BAILEY’S Irish Cream
The Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish cream liqueur made by Diageo at Nangor Road in Dublin, Ireland and in Mallusk, Northern Ireland. Irish liquor is basically an alcoholic beverage that is flavoured with cream cocoa and Irish whiskey! Yummy!
Owned by Gilbeys of Ireland, alcohol content is at 17% by volume for Baileys liquor. Invented in 1971 for Gilbeys of Ireland by a team headed by Tom Jago, the Baileys is the original Irish cream. The team wanted to introduce something new to the international market and thus a combination of Irish whiskey plus cream was formed! Baileys Irish liqueur was first put on the market in 1974.
Manufactured from various distilleries, the Baileys recipe required the cream and IRish whiskey to be homogenised to form an emulsion. This process prevents the alcohol and cream from separating when it is stored. No preservatives are required as the alcohol content preserves the cream.
Over the years, there have been a few variant flavours. In 2005, the mint chocolate and creme carabel were released in the United Kingdom first and in 2006 to the United States, Australia and Canada. In 2008, a coffee variant of this best Irish cream. In 2009, the Baileys Gold was released in Europe. 2010 saw a hazelnut variant and in 2011, Biscotti.
In 2013, there was also a premium product from Baileys called the Baileys Chocolat Luxe, a combination of Belgian chocolate with Baileys. There have been several other variant flavours released such as the Bailey’s strawberry and cream, red velvet cupcake, pumpkin spice and the latest (in 2020) the apple pie flavour. However, the original Baileys Irish cream liqueur has remained the most popular to date.
Does Baileys go bad? Well the manufacturer claims that Baileys Irish cream drinks have a shelf life of 24 months and the taste is guaranteed for two years of the manufacture date, whether it is opened or not and regardless of the Baileys drink being refrigerated or not. Store your bottle of Baileys alcohol away from direct sunlight.
With a bottle of Baileys, your drinks will surely be delicious! After all, it’s one of the best Irish whiskey and with the added cream, yummy! There are all kinds of Baileys Irish cream recipes available on the internet. You just have to do a bit of research. One of our favourites is the Baileys ice cream, Baileys hot chocolate or for the coffee addicts, the Baileys coffee! Guaranteed to satisfy your tastebuds!
How to drink Baileys? Many people enjoy the liqueur over ice. Some like it mixed into cocktails, martinis and to brew a cup of Irish coffee. Drinks with Baileys include Bailey’s salted caramel hot chocolate (yum!), Baileys latte, the above mentioned and very popular Baileys coffee and more! Honestly, if you just need a slight kick in your drinks that require cream, go for Baileys. It’s a proper grown up treat just for you.
Also known as the best Irish cream, a bottle of Baileys is always a welcome addition to your liquor cabinet.