Irish Cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients which sometimes include coffee, which can be served on its own or used in mixed drinks or as part of a shot or a whole shot.
Irish Cream is very popular in the United Kingdom and the United States. Irish Cream typically has between 15 to 20% alcohol by volume, and is considered a cream liqueur.
It is typically served on the rocks as a moderately strong beverage on its own, but is often mixed with stronger drinks such as adding more whiskey, often Scotch Whisky or even Bourbon to blend in more of a kick that compliments the Irish Whiskey used in brewing. Coffee liqueur such as Kahlua and many Caramel liqueurs often work well too. Bailey's is a common addition to White Russians, due to its creamy flavour often going quite nicely with many of the coffee-flavoured mixed drinks.
Some recipes for Irish Cream liqueur have been published. These use various combinations of Irish whiskey, cream, coffee (sometimes, and usually optional), sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk. Many have significantly less ABV than the commercial brands.
Some notable brands of Irish Cream are Baileys, Carolans, and Saint Brendan's.
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