My favourite kind of hot drink - the Irish kind! I’ve loved Baileys coffee for nearly all of my adult life and I just love being able to make it at home in my fancy latte glasses. Its especially great at Christmas with nutmeg sprinkled on top - but I honestly love this creamy liqueur coffee at any time of year
400mlFreshly made black coffee(enough for 2) (Instant or ground)
2tspGolden syrup or honey
250mlmeasures of Baileys Irish cream
Freshly grated nutmeg or cocoa powder to serve(optional)
First heat your mugs or coffee glasses by pouring in warm/boiling water and leaving to warm up for a couple of minutes
Next prepare the coffee (instant/ground/machine) - your choice of black or latte coffee. Make enough to fill your mugs or glasses. Allow this to cool for a few minutes before using. If the coffee is too hot the Baileys will curdle when added.
Empty the water from the glasses or mugs and add a tsp of syrup or honey to the bottom of each glass (the sugar will help the cream to float on top when added later on)
Then divide the slightly cooled coffee or latte between to 2 glasses or mugs, leaving around 2 cm of space at the top so the Baileys and cream can be added. Stir well to dissolve the syrup.
Next carefully add a measure of Baileys to each glass. If using black coffee try to pour the Baileys in slowly to allow the liqueur to sit nearer the top so creating gradual change in colour down the glass.
Finally add the cream to the top: Stir the cream well first then pour slowly over the back of a spoon so the cream sits above the Irish coffee. The tip of the spoon should be just touching the surface of the coffee as you pour and the cream should run off the spoon and onto the top of the Baileys coffee.
Sprinkle over some freshly grated nutmeg or cocoa powder and serve.
How much baileys to add to coffee: The standard shot for a measure of baileys is 50ml, which is the amount used in this recipe. As baileys isn't too strong in terms of alcohol content its usual to use a 50ml measure. This amount will also allow for the baileys flavour to be distinguished against the coffee.Substitutions: black coffee can be replaced with latte coffee (a shot of coffee made up with milk) if you would prefer a creamier version or if you don't want the finished drink to be too strong in terms of coffee flavour and caffeine amount.When to have Baileys coffee: Baileys coffee is great at any time of year. Particularly after a filling meal, when you can't quite fit in dessert but still want a treat. Its also especially good at Christmas.