Baileys Coffee

Creamy and decadent, Baileys Coffee is a simple after dinner coffee cocktail to make at home. Calling for three ingredients, this Irish Cream coffee drink is a restaurant-quality treat! Makes 1, but can easily be doubled.

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Coffee drinks are totally my jam, but they were not something I got into until I was older.

We have my friend Valorie to thank for this coffee drink obsession, and she’s shared several delightful recipes here featuring coffee paired with alcohol.

Check out The Ginger Pomegranate Experiment, African Sunrise and The Siciliano! She also wrote The Ultimate Guide of Gifts for Coffee Lovers, so y’all know she knows her stuff.

And this year, I’m adding Baileys Coffee to the list of coffee drinks TSP has to offer because it is utterly delightful, incredibly simple to make and de-freaking-licious.

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    This isn’t Valorie’s recipe, but I sure thought about her and our coffee drink experiments as I developed this one!

    Why I love this recipe:

    This Irish Cream coffee drink honestly tastes like something I’ve had at a restaurant before, and I love a good post-dinner drink that’s not port.

    It’s warming and comforting and delicious… and it’s incredibly simple to make, too!

    Here are a few thoughts on why this Irish Cream Coffee is something you want to make at home:

    • It’s comforting and warming!
    • Remember after-dinner drinks at restaurants? This tastes like one of those.
    • It’s slightly sweet and has a nutty aftertaste, which is the perfect way to end a day.

    Other coffee drinks and treats: Cranberry Pumpkin Cold Brew Coffee Drink | Coffee Cake Muffins | Cold Brew with Homemade Vanilla Mint Creamer | Vegan Peanut Butter Espresso Cookies | Classic Irish Coffee

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    What you need to make this Irish Cream Coffee recipe

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    You also need a few ingredients, too.

    • Your favorite brewed black coffee—I used decaf here because I can’t drink regular coffee after noon, haha!
    • Bailey’s Original Irish Cream… or homemade Irish Cream liqueur if that’s your jam
    • Sweetened whipped cream—because this makes a wonderful topping! Just make sure it’s lightly whipped because we want it to melt into the hot coffee drink.
    • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg—to add some spice on top of the whipped cream
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    How to make Baileys Coffee

    If you haven’t already, brew your coffee. No, really. I’ll wait while you do it. 😉

    Next, pour your hot coffee into a coffee (or Irish coffee) mug.

    Pour in the Irish cream, and give it a stir.

    Top with homemade sweetened whipped cream. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg, then enjoy immediately.

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    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    This Baileys Coffee would be a delightful thing to sip on St. Patrick’s Day or after a dinner party when guests are still hanging out. You could also serve this goodness on Christmas morning… no judgment!

    No matter when you serve it, it’s always delicious!

    Here are a few thoughts on making Irish Cream coffee for a crowd.

    • If you’re serving it after dinner, have decaf on hand in case any guests might want that. (I’m the guest who needs this, to be honest.)
    • Make your sweetened whipped cream in advance. This goodness can hang out in an airtight food storage container in the fridge all day, so make it early, and let it chill out until it’s serving time.
    • Turn it into an Irish Cream Coffee Bar! Instead of making them for guests, allow them to pour their own coffees and add their own toppings. Just be sure to remind them that they’ll need 2 parts coffee to every 1 part of Irish Cream.
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Baileys good in coffee?

    Yes, it is! It adds a delicious creaminess to coffee.

    Should Baileys be refrigerated?

    No. The brand states that the liqueur is safe at room temperature for 24 months after opening.

    Does Irish Cream have coffee in it?

    No. Irish Cream is a combination of cream with whiskey and spices. 

    Is Irish Cream the liquor used in Irish Coffee?

    No. Irish Coffee calls for Irish whiskey, not Irish Cream. You can grab my Irish Coffee recipe here.

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    Tips for making the best make Irish Cream Coffee

    • Remember the ratio for the drink! It’s 2 parts coffee to 1 part Irish Cream.
    • Speaking of coffee, this Irish cream coffee recipe can be made with caffeinated coffee or decaf. It all depends on your taste!
    • Don’t forget the toppings! We love sweetened whipped cream in this coffee drink. I’ve added cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkles, too. I think it would also be delicious with some chocolate shavings or even colorful sprinkles if that’s your thing.

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      Baileys Coffee

      Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
      Creamy and decadent, Baileys Coffee is a simple after dinner coffee cocktail to make at home. Calling for three ingredients, this coffee drink is a restaurant-quality treat!
      4.73 from 11 votes
      Servings 1 drink
      Calories 356 kcal
      Prep Time 5 minutes
      Total Time 5 minutes


      • 6 oz. brewed coffee
      • 3 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream
      • Sweetened whipped cream for serving
      • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg for garnish

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      • In a heat-safe mug, combine the brewed coffee and Irish cream.
      • Stir with a spoon, then add a helping of sweetened whipped cream on top of the coffee.
      • Sprinkle with cinnamon and/or nutmeg, and enjoy warm.


      This drink can be made with fully caffeinated coffee or decaf. Brew whichever type works best for you!


      Serving: 1gCalories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 13mgFiber: 2gSugar: 34g
      Keyword bailey’s irish cream, cocktail, coffee drink, dessert drink, drinks, holiday drinks, St. Patrick’s Day drink, St. Patrick’s Day recipe
      Course Drinks & Cocktails
      Cuisine American
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      About the Author:

      Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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      1. We just loved this coffee after dinner. We felt like we were on vacation. It’s perfect for guests too!

      2. A personal favorite of mine and my husbands, love this recipe — love ALL your drink recipes!

      3. I have to admit, I am a black coffee girl — but I do enjoy a little splash of Baileys every now and then. I followed your recipe and I am in LOVE. That little sprinkle of cinnamon on top of the whipped cream?!? Takes this over the top! YUM!

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