich cream needed, these could be called the top 25% of Irish cows – the cream of the Irish bovine crop if you will).
  • The cream needs to be so fresh to make Baileys that it will be a maximum of 36 hours before the cream goes from cow to bottle.
  • Baileys has a natural shelf life of two years, at room temperature. Two years! And no preservatives!
  • Baileys is big. Very big. Probably much bigger than you think it is. It’s currently selling about 6.5 million cases a year, which is almost 15.5 million gallons. If we assume the average glass is 1.7oz (50ml), that’s 1.2 billion drinks of Baileys, or an average of 3.2 million glasses of Baileys being drunk every day.
  • The size of Baileys means it is a top 20 spirit brand globally. But, unlike almost all its centuries old fellow top 20 brands, it is a mere 41 years old. That’s right, younger than Cameron Diaz.

As a professional marketer and spectator of the drinks industry, the story of Baileys is a fascinating one to me. Because it was created, from scratch, and in response to a market opportunity.

The Irish economy wasn’t so hot back in the early 70s (unlike now of course) so to boost export volumes the government offered tax breaks to companies who could create new exportable goods using Irish materials. Gilbey’s Of Ireland, a division of International Distillers & Vintners, saw an opportunity, and after plenty of good old fashioned brainstorming came up with an idea to mix cream (Ireland has traditionally had a significant dairy industry) with Irish whiskey and make a drink to appeal to women, who were the fastest growing segment of the market.

It took from 1971 to 1974 to perfect the product and the idea. The technology is the genius: essentially coating the cream with whiskey (and “neutral spirits”, ie. vodka) to create a stable liquid at room temperature. The process is patented, which is why no other cream liqueur has quite the taste or quality Baileys does.

Oh, and there’s a funny story about the name, always one of the hardest things to get right when making a new product. According to the mythology, the idea was to have a name that sounded Irish while not being twee. Which is harder than it probably sounds. The team at Gilbeys and their advertising agency agonized for weeks, until one day the MD of the agency walked past the Bailey’s Hotel in Kensington, London, on the way into work, and the rest is history. (By dropping the apostrophe any legal conflicts were avoided.)

I take some pride that Ireland’s biggest spirit (yup, about 30% bigger than Jameson) is supposedly named after a landmark in my home town.

Anyway, onto Baileys Salted Caramel. Having spent far too much time drinking beer of late, and being surrounded by snow after this year’s New York blizzards, I decided I could do with a sip of something indulgent. (Although, fun fact #10, because of its low alcohol content a healthy slug of Baileys has fewer calories than a middling strong gin and tonic or even – sorry ladies – a vodka and soda.)

I cracked open a bottle of the new Salted Caramel Baileys I had been given and poured it into a thick-sided tumbler. I’ll usually drink it with three cubes of ice, but to get the taste I left it at room temperature. The liquid is such a beautiful creamy brown color, and it’s a huge pleasure to watch it pour out. (That’s why we always used to mandate a slow pour shot in a Baileys commercial, such as this or this.)

The first thing that hits you about Baileys – any Baileys – is the incredible aroma. I’m going to try to avoid words such as “indulgent”, “creamy” or “luxurious”, but it’s hard because everything about the drink is just so…luscious. The warm whiskey smell is sharp and exciting, but the fresh dairy aromas and chocolate (Baileys is made with cocoa) are as inviting as a warm duvet on a cold Sunday morning. In the case of Salted Caramel there is also plenty of rich toffee and toasted sugar.

There is nothing quite like the mouthfeel of Baileys. As I briefly explained above, the alcohol in the emulsion essentially coats the cream, and as you taste it the alcohol dissolves first, leaving an explosion of sub-36 hour old Irish cream behind. It’s almost exhilarating. The texture is viscous, but the weight of the liquid is surprisingly light. There is a gentle saltiness, and I take my hat off to the developers who have created a pretty good replication of what it’s like to eat salted caramel, with the intriguing stand off between salty and sweet. The aftertaste of Baileys Salted Caramel is all cream, caramel, fudge and milk chocolate. It’s not hard to drink this stuff.

Baileys is not intrinsically a winter drink, though the vast majority is bought and consumed between November and March. And you can do tons of things with it – put it in coffee, over cake or tart, shake it with ice, even blend it with ice (which is well worth trying if you never have). So I’m kind of type-casting it by drinking it in February in the snow, over ice. But I’m a purist I guess.

So for those who are disappointed to learn that Baileys is not a centuries-old recipe, mixed by leprechauns in the light of the full moon on an Irish hillside, take comfort that it is one of the most delicious, well-made drinks you can put in your mouth. Enjoy your Baileys Salted Caramel – which is very definitely a fine addition to the Baileys stable – and don’t get salty about it. (Har har.)

If my description doesn’t make you want to try Baileys Salted Caramel, this picture will

My history with liqueurs started earlier than I ought to disclose. It was Christmas morning, and I couldn’t have been more than 6. My parents had a party on Christmas Eve, and it was such a success that they couldn’t muster the energy to clean up before calling it a night. I woke early, eager to discover what treasures awaited me under the tree. But first I did a bit of sniffing around the table. There were a few cordial glasses, each containing a sip or so of an amber liquid that smelled like candy. I couldn’t resist the fragrance of amaretto, and I discovered that it tasted like candy too. When my parents woke up, they found me laid out under the tree, snoring. (There’s an obvious lesson in this: thereafter, my mother made sure that her parties were entirely packed up before she retired.)

I was seldom tempted by liqueurs again. But despite my preference for a classic cocktail (or, after dinner, a neat whiskey or rum or a warm snifter of Armagnac), I have come clean and now order Baileys without shame when the mood strikes. Who doesn’t love a little sweet something now and then?

“Now and then” is the key here. Because you wouldn’t drink like this all the time, why not have drinks for dessert? At dinner at a friend’s place recently, I discovered that a fine, floral gin is a wonderful base for a bright granita (kind of like a slushie for grown-ups). When a regular at my bar told me he planned to be the Dude for Halloween, I instantly shook up a White Russian in his honor. I wouldn’t want to drink a whole one (and neither did he), but divided among shot glasses, it was just right. For a dessert course, I include it in a flight of three equally decadent, creamy shots. Sophisticated? Your call. Irresistible? Without a doubt.

Bailey Irish cream liquor, the specific brand of creamy alcohol with quite a distinction is well-known all over the world. From the smooth jazz bars to the rocking ones, bailey matches the demand of every alcohol consumer in the room. Indeed, the display look of Irish cream drink remains a forever treat for consumers. Yet, the aroma of cocoa most often attracts bailey consumers towards one drink at a time drinking routine.

Do you want into a bar and look at the shelves filled with the liquor that looks like hot chocolate? That’s right! Those are the bailey mixed drinks. You may have not ordered one yet, but you are on the right platform to learn about Baileys Irish cream drinks. Let’s take a glimpse at the introduction.

What is Baileys Irish Cream?

Baileys Irish cream drink is a legend drink of the Republic of Ireland. Since the 1900s, this spirit has seen some great times and reputation among the consumers at an international level. In 1974, this liqueur has been introduced by Diageo. However, it is noteworthy to mention that the exclusive tang of Baileys drink solely does not depend on the creation of Diageo.

The partial credit for the success of this alcohol beverage goes to Tom Jago from the Gilbeys of Ireland. It is because the legend Tom Jago has introduced the unique Irish cream that is the center of its expensive taste.

To the readers’ surprise, the Bailey Irish cream drink is a combination of Irish whiskey and cream that makes a perfect liqueur to enjoy the day. All-time Bailey’s lovers grant an exquisite preference for coffee flavor. Indeed, Baileys’ other products such as cheesecake, coffee, and others are quite prominent.

You would love to explore the fact that Baileys Irish cream drink has various flavoring variants such as mint chocolate, creme caramel, hazelnut, salted caramel, biscotti and more. Well! Every variant has its specialty, yet, the first-time drinkers would prefer a sweet-exotic flavor that comes from coffee drinks made with bailey.

David Dand is called the Godfather of Baileys. Well! The idea of sharing the success of Baileys with David Dand and Tom Jago is worth it. The rich dairy cream mixed in Irish whiskey (one of the most famous whiskeys from the Republic of Ireland) has created a type of drink the spurs one’s taste buds and sweetens the soul.

How to make drinks with Baileys Irish Creme?

To make drinks with Baileys Irish Cream is very easy. The first step to homemade mixed drinks with Baileys is to collect all the significant ingredients. Check the following list of ingredients and collect all the ingredients for making Baileys at home.

  • Cream (1 cup): It is recommendable to use heavy whipped cream to make the drink rich and thick. Yet, you can also use light cream if you want to take more pleasure in the tang of alcohol.
  • Condensed milk (15 ounces): Condensed milk is thick and does not give the drink a watery feeling. Without a doubt, a Bailey Irish cream drink with condensed milk appears like a glass of yogurt.
  • Irish whiskey (1-3 pegs): You can choose any Irish whiskey that soothes your taste buds at best. It is recommendable to choose Irish whiskeys like Jameson, Dead Rabbit, and Teeling. You can also use Absolut Vodka or Gin.
  • Coffee (1 teaspoon): You can choose any time of coffee beans like Latte or Espresso. With coffee, extra ounces of water is required.
  • Chocolate Syrup (2 tablespoons): Chocolate syrup makes the drink thick and chocolate. In case you skip chocolate syrup, the whiskey sourness, and the coffee’s sourness would ruin the original taste of Baileys Irish Cream drink.
  • Vanilla and Almond Extract (1 teaspoon per ingredient): Vanilla and almond extra give in sweet flavor to the drink. You can choose to skip vanilla or almond-based on your favoritism or taste.

Follow the given below instructions to prepare drinks with Baileys and Vodka.

  1. Set up a blender and blend all the ingredients in one of its blending jars. It is recommendable to blend the mixture of ingredients at low speed. High-speed blending can cause high-end foaming to the drink that can distinguish the taste of the drink.
  2. You can serve the drink directly by adding some ice to it. Yet, it is recommended to seal the blended solution in a bottle and refrigerate it.
  3. Shake before serving.
  4. Your Irish Baileys cream drink is ready.

Amazing facts about Baileys Irish Cream drinks

  • Baileys mixed drinks are made using high-end electronic blenders nowadays. But, you would be surprised to know that for the first time, Baileys Irish Cream drink had made in a Kenwood mixer that was used in kitchens back in the times. Thus, you can expect to get an originally flavored Baileys drink even if you are making it at home.
  • Baileys has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. Yes! The delightful 40 years of Bailey’s drinks production have witnessed the amazing duo of father and son aka, Steve and Anthony Wilson. On one hand, where Steve Wilson has pushed the growth of original Baileys in the alcohol industry, Anothony had discovered a Chocolate Luxe Baileys drink in 2013 that hit the market like a gold-star.
  • Do you know Irish cream is made from cow’s milk? That’s right! You may not have acknowledged the fact that the Baileys Irish Cream drink is quite natural and fascinating. Bailey’s production company owns 1500 farms that are responsible to contribute enough cows milk from the farms for the production of this exquisite spirit.
  • Bailey’s is an Ireland original. However, the fact that its 80% production depends on the original ingredients from Ireland is surprising. Unlike any other alcoholic brand, drinks made with Baileys do not lose their charm. It is because from the 1900s to 2000s, the taste, texture, and mouthfeel of Baileys have remained classic.
  • Likewise all the wonders of the world, Baileys Irish cream drink has accomplished more than selling ranks in the alcohol industry. That’s right! Today, Baileys counts among the top ten premium spirits of the world. Without a doubt, you may consider a premium spirit to be classic and expensive, yet, Bailey’s is classic and affordable.
  • Last but not least, Baileys has been complemented with worldwide favoritism. That’s right! This Irish creamy spirit has sphere the alcohol market of over 160 countries all over the world. Around the time of Christmas, the selling rank of Baileys go up by ten times as regular. It is undoubtedly an astounding fact that the Republic of Ireland has given the world a classic source of celebration and something to remember the country by, of course, in the coming decades.

What is Baileys Irish Cream drinks ABV?

Irrespective of the flavor of Baileys Irish cream drinks, its ABV level remains 17%. It is quite a light ABV for a thick cocktail made using vodka, rum, or Irish whiskey. If you are making homemade Baileys drink, it is recommendable to use light Irish whiskey with alcohol content, not more than 25%.

A high alcohol content limit combined with caffeine products like coffee can be harmful. By using condensed milk in your Irish whiskey, you can expect to decrease the ABV level of the homemade bailey. Yet, if you are ordering one in the bar, it remains safe and healthy to drink one glass of Baileys in an hour. It gives enough time to the human body to digest and prevents BAC (Blood alcohol concentration) from generating.

How many calories in Baileys Irish cream drinks?

As mentioned earlier, the Baileys mixed drink contains dairy products. Thus, it is logical to expect a high-calorie level. Yet, as per the production company of Bailey, its calorie limit is only 175 grams per bottle. It is a healthy calorie limit if you are consuming it without added desserts or snacks. You can also compare the appetite that Baileys generates two mince pies. Calorie-level of two mince pies and one Baileys drink is equivalent.

Are drinks made with Baileys gluten-free?

Yes! If you are ordering Baileys drink in a bar, you can 100% consider it to be gluten-free. However, you cannot be so sure about homemade Baileys. Some people often prefer to switch Irish whiskey with vodka to make Baileys at home. Vodka is made of wheat and barley, thus, you would like to question its recipe before ruining your gluten-free diet.


Drinks made with Baileys have been becoming prominent by the day. Unlike other alcoholic beverages, Baileys has qualities like nutritional values of dairy products and thick texture that allows the consumer to drink it slowly.

It is noteworthy to mention that the main Baileys drink that manufactures by the Baileys is made up of best quality Irish whiskey. Hence, you may find this recipe slightly different from other sources. Without a doubt, you can enjoy a glass of Baileys anytime at the alcohol & wine lounge near you.

America imports more Irish cream than any other country. Of the 7.5 million cases sold in 2017, we bought 1.9 million. That’s 25 percent of the world’s Irish cream in a given year.

We like it so much that two young companies recently decided to gamble on our thirst, introducing Irish Cream-proximate products that marry certain craft tenets (transparency, lower sugar, regional character) with our proven enthusiasm for boozy butterfat. Five Farms Irish Cream and Nooku Bourbon Cream distill and blend their next-generation craft creams in Ireland’s County Cork and Colorado, respectively. Together, they’re bringing some street cred to the style.

“The lack of a craft Irish cream was a gap in the category,” Mick Harris, president, McCormick Distilling Co., says. He co-created Five Farms in coordination with veteran Irish drinks pro Johnny Harte, who’s just now starting to push Five Farms in Ireland. “We saw a large and established category that has not seen a lot of innovation.” Whether there’s room, or really interest, in innovation is the next gaping question. Nooku and Five Farms are hoping that answer is yes — and are ready to duke it out for your favor.

Five Farms features whiskey from Ireland’s Middleton distillery and milk from a 500-strong Irish dairy cooperative. Credit:

They share a formidable opponent. Bailey’s, a.k.a. “Big Irish Cream,” accounted for 92 percent of all Irish cream sales in 2017. For most Americans, Bailey’s isn’t the Irish cream category leader; it is the category.

No surprise both Nooku and Five Farms have creatively aggressive (aggressively creative?) marketing and expansion plans for 2019. So which do you save room for? Well, that depends on what kind of artisanal liqueur void you’re looking to fill.

Nooku Bourbon Cream, made by Old Elk Distillery in Fort Collins, Colo., is a homegrown upstart, positioning itself on the charred-oak-aged backbone of all-American bourbon.

“What we found was there was a big gap in the ‘cordial liqueur’ category,” Luis Gonzalez, CEO, Old Elk Distillery, says. “It was very seasonal. We wanted to bring more of an evergreen product, year-round, really innovate a whole new category.”

Innovation is great and all, but there are also practical reasons Nooku isn’t calling itself Irish cream. Irish creams are protected as a Geographic Indication (GI) and “must be produced on the island of Ireland in accordance with strict technical specifications.” In fact, the Irish Spirits Association (ISA) is currently dealing with Canadian liqueurs “claiming to be Irish cream but without a single connection to Ireland.” (Come on, Canada.) In March 2018, ISA president William Lavelle told The Independent, “It’s about protecting those dairy farmers across Ireland who provide our industry with over 316 million litres of cream every year.”

Complicating things further, liqueurs are, by definition, flavored and sweetened. Nooku is — adamantly — neither. It’s more of a rugged, Colorado bourbon-meets-milk concoction that took home 86 points at the 2018 Ultimate Spirits Challenge and just so happens to remind you a bit of Irish cream. Really, though, the stuff is sufficiently unusual that “a specialty spirits subcategory was created specifically for the product that we put forward,” Gonzalez says. They’re literally category-defying: “Our classification is actually ‘real bourbon with real dairy cream.’”

Pressed for more intel on the ingredients, Gonzalez only spoke about the spirit, a two-year-old variant of the company’s Old Elk Bourbon, which is typically aged four years. “The mash bill is 51 percent corn, 34 percent malted barley, 15 percent rye,” Gonzalez says, noting the higher proportion of malted barley as a key component in Old Elk’s smoother, rounder taste. All he’ll tell me about the company’s dairy partner is they’re “well known.”

The name I do get from Gonzalez is a big one: Greg Metze. For 38 years, Metze was the master distiller for MGP, the mega Indiana distillery that rather controversially produces the non-Kentucky spirit in such power players as Rebel Yell, Widow Jane, Bulleit, and Templeton. Metze suddenly departed MGP in 2016, and Nooku snatched him up.

American-made Nooku is positioning itself on the charred-oak-aged backbone of bourbon. Credit:

Where Nooku has Metze and marketing, Five Farms is going full-throttle Irish. Yes, the self-described “Single Batch Irish Cream Liqueur” is imported by McCormick Distilling Co. in Weston, Mo., but it trades on all things Eire, promoting the Irish provenance of both its whiskey and milk. (This is easily the only instance in all of craft drinking where the “single batch”on the label refers to dairy, not alcohol.)

Five Farms’ primary challenge is reinventing a historically less hip product while remaining true to its origins. The company plans to do so by focusing on the caliber of the ingredients, hinging on the very true fact that no less than a 500-strong dairy cooperative provides the cream for Five Farms, which is carefully collected and lovingly married to some lovely Irish whiskey within 48 hours.

According to Harris, Five Farms originally wanted to go even craftier. “At its inception, the idea was to use the cream from a single cow,” he says. The concept evolved organically from there, with brand developers asking themselves, “What would it look like to create an upper-premium Irish liqueur with a lot of differentiating points,” Noelle Hale, Five Farms’ communications director, says.

One distinguishing factor is Five Farms’ triple-distilled Irish whiskey. “The whiskey is from Midleton,” Hale says, referring to the massive Cork operation that just so happens to distill for Jameson and several other more blended Irish whiskeys. “That’s as much as I can say about it on the record.”

Five Farms can tell you it’s the only distillery that uses 10 percent Irish whiskey in every 750-milliliter bottle (other brands, says Harris, “use a thimbleful,” getting to the retail-ready 17 percent ABV with neutral grain spirit). “When we were experimenting with the amount we put in the bottle, you wanted a balance between whiskey and sweetness,” Hale says. The company tried different proportions, going up to 15 percent whiskey until deciding on 10 percent “as a sweet spot,” says Hale. “At some point, if it’s too whiskey-forward, you’re losing some of the sweetness of a cream liqueur.”

As for that sweetness, it “comes primarily from the cream,” Harris says, well aware of the growing market for low-sugar-anything (“Keep Calm and Keto On”). Additional flavor comes courtesy of Madagascar vanilla, and style points come from what can only be called sexy-quaint package design.

Make no mistake, Five Farms and Nooku are ready to earn your dollar. When they first launched stateside in December 2017, Five Farms was happy to discover Missouri had “two of the three largest Irish festivals in the country,” Hale says. “We had tastings, were available for purchase at the bars. We were really making our debut to a lot of people.” The method worked. Add 25-plus states to distribution in 2018 and fast forward to now, and Five Farms “ a similar going on with the Irish Cultural Center of New England up in Boston,” Hale says. “That’s a big one.”

Nooku is expanding at a similar rate. It debuted in November 2017 and expects to be in 34 states by the end of March. Last winter, the company released a peppermint Nooku. “We add a very low volume of peppermint extract,” says Gonzalez, and nothing else. It was a hit, and the company plans to conservatively introduce new flavors and even regional- or state-specific variants.

As much as marketing seems to outpace reality these days (my Facebook self is thriving, thriving!), both Nooku and Five Farms are marrying their artisanal sizzle with quality steak. The companies have done their homework, and are ready to take on everything from consumer misconceptions to competition to the weather.

“It’s really much more of a summer drink for people than we would have anticipated,” Hale insists. “At the Kansas City Irish Fest on Labor Day weekend, it was very hot and humid, and yet the response was unbelievable. We were the No. 1-selling drink.” Sweet milky booze might have a home in your Fourth of July picnic.

“You saw these people in the sweltering heat walking around with a cream liqueur on ice,” Hale says.

Move over, frosé.

As many of us take a last-minute trawl for gifts round the nearest supermarket, cream liqueurs look tempting. Well, to some they do – this is truly a ‘Marmite’ of a drink, dividing the nation into those who love and those who loathe it. More precisely, between those who consider a cream liqueur a rich, indulgent luxury, and those who find it cloying and sickly-sweet.

If you are in the former camp, or know someone who is, there are plenty of options, from the ubiquitous, best-selling brand Baileys to cheaper own-label Irish creams, to exotically flavoured, unusual, rum-based versions. I tasted 10 cream liqueurs – all poured over a little ice – and found they fell neatly into three groups:


My favourite style – the oak-aged whiskey is noticeable so the cream and sugar is balanced by a more complex, ‘serious’ flavour.

Baileys The Original Irish Cream (widely available, rrp £20/70cl) BEST IN TEST

The most famous brand stands up well in a taste-off against rivals. You can clearly distinguish the whiskey through the rich cream, providing a warming kick to the finish. At 17% it is stronger than some of the cheaper versions. Expensive, though.

Specially Selected Irish Cream (Aldi, £6.99/70cl) BEST VALUE

Attractive aromas of vanilla and oaky whiskey here, and a robust flavour, with 17% strength. An appealing, well-balanced cream liqueur at a very decent price. Well done, Aldi.

Finest Irish Cream Liqueur (Tesco, £12, down to £8 until 5 Jan/70cl)

With a weighty texture, and quite powerful flavour of spirit and, I thought, hint of hazelnuts, this is also a rich example of its type and weighs in at 17% too. Good.

Taste the Difference Irish Cream Liqueur (Sainsbury’s, £12 down to £10 until 1 Jan/1 litre)

My notes say ‘full on’ – referring to all aspects – it’s super creamy, strong in spirit and comes in a great big one litre bottle. Not for wimps (relatively speaking – we are talking cream liqueurs here…). Also 17%.


These have lower alcohol levels, around 14%, and major on the dairy flavours, sometimes tasting like melted-down Milky Ways or Maltesers. Too unctuous for me, but might suit those with a very sweet tooth. If so, there are some bargains here.

Dundalgan Irish Country Cream (Lidl, £3.99/70cl)

By far the cheapest I sampled, and super-sweet, with very rich caramel/butterscotch notes. There’s not much trace of Irish whiskey in the flavour. 14.5%

Delaney’s Irish Country Cream (Co-op, £5.99/70cl)

Softer and lighter in flavour, lacks intensity but likeable enough in flavour, recalling a cooled-down bed-time malty drink. 14.5%


Some of these are seasonal products – all are ridiculously sweet and gloopy. Which doesn’t make them ‘bad’, necessarily, especially at this most indulgent time of year…

Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur (Tesco, £12 down to £8 until 5 Jan/70cl)

Properly salty, strong and very sweet, an interesting oddity, best sipped when it’s very cold, or poured over vanilla ice cream. Won Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015. 17% alc.

Rum Chata Liqueur (Asda, £10/70cl)

Shouts 80s retro with its opaque white bottle, gold top and Caribbean rum base – a cream liqueur for Club Tropicana. And, 80s girl that I am, I rather liked it – it’s aptly magnolia in hue, with flavours of white chocolate and coconut. A liquid Bounty bar with booze, then. 15%

Sherry Trifle Cream (Marks & Spencer, £11, down to £9 until 1 Jan/70cl)

A dark ‘buff’ colour, and incredibly sweet, with notes of plump raisins and Maltesers. Somehow that works on a dark, rainy night after carol singing in December. I suspect the appeal is strictly seasonal. 14%

Chocolate Yule Log Cream (Marks & Spencer, £11/70cl)

Dark beige, and tasting like milky hot chocolate (chilled), this is lighter in alcohol than all the others at 12% and mild natured. Bit bland, overall – they could have doubled the chocolatey-ness.

The World’s Best Irish Cream Has Arrived

Made with the finest ingredients

Single Batch Cream

Five Farms is made with the richest dairy cream, smooth and sweet and luxurious. The mild climate and abundant rainfall in County Cork result in fertile farmland for dairy cattle, who spend their days basking in the fresh sea air and grazing on vibrant green grass.

The “happy cows” of County Cork produce the highest quality milk, and the collection in single batches assures that Five Farms starts with a rich and creamy base product that is consistent from batch to batch.

Irish Whiskey

County Cork is also home to the centuries-old tradition of distilling authentic Irish Whiskey. The pot stills traditionally used for distillation gave the spirit a consistency that has remained timeless. Premium triple-distilled Irish Whiskey has a smoothness and complexity that add depth to the sweetness of the cream.

Five Farms contains a greater amount of Irish Whiskey than other brands on the market, setting it apart in the category and allowing for an intensity of whiskey flavor and warmth that is truly one of a kind. The result is a superior Irish Cream Liqueur with the richness of Ireland itself.