Cream liqueurs were originally quite straightforward – a combination of Irish whiskey mixed with some high quality dairy cream. Today, there is a much greater variety of cream liqueurs made with different spirits like vodka, rum, and even tequila and gin. Most cream liqueur manufacturers zealously protect their recipes in order to keep their products’ taste unique and unreplicable.
Because most cream liqueurs are dairy based, they will curdle if mixed with acidic ingredients like carbonated beverages, lemon or lime juice, and wine. But good news for lactose-intolerant individuals: several vegan cream liqueurs have emerged recently, the very first being Bailey’s Almande which uses almond milk rather than dairy milk. Cream liqueurs typically have an ABV of 15-20% and are flavorful and sweet. They can be enjoyed cold on their own, over ice, or in mixed drinks – most commonly Irish coffee.