An Irish Ice cocktail, Baileys Irish Cream, is more like a dessert than a cocktail. You can call it anything you want as long as it’s delicious! If you want to fire up the blender and enjoy your dessert in a glass on St. Patrick’s Day or any night, this decadent “drink” is perfect. Baileys went all out with this recipe, combining its famous Irish cream with iced coffee, a hint of mint chocolate, and Guinness-flavored gelato. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, an espresso float, whipped cream, and fresh mint are blended together and then placed in a glass on top. You’ll enjoy this treat so much that it’s worth the effort.
The Baileys brand offers a variety of Irish cream flavors that should work well in this recipe. Chocolate cherry, pumpkin spice, and salted caramel flavors are excellent add-ons. These flavors do not always stay in stock for long, though Baileys often introduces new flavors to replace discontinued products. It’s fine to stay away from the Guinness gelato and dive right into a great frozen cocktail. Try out coffee or chocolate ice cream instead. Also, as a matter of course, you could add an ounce or two of Guinness to the blender while making the drink.
A variation of Baileys that included “a hint of mint chocolate” was used in the original recipe, which is no longer made. The regular Baileys will work just fine. To bring back the flavors, use mint chocolate syrup or use regular chocolate syrup and add a drop or two of mint extract to the blender. Both iced coffee and espresso were added to this cocktail by Baileys, though they really aren’t necessary. I recommend making it just as directed if you have both since the espresso float looks really nice. If it is not iced, then simply add an extra teaspoon of iced coffee to the blender. Cold-brewed coffee is a great way to taste a coffee that’s really flavorful. It is not iced coffee and the method it is made with produces a sweeter, richer flavor that is true to the coffee bean and perfect for cold mixed drinks. However, it does take a minimum of 12 hours to brew, so make sure you plan ahead!