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21 Baileys Christmas Cocktails to Make This Year


Need a delicious drink idea to make this holiday? Try one of these Baileys Christmas Cocktails. These recipes are made with the creamy, indulgent liqueur and are festive to make for your Christmas parties or Holiday happy hour.

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Try one (or more) of these Baileys Christmas Cocktails this year.

While Bailey Christmas drinks are a fun way to celebrate the holidays, I typically like to keep my home bar small and free of specialty ingredients. I make an exception for Baileys (or Irish Cream) because it’s one of those bottles that you can use for a lot of different recipes, not just drinks!

It more than earns its spot!

Why These Recipes Work

Baileys is an Irish cream liqueur made from whiskey, cream and chocolate. It is usually served as a dessert drink, either on its own or mixed with coffee or hot chocolate.

Baileys is also used to make the best Christmas cocktails. It pairs well with other spices and flavors which means you can find the perfect drink to make.

Related post: White Russian Cupcakes with Baileys

This collection of Baileys holiday drinks will inspire you use the Irish cream liqueur in martinis, mudslides, eggnog, tea, coffee, floats and more.

These Christmas cocktails with Baileys are infused with festive flavors of peppermint, caramel, cinnamon, chocolate, ginger, molasses, and chai.

These recipes are creamy and full of flavor and super easy to make. Keep it merry with these Baileys recipes.

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Baileys Holiday Cocktails

Holidays are made for celebrations and these Baileys Christmas cocktails are a delicious way to ring in the season with good cheer!


While you were probably looking for Baileys Christmas cocktails because you have a bottle of Baileys in your cupboard, you can make the recipes without it.

Look for another brand of Irish Cream if you can’t find or don’t want to use Baileys. I’ve heard that Costco has its own Irish Cream that is pretty tasty and reasonably priced.

There are also other types of cream liqueurs to try. Many of these will include additional flavors (like strawberry or spices) so you may not be able to use them in all of the recipes in this post. Make sure the flavors go well together.

You can make homemade Irish Cream if you prefer to DIY it.

Amaretto and Kahlua may be good alternatives. They aren’t super similar but have flavors that would typically pair well in recipes where you would use Baileys.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should Baileys be refrigerated?

Although Baileys has alcohol and preservatives, it is best if used by 2 years from when it was bottled. Once open, the bottle should stay good for at least 6 months although you should store the open bottle in the fridge.

What is best to mix with Baileys?

Baileys is pretty versatile and goes really well with chocolate. It also works with coffee and things that have a little bit of spice (not heat, but ground spices) like chai tea. Because of the flavor profile of aged liquors (like Anejo tequila and whiskey), Baileys is a match made in heaven for those too.

Does Baileys contain caffeine?

No, Baileys does not contain caffeine.

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  1. As a dessert cocktail gal, I can vouch for how good these Bailey’s Christmas cocktails are! We always keep some form of Irish cream on hand for drinks in the evening, they’re so tasty.

  2. I can’t wait to try these bailey’s drink recipes. I’ve actually had the salted caramel one before, it was so good. Each drink sounded better than the last!

  3. I can’t wait to try all of these bailey’s drink recipes. I think I’ll start with the Christmas Peppermint Mudslide. It looks delicious!

  4. Bring on the Baileys! These Bailey’s Christmas cocktails are just what the doctor ordered for a fun holiday party!

  5. Bailey’s Christmas Cocktails look like the life of the party! I want to try the peppermint one!

    1. I’m obsessed with peppermint this year. That’s my first choice Baileys Christmas cocktail too.

  6. Who doesn’t love Bailey’s drink recipes?? The peppermint drink looks like a perfect Christmas cocktail!

    1. I have to say I haven’t played around too much with Baileys drink recipes but consider it a New Years resolution. :P

  7. I can’t drink for health reasons, but is it weird that I want to try and make mocktail versions of some of these Bailey’s drink recipes?! They just look so festive, and I have memories of my parents making some of these (WITH Bailey’s haha) on Christmas morning!

  8. One Crazy House says:

    I hope Santa leaves a new bottle for me so that we can whip up some of these Bailey’s Christmas cocktails to enjoy while the family opens gifts on Christmas morning! ;)

  9. I’m adding more Bailey’s to the shopping list! Every single one of these Bailey’s Christmas cocktails looks absolutely delectable!

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