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How to Make Baileys Coffee

Sometimes you just find the perfect pairing – salt and vinegar, cookies and cream, and, our favourite, Baileys and coffee.  They really are the perfect team.

Introduction to Baileys Coffee

Discovering the Delight of Presto Coffee's Baileys Coffee

When it comes to enjoying a comforting and soothing drink, nothing quite matches the blend of Presto Coffee's Baileys Coffee. This isn't just your regular cup of coffee; it's a delightful mix of the smooth, creamy richness of Baileys Irish Cream with the deep, satisfying taste of Presto Coffee's expertly brewed coffee. Ideal for those moments when you need a little luxury, Baileys Coffee from Presto Coffee is perfect whether you're relaxing at home or seeking a special treat. It's simple yet sophisticated, and it brings a touch of elegance to any coffee break.

In the upcoming sections, we're going to dive into the amazing world of Baileys Irish Coffee from Presto Coffee. We'll give you all the info you need to make this fantastic drink at home, from its beginnings to a step-by-step guide. we'll ensure that you become a Baileys Coffee aficionado in no time!

The Origin and Popularity of Baileys Coffee

The Journey of Presto Coffee's Baileys Irish Coffee

Baileys Irish Coffee, a blend of rich Irish cream and fine spirits, was born from the union of Baileys Irish Cream and Presto Coffee's top-quality beans. This perfect balance of creamy texture and strong coffee flavor, enhanced with a secret ingredient, Irish whiskey, offers a luxurious, comforting experience. Popular worldwide, Presto Coffee's Baileys Coffee stands out for its warm, deep flavor, appealing to coffee and spirit enthusiasts alike. Its global appeal lies in its luxurious quality, making it a beloved choice in cafes and homes everywhere.


What You Need

One of the best things about this coffee cocktail is how simple it is to make. While we have listed some variations that use additional ingredients, you can easily make a Baileys Coffee with just coffee and Baileys.  But we like to add a few layers of indulgence on top of that to really make it special!

Here are the main ingredients you’ll need to make a Baileys Coffee:

  •         Baileys Original Irish Cream
  •         Freshly Brewed Coffee
  •         Milk or Cream (Optional)

We’ve added a bit of additional flair in our recipe, and if you want to really impress your friends you could even push the boat out and get some Irish Coffee Glasses!

How to Perfectly Make Baileys Coffee

In the section titled 'How to Make Baileys Coffee,' you'll find all the information you need. Follow the step-by-step Baileys Coffee Recipe to create the perfect cup every time.


  • Freshly brewed hot coffee (preferably a robust blend)
  • 1-2 ounces of Baileys Original Irish Cream
  • Optional: Whipped cream, chocolate shavings, or a sprinkle of nutmeg for garnish, Coffee Ice Cream

Brewing the Coffee

  • Choose the Right Coffee Beans: Start with high-quality coffee beans. A dark roast works well, providing a flavor that complements the creaminess of Baileys.
  • Brewing Method: Use your preferred method (drip, French press, espresso maker) to brew a strong coffee. The strength of the coffee should balance the sweetness of the Baileys.

Preparing the Baileys Coffee

  • Preheat Your Cup: Warm your coffee cup before pouring in the coffee to maintain the temperature.
  • Mixing Baileys and Coffee: Pour the freshly brewed hot coffee into the cup, filling it about three-quarters of the way. Then, add 1-2 ounces of Baileys Irish Cream to the coffee. The amount of Baileys can be adjusted based on personal taste preferences.
  • Stirring: Gently stir the mixture to ensure that the Baileys blend well with the coffee.

Adding the Final Touches

  • Garnishing: For a luxurious touch, add whipped cream on top. You can sprinkle chocolate shavings or a dash of nutmeg for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Serving Suggestions: Serve the Baileys Coffee immediately while it’s warm. It pairs wonderfully with desserts or can be enjoyed as a standalone treat.

Tips for Perfection

  • Quality Ingredients: The quality of both the coffee and Baileys Irish Cream plays a crucial role in the final taste. Always use the best available options.
  • Variations: Experiment with different coffee brewing methods or types of Baileys (like Baileys Almande) for unique flavors.
  • Serving Options: Though traditionally served hot, Baileys Coffee can also be enjoyed over ice for a refreshing twist.
  • Correct Proportions: A guideline ratio is important for the perfect coffee baileys, but personal preference is key. For a stronger Baileys flavor, increase the Baileys-to-coffee ratio slightly.
  • Coffee Temperature: The ideal coffee temperature is around 195°F to 205°F. This range is hot enough to blend flavors without degrading the Baileys.
  • Avoid Curdling: The pH level of coffee can cause curdling. A workaround is to use a lower-acidity coffee. Gently warming Baileys before adding it to coffee can also help prevent curdling.
  • Garnishing: Creative garnishes not only enhance the look but also the taste. Try a sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon for a spiced flavor. For a visually appealing swirl, use a toothpick to create designs with the cream on top.
  • Serve Immediately: The longer the drink sits, the more the flavors meld and change. Fresh is always best for the perfect taste experience.
  • Experiment with Flavors: Personalization is key. Experiment with different coffee types (like espresso or Americano) to see how they interact with the Baileys.
  • Common Mistakes: Overheating Baileys can cause it to lose its creamy texture. Be cautious of the coffee's temperature. Using low-quality coffee can result in a subpar drink, even if Baileys is used. Quality matters in every ingredient.

This detailed guide on how to make Baileys coffee covers everything from ingredient selection to the final presentation. ensuring that each cup of Baileys Coffee is as delightful as it is memorable.

A Vegan Baileys Coffee Variation

For those of you who are vegan you’ll be glad to know that you don’t need to be left out of the fun.  For a vegan alternative, you can use Almond milk and Baileys Almande (which is a dairy-free version of Baileys).

The secret to a rich Baileys coffee? It starts with great beans. Find out 'where do coffee beans come from' and how they make your coffee special.

Whipped Baileys Cream

If you really want to take the indulgence to the next level then making (or buying!) a Baileys whipped cream to top off the coffee is an absolute treat.

This is basically a combination of whipped cream and Baileys, providing a decadent finish that is certain to hit the sweet spot.

You can buy a Baileys whipped cream from the shops, though we’ve noticed that it tends to only be available at Christmas time.

So, when making the recipe above, simply replace your cream or whipped cream with this delicious alternative!

Wondering how your choice of instant or ground coffee affects caffeine levels? Find out more in our detailed 'instant coffee vs ground coffee' guide.


  •         30ml Baileys Irish Cream
  •         220ml Whipping Cream
  •         2tbsp Sugar


  1.       Combine sugar and cream into a mixing bowl.
  2.       Use an electric (or manual) hand whisk and whisk ingredients together until cream starts thickening.
  3.       Slowly pour Baileys as you continue to whisk mixing everything together.
  4.       Stop mixing once the cream forms firm peaks
  5.       Keep in fridge or spoon on top of a Baileys Coffee!

Other Variations of Baileys Coffee

Variations of Baileys Coffee just like Coffee Cocktail offers a wide range of Baileys drinks with coffee, catering to different preferences and occasions.

  • Espresso Martini Twist - Shake together a shot of espresso, Baileys, and vodka for a rich, energizing cocktail. It's perfect for evening gatherings, combining the warmth of coffee with a playful alcoholic kick.
  • Cold Brew Mix - Simply mix Baileys with cold brew coffee over ice. This drink is ideal for summer days, offering a creamy yet refreshing taste.
  • Non-Alcoholic Delight - Use a non-alcoholic version of Bailey's cream, blending it with your regular coffee. This option ensures everyone can enjoy the creamy texture and taste, regardless of alcohol preference.
  • Seasonal Spiced Coffee - Stirring in spices like cinnamon in autumn or peppermint in winter adds a festive touch. It brings a seasonal twist to your coffee, perfect for holiday celebrations.
  • Baileys Iced Coffee - Blend iced coffee with Baileys and a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a luxurious drink. It's like a coffee-flavored milkshake, offering a delightful treat on warm days.
  • Baileys Coffee Float - Add a scoop of coffee or chocolate ice cream to Baileys-laced coffee. This dessert-style beverage is great for satisfying your sweet tooth.
  • Baileys Affogato - A simple yet elegant dessert, pour Baileys over vanilla gelato and add a shot of hot espresso. It's a perfect blend of creamy, sweet, and bitter flavors, ideal for an after-dinner treat.

From classic Coffee Beans and Baileys drinks to creative twists, there's a perfect blend for every occasion just explore different Baileys drinks with coffee to find the perfect match for your taste. A Baileys Coffee drink is a delightful mix of Baileys Irish Cream and expertly brewed coffee.

Interested in exploring more unique coffee recipes? Our classic Italian affogato recipe is a must-try for any coffee enthusiast.

Pairing and Serving Suggestions

Food Pairings

  • Desserts: Baileys Coffee pairs wonderfully with chocolate desserts, tiramisu, or cheesecake, complementing the richness of the desserts.
  • Breakfast Items: Try it with a brunch spread, especially with pastries or pancakes, for a delightful start to the day.
  • Cheese: A cheese platter with mild to medium cheeses can surprisingly complement the creamy texture of the drink.


  • Casual Gatherings: Serve it as a warm, welcoming drink at casual get-togethers or dinner parties.
  • Holiday Celebrations: Its rich, indulgent nature makes it perfect for festive occasions like Christmas or New Year's Eve.
  • Relaxing Evenings: Enjoy it as a relaxing beverage on a quiet evening at home.

Creative Serving Ideas

  • Serve in a clear mug to showcase the layers of coffee and Baileys.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a sprinkle of cocoa powder for a touch of elegance.
  • Offer a DIY Baileys Coffee bar at parties, with various toppings and mix-ins like whipped cream, syrups, and spices for guests to customize their drinks.

The key to enjoying Baileys in Coffee or Coffee with Baileys is to consider the setting and what complements the drink’s rich and creamy profile. Whether it’s a solo treat or a shared experience, there's a pairing that will elevate the moment.


Final Thoughts

No matter what version you try, a cheeky Baileys coffee at the end of a dinner party, or as a starter before a night out is a real winner.  We know you are going to love it as much as we do!

Prefer something non-alcoholic? Our homemade pumpkin spiced latte might just be the perfect cozy drink you're looking for

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best type of coffee to use for Baileys Coffee?

The best type of coffee to use for Baileys Coffee is medium to dark roast coffee, offering a flavor that complements the creaminess of Baileys.

Can I make Baileys Coffee with cold coffee or iced coffee?

Yes, it can be enjoyed hot or cold. For an iced version, simply pour Baileys over cold coffee and ice.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Baileys Coffee?

Yes, you can use non-alcoholic Irish cream flavoring in place of Baileys for a similar taste experience without alcohol.

How can I prevent Baileys from curdling in my coffee?

To prevent Baileys from curdling pour Baileys into the cup first, then slowly add coffee. Using coffee that’s not too hot can also help.

What are some popular variations of Baileys Coffee?

Beyond the classic hot drink, some popular variations include Baileys Espresso Martini, Baileys, and cold brew, and seasonal spiced Baileys Coffee.

Can I add other flavors to my Baileys Coffee?

Yes you can experiment with vanilla, caramel, or even peppermint for a personalized touch.

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