20 Baileys Cocktails For Any Time Of Year

Here's how to add the Irish cream to everything from milkshakes to martinis.

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Whether you’re looking for a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail or a new way to add Baileys to a drink, we’ve got you covered. These Bailey’s Irish Cream recipes are perfect for any occasion and strike the perfect balance between drinks and dessert. Get inspired by our 20 cocktails made better with Baileys.

If you’re unfamiliar, the story of Irish cream dates back to the 1970s, when extra alcohol from Irish distilleries and extra cream from Irish dairy farms were combined with flavors like cocoa and vanilla to create the drink we know today. Though it was created in response to a surplus, now it’s a liquor store, neighborhood bar, and home bar cart staple. Baileys is the tried-and-true option, though there are others if you want to branch out (or make your own!). it’s traditional for springtime St. Patrick’s Day, of course, but can also be enjoyed year-round (we explore its versatility by having both hot and frozen hot chocolate on this list). If you do want a bit of the luck of the Irish, go with a boozy shamrock shake, or really, any of our Bailey’s milkshakes. Though it makes a great casual milkshake, it also classes up nicely, like in our chocolate martini or nutty Irishman.

Did we mention it’s pretty much dessert in a glass? That’s because it pairs perfectly with chocolatey or cookie desserts, like in our classic mudslide or milk and cookie shots. Use them to replace your after dinner sweet treat, or serve them alongside!

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Baileys Coffee Slushies

This super-boozy shake uses cold brew ice cubes, so it won't get diluted no matter how long it takes you to get to the bottom of the glass.

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chocolate milkshake topped with marshmallow fluff, chocolate and graham crackers
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Boozy S'mores Milkshake

This boozy chocolate milkshake has everything you love about s'mores and then some. Look for dehydrated mini marshmallows for the rim!

Get the Boozy S'mores Milkshake recipe.

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Chocolate Martini

We love topping ours with shaved chocolate or a pinch of cocoa powder, but feel free to get creative on the garnishes! Try adding a strawberry or a spring of mint, or even adding crushed Oreos to the rim.

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Milk & Cookies Shots

Cookies filled with Baileys? Yes please. We love the ease of using store bought cookie dough, but if you've got the time, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is even better!

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mudslide cocktail topped with chocolate shavings
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This chocolatey Kahlua, Baileys, and vodka drink is meant to be served ice cold, so chill everything (shaker, glass, liquid...) before assembly for best blissfully creamy results.

Get the Mudslide recipe.

nutty irishman creamy cocktail topped with crushed hazelnuts in a coupe
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Nutty Irishman

The “nutty” in the Nutty Irishman refers to hazelnut liqueur— we like topping ours with extra crushed hazelnuts to get even nuttier!

Get the Nutty Irishman recipe.

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Baileys Irish Floats

Only four ingredients — vanilla ice cream, Guinness, Baileys, and chocolate syrup — make up these simple floats.

Get the Baileys Irish Floats recipe.

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Dalgona Martini

Dalgona, or whipped coffee, is now the coolest thing to top all of your drinks with. Try it on top of this simple Baileys martini for an instant trendy pick me up.

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Baileys Frozen Hot Chocolate

Some frozen hot chocolate recipes involve making a fudge sauce over a double-boiler. Here, you just throw everything into the blender all at once, hurray!

Get the Baileys Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe.

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Baileys Cookies & Cream Milkshake

Cookies & cream ice cream, plus Baileys, plus whiskey? These are the best kind of trouble.

Get the Baileys Cookies & Cream Milkshake recipe.

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Baileys Irish Coffee Popsicles

Not technically a cocktail, but we say if they can give you a buzz, they count! These double layer popsicles are like the boozy fudgesicle we didn't know we needed.

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Dirty Snowmen

When you can't take snow any longer, boozy hot chocolate is the best way to cope.

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Ice Cream Cone Shot Glasses

Ice cream cones make the cutest shot glasses. These are great when you want to feel like a kid again (but drink like an adult 😉)

Get the Ice Cream Cone Shot Glasses recipe.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Shooters

We'll take all of our shots with a chocolate chip cookie lid, please.

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Boozy Death By Hot Cocoa

We took the perfection of classic hot chocolate, and added Baileys, vodka, and Kahlua. This baby packs a punch!

Get the Boozy Death By Hot Cocoa recipe.

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Boozy Shamrock Shakes

We know Shamrock Shakes are amazing. But BOOZY Shamrock Shakes? Now that's worth breaking out the blender for.

Get the Boozy Shamrock Shakes recipe.

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Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots

Enjoy your favorite winter drink as a pudding shot! Pay attention to the oz. in the recipe to make sure everything combines and set properly.

Get the Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots recipe.

hollowed out toasted marshmallow filled with baileys and rimmed with chocolate and graham crumbs
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S'mores Jell-O Shots

Skip the sticks and trying to bite hard chocolate sandwiched between hard graham crackers, and make these adorable jell-o shots instead.

Get the S'mores Jell-O Shots recipe.

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Lucky Charms Shots

They're magically Delish! Feel free to change these up with any other seasonal dehydrated marshmallow cereal you can find.

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Joe Spit
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Baileys S'mores Floats

The best way to enjoy s'mores in the winter? With boozy floats! It's a mix between a hot chocolate and a milkshake and we can't get enough.

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Brandon Bales
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Baileys Jell-O Shots

Coffee never tasted so good (or looked SO cute).

Get the Baileys Jell-O Shots recipe.

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