Not much tastes better than the creamy smoothness of Baileys. Whether you save it for Christmas time or drink it at any time of year, the Irish cream liqueur has been a favourite for with many for a long time. So it makes sense to have a look at some easy Baileys cocktails.
An alternative to heavier spirits, Baileys has a unique and creamy texture that is the perfect addition to most rich and chocolatey drinks. Not only does it pair well with chocolate flavours but also coffees, espressos, and vanillas.
And as a rich and decadent treat that matches beautifully with other rich flavours like coffee or chocolate – who said that Baileys was only for special occasions? Why not treat yourself to one of the following delicious and boozy cocktails created with the Irish cream liqueur.
What better way than to start with a classic martini with a Baileys twist?
Honestly, this is more of a dessert than it is a cocktail.
Mix baileys with vodka and creme de cocoa.
Shake them all up together then pour into a tall glass. Now comes the fun part – drizzle over thick chocolate sauce and finish the drink with a topping of whipped cream and chocolate dust. Indulgence at its finest. No wonder it begins our tally of easy Baileys cocktails.
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The perfect way to finish and round off your meal, this boozy drink is perfect for coffee lovers. Stir freshly brewed coffee with brown sugar and of course Baileys.
Then crown it with some whipped cream. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the top to perfectly blend the flavours.
Coffee + Baileys = a match made in heaven!
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These shots are as aesthetically pleasing as they are super yummy. In fact, their pastel pink colour makes them perfect for Valentine’s day, as a gift, or even to enjoy by yourself.
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Made from a blend of red velvet Baileys, vodka, cream, and sugar, this drink is sweet and indulgent. You could even go a step further and use vanilla-flavoured vodka for an even creamier and richer taste.
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We all know and love jell-O shots (or jelly shots, as us Aussies sometimes call them) and they lighten up any party. Baileys jell-O shots are a great and sophisticated addition to a festive holiday party.
To make these you need to layer dark espresso with Baileys and cut them into squares. Finish the cubes with a swirl of whipped cream for a tasty sweet treat that doubles up as a cocktail.
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This creamy and rich cocktail has a strong kick to it because it is made with Kahlua. Mix equal parts Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua and drizzle chocolate sauce over top.
This is a super easy drink to scale up for parties or a cocktail night with friends. Just pour over ice and enjoy. A simple cocktail that looks and tastes impressive.
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This is an extremely easy way to switch up a classic hot chocolate drink – and it comes together quickly too. Perfect for the winter and cold weather months, this boozy and chocolatey drink will keep you warm on the inside and out. It is a fun twist to a traditional festive favourite.
The ingredients are simple and you’re likely to already have them in your kitchen cupboards. Just what you’d expect when making easy Baileys cocktails.
Melt chocolate with milk and stir in cocoa powder, sugar, and Baileys. Keep on a low heat until frothy and then serve in your mug of choice, topped with marshmallows and whipped cream.
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It is hard to go wrong with a cocktail inspired by candy, it is a favourite real crowd-pleaser. This indulgent drink is inspired by Butterfingers and uses butterscotch schnapps, vodka and Kahlua mixed with Baileys to create the signature sweet and buttery flavour. It’s like a grown-up, alcoholic version of the famous Butter Beer of the Harry Potter books!
This drink is strong and creamy and super tasty and ideal for those who prefer a sweet and creamy cocktail. A delicious treat for any time of the year.
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If you love coffee and Baileys you will love this cocktail. For all the caffeine addicts out there, you can skip the queue at your local coffee shop and make this drink yourself at home. Simply pour freshly brewed coffee over ice and mix in Baileys.
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Drizzle over some chocolate sauce and you have yourself the perfect cocktail for all coffee lovers. A simple and delicious drink made using store cupboard ingredients.
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This delicious frozen treat is hard to define but that doesn’t make it any less scrumptious! This chocolatey drink works well as either a cocktail or even a dessert and is made using Baileys, coffee, sugar, chocolate chips, and cream.
Unfortunately, this isn’t a treat for the impatient. This cocktail needs some preparation and the mixture must sit in the fridge for at least 8 hours. This is so it becomes the slushie-like mixture that is fundamental in making the cold beverage.
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This cocktail is shaken and stirred to perfection. This drink is very easy to make and uses only four different ingredients. Baileys, coffee, cream, and vanilla are shaken together and served in a martini glass.
This drink looks so much more impressive than it is to make, and can be enjoyed by any coffee lover.
As a confirmed espresso martini fan, I can tell you that this is one of my go-to easy Baileys cocktails.
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For a magical festive cocktail that Santa will be sure to enjoy, all you need to do is mix Baileys with eggnog. The classic festive drink that everyone enjoys around Christmas time, adding a twist of flavour with creamy Irish liqueur.
This luscious, spicy cocktail mixes nutmeg and cinnamon spices, creating a warm festive drink that is perfect to enjoy at Christmas parties with family and friends.
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A delicious blend of Baileys and peppermint vodka, this is a perfect treat for special occasions. Poured over ice with a sprinkling of cinnamon or nutmeg, this drink will leave you in the festive spirit.
Enjoy at Christmas parties and share with friends and family, this simple but scrumptious drink is a treat for all occasions. You could even leave a glass out for Santa – he’ll deserve it after delivering all those presents for the entire night.
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Not only is Baileys perfect for drinking during Christmas, but you can also make an extra festive Baileys cocktail that is perfect for Thanksgiving – for the Americans among us. With rich autumn flavours, this drink will be enjoyed especially by those who like a pumpkin-spiced latte.
To make this cocktail you need to mix pumpkin-spice Baileys liqueur with cinnamon spices and cocktail syrup. It is like having a slice of pumpkin pie in a drink.
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Although Baileys isn’t usually paired with fruity flavours, this unique recipe shows that when done right, it can be memorably tasty. A blend of apple cider, caramel-flavoured Baileys, and warm spices such as clove and cinnamon, this drink will have you feeling festive.
A creamy yet still fruity unique flavour that is perfect for the holiday season. This drink is perfect to share with friends and family during Thanksgiving, a seasonally-appropriate cocktail that everyone will enjoy.
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Our easy Baileys cocktails don’t come much simpler than this. And this gem will also quickly warm you up on a cold winter’s evening. This drink is pretty self-explanatory and the only ingredients needed to make it are Baileys and Jack Daniels.
Simply mix the two spirits together to create a strong alcoholic cocktail that has a kick to it.
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This green, minty cocktail is the perfect drink for St Patrick’s day celebrations – it’s green with Irish cream. It couldn’t get any more perfect. This tastebud tingling and eye-catching drink is made from Baileys, and creme de menthe to give it that unique minty taste.
Serve in a martini glass and garnish with mint chocolate for a cocktail that will impress anyone. The unique blend of mint flavours paired with the Baileys creates a fun and different experience for the tongue.
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Who doesn’t want a dessert for a drink? This cocktail is exactly that. A twist on the classic float dessert, this cocktail is made by mixing baileys with hot coffee, then adding chocolate ice cream.
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The ice cream will melt into the drink creating a thick and indulgent treat that is rich in flavour and texture. If you wanted to go a step further and make it more tempting, add whipped cream chocolate sauce and a cherry on top.
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This is a milkshake for adults only. Spiked with alcohol this is a real taste-bud pleaser. Anyone with a sweet tooth will love this thick and rich creamy chocolate shake. Throw Baileys, ice cream, and cookies, and cream biscuits into a blender and you’re done.
Super easy to make and super yummy to drink. Perfect for a hot summer’s day, and a fantastic way to cool yourself down while also treating yourself. Plus, your kids can’t steal this one away from you.
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If you are partial to a Snickers candy bar then you are going to love this cocktail. It is basically snickers as a drink. To make this delight extra caramel-y, use a caramel flavoured Baileys rather than the traditional one.
This drink is more of a dessert than a cocktail and the perfect way to finish your meal on a sweet note. Serve in a martini glass and garnish with chocolate sauce and a mini snickers bar.
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This is a great drink to whip up for St Patrick’s day with its Irish twist and sweet flavourings. To make this cocktail simply mix Baileys with vodka, dark espresso, and caramel spirit.
This deeply rich and alcoholic cocktail is only made better when adding a dash of caramel sauce and topped with crushed cookie crumbs – yum! A sweet treat that is both alcoholic and tastes like a dessert.
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So, as it turns out there are many various ways that Baileys can be incorporated into cocktail drinks. Obviously not your standard cocktails but nevertheless delicious and yummy as a treat. You can even substitute dessert for these cocktails due to their rich and sweet nature.
These cocktails are not for the faint-hearted or those who don’t enjoy a strong and creamy drink. The Irish cream liqueur can be served with many different flavour combinations that suit different occasions across the year.
From Valentine’s to St Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving to Christmas time, there is a cocktail perfect for every occasion. Experiment with flavours and spices and use other spirits to change the flavour of the drink. You can make Baileys sweeter or spicier depending on which ingredients you want to mix.
You are sure to find a cocktail that suits your taste and occasion. Hopefully, you’ve found inspiration from one of the many cocktails we described above, perhaps there is a combination you want to try that you never even thought of before.
Either way, enjoy your easy Baileys cocktails, and always remember to drink responsibly.