10 of the Best Baileys Cocktail Recipes – VinePair
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While summer is all about cold, refreshing sippers, for many, chillier weather means warmer, richer cocktails. Baileys often plays a starring role in such cocktails, imparting a chocolaty, creamy flavor with the enticing bite of Irish whiskey.
It’s no wonder, then, that Baileys is most often used in dessert-like beverages, best sipped alongside decadent cakes or holiday pies. It elevates coffee, hot cocoa, and other warm beverages, and can also be frozen, shaken, and even gelatinized into bite-sized boozy snacks.
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Needless to say, Baileys is a versatile liqueur that should find its way onto every bar cart, especially in the winter. Ready to dust off that old bottle of Irish Cream? Read on for 10 of the very best cocktail recipes to make with Baileys.
The Mudslide Recipe
First crafted in the 1970s at Grand Cayman Island’s Wreck Bar, the Mudslide is a riff on the White Russian. The twist? This cocoa-filled recipe includes Baileys Irish Cream alongside the cocktail’s classic ingredients of vodka, Kahlúa, and cream. The result is a sweet after-dinner drink that’s richly delicious.
Baileys Chocolate Martini
Drink your dessert with this sweet tooth-satisfying cocktail, served in a chocolate drizzle-covered coupe. Made with vodka, Baileys, and crème de cocoa, this drink is then topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
Espresso Martini with Baileys
The Espresso Martini may be a trendy drink, but this recipe elevates the modern classic with the addition of Baileys. Along with vodka, Kahlúa, and espresso, Baileys imparts a luscious texture to the drink — making it even more craveable.
Baileys Hot Chocolate
This quick and easy cocktail is winter in a cup. To make a mug for yourself, simply heat milk, dark chocolate, and cocoa powder on the stovetop. Add Baileys and plenty of whipped cream or marshmallows (or both), and enjoy on the coziest of snow days.