Baileys on ice is a creamy and delicious but simple cocktail.
The creamy cocktail is an easy drink for the holidays when you’re already baking and cooking a zillion things and you’d like to serve something special but you don't have a lot of time.
Christmas Sangria is another delicious, festive drink to make for seasonal gatherings.
Why You'll Love This Festive Cocktail Drink
- First of all, the flavor! If you’ve never had Baileys Irish Cream, you’re in for a treat. This liqueur is a combination of cream, a little chocolate, coffee and Irish whiskey.
- The drink is sweet and with a 17 percent alcohol content not terribly strong.
- It’s easy. You’re literally pouring a bottle of Baileys over ice.
How to Make Baileys Over Ice?
Hold on it's about to get technical.
- Fill a couple of rocks glasses with ice.
- Pour 1.5 ounces of Baileys in each glass.
- Garnish (optional) with a drizzle of chocolate syrup or a cloud of whipped cream.
If you want icy cold Baileys, you can shake the cream liquor in a cocktail shaker filled with ice but it isn't necessary.
What's the History Behind Baileys?
Baileys Irish Cream was created thanks in part by by Tom Jago, an advertising executive based in London. Gilbeys of Ireland, a division of International Distillers & Vintners, tasked the ad rep with finding a product for the global market. The hunt began in 1971, but it wasn't until consultants David Gluckman, Hugh Seymour-Davies, and Mac Macpherson concocted a blend of Irish whiskey and cream that the ball got rolling.
The birth of Baileys was fueled by two factors: the availability of alcohol from a struggling distillery and surplus cream from Express Dairies, a business owned by Grand Metropolitan. As semi-skimmed milk gained popularity, there was lots of excess cream. The recipe featured alcohol, cream, and even Nesquik, the beloved chocolate milk-based powder from Nestle.
In 1974, Baileys made its entrance as the world's first Irish cream. The name itself was borrowed from a restaurant owned by John Chesterman, who granted W&A Gilbey permission to use it. The fictional signature of R.A. Bailey was inspired by the Bailey's Hotel in London, although the registered trademark dropped the apostrophe for simplicity's sake.
No. No need to put Bailey’s in the fridge even though it contains milk because it also contains 17 percent alcohol. Store in a cool, dark place like a cupboard or a liquor cabinet.
Baileys was created to be enjoyed simply as is or over ice using two of Ireland's finest products--cream and whiskey.
Ways to Use Baileys
- Make an Irish Whiskey chocolate cake
- Drizzle a tablespoon over an iced coffee or espresso
- Pour over ice cream
- 100 ml or 3 ounces Baileys Irish Cream Liquor
- 1 cup ice
- Large or oversized ice cubes for serving (optional)
Fill a cocktail shaker or a mason jar with ice.
Measure 1.5 ounces for each serving you’re preparing and pour into shaker.
Shake cocktail shaker for at least 60 seconds or until the shaker is so cold it's hard to hold it.
Pour into rocks glasses either as is or over a large ice cube in each glass.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 160Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 0gSugar 17gProtein 0g