This roundup of Baileys Irish Cream drink recipes offers 18 delicious recipes to sample and enjoy. It will give you more respect for this super liqueur made with the base of Irish whiskey and expand your repertoire of cocktails and shots to serve to friends and at parties.
One of the great things about Baileys Irish Cream is that you can sip it by itself, over a little ice, and be perfectly satisfied.
But if you are looking to go beyond the simple serve and mix a drink or two with Baileys, then these are the recipes you’ll want to try. The brand’s signature Irish Cream flavor and silky smooth texture combine beautifully with a wide range of spirits and liqueurs to create an abundance of cocktails and shots you can choose from.
Baileys cocktail recipes
Let’s start with some traditional cocktails and dessert drinks made with Baileys.
There’s nothing better on a cold day than a delicious hot chocolate, except perhaps this grownup version made with Baileys! This recipe combines hot chocolate with three different spirits to make a decadent drink topped with whipped cream and cocoa powder.
There are dozens of new martini recipes out there but this is one of the few that use Baileys. A simple mix of Baileys, vanilla vodka, Amaretto, and light cream, this recipe delivers a smooth and creamy cocktail with a flavor whose name says it all.
The butterball cocktail may taste like a melted milkshake but it also comes with a kick. Calling for only three ingredients, including Baileys and butterscotch schnapps, this recipe is a good choice to make for friends and larger gatherings because it is quick and easy for you to mix and people love the taste.
This cocktail is perfect for those warmer days when you want something cold and tasty. It combines Baileys, Kahlua, vodka, and heavy cream with a surprise ingredient that gives the drink its mudslide consistency.
Contrary to what you see in the movies, shots, or shooters, aren’t just for hard liquor served neat. In fact, I like to say shots are the alcohol version of appetizers, desserts, and candy. Mixed and delivered in small quantities, they’re a great way to enjoy and savor the intense, the rare, or the expensive with minimal risk. They’re also a fast-track to happy when you’re looking to celebrate or have fun with your friends and loved ones.
This drink is named for the cereal we all loved as kids, but it is definitely for grownups only. The recipe calls for just two ingredients, fireball whiskey and Baileys, which you can shake together and pour or carefully layer directly into the shot glass.
This recipe is the shooter version of the Baileys butterball cocktail you see above. All you need to create it is butterscotch schnapps, Baileys, and a cocktail spoon. Simple!
If you are looking for a funky-colored drink that’s perfect for Halloween, then this shot is ideal. It combines Baileys with Midori, the bright green Japanese melon flavored liqueur, and a touch of grenadine to create its ‘mangled frog’ appearance.
You’ll want to drink more than one of these delicious, two-ingredient shots but remember, they pack a punch. All you need is Baileys and Chambord, or any raspberry liqueur, with a little sugar to garnish the rim of the glass for that jelly donut sweetness.
The 747 shot calls for a half-ounce each of three different spirits plus Baileys. The Irish Cream is added last, carefully poured over the back of a spoon so it sits on top of the other three. You’ll want a cocktail or espresso spoon – something with a small bowl – to get that perfect result. Heed the name: this is the jet engine of shots!
Inspired by the classic sandwich, this layered shot cocktail combines raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord, and hazelnut liqueur, such as Frangelico, with creamy Baileys. Again, the Baileys sit at the top to create a distinctive-looking drink that really does taste like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!
The unique look of this shot comes from blending the different consistencies of its ingredients. You layer them as you do in other shots, with the Baileys on top. Then, you simply drip grenadine into the mix. I like to use a dropper. The grenadine sinks through the layers to create the ‘jelly fish’ look.
I’ll admit this shot doesn’t taste like Butterfinger candy bars to me, but that doesn’t mean I would turn one down! It’s delicious. And you can decorate the outside with some crushed Butterfinger and chocolate syrup to add to the flavor.
It is only right and proper that you can make an Irish flag shot using Baileys Irish Cream. The other colors come from green creme de menthe and Grand Marnier, which is a pale orange. Just remember to get the layers in the right order! Erin go Bragh!
You’ll want a cocktail spoon to layer the different spirits of the classic B52 shot, which combines Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and Baileys. This is one of the most popular shots ordered in bars and clubs.
Chocolate-covered cherries are a staple treat during the holidays but the layered shot version makes for a great adult treat too. The cherry-like flavor comes from the grenadine, while the Kahlua and Baileys combine to make a coffee-chocolate topping.
Modeled on the popular and delicious After Eight dinner mints for which it is named, this shot calls for green creme de menthe, Kahlua, and Baileys.
Cakes are another great inspiration for shot cocktails and this is one of the more successful translations. The recipe calls for cherry brandy, Kahlua to bring that chocolate flavor, and Baileys for the creaminess of frosting.
The Snickers shot has the same ingredients as the 747 shot. This name makes it more appealing to folks for obvious reasons: Snickers is the most popular chocolate bar in the United States. Frangelico or another hazelnut liqueur give the shot its nutty flavor. But be forewarned; though it is named for a candy bar, this is a powerhouse shot that combines four different spirits, including Baileys.
I hope you enjoyed this roundup of Baileys Irish cream drink recipes! Try one, or two, or even three and see which ones you enjoy.
What drinks do you like to make with Baileys?
From lighting up stages with her BA in theater to crafting delightful dishes and cocktails, Elaine Benoit's journey is a testament to passion's transformative power. As the CEO of Dishes Delish, she offers a blend of healthy, comforting recipes and exquisitely crafted cocktails. Beyond the kitchen, Elaine voiced her culinary adventures on her podcast, "Dishing," and co-owns Food Blogger Help, extending her expertise to guide budding food bloggers to success. Whether it's for a heartwarming dish or insights into food blogging, Elaine's diverse experiences make her a beacon in the culinary digital landscape.