Baileys is the world’s first Irish Cream Liqueur, created in 1971 by Tom Jago for International Distillers and Vintners, a conglomerate distillery and brewery. The proprietary recipe includes a blend of homogenized Irish whiskies and cream, as well as a unique secret cocoa extract as well as sugar and herbs.
At only 17% ABV it can be enjoyed on its own chilled or over ice, as well as added to coffees and teas, or as an ingredient in dessert cocktails. It is also used popularly in the creation of cakes and other dessert confections. It has a very sweet flavor and smooth creamy mouthfeel, with flavor notes of chocolate, toffee, and a slight nuttiness
Despite having cream as the main ingredient, the shelf life of a bottle of Baileys is 24 months from production. Whether it is sealed or opened, refrigerated or not, so long as a bottle is kept between 32 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit, it will be safe to drink for 2 years. This is due to the alcohol content preserving the dairy products, as opposed to having to add artificial preservatives.
Baileys Varieties and Pricing
Over the past 18 years, Baileys has experimented and released a number of different flavored varieties of their original Irish Cream. The flavors that have stuck around and are still currently available are Salted Caramel, Strawberries and Cream, Espresso Creme, Red Velvet, Pumpkin Spice, Vanilla Cinnamon, and Chocolate Cherry. In 2017 they made their first vegan-friendly offering with Baileys Almande, made with almond milk instead of regular cream.
Baileys Original is offered in all sizes from 50ml minis to 1.75L magnums, while the full range of other flavors come in 50ml minis and 750ml bottles only.
The Original and the other flavors are all similarly priced at around $24 for a 750ml bottle and $3-5 for the minis. They now offer a three-pack of 100ml Original flavor bottles for about $10-$15.
Below are the latest Baileys Irish Cream prices.
|Baileys Irish Cream Original||50ml||From $8.86|
|Baileys Almande||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Salted Caramel||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Irish Cream Strawberries & Cream||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Chocolate Cherry||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Red Velvet||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Espresso Creme||750ml||From $26.99|
|Baileys Irish Cream Vanilla Cinnamon||750ml||From $26.99|
Being the very original and having their own impossible to duplicate the recipe, Baileys stands alone as the “premium” Irish Cream Liqueur. Although many other imitators exist, they are all colloquially considered to be sub-par to Baileys, though that opinion is also left up to the drinker. Being that the other major brands are cheaper, sometimes by more than half than a bottle of Baileys, the temptation to try and find a preferred economy product is understandable and wise. When adding an Irish cream to a coffee or using it as an ingredient in baking, cooking, or cocktailing the difference in flavor between Baileys and its competitors is negligible. Only the experienced and ritualistic Baileys drinker would be able to identify the difference.
Molly’s is one of the most popular and easy-to-find replacements for Baileys and comes in around $12-$15 for a 750ml bottle. Similarly priced and in some cases just as easy to find Brady’s is also worth a try. The famous Irish dairy Kerrygold has their own Irish cream offering at about $20 a bottle, and it’s been described as being as good as their butter, which is saying quite a lot and makes it a contender for a spot in your fridge.
Cocktails With Baileys
Baileys Espresso Martini
- 1.5 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
- .75 oz Vodka
- 1.5 oz Chilled freshly brewed espresso
Start by brewing a shot of espresso, or brew a lot if you want to make more than one cocktail. Pour the espresso into a food-safe plastic or tempered glass bottle and put it in an ice bath in the freezer to chill the fastest.
Combine all ingredients in your cocktail tin and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass. You can drizzle chocolate syrup in the glass beforehand if you like. Garnish with a cherry or piece of chocolate.
- 1.0 oz Baileys Original Irish Cream
- 1.0 oz Vodka
- 1.0 oz Kahlua
Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin, shake vigorously with ice. Pour over fresh ice in a short glass, garnish with a cherry or piece of chocolate.