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Irish cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients such as coffee, which can be served on its own, as an alcoholic substitute for milk/cream and sugar in a hot coffee (sometimes with whipped cream added on top), or used in mixed drinks or as part of a shot or a whole shot. Irish cream's largest markets are the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.
Irish cream typically has 15 to 20% alcohol by volume (ABV), with a proof level of 30 to 40. The brands of Irish cream include Baileys, Cremór, Kerrygold, Carolans, Molly's, Brogans, Saint Brendan's, Coole Swan, Feeney's, and Merrys.
It is usually served on the rocks as a moderately strong beverage on its own, but is often mixed stronger by adding more whiskey or sometimes bourbon, which complements the Irish whiskey used in production. Coffee liqueur such as Kahlúa and many caramel liqueurs are also used. Baileys is a common addition to White Russians, due to its creamy flavour.
Some recipes for Irish cream liqueur have been published, which use various combinations of Irish whiskey(or the cheaper white wine substitute), cream, coffee (sometimes, and usually optional), sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk.
- Cheaper brands of Irish Cream are known to use White Wine in the recipe as a whiskey substitute cost-cutting measure
- "Cremór Irish Cream ~ The Only Irish Cream That Rises To Any Occasion". Cremorliqueur.com. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Superior Irish Cream Liqueur - Coole Swan". Cooleswan.com. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Feeney's Irish Cream Liqueur". Feeneysirishcream.com. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
- "Merrys Irish Cream Liqueurs". Merrys.ie. Retrieved 15 January 2018.