Baileys Original Irish Cream, launched in 1974, to me, is still the best cream liqueur on the market, with its secret blend of Irish whiskey, fresh Irish cream, a touch of cocoa and vanilla. No other whiskey cream comes close to the multitudinal sensations that hit you with the very first sip, a balanced, well rounded and seamless combination of smooth, sharp and hot. The second sip only heightens that initial warm and rich pleasure that hits you all at once and one after the other! Oh yes, it’s complicated, but oh, so delightfully complicated!
Admittedly, at about £16 – £20 per bottle, it is pricier than some of the other cream liqueurs out there but trust me, the money is more than well spent.
How do you drink Baileys?
My preference is with a little ice (on the rocks), not too much that it’ll dilute the Baileys, just a few cubes to add chill to your drink and lighten it just a smidgen. At 17% ABV, it is a potent delight and is meant to be sipped and savoured.
Of course, Baileys also makes a fantastic ingredient in many other drinks and cocktails. B-52, the layered drink, named after the US B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber used in the Vietnam war, comes to mind. It’s a shooter that’s made with layers of Baileys, Grand Marnier and Kahlúa.
Bailey’s Irish Coffee is another one that comes to mind immediately as it’s quite often my prefered drink to finish off a meal with when I’m dining out.
It is a well known fact that I love to cook and bake with what I love to drink, and naturally as Baileys is a favourite tipple, it tends to find its way into the kitchen quite frequently. I love adding it to tiramisu, panna cotta, custard and bread and butter pudding. And you might remember my decadent Mocha Cheesecake with Baileys.
In the last few years, the people behind Baileys have introduced a variety of flavours including mint chocolate, coffee, orange truffle and the latest, Baileys Chocolat Luxe. I have tried many of them but my heart will always belong to the original – Baileys Original Irish Cream.
What about you? Are you a fan? I’d love to know! xx