Baileys Cocktails – 3 to Make at Home
Over the last decade Baileys cocktails have become one of the most popular type of cocktail recipes and now grace the menus of some of the best cocktail bars in the UK. Baileys cocktails are sweet, creamy with a “decadent” mouth feel, making them particularly popular with female drinkers, who often tend to favour the sweeter side of cocktail recipes.
Baileys Irish Cream is essentially an Irish whiskey and cream based liqueur which is produced in Ireland. It comes as a surprise to people when they learn that the liqueur actually uses real fresh cream, which is preserved by the alcohol content and other herbs and sugar used in the drink. In fact, back when the liqueur was launched, it was marketed as “The Impossible Cream“.
We look at a couple of cocktail recipes using Baileys and a popular shooter containing the popular Irish liqueur:
This is a fantastic dessert cocktail which combines the classic pairing of chocolate & orange, but be careful how many you have as, like many baileys cocktails, they have a high calorie content!
45 ml White Chocolate Liqueur, 30 ml Baileys Irish Cream, 20 ml Orange Liqueur, 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Powder, 1 Teaspoon Bar Sugar, 1 Orange Twist
How to make an Orange Chocolate Dream cocktail
Mix the cocoa powder and sugar on a small plate. Dampen the rim of a martini glass and swirl in the powder mixture to rim. Add the chocolate liqueur and Baileys to a cocktail shaker filled most of the way with ice and shake for about 20 seconds. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and float the orange liqueur on top. Garnish with an orange twist.
One of those cocktail recipes that work well at a cocktail party as it looks the part as well as tasting great. And yes, it does look like a chocolate covered cherry…in a glass.
30 ml Baileys Cream Liqueur, 30 ml Coffee Liqueur, 1 Tablespoon Grenadine Syrup
How to make a Chocolate-covered Cherry cocktail
Pre-measure your ingredients into separate shot glasses. Pour the grenadine into a rocks glass first. Slowly pour the coffee liqueur into the glass over the back of a spoon, being careful to let it run down the inside. Following the pouring instructions in step three, add the Baileys. Serve immediately, being careful not to rock the drink too much to avoid mixing the ingredients.
The B-52 is one of the most popular alcohol shots in the world and consists of a layer of a layer of Cointreau, a layer of Baileys and a layer of Kahlua. Legend has it that it was invented by a head bartender Peter Finch, who worked at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. The story goes that he named all of his new drinks after his favourite bands, who at that time happened to be The B-52s.
10 ml Coffee Liqueur, 10 ml Irish Cream Liqueur, 10 ml Orange Cognac
How to make a B-52
Layer ingredients into a shot glass. Serve with a stirrer.