This Baileys Iced Coffee is equal parts sweet, boozy, and refreshing. Enjoy it as a cocktail or as dessert! This cold coffee cocktail is a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, especially if green beer or Guinness aren't your jam.
But really, this cocktail would be delicious no matter what time of the year it is!
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's easy to make. If you can pour a few ingredients into a glass, you can make this drink.
It tastes great. It's sweet, creamy, and boozy. What's not to like?
It's versatile. Is it a cocktail? A dessert? Both?
💭 What is Baileys Iced Coffee?
Baileys Iced Coffee is pretty much what it sounds like: iced coffee with Baileys Irish Cream in it.
And you could totally stop there and it would be delicious. But my version adds a bit of chocolate liqueur to the mix. I think that it really adds a little something *extra* in the very best way.
📝 What ingredients go into this drink?
Just a handful of really tasty things. Let's walk through them:
- Iced coffee: You can use iced coffee (i.e., coffee that was brewed hot, then cooled) OR use cold brew (my preference). If you want to go the cold brew route, check out my homemade cold brew recipe! Personally, I don't think that it's necessary to sweeten the coffee, since the liqueurs are pretty sweet, but you do you!
- Irish Cream liqueur: St. Patrick's Day is coming up, after all.
- Chocolate liqueur: I used a chocolate liqueur from a local distillery here in Durham.
- Half and half: You don't have to add milk, cream, and/or half and half, but I prefer to take my coffee (even the boozy kind) with some half and half.
👩🏻🍳 How to make Baileys Iced Coffee
If you have iced coffee or cold brew coffee handy, you can make this cocktail in a minute or two!
All you need to do is pour some iced coffee/cold brew, Irish Cream and chocolate liqueurs, and some dairy (if desired) into a tall glass with ice. Give it a little stir, pop a straw in there, and you're good to go!
You can check out some step-by-step photos below.
Step 1: Iced coffee
Pour your iced coffee/cold brew into a tall glass with ice. But leave a little room at the top for the liqueurs!
I didn't find it necessary to sweeten my coffee (the liqueurs are pretty sweet on their own), but you do whatever floats your boat.
Step 2: Add the liqueurs and dairy
Milk or cream isn't mandatory, but I added some half and half. You do you!
I love watching everything mix together. It's like a potable lava lamp.
Is that weird? Probably. <shrug>
Step 3: Give it a stir ... and drink!
I popped a metal straw in the glass, gave everything a stir, and proceeded to enjoy your Baileys Iced Coffee.
🔗 More coffee drinks
Looking for more coffee recipes? Click on any of the photos below to be taken to the recipe.
OH ALSO! Please check out these delicious Espresso Martinis! They're a little sweet, caffeinated, and boozy. All great things.
Either one! My Homemade Cold Brew is a great base for this recipe.
Yes - Baileys is alcoholic (as is the chocolate liqueur).
Why not both?
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Baileys Iced Coffee
- 6 oz iced coffee or cold brew coffee
- 1 oz Irish Cream liqueur
- ½ oz chocolate liqueur
- half and half cream, or milk; to taste (optional)
- Pour the iced coffee/cold brew coffee into a tall glass filled with ice.
- Add the Irish Cream liqueur and chocolate liqueur to the coffee.
- Add the milk/half and half/cream to the coffee, if desired.
- Stir and enjoy.
- I didn't find it necessary to sweeten my coffee, since the Irish Cream and chocolate liqueurs are pretty sweet. But you do you!
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.