Irish cream

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Irish cream
Carolans brand
Typecream liqueur
Country of originIreland
Alcohol by volume15–20%
Proof (US)30°–40°
Flavoursweet, creamy
IngredientsIrish whiskey, cream, sugar
VariantsBaileys Irish Cream, Brady's Irish Cream, Coole Swan Irish Cream Liqueur, Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
Related productsIrish coffee

Irish cream (Irish: uachtar Gaelach[1]) is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream and other flavourings. It typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) level of 15 to 20% and is served on its own or in mixed drinks, most commonly Irish coffee. Its largest markets are the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. It is not a traditional Irish product, as the first version of it, Baileys, was invented by a creative agency working for International Distillers & Vintners's Dublin office in 1973.[2] Within the European Union, Irish cream is a protected geographical indicator product that must be produced in Ireland.[3]


Top brands of Irish cream include Baileys, Kerrygold, Carolans and Saint Brendan's. The largest manufacturer is Diageo.

O'Mara's is the first Irish creme that uses wine in its blending process.[4]


Irish cream is served straight, on the rocks or in mixed drinks, often in combination with Kahlúa in an Irish coffee or hot chocolate. It is also a common addition to White Russians. Some use Irish cream to flavour desserts and other sweet treats.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

  • Irish coffee, a more traditional Irish whiskey cocktail of similar principle


  1. ^ "An Roinn Talmhaíochta, Bia agus Mara - Tuarascáil Bhliantúil 2016" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-10-19.
  2. ^ Gluckman, David (October 2, 2017). "In 1973, I invented a 'girly drink' called Baileys". The Irish Times. Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  3. ^ Taylor, Charles (December 11, 2017). "Irish cream liqueur sales set to break 100m bottle barrier this year". Irish Times. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  4. ^ "O'Mara's Irish Country Cream Liqueur (1.5 L)". sam's club. Retrieved March 15, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[better source needed]