Not everyone uses coffee as their go-to mix-in for Baileys, but they should! It’s a classic combo with richness and tons of flavor. The Baileys Breakfast sticks with the winning Baileys plus coffee combination, but adds a twist – instead of pouring Baileys into hot coffee, this drink gets its flavor from coffee ice cubes!
Sip the cocktail slowly and let those ice cubes dissolve. You’ll notice how the flavors change as you’re imbibing.
Any kind of coffee will freeze up into coffee cubes, so leftovers from your morning brew work great here. I like to use coffee brewed using the cold brew method. It’s 66% less acidic and is often concentrated so you’re not losing out on any caffeine. If you want to read a great home brewing coffee guide, check out what my friends over at Kaldi’s have to say.
Making the cocktail is incredibly easy: just put two or three coffee cubes into an eight ounce glass (add more cubes if you like a stronger coffee flavor). Then, pour two ounces of Baileys Irish Cream on top.
If you want stick with the traditional Baileys and coffee flavors, stir in cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, or pumpkin spice. Add to taste and start with less – you can always add more later.
That said, my favorite total goofball way to serve this (and the reason the cocktail is named The Baileys Breakfast) is to top the drink with cereal! I use Lucky Charms or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The cereal adds a different texture and creative colors that will really wow guests if you are entertaining at home.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so drink up!
The Baileys Breakfast Cocktail
- 2-3 ice cubes made of frozen coffee
- 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
- Lucky Charms or other cereal to taste
- Gently place ice cubes into an eight ounce glass.
- Pour Baileys Irish Cream over cubes.
- Top with cereal.
- Drink up!