Baileys Whipped Cream makes for a boozy topper for your hot cocoa, coffee or cocktails. Even dessert!
Boozy Whipped Cream
Whipped cream makes everything better, doesn’t it?
Coffee, hot chocolate, cocktails, desserts, pancakes — it’s always better if you can add a dollop of whipped cream on top.
Can you make whipped cream better? YES! You can make it yourself. In fact, homemade whipped cream is even more decadent than the store-bought kind.
But what if it were a little boozy, too? Wouldn’t that be better? Now we’re talking!
Heavy cream or whipping cream
It’s important to use cream, not half-and-half or milk. Look for the pint that says “heavy cream” or “whipping cream” or it will just not come together and hold its shape.
I prefer to use powdered sugar, but you can substitute granulated sugar or brown sugar. I always suggest tasting your whipped cream with a spoon after about 30 seconds to see if it tastes okay. Then you can add more sugar if you like and continue to whip.
Irish cream liqueur
Irish cream liqueur is a creamy liqueur made with flavors of chocolate, coffee and Irish whiskey.
Types of Irish cream
Bailey’s is probably the most ubiquitous brand of Irish cream here in the States, but there lots of other brands out there. Here are some Irish Cream brands to look for:
- St. Brendan’s
- Kirkland (Costco brand)
- Five Farms
I like to make my own homemade Irish cream, because it’s a bit stronger and it makes for a more flavorful punch, whether it’s served atop a hot beverage, on the rocks or on the side of a dessert such as these Guinness donuts.
Don’t substitute the heavy cream. Whipping cream is the same thing, but don’t use milk or half-and-half. (If you need a vegan version, check out this vegan whipped cream.)
You can use powdered sugar, brown sugar or granulated sugar in this whipped cream. Honey and maple syrup also would work.
Instead of Baileys, you can use other sweet liqueurs. For example, you could make this almond whipped cream with a splash of amaretto.
How to make Baileys whipped cream
To make whipped cream with Baileys, you will need first to make whipped cream.
Start with heavy whipping cream. Then mix the cream with sugar.
(If you want to whisk by hand, by all means, do it, but know that a mixer will cut the time by a lot!)
As you whip air into the cream, you will be increasing the volume, so make sure you’re using at least a medium-size bowl.
Typically with whipped cream, you would flavor it with a little vanilla extract. But since we’re making this whipped cream a little boozy, we’ll use Irish Cream liqueur.
How much alcohol goes in boozy whipped cream?
To make boozy whipped cream, you can stir in a little bit of any liqueur, like Baileys, amaretto, coffee liqueur or hazelnut liqueur.
For every 1 cup of whipping cream, add 1 ounce of liqueur. I suggest adding it ½ ounce at a time and tasting as you go to make sure it’s not too strong.
How to use Baileys whipped cream
Add the boozy option alongside regular whipped cream to a hot cocoa bar at a hot chocolate party.
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- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur, to taste
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or a hand mixer in a medium bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and heavy cream until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes.
- Add the Irish cream 1 ounce at a time and slowly mix. Taste between each addition.
- Store covered in the fridge for up to 1 day.
Feel free to substitute other liqueurs, like hazelnut liqueur, coffee liqueur or almond liqueur.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 137Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 42mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g