An amazing 5 minute treat that is amped up with Baileys liqueur. This is one of the best coffee drinks you’ll ever have, just a few ingredients that work so well together. This baileys Irish coffee recipe is also wonderful to serve on St Patrick’s Day!
This was definitely a new experience for me, an experience that I loved though. For those who are interested in the origin of Irish coffee, it was created in 1943 by Joe Sheridan at Foynes Port which is close to Limerick in Ireland.
It really is just a cup of coffee with a few other wonderful ingredients added to it. Which not only makes this a simple recipe, it also makes this a recipe that is so easy to personalise.
So, for example, if you wanted an Irish coffee that isn’t too heavy, you could serve it without the cream and just add a bit of milk instead. Or if you wanted to make it extra heavy, you could serve ice-cream instead of cream. So go nuts!
Baileys Irish coffee ingredients
So this Baileys Irish coffee recipe involves very few ingredients, and they are ingredients that everyone loves.
- Brown sugar
- Baileys Irish cream
You can also add a bit of vanilla extract to add a lovely aroma.
How to make Baileys Irish coffee
The first thing I like to do is semi whip the cream because you don’t want to make the coffee first, and then let it go cold whilst trying whip the cream to the right consistency. So I whip the cream until I get a consistency that’s slightly thinner than soft peaks. Just thick enough that it will sit on the coffee nicely. Then I add the Baileys and stir it through.
From there, heat a thick glass mug up in the microwave, this prevents the coffee from cooling down too quickly after you serve it.
Add the brown sugar to the mug, then add the hot coffee and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved.
Once the sugar is dissolved, add the whiskey and the Baileys.
Stir those ingredients through and then finish by slowly spooning or pouring the semi whipped cream over the coffee until the cream completely fills the mug right to the top. Serve the Irish coffee straight away!
Best whiskey for Irish coffee
Any whiskey will work and will make your Irish coffee taste amazing. You could even experiment with other alcohols if you like.
However, if you’re looking to make this recipe a little more authentic and traditional, then I would recommend using Jameson Irish Whiskey. When researching the Irish coffee recipe, this seemed to be the popular choice of whiskey.
Dairy free Irish coffee creamer
If you want a dairy free alternative, then what you can do is just make the coffee without the whiskey, Baileys, sugar and cream. And you can just add this wonderful non-dairy coffee creamer made by Judi from Savouring Today. Here is her recipe!: Irish Coffee Creamer
And to make Judy’s coffee creamer vegan, you can simply use brown sugar or golden syrup instead of honey.
What to serve with Irish coffee
If you’re looking for a particular dish that would work perfectly either with the Irish coffee or before it if you want to have the coffee after eating. My Irish Stew Pie would be an excellent option. Especially when we’re talking St Patrick’s Day.
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Easy Baileys Irish Coffee Recipe
A 5 minute, gluten free Baileys Irish coffee recipe that will blow you away! You don't want to skip this one!
Baileys Irish Coffee
- ½ tablespoon of brown sugar
- 1½ cups of hot coffee (approx)
- 1 shot of Irish whiskey
- ½ shot of Baileys Irish cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional)
- Cocoa powder for garnishing (optional)
- 100 ml of cream
- 2 teaspoons of Baileys Irish Cream
Use a whisk or electric beater to whip the cream until almost soft peaks but not quite (semi whipped). Then, add your Baileys and stir it through the cream.
Baileys Irish Coffee
Heat a glass mug in the microwave for about 30-40 seconds, just to get it nice and warm.
Add the brown sugar to the glass, then add the coffee, filling the mug a bit more than 3 qaurters of the way up. Stir the coffee until the sugar is completely dissolved.
From there, add your whiskey, Baileys and vanilla extract if you have it and stir through.
Slowly spoon or pour the semi whipped cream on top until the mug is filled right to the top.
Lightly dust some cocoa powder on top if you want to garnish the drink and then serve straight away.
- Whip the cream before you start making the coffee.
- If you want to have a non alcoholic Irish coffee, remove the whiskey and the Baileys, make the coffee a bit stronger and add a bit more sugar.
- Use a glass mug that is thick enough the withstand the heat.
- Don't be afraid the personalise this recipe.
- Adding some vanilla can create a wonderful aroma.
- Heat the glass mug in the microwave so that the coffee doesn't end up cooling down too quickly once made.
- When whipping the cream, don't make it too thick nor too thin (but too thick is better than too thin).
- Jameson Irish Whiskey is a popular choice of whiskey for the Irish coffee.
- Adding Judi's Irish Coffee Creamer to just a cup of coffee without the whiskey, Baileys, sugar or cream can be a wonderful way to make this a dairy free Irish coffee. Although if you want to make the creamer vegan, replace the honey in her recipe with sugar or golden syrup.
- You can serve this Irish Stew Pie before or with this Baileys Irish coffee.
With the weather lately I might need to make this! Looks and sounds delicious!
If you do I really hope you like it! So easy to make (: