Bailey’s Irish Coffee

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This Bailey’s Irish Coffee combines hot coffee with rich, sweet Bailey’s Irish Cream for a dreamy coffee cocktail you can enjoy any time of day.

Small metal pitcher pouring Bailey's Irish cream into a cup of coffee.

Start the Day off Cozy with Bailey’s Coffee

This Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee is the equivalent of a warm blanket on a cold winter morning. If you want to start your day off with all the cozy vibes, this is where it’s at.

This is the kind of drink you’ll want to linger over, letting the warmth of the mug sink into your hands and the foamy whipped cream coat the top of your lips.

“Nothing is sexier than a whipped cream mustache.” -An Irishman somewhere, probably.

While Bailey’s and coffee is an obvious choice for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, it’s also the perfect way to warm up any winter day. Pair it with Toasted Coconut Shortbread or Canestrelli Cookies for a delightful breakfast or mid afternoon snack.

This also makes a lovely night cap, though the more sensitive among us will have to sub decaf coffee if we don’t wish to be awake until 3 AM.

Maybe make some Stove Top Hot Chocolate for the kids, while the grown ups enjoy their own special holiday drink. However you choose to indulge, we think you’ll love this Bailey’s Irish Coffee.

Glass mug filled with Irish Coffee with bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream in the background.

How to Make Bailey’s Coffee

  1. Prepare your favorite hot coffee blend. I recommend a stronger brew to stand up to the Irish cream.
  2. Pour 8 ounces of hot coffee into a prepared glass. Stir in 2 teaspoons brown sugar.
  3. Add 2 ounces of Bailey’s Irish Cream.
  4. Top with homemade whipped cream and freshly grated nutmeg.
Metal pitcher pouring Bailey's Irish cream in coffee, with swirls of cream billowing up into the coffee.

Notes and Tips for Baileys Irish Coffee

The best thing about preparing coffee at home is being able to control the strength and sweetness!

  • Feel free to decrease the sweetness (some may prefer it without any added sugar at all), or increase based on your tastes.
  • I love the richness of brown sugar as a sweetener, but vanilla simple syrup, granulated sugar, and honey also work.
  • We preferred the 1:4 ratio of Bailey’s to coffee, but if you want it stronger, try a 1:3 ratio of 2 ounces Bailey’s to 6 ounces of hot coffee.
  • You can just plop the homemade whipped cream on top, but I actually like to warm the drink in the microwave for 20 seconds so the cream melts, forming a foamy top that is similar to steamed milk, but sweeter and richer.
  • Be sure to use Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur, not the line of non-alcoholic creamers.
  • We have a nutmeg grinder similar to this one that we use for this and other festive drinks, like Bourbon Eggnog.
Irish Cream Coffee in a glass mug with whipped cream and nutmeg on top.

How to Make Homemade Whipped Cream

Canned whipped cream is fine in a pinch, but nothing compares to homemade whipped cream, and it’s really easy to make!

  • Add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream to the bowl of a stand mixer. If desired, add 2-3 Tablespoons of powdered sugar.
  • Beat on high speed with the whisk attachment until the cream is thick and billowy. You can stop when it’s soft set or continue to beat until stiff peaks form.

Whipped cream will keep in the fridge for at least a week and is perfect for adding to coffee, or serving alongside cream cheese pound cake, mini pecan pies, or chocolate bundt cake.

Variations on Irish Coffee

  • Traditional Irish Coffee: Add the brown sugar to the brewed coffee, but substitute 2 ounces Jameson whiskey for the Bailey’s. Top with whipped cream.
  • Iced Bailey’s Coffee: Stir the sugar into the hot brewed coffee, then pour over ice before stirring in the Bailey’s. Cold brew coffee is also perfect for this.
  • Irish Mocha Latte: Combine 6 ounces (3/4 cup) strong brewed coffee + sugar + 1.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate + 1/4 cup steamed and frothed milk + 1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Bailey's Coffee in a glass mug on a small cast iron skillet.

More Festive St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Irish Cream Coffee in a glass mug with whipped cream and nutmeg on top.

Bailey's Coffee

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Rich and creamy Bailey's Coffee combines brewed coffee with Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur and whipped cream for a super comforting brunch cocktail or night cap.


  • 8 ounces hot brewed coffee
  • 2 ounces Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur (more or less as you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons sweetener (I prefer brown sugar)
  • Dollop of whipped cream, store bought or homemade
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Add the coffee to a mug, then stir in the sweetener until dissolved.
  2. Stir in the Bailey's.
  3. Top with whipped cream. It will start to melt into the drink right away, but if you prefer, microwave for an additional 20 seconds to melt the whipped cream completely before serving.


Feel free to adjust the alcohol and sweetener to your tastes. For a 1:3 ratio, combine 2 ounces Bailey's with 6 ounces coffee.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 304Trans Fat: 0gFiber: 0g

Please note nutritional information for my recipes is calculated by a third party service and provided as a courtesy to my readers. For the most accurate calculation, I always recommend running the numbers yourself with the specific products you use.

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