What is sweet, creamy, and goes down easily?
Don’t be green-minded, folks; we’re talking about Baileys Irish Cream! This is a tasty liqueur that we often find in major supermarkets and liqueur stores, and for a great reason.
For those who haven’t tried it yet (or have only tried it a few times), you’re probably wondering, “what does Baileys taste like, and how is it so popular for its flavors?”
Short Answer: As the name suggests, it’s creamy with more of a vanilla flavor that works incredibly in sweet chocolate-flavored drinks and desserts. Sweet, milky, and somewhat chocolatey, it’s a drink for the children at heart.
However, keep on reading to learn the exact flavors of Baileys Irish Cream and see how you can use it for your following recipes!
What is Baileys Irish Cream?
Note that we will be focusing on the original Baileys Irish Cream for this article. This liqueur was invented by Thomas Jago in Ireland back in the early 1970s, featuring Irish whiskey, cocoa, and cream.
Jago’s goal was to create a drink with an international appeal, and he decided to work with Gluckman to create a new concoction: Cream and whiskey. Can you believe that Jago owned a money-losing distillery in Ireland that produced too many whiskeys? Since he had access to cheap cream, he decided to mix those two, and here we are!
Fun fact: The idea of mixing dairy with alcoholic beverages originally came from Gluckman, who also helped the Irish butter and cheese brand Kerrygold in the early 1960s. Gluckman didn’t only add cream and whiskey but decided to add sugar and powdered drinking chocolate. (*)
According to Bailey’s website, their original Baileys Irish Cream liqueur contains whiskey, spirits, cream, and chocolate flavors. However, more flavorings are added to Baileys’ expanded line of drinks. There er exotic flavors and even a vegan liqueur using almond milk over cream.
Fun fact: Over 82 million bottles of Baileys Irish Cream are sold in more than 150 countries. And that number is just by the YEAR! It holds the top spot as the bestselling liqueur worldwide.
What Does Baileys Taste Like?
The reason why Baileys is extremely popular is thanks to three reasons:
- It’s hella delicious and addicting with its sweet, rich flavor. With a 17% ABV, the alcohol isn’t too intense to get drunk right away, but it can make drinkers a bit tipsy after a few drinks.
- It’s very versatile, either drunk straight, mixed with various drinks, or used in desserts.
- Baileys is a reasonably affordable liqueur costing $20-25 per bottle on average.
After taking the first sip, you’ll probably want a lot more. People are hooked on the creamy and chocolatey goodness Baileys offers, as it tastes like chocolate milkshakes with alcohol. Besides the vanilla and chocolate flavor notes, you can also taste the hint of fruitiness from Irish whiskey.
The aroma itself is enticing. Pour a bit of Baileys Irish Cream, and you’ll get to smell more chocolate and cream, almost as if you were drinking spiked hot chocolate.
Fun fact: You can get more Baileys liqueurs to suit your palate and recipe. They all taste just as creamy as the original Irish Cream but have various flavors. There's Chocolate Cherry, Vanilla Cinnamon, Salted Caramel, Espresso Crème, and even Pumpkin Spice!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you left with other questions about Baileys Irish Cream? Here are our frequently asked questions!
1. What are ways to enjoy Baileys?
You can enjoy Baileys straight up, served neat, or better yet, over ice. However, it’s better to enjoy drinks like hot chocolate, coffee, or milk. Here are other famous cocktails featuring Baileys:
- Chocolate Martini
- White Russian Cocktail
- Irish Coffee
- Baileys Float
Fun fact: Bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs consider Baileys too sweet and simple, but it continues to be an extremely popular liqueur worldwide. Many cocktail recipes feature Baileys, or you can enjoy it as an after-dinner drink.
2. Are there any good Baileys alternatives?
If you’re not a fan of Baileys or can’t find it in your store, there are other cream liqueurs you can use from brands like:
- Magnum Cream Liqueur
- Arran Gold
- Mozart Rose Gold Chocolate Cream
Fun fact: Our personal favorite is Mozart Rose Gold Chocolate Cream, made of real Belgian chocolate, cocoa from West Africa, fresh cream, and vanilla from Madagascar.
3. Where do you use Baileys when cooking or baking?
Baileys isn’t only used for drinks, but in desserts as well! It’s why the liqueur is a bit more popular come Christmas because it gives more warmth and sweetness to many holiday desserts.
Here are some of the recipes you can use Baileys in for extra creaminess and flavor:
- Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecake
- Ice cream (either infuse Baileys or blend it with ice cream to make a mean milkshake)
- Yule log
4. Is Baileys unhealthy?
We hate to burst your bubble, but all kinds of alcohol are unhealthy when taken in copious amounts! Given that cream is one of its major components, expect Baileys to be higher in fat and sugar.
Don’t drink too much Baileys if you’re watching your weight and sugar intake! One serving of Baileys Irish Cream (100 milliliters) contains:
- 327 calories
- 25 grams carbs
- 13 grams of total fat
- 3 grams protein
- 8 grams saturated fat
- 20 grams sucrose
- 13.5 grams alcohol
Wrapping It Up
Hopefully, you got your answer to the question, “what does Baileys taste like?” While we described the OG Irish Cream, you can expect the other liqueurs under Baileys to taste somewhat similar.
The company offers so many other liqueurs that it’s hard to pinpoint their exact flavors in one article! But if you want to learn more about each liqueur type, let us know, and we can make an ultimate guide.