How to Make an Irish Coffee with Baileys

by Matthew Robertson September 12, 2021

How to Make an Irish Coffee with Baileys - Down The Range Coffee

What is an Irish coffee?

An Irish coffee is a variety of espresso that has 4 key ingredients that includes coffee, sugar, cream and Irish whiskey.

There are two important things that you should remember when trying to make an Irish coffee. One, the coffee must be strong, and two, the whiskey that you’ll be using should be Irish. Makes no sense to use a Scotch whiskey in making an Irish coffee. Don’t you think?

This cream on top of the Irish coffee and the whiskey makes it a unique coffee drink. Whip the cream before pouring it over the coffee, or you can simply use a spoon.

Making an Irish coffee the traditional way

An Irish coffee is classically a coffee in a glass so the layers will clearly show. This can either be a plain espresso or an espresso with hot water, brown sugar (can be omitted), Irish whiskey, and a thick whipped cream.

To make the cream float, get a teaspoon and slant it across the mouth of the glass and position it just over the top of the coffee. Make sure that the curve part is facing upward. Then slowly pour the cream at the back of the teaspoon. While you’re pouring in the cream, gently retreat the spoon little by little. The trick in keeping the cream afloat is to prevent the spoon from touching the coffee’s surface.

It is pretty hard to make the cream float. Other coffee shops even have to use a whipped cream dispenser or spray to make their job easier.

Making an Irish coffee using Baileys whiskey

One of the most popular coffee recipes is the Baileys coffee. This must-try cocktail drink is easy, quick and simple to make.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Brewed coffee
  • Baileys Original Irish cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate syrup or sauce
  • Hot water


Step 1: Beat the cream

Measure 2 tablespoon of Bailey’s Original Irish Cream and beat it lightly until it thickens, but not so thick - just the right pouring consistency. Remember, you’re making an Irish coffee, not frappe. Set aside.

Step 2: Pour hot water

Get a coffee glass then fill it with hot water and allow it to sit for 1 minute.

Step 3: Add the brewed coffee

Mix 2 teaspoons of ground brewed coffee into the glass of hot water. Stir.

Step 4: Add the Irish whiskey

Pour 1 ounce of Irish whiskey and stir well.

Step 5: Top off with cream

Now, get a teaspoon and place it just above the coffee in a slanting position with the curve facing upwards. Make sure that spoon does not touch the surface of the coffee. Then pour the cream over the curve of the spoon slowly to prevent from running down the bottom.

Step 5: Time for the add-on

To finish it off, drizzle some chocolate syrup on top of the cream. Then it’s ready to consume.

That’s it! With just 5 easy Steps!

The Baileys iced coffee is often served as a cocktail drink during mealtime and as a refreshment during the summer season. It is likewise an exceptional drink during the holidays.

You can also give this cocktail drink a bit of a twist. Maybe you can add a scoop of chocolate, vanilla or caramel ice cream. Such a yummy treat!

How to make Baileys Irish cream at home

Of course, if you already know how to make the Baileys Irish coffee, it would be better if you also know how to make a Baileys Irish cream. Again, the procedures are simple that even kids can easily follow. Well, grown-up kids, that is.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of table cream
  • 14 ounce condensed milk
  • ½ tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of Irish whiskey


Step 1: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat until you reach a thick consistency.

Step 2: Store your home-made Baileys Irish cream in a jar.

Step 3: Place the jar inside the refrigerator. This can be stored for a month.

This is a perfect addition to your daily coffee adventures. Throw in some ice during the hot season to make your summer coffeerific!

Different flavors of Baileys Irish iced coffee

What stands out in Baileys Irish iced coffee? Definitely, it’s the Baileys Original Irish Cream, nothing more, nothing less! There are lot of unique flavors that may be formulated out of it. It just needs your creativity to take in action.

Almande: this is an excellent choice for vegans. It’s totally dairy-free. This is a mixture of vanilla and almond flavors.

Salted Caramel: for those who want to have a bit of kick of both saltiness and sweetness in their coffee, the salted caramel flavor would be the a great option.

Espresso Crème : this is one of the most sought-after flavors of Baileys Irish coffee. Plain and strong espresso is used for this variety.

Vanilla Cinnamon: obviously, this Baileys Irish coffee has vanilla and a dash of cinnamon.

Red Velvet Cupcake: this very appealing Baileys Irish coffee that is pink in color has a red velvet flavor just like in cupcakes. Ideal for occasions like Mother’s day and Valentine’s day.

Tips in making a Baileys Irish coffee

The Baileys Irish coffee was uniquely created to give coffee a stimulating taste and look. It can be modified according to your own palate. Feel free to experiment.

If you’re a vegan who’s thirsty of a dairy-free Irish coffee, the Baileys Almande is for you.

You can do away with the cream and the chocolate syrup if you’re cutting down on sugar or calories.

On the other hand, if sugar is not a problem for you at all, then you may add chocolate, vanilla or caramel ice cream.

Make your Baileys Irish coffee enticing by using a glass instead of a coffee mug.

If you want to make your Irish coffee refreshing especially on hot summer days, add some ice.

To make your coffee experience exceptional, choose an espresso coffee over instant coffee.

Frequently asked questions:

Is Baileys Irish cream an ice cream?

No, it’s not. It is actually a cream liqueur - an alcoholic drink that features 3 ingredients, which are cream, cocoa powder and most importantly, Irish whiskey.

How is Baileys made?

Baileys is a blend of Irish whiskey and cream. These 2 ingredients are beaten together using an emulsifier filled with vegetable oil to form a cream. This Step will prevent the cream and alcohol from separating upon storage. Baileys also contains cocoa extract exclusive to them, which gives it a distinctive chocolate flavor.

Matthew Robertson
Matthew Robertson


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