When we think of Baileys, our minds immediately go to coffee. We can’t even count the number of times we’ve added it to our post-dinner cup of decaf — and we certainly depend on it to give our coffee a boost on hungover Sunday mornings.
There’s surely nothing wrong with relying these tried-and-true recipes. In fact, they’ve rescued us on more than one occasion. That said, there are many more ways to enjoy Baileys than by adding it to a cup of joe. Just ask any bartender in the world. The creamy, Irish libation has become a go-to ingredient for creating crowd-pleasing shots that go down smooth and get the job done.
So, why are we letting the bartenders have all the fun? The next time you’re at home and in the mood for some Baileys, forgo the java in favor of a shooter. The following recipes each have three ingredients or less — and can all be made in less time than it takes to brew a pot of coffee.
B-52: Coffee liqueur, Baileys, and orange liqueur See recipe
Pro tip: Turn this shooter into a Flaming B-52. Float a splash of Bacardi 151 on top of the orange liqueur and light it on fire. Drink immediately with a long straw.
Blow Job: Coffee liqueur, Baileys, and whipped cream See recipe
Pro tip: Don’t take this shot with your hands. Enjoy the full experience of the Blow Job by putting your arms behind your back and picking up the shot glass with your mouth.
Buttery Jager Ripple: Jagermeister, Baileys, and butterscotch schnapps See recipe
Pro tip: This shooter can be served room temperature, but we suggest shaking the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
Decadence: Coffee liqueur, Frangelico, and Baileys See recipe
Pro tip: Be careful with these bad boys. They go down just a little too smooth. Enjoy one too many and and you’re likely to hit the floor.
Half and Half: Baileys and Irish whiskey See recipe
Pro tip: Add an extra kick by using Fireball in place of regular whiskey.
Irish Flag: Creme de menthe, Baileys, and brandy See recipe
Pro tip: We prefer these shots to be made with brandy. But if you’re a fan of the combination of citrus and mint, consider swapping the brandy for Grand Marnier.
Mudslide: Coffee liqueur, Baileys, and vodka See recipe
Pro tip: Transform this recipe into a creamy, frozen concoction. Up the quantity of the ingredients to one ounce each and add another ounce of milk or cream. Combine all ingredients in a blender with one cup of ice and blend until smooth. Serve with a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
Oatmeal Cookie: Cinnamon schnapps, butterscotch schnapps, and Baileys. See recipe
Pro tip: Enjoy this shot as a post-dinner treat. Serve alongside an actual oatmeal cookie.
Slippery Nipple: Baileys and peppermint schnapps See recipe
Pro tip: See pro tip for the Blow Job