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This Irish cream latte is perfect for special mornings or after dinner in place of dessert. You only need 3 ingredients to make it, no special equipment is required, and it's ready in just 5 minutes!
This Irish cream latte is a spin on the iconic Irish coffee that mixes whiskey, coffee, sugar, and cream. If you like the Irish cream latte from Starbucks, you're going to love this homemade version!
It's a creamy latte spiked with a splash of Irish cream, making it less boozy than Irish coffee. It tastes milky and smooth with a mild coffee flavor, a bit of sweetness, and hints of vanilla and chocolate.
You only need three ingredients to make it, and no special equipment is required. While a steam wand or milk frother will certainly give you some nice foam, heating up the milk on the stove absolutely does the trick.
Simply brew a couple of shots of espresso into a mug. You can also use strong brewed coffee in place of espresso. Froth or heat the milk together with the Irish cream, then pour it into the mug. Don't worry, no fancy latte art skills are required for this homemade version!
If you plan to drink it later in the day, it can easily be made with decaffeinated espresso or coffee. For a non-alcoholic version, try Irish cream syrup instead.
This winter warmer is easy to make, and even easier to enjoy. It's the perfect drink for slow mornings or as an afternoon or after-dinner cocktail. Serve it to mark special occasions like St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or birthdays!
How to make an Irish cream latte
An Irish cream latte is a creamy and delicious treat for special mornings or as an after-dinner treat. It's also really easy to make by following a few simple steps:
- Start by brewing two shots of espresso into a mug. You can also use strong brewed coffee.
- Froth the Irish cream and milk together, or heat them on the stove.
- Pour the milk into your mug with the coffee. Ahh, enjoy!
Irish cream latte ingredients
Here's everything you need to make this Irish cream latte recipe:
- Espresso – we like the bold taste of espresso, but strong brewed coffee also works. Use decaf espresso or coffee if needed.
- Irish cream – Irish cream is a creamy liqueur made with cream, cacao, and Irish whiskey. To make a non-alcoholic version of this recipe, use Irish cream syrup instead.
- Whole milk – we use whole milk for a full-bodied creamy texture and excellent foam, but any milk will work. If you prefer a dairy-free alternative, go for a barista blend which will foam up nicely.
What does an Irish cream latte taste like?
An Irish cream latte tastes milky and smooth with a mild coffee flavor, a bit of sweetness, and hints of vanilla and chocolate.
What's the best type of coffee to use?
The best type of coffee to use is espresso, but a strong brewed coffee also works well.
Can I make it without alcohol?
Yes! For an alcohol-free version of this latte, try it with Irish cream-flavored syrup.
How to make an iced Irish cream latte
This Irish cream latte is delicious hot or cold, which means it can be enjoyed all year long! To make an iced version, there's no need to froth the milk because the hot milk will melt the ice. Start by chilling the espresso for a few minutes in the freezer. Fill a glass with ice, pour in the espresso, then top it with the milk and Irish cream. That's it!
When to serve an Irish cream latte
Give your brunch a boozy upgrade with this delicious Irish cream latte. They're also perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day, or for slow mornings around the holidays at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
A Bailey's latte is also a nice way to finish off a meal if you're hosting and not serving dessert. Don't worry, you can easily swap the espresso for decaf.
- 2 shots espresso (see notes)
- 2 ounces Irish cream
- 2 ounces whole milk
- Brew 2 shots of espresso (or use 2 ounces of strong brewed coffee) into a coffee mug.2 shots espresso
- Use a steam wand or milk frother to make the Irish cream and milk nice and frothy. You can also warm them on the stove (don't boil!) and then whisk them well.2 ounces Irish cream, 2 ounces whole milk
- Pour the frothy Irish cream and milk into the coffee and enjoy!
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