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Baileys Iced Coffee Recipe

This cold and refreshing Baileys Iced Coffee makes a slightly sweet and delightfully boozy beverage with a kick of caffeine. It’s an easy and delicious drink served for brunch or an after-dinner cocktail.

Baileys Iced Coffee with whipped cream and a red straw in a glass.

For coffee lovers, nothing beats a cold iced coffee on a hot summer day unless it’s a Baileys iced coffee!

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A chilled cup of strong coffee, a splash of sweet and creamy Baileys, and a few ice cubes are all it takes to make a wonderful Irish cream coffee cocktail in minutes.

Prefer it hot? Try a Baileys Latte, the classic cold-weather cocktail. Simply add a splash of Baileys Irish Cream to a delicious cup of hot coffee for the perfect drink to sip in front of the fire on chilly evenings.

Bailey’s Irish cream gives the coffee a creamy texture and boozy kick. If you’ve never tasted Irish cream before, it’s a smooth Irish liqueur made using Irish whiskey, sweet cream, and cocoa.

Because it’s slightly sweet with notes of vanilla and cocoa, Bailey’s pairs well with chocolatey or creamy dessert treats.

For brunch, serve your iced coffee with these Mini Chocolate Chip Muffins, or if you’re serving it as a dessert cocktail, these homemade Coffee Cookies are the way to go!

In fact, we have a whole list of Baileys Irish Cream Desserts for you to choose from. Don’t save them for St. Patrick’s Day! We love it all year long!

I’m betting you’ll also love this Salted Caramel Whiskey Cocktail. It’s seriously delicious any time of year.

What You Need to Make It

Ingredients to make Baileys Iced Coffee; Baileys, coffee, whipped cream.

Coffee: You can use either store-bought cold brew coffee or cooled home-brewed. We grind our own dark roast coffee beans every day as we love freshly brewed coffee. You can use this coffee grinder for spices, too! You could also make your coffee with a French Press.

Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur: We prefer the Baileys original recipe, but you can use store-bought Bailey’s or your own homemade version.

Whipped Cream: This is totally optional on top of the coffee, but so delicious. You can even use our homemade whipped cream recipe! Know the difference between whipped cream vs whipping cream? It makes all the difference!

Why We Love This Irish Cream Coffee Recipe

Baileys and coffee makes a wonderful drink combination and a refreshing way to enjoy coffee on a hot summer day.

This recipe takes 5 minutes or less to mix and only includes 2 simple ingredients that you can easily keep on hand. It’s the perfect last-minute cocktail for guests who pop in at any time of day!

How to Make Baileys Iced Coffee

If using freshly brewed coffee, you’ll have to let the hot coffee cool completely to room temperature. It’s even better if you chill it in the fridge for a few hours.

Step 1: Fill your coffee mug or a tall glass with ice.

Ice in a glass.

Step 2: Add the cold coffee.

Coffee being poured into a glass over ice.

Step 3: Pour in Baileys Irish cream to taste. (We like about equal parts Baileys and black coffee, but you do you!)

Baileys coffee and Irish Cream to make a Baileys Iced Coffee.

Step 4: Give it a quick stir.

Baileys Irish cream with coffee over ice.

Optional: Add whipped cream to this cozy drink and enjoy! The total prep time is less than five minutes!

Baileys Iced Coffee in a glass with a red straw.

Baileys Iced Coffee Variations

  • Dairy-free– We use Baileys original Irish cream, but you can use Baileys Almande for a dairy-free version. It will still give you all those same Irish cream coffee flavors but in a dairy-free version.
  • Chocolate Bailey’s iced coffee- You can use Baileys Chocolate Luxe to give your coffee a rich Belgian chocolate flavor. For new heights of flavor, you might want to add chocolate shavings. Just sayin’.
  • Extra boozy iced coffee: If you want to make a stronger cocktail, you can add a little extra Irish Whiskey to that sweet Baileys Irish Cream. Now, that’s a great drink for St. Patrick’s Day!
  • Non-boozy Irish Cream: If you prefer the flavor of Irish Cream without alcohol, try this Irish Cream syrup.
  • Coffee martini: To add an extra touch, serve this coffee drink in a martini glass. Instead of serving it on the rocks, put the ingredients in the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until nice and frosty.
  • Extra creamy iced coffee: If you prefer more cream than coffee, you can add some half-and-half or heavy cream to the coffee. To make it extra creamy AND extra sweet, you can add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Now that’s decadent!
  • Additional toppings: You can have fun and add all sorts of tasty toppings. A drizzle of caramel sauce or chocolate syrup is always a great option. A sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon would be good, too. Think of your own fun twists!
  • If the caffeine in regular coffee keeps you up, use decaf instead. It won’t affect the flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Other Types of Liquor Can I Add to Baileys Coffee?

If you’re fan of Kahlua, it tastes great mixed with Baileys. You can also add vanilla vodka.

Does Baileys Irish Cream Require Refrigeration?

Even though Baileys has cream, the alcohol acts as a preservative, making it perfectly safe to store it at room temperature for several months. If you want it to stay fresher for a longer time, it’s best to store an opened bottle in the fridge.

Can I Use Instant Coffee for this Coffee Drink?

What type of coffee you use is really a personal preference. You can certainly use instant coffee, though you want to mix it up a little stronger than package directions because the ice and Bailey’s will dilute it a bit.

What Exactly is Baileys Irish Cream?

Bailey’s is an Irish liquor with a smooth and silky texture that’s made from a classic combination of sweet cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey.

Baileys Iced Coffee in a glass with a red straw.

Top Tips

Skip the regular ice: One way to add even more flavor is to use coffee ice cubes. Just pour your leftover morning coffee into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then just use the coffee cubes instead of ice cubes.

Experiment with other Baileys flavors: There are many Baileys flavors to choose from. Bailey’s Strawberries and Cream, Apple Pie, Chocolate Cherry, and Salted Caramel all make delicious iced coffee.

Chill your mug or glass: To keep your iced coffee nice and cold, chill your glass in the freezer for about an hour.

More Irish Cream Recipes

Try the Irish Cream Cupcakes on this list of St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes!

Baileys Latte Recipe

Coffee Cookies Recipe (with Baileys)

Baileys Irish Cream Desserts

Baileys Iced Coffee in a glass with a red straw.

Irish Cream Coffee Recipe

Delicious iced coffee flavored with Baileys Irish Cream.
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: Irish
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 139kcal


  • 1 cup black coffee
  • 1 ½ oz Baileys Irish Cream to taste
  • ice
  • whipped cream optional


  • Fill coffee cup with ice
  • Add cold coffee
  • Add Baileys Irish Cream
  • Add Whipped Cream (optional)


Serving: 1 | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 0.02mg | Sodium: 0.03mg | Sugar: 9g
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This recipe first appeared on Food, Fun & Faraway Places on March 2, 2023, and has been updated for clarity.

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