The ingredients in Baileys Irish Cream liqueur are aged Irish whiskey, Irish dairy cream, cocoa and vanilla. Baileys also makes cream liqueurs blended with hazelnut, coffee and salted caramel flavors as well as variant flavors such as chocolate cherry, mint chocolate and vanilla cinnamon.
People drink Baileys Irish Cream liqueur neat, on the rocks, over ice cream, in coffee or in a number of cocktails, such as mudslides, Irish car bombs and B-52s. Many recipes for desserts and dessert drinks also call for Baileys Irish Cream, including cheesecakes, truffles, cupcakes, chocolate mousses and eggnog.
Baileys drinks can be hot or cold and served as shots, cocktails or espresso-style drinks. A recipe for Baileys Irish coffee combines 2 ounces of Baileys Irish Cream, 6 ounces of hot coffee, 1 ounce of Irish whiskey and an optional dollop of whipped cream on top. Baileys Chocolatini calls for 2 ounces of Baileys Irish Cream, 1/4 ounce of Smirnoff No. 21 vodka and 1/4 ounce of Godiva chocolate liqueur. Baileys Espressito is served in a highball glass and includes espresso, sugar and fresh mint leaves. Baileys was founded in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland and, as of 2015, is the best selling brand of liqueur in the world.