Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur

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Kerrygold Irish Cream
ManufacturerTerra Ltd
DistributorKerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Limited.
Country of originIreland
Alcohol by volume17.0%
IngredientsIrish cream, Irish whiskey, chocolate
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Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is an Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and chocolate based liqueur produced in Ireland by Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur Limited. It was first introduced in the US in 2014 and the trademark is owned by Kerrygold under Ornua, previously known as the Irish Dairy Board. It has a declared alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume. Infinium Spirits is the exclusive U.S. importer of Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur.


In the early 2010s, the Irish Dairy Board approached the design agency Dynamo to develop and promote a cream liquor using their products.[1] The product was intended to capitalize on Kerrygold's brand as a dairy producer and to compete with the popular Bailey's Irish Cream.[2] The lifting of milk export quotas in Ireland also gave the company strong incentive to expand the international market for its dairy products.[3][4]

In September 2014, the product launched in the United States in Florida and Illinois.[5][6]


Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur was created by Kerrygold in Ireland, under Ornua – the Home of Irish Dairy which is a Co-op owned by Ireland’s dairy processors, and in turn by Ireland’s dairy farmers. In April 2015, milk quotas were lifted in Europe. Ornua was looking for more ways to export larger quantities of milk.[7] The launching of the cream liqueur was one of the outcomes. Currently, the product is sold solely in the US, Dublin Airport[8] and O'Briens Off Licence, in Douglas, Cork [9]

The alcohol, chocolate, and cream from grass-fed cows,[10] together with Irish whiskey from various distilleries, are homogenized to form an emulsion with the aid of an emulsifier, casein. This process prevents separation of the alcohol and cream during storage for up to 24 months. Without the homogenization, the fat from the cream rises to the top of the product.[11] The quantity of other ingredients is not disclosed but they include herbs, sugar, and caramel.

Storage and shelf life[edit]

Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueurs shelf life is 2 years, stored in a refrigerator or not, but should be consumed within 6 months of opening. The product should be stored away from direct sunlight at temperatures between 0 and 25 °C (32 and 77 °F).[12]


Like other Irish creams, the cream will curdle whenever it comes into contact with a weak acid. Milk and cream contain casein, which coagulates, when mixed with weak acids such as lemon, tonic water, or traces of wine. While this outcome is undesirable in most situations, some cocktails specifically encourage coagulation.

Cocktails containing Kerrygold[edit]

  • Kerry Berry [13]
  • White Rudolph [14]
  • Irish Cream Espressotini [15]


Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur is the winner of the 2016 World Drink Awards "World's Best Cream Liqueur Award".[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kerrygold Irish Cream | Dynamo". Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  2. ^ Torres, Carla (2015-02-27). "Make Irish Truffles With Kerrygold's New Irish Cream Liqueur (Recipe)". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  3. ^ "Morning business news - April 21 - RTÉ News". 2015-04-21. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  4. ^ Astley, Mark (2015-05-01). "'It's ambitious yet achievable': Irish dairy Ornua sets 2020 €3bn sales target". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  5. ^ Kevin White (2014-08-14). "Fancy a glass of Kerrygold? Dairy drink hits the US". Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  6. ^ "Kerrygold launch Irish cream liquer". Retrieved 2015-06-24. Farmer's Journal. Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  7. ^ "EU milk quota ends: Move raises cheers as well as dire warnings -".
  8. ^ Kerrygold Irish CreamRetrieved 2015-06-24.
  9. ^ "Kerrygold Cream Liqueur 70cl - O'Briens Wine".
  10. ^ "Kerrygold Irish Cream".
  11. ^ April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell IFIS Dictionary of Food Science and Technology text Retrieved 2015-06-24.
  12. ^ "Kerrygold Irish Cream: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Florida". ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-22. Retrieved 2015-06-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Welcome -".
  15. ^ "Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur - Espressotini". 4 February 2015.
  16. ^ "Liqueur".

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