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Baileys Cocktails

Baileys cocktails range from Tiki drinks to coffee drinks to cocktail classics. If you love Baileys Irish Cream, you are bound to find a Baileys cocktail that suits your taste!

Homemade Baileys Irish Cream

What Makes Perfect Baileys Cocktails?

Baileys is a cream liqueur made from cocoa, cream, and Irish whiskey. You can purchase Baileys at the store, or you can make homemade Baileys.

All of the cocktails below make Baileys the star of the drink! The liqueur is SO good with coffee, so you’ll often find it paired with Kahlua – but there are so many other possible combinations.

Your perfect cocktail totally depends on your personal taste.

Baileys Cocktails at Breakfast

One of my favorite cocktails with Baileys was created by the esteemed bartender Matthew Longueville (

Baileys Cocktail with Lucky CharmsNot 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 cocktail 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.

Baileys Breakfast
Any kind of coffee will freeze up into coffee cubes (even fake coffee), so leftovers from your morning brew work great here. Matt likes 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.)

If you want to look like a pro, Matt suggests using this ice cube tray from Tovolo to make the cubes. These cubes always come out the perfect shape (you can see them really clearly in the video).

Making the breakfast cocktail is incredibly easy:

  1. Put two or three coffee cubes into an eight ounce glass (add more cubes if you like a stronger coffee flavor).
  2. Pour two ounces of Baileys Irish Cream on top.

Baileys Breakfast

If you want to stick with the traditional Baileys and coffee flavors, stir in cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin spice. Add to taste and start with less – you can always add more later.

That said, Matt’s favorite total goofball way to serve this (and the reason the cocktail is named The Baileys Breakfast) is to top the drink with cereal! He uses 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 full recipe is at the end of this post.


Mudslides are some of the most classic Baileys cocktails. The mudslide drink is made with vodka, Kahlua, and Baileys.

You can make a classic mudslide on the rocks or make a frozen mudslide by adding ice cream. I like to think of frozen mudslides as adult milkshakes!

My popular Baileys cupcakes are inspired by mudslides – the flavor combination is so good!

Baileys Chocolate Martini

Baileys chocolate martinis are made using Baileys, chocolate liqueur, and vodka. Dress them up with chocolate shavings and you end up with some really fancy-looking Baileys cocktails.

Baileys White Russian

White Russian Baileys cocktail

A typical white Russian is made with Kahlua, but this version swaps it out and uses 2 ounces of Baileys, 2 ounces of vodka, and 3-4 ounces of milk.

Baileys Cocktails – Tiki Style

Baileys Cocktail - In a Tiki Cup

Not all Baileys cocktails use the classic Baileys Irish Cream. For Matt’s Tiki drink, he uses Baileys Almande.

Almande is a liqueur which blends almond milk with vanilla to create a nutty, balanced spirit. It’s dairy-free, so it partners well with citrus and will not break down or curdle in your cocktail.

baileys almande

A lot of classic Tiki recipes call for an ingredient called Orgeat, a sweet syrup made from almonds, sugar, and rose water or orange flower water. In this recipe, Almande takes the place of Orgeat for a twist on a Mai Tai cocktail.

To make this cocktail, use 1 ounce of Baileys Almande, a half ounce of Dry Curacao or Triple Sec, lime juice, and lemon juice. Shake over ice and garnish with pineapple. You absolutely have to serve this in a tiki glass!

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The Baileys Cocktail for Breakfast

This Baileys breakfast cocktail is made with coffee ice cubes and topped with cereal.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Baileys cocktail
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 185kcal
Author Stef


  • 3 ice cubes made of frozen coffee
  • 2 ounces Baileys Irish Cream
  • Lucky Charms or other breakfast cereal, to taste


  • Gently place ice cubes into an eight ounce glass.
  • Pour Baileys Irish Cream over cubes.
  • Top with cereal.
  • Drink up!



Make coffee ice cubes by freezing your favorite coffee in ice cube trays.
To give the drink a stronger coffee flavor, add more coffee ice cubes.


Nutrition Facts
The Baileys Cocktail for Breakfast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 185 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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