Indulge in the Richness of Irish Vanilla Coffee

Imagine starting your day with a warm cup of coffee that’s been infused with the rich and decadent flavors of Bailey’s Irish Cream and vanilla vodka. Or better yet, imagine sipping on this same delicious concoction in the evening while catching up with friends over good conversation. While the idea of a simple cup of joe may not excite some, let me tell you about a recipe that will change the way you look at coffee forever – Irish Vanilla Coffee.

As a barista, I’ve seen my fair share of lattes, cortados, cappuccinos and macchiatos. However, there is something truly special about the warmth and comfort provided by a good old-fashioned cup of coffee – especially when dressed up with a few extra ingredients to create an entirely new experience. This is where Irish Vanilla Coffee comes into play.

The combination of Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and vanilla vodka creates an adult twist on traditional coffee that is sure to leave you feeling warm inside out. With lightly whipped cream topping off your freshly brewed cup of joe, Irish Vanilla Coffee offers a unique taste experience that you need to try.

So why settle for plain old coffee when you can jazz it up with some exciting flavors? Keep reading to learn how to make this irresistible recipe that will turn even the most caffeine-averse individuals into devout coffee lovers.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Irish Vanilla Coffee
Irish Vanilla Coffee

Are you tired of boring old coffee that lacks flavor and excitement? Look no further than this tantalizing Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe. Not only does it contain the traditional Irish ingredients like Irish whiskey and cream, but it also adds a twist of vanilla vodka and extract to elevate the taste to new heights.

But why will you love this recipe?

Firstly, it has a delectably smooth texture that is sure to delight your taste buds. The vanilla extract provides a subtle sweetness while the Irish whiskey gives it that signature kick. The whipped cream on top adds a creamy balance that is simply irresistible.

But wait, there’s more! This recipe is incredibly versatile. Whether you’re enjoying a cup in the morning or sharing with friends at night, it’s perfectly suitable for any occasion. Plus, you can adjust the measurements and add additional ingredients to make it your own unique creation.

Finally, making this coffee recipe at home could be much cheaper than purchasing from your local coffee chain. With just a few simple ingredients that can be found at any grocery store and some basic kitchen equipment, you too can indulge in this luxurious drink without breaking the bank.

Overall, there are countless reasons why you’ll love this delicious Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe. So go ahead, try it out for yourself and see just how amazing each sip can be!

Ingredient List

 Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cup of Irish Vanilla Coffee!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a cup of Irish Vanilla Coffee!

Get ready to brew the perfect Irish Vanilla Coffee with these ingredients!

  • 1 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream
  • 1/4 cup Irish whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

For substitutions and variations, try adding 1-2 oz of vanilla vodka or Bailey’s Irish Cream to enhance the flavor profile. You can also substitute the heavy whipping cream for chilled Baily’s ice cream to make it a coffee milkshake. For a latte version, add milk instead of heavy whipping cream and use Valerie Bertinelli’s recipe for a mouthwatering vanilla latte. Experiment with different combinations to tailor the recipe to your preferences.

The Recipe How-To

 Take a sip and experience the taste of Ireland with a twist.
Take a sip and experience the taste of Ireland with a twist.

For this recipe, you’ll need strong brewed coffee, Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and vanilla vodka to make the delicious Irish Vanilla Coffee. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients

Gather all the ingredients to make sure that you have everything you need. Make sure to brew a strong cup of coffee in advance.

Step 2: Mix Ingredients

In a shaker, add 1 cup of hot coffee, ½ cup of Irish cream, ¼ cup of Irish whiskey, and 1 oz of vanilla vodka. Stir lightly with a spoon.

Step 3: Prepare Your Mug

Pour the mixture into a coffee mug that will hold at least 8 oz. of liquid.

Step 4: Add Toppings

Top your Irish Vanilla Coffee with lightly whipped cream and you’re ready to enjoy! You can also sprinkle your coffee with cocoa powder or nutmeg for added flavor.

Step 5: Serve Immediately

Serve immediately while it’s still hot, and enjoy the rich and creamy flavors that blend perfectly together.

That’s all there is to it!

If you want more vanilla kick, you can bump up the vanilla flavor by adding an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract or use vanilla-flavored Irish cream. For those who prefer a sweeter taste, you can add sugar or brown sugar to your coffee before mixing in the ingredients.

Now go ahead and try out this amazing Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe with your loved ones!

Substitutions and Variations

 Kickstart your day with this delicious coffee recipe.
Kickstart your day with this delicious coffee recipe.

Ah, substitutions and variations! The most versatile section of any recipe article. And this one’s no different. Lucky for you, I have a few tips and tricks up my sleeve to take your Irish Vanilla Coffee Recipe to the next level.

First up is the coffee. For a little extra oomph, try using a flavored coffee such as vanilla or hazelnut. This will give your Irish Vanilla Coffee an added layer of complexity that will surely delight your taste buds.

Next, let’s talk about the alcohol. If you’re not a fan of Irish whiskey or Bailey’s, fear not! You can easily swap them out for other spirits to make it your own. How about bourbon? Or brandy? Even rum would work well with the vanilla and coffee flavors.

If you’re looking to cut down on calories or alcohol content, you can use vanilla extract instead of vanilla vodka or Irish cream. Although this may change the taste slightly, it can be a great alternative for those who want to enjoy the flavors without any alcohol.

For those looking for something a little sweeter, substitute white sugar for brown sugar or add in a teaspoon of salted caramel syrup when brewing your coffee. This will add a rich and indulgent flavor to your coffee cocktail.

Finally, if you’re feeling extra fancy, try garnishing your Irish Vanilla Coffee with a sprinkle of cocoa powder or cinnamon on top of the whipped cream.

The possibilities with substitutions and variations are endless! So experiment and discover what works best for you – after all, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a delicious cup of Irish Vanilla Coffee.

Serving and Pairing

 Bring the Irish pub vibes to your home with this easy recipe.
Bring the Irish pub vibes to your home with this easy recipe.

When it comes to serving and pairing this delicious Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe, there are many options to choose from that will enhance the flavors of this coffee cocktail. This recipe is perfect for brunch, holiday gatherings or cozy evenings at home.

One classic way to serve this Irish Vanilla Coffee is with lightly whipped cream on top. You can garnish the whipped cream with some dusting of cocoa powder or cinnamon sticks. The creamy texture and the flavor combination between the whipped cream and coffee adds a nice touch of decadence and richness to the drink.

If you are fond of pairings, consider serving this cocktail alongside pastries like croissants or danishes. The buttery flavor of the pastries will complement the vanilla and coffee flavors perfectly. Some bittersweet chocolate truffles or fruit tarts are also great options.

For a more boozy option, add a splash of Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream, or even bourbon to make it more complex and delightful, and pair with strong cheeses like cheddar or blue cheese. The sharp taste stimulates your senses and contrasts with the sweetness of the cocktail.

If you prefer non-alcoholic versions, you can easily sub out alcohol for a dash of salted caramel syrup or milk to create an excellent latte or milkshake variation that goes well with any kind of food from toasted sandwiches, salads, fruit plates or even as a desert.

No matter how you choose to serve and pair this incredible Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe, you’ll love experiencing the rich notes of vanilla extract paired with Irish whiskey, Baileys Irish Cream in every sip. It’s guaranteed to become your new favorite coffee recipe!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Give your coffee a little something extra with a splash of Irish cream.
Give your coffee a little something extra with a splash of Irish cream.

As much as we all love indulging in Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe, sometimes time doesn’t allow us to prepare it fresh for every serving. The good news is that this recipe is just as delicious when made ahead of time and stored correctly. Here’s what you need to know about make-ahead, storing and reheating your Irish Vanilla Coffee:


One of the best features of Irish Vanilla Coffee recipe is the ease with which you can make it ahead of time. Simply brew a strong batch of coffee, mix with sugar, vanilla extract or ice cream, Irish cream and whiskey or vodka, and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. You can store the coffee mixture in a container for up to 24 hours before topping with whipped cream and additional Irish cream right before serving.


To store leftover Irish Vanilla Coffee, transfer the mixture to an airtight container or pitcher and place it in the fridge for up to two days. Note that because whipped cream doesn’t freeze well, it’s best to remove any whipped cream toppings before storing. When you’re ready for another serving, simply take the coffee mixture out of the fridge and top with lightly whipped cream.


This recipe lends itself well to reheating individual servings. To reheat your Irish Vanilla Coffee gently, place your mug in the microwave for around 20 seconds at a time until hot, being careful not to overheat as this can cause curdling. You can also reheat on the stovetop on low heat or by pouring hot water into a slow cooker filled with premade mixture (we recommend heating no more than 3-4 cups at a time).

Overall, nothing beats a freshly brewed cup of Irish Vanilla Coffee but by following these simple storage and reheating tips you can still experience its rich flavor anytime you want!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Ready to mix things up with your daily cup of coffee? Try this recipe!
Ready to mix things up with your daily cup of coffee? Try this recipe!

When creating the perfect cup of Irish Vanilla Coffee, there are a few tips to keep in mind in order to achieve a flawless taste. Here are some tips for perfect results:

1. Choose high-quality ingredients

The flavor of your Irish Vanilla Coffee heavily relies on the ingredients that you use. Make sure to choose high-quality coffee, Irish cream, Irish whiskey, and vanilla vodka to ensure a smooth and delicious result.

2. Prepare and measure ingredients ahead of time

Before starting to create your Irish Vanilla Coffee, make sure to measure and prepare all the ingredients ahead of time. This way you will prevent any mistake while measuring or adding them during the preparation process.

3. Brew your coffee strong

To achieve the full flavor of an Irish Vanilla Coffee, use strong brewed coffee and don’t be afraid to let it steep for a bit longer than usual. This helps to bring out the strong coffee taste that is essential for this recipe.

4. Lightly whip the cream

Make sure to lightly whip your cream so that it forms peaks but still has a smooth texture. If you over-whip the cream it can become too dense or even turn into butter, this may negatively affect the taste of your Irish Vanilla Coffee.

5. Keep it hot

For the best results serve your Irish Vanilla Coffee hot! It’s essential to serve it while it’s still warm since colder temperatures might mute flavors in this recipe.

By following these tips, you’ll take your Irish Vanilla Coffee from good to great!


Now that you’ve learned the ins and outs of making the perfect Irish Vanilla Coffee, it’s time to address some frequently asked questions. Don’t worry, I have got you covered. Below are the most commonly asked questions I get about this recipe, so read on for everything you need to know before attempting to make this delicious drink in your own home kitchen.

What is Irish vanilla?

Experience the rich flavor of premium vanilla beans and high-quality Irish whiskey in one. These Irish Drops come in a travel-friendly 2 oz. amber bottle with a dropper lid, perfect to enjoy on your way to the Emerald Isle without worrying about airport security.

What is the difference between Baileys coffee and Irish coffee?

If you’re looking for a twist on the classic Irish coffee, try making a Baileys coffee instead. This tasty beverage replaces the traditional cream and sugar with Baileys Irish Cream. As you may already know, Irish coffee is a beloved cocktail consisting of hot coffee, a shot of Irish whiskey, and a dollop of whipped cream. This classic drink first originated in Ireland during the 1950s.

What’s the difference between Irish coffee and coffee Royale?

The traditional way of making Irish coffee involves the use of Irish whiskey, while the name “royale” is reserved for coffee drinks that are made using brandy.

What is Irish cream coffee made of?

Preparing an Irish cream coffee requires only the right amounts of coffee, Irish whiskey, and Irish cream mixed in a mug and gently crowned with a dollop of lightly whipped cream. Although I have a swanky Irish coffee glass, it’s not mandatory to use one, particularly when you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on a weekday.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Irish Vanilla Coffee Recipe is the perfect way to spice up your mornings or wind down in the evenings. The combination of smooth vanilla and Irish cream with the boldness of coffee and whiskey creates a unique and flavorful experience. This recipe is also very versatile and can be adjusted to suit individual tastes, making it perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Whether you serve it hot or cold, with whipped cream or without, this delightful beverage is sure to satisfy your cravings. So why not step out of your comfort zone and try something new? You might just discover a new favorite drink.

So what are you waiting for? Gather the ingredients and give this recipe a go. Trust me, once you taste this delicious coffee cocktail, you’ll never want to go back to plain old coffee again.

Irish Vanilla Coffee

Irish Vanilla Coffee Recipe

Just the thing for a cool Fall evening or after building that yearly snowman. Very smooth and warming.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Irish
Calories 97.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces bailey's irish cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces absolut vanilla vodka
  • 4 ounces coffee, hot
  • whipped cream (optional)


  • Pour into a coffee mug 4 oz. of coffee.
  • Add 1 1/2 oz each of Bailey's Irish Cream and Absolut Vanilla Vodka.
  • Stir lightly and top, if desired, with whipped cream.

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Serving: 155gCalories: 97.5kcalProtein: 0.1gSodium: 2.7mg
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy, St. Patrick's Day, Winter
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