Bailey’s Latte

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Cocktail History

The Bailey’s Latte is a brunch cocktail that was created by R&A Bailey Company, the maker of the Bailey’s line of liqueurs. This version from author Jassy Davis’s book Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter calls for the classic’s template of warm whole fat milk and fresh espresso mixed with Bailey’s iconic Irish whiskey cream liqueur and topped with a decadent whipped cream and cocoa garnish.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Milk: This is a liquid rich in calcium and protein that is produced by mammals. We used Prairie Farm Vitamin D Whole Milk. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try oat milk in place of the milk.

Irish Cream Liqueur: This type of spirit made with cream, whiskey, sugar, and spices. We used Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur because it’s exceptionally creamy and flavorful. For a mocktail version of this drink, use Bailey’s Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Creamer in place of the liqueur.

Espresso: This is a concentrated type of coffee made from finely ground coffee beans and hot water. We made ours at home with a local coffee.

Whipped Cream: This is one of the garnishes. It’s heavy cream that has been whipped and beaten until it is light and fluffy. We used Reddi-Wip from the can for easier application, but you can also make whipped cream at home using an iSi Cream Whipper. For a dairy-free version of this drink, try Reddi-wip Non-Dairy Coconut Milk Whipped Topping in place of the whipped cream.

Cocoa Powder: This is the garnish. We used Ghirardelli’s Cocoa Powder because it’s rich and chocolatey.

Tasting Notes

The Bailey’s Latte features aromas of cocoa and sweet cream and has a rich taste that combines milk’s sweetness offset by the earthy, bitter notes of coffee and the unmistakable sweetness and vanilla note of Irish cream.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: While we both really enjoyed the drink, we felt it would benefit from more oomph in flavor complexity and alcohol content. If you fire up the stove for this one, we’d suggest trying Kohler Mint Chocolate Brandy, a bit of Fernet-Branca Menta, or your favorite whiskey to add a little something extra.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“Though lacking in any sort of complexity, this drink is quite tasty thanks to its combination of ingredients that are already individually delicious. The Bailey’s Irish cream mixes well with the coffee and milk to make a rich, thick-bodied coffee alternative that has a bit of booziness to it. I would serve this at brunch, for sure.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐
“This drink tastes so similar to creamy coffee that you probably wouldn’t even know it’s a cocktail unless someone told you. It’s extremely tasty, and most coffee lovers are likely to love it for that reason. But I’m giving it three stars, not because of its flavor but because I found it to be a bit lackluster and not quite boozy enough for my taste. Add in some chocolate mint brandy or an amaro to give it additional complexity, and I’d be sold on it. I wouldn’t ask for this one again to be made again as is though.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn & Winter by Jassy Davis.

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Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Winter Warmers: 60 Cosy Cocktails for Autumn and Winter
Hardcover Book; Davis, Jassy (Author); English (Publication Language); 144 Pages – 09/01/2020 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
$10.39

AuthorWinter WarmersPrep Time10 minsRating

Ingredients
 7 oz Whole Milk
 1 ¾ oz Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
 1 ¼ oz Espresso
 Whipped Cream
 Cocoa Powder

Method
1

Add milk to a saucepan.

2

Cook over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes while stirring until warmed through but not boiling.

3

Add Irish cream liqueur and espresso to a coffee mug.

4

Pour warm milk into mug.

5

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

6

Garnish with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 7 oz Whole Milk
 1 ¾ oz Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur
 1 ¼ oz Espresso
 Whipped Cream
 Cocoa Powder

Directions

Method
1

Add milk to a saucepan.

2

Cook over medium high heat for 5-7 minutes while stirring until warmed through but not boiling.

3

Add Irish cream liqueur and espresso to a coffee mug.

4

Pour warm milk into mug.

5

Stir for 3-5 seconds.

6

Garnish with whipped cream and cocoa powder.

Bailey’s Latte

Make It a Mocktail: Use Bailey’s Non-Alcoholic Irish Cream Coffee Creamer in place of the liqueur to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Libbey Cavana Tall Mug, 16.4-ounce, Set of 4
Libbey Cavana Tall Mug, 16.4-ounce, Set of 4
Includes 4, 16.4-ounce glass coffee mugs (6-inch height by 3.5-inch diameter); Classic tapered shape complements your tabletop
$34.99
UMEIED Iced Coffee Glass Cup with Handles, 10 oz Irish Coffee Mugs, 6-piece Glass Mug Set for tea and espresso Father's Day Gift
UMEIED Iced Coffee Glass Cup with Handles, 10 oz Irish Coffee Mugs, 6-piece Glass Mug Set for tea and espresso Father’s Day Gift
SET SIZE: 6, each holds 10 oz iced coffee, baileys Irish cream liquor, latte, cappuccinos.
$28.99
OXO Good Grips Silicone Everyday Ladle
OXO Good Grips Silicone Everyday Ladle
Flexible ladle conforms to curves to scrape up every bit of sauce for serving; High heat-resistant silicone is gentle on non-stick surfaces
$13.95
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Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel, BES870XL
Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel, BES870XL
Warranty: 1 Year Limited Product Warranty; Power: 1600 Watts; Voltage: 120 Volts
$599.95

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