Iced Irish Cream Latte
A shot of Irish cream makes everything better—and that’s especially true for coffee! This iced Irish cream latte is creamy and sweet, with subtle notes of vanilla and chocolate.
An Irish cream latte is an indulgently creamy, sweet drink that combines espresso with warm frothed milk and an Irish cream-flavored liqueur like Bailey’s. It’s a little bit like the coffee equivalent of a warm hug—smooth, toasty, and the kind of drink you sip with friends after a cozy dinner party.
An iced Irish cream latte takes that smooth, indulgent drink and swaps the frothed milk with cold milk and ice to create an icy, refreshing beverage perfect for hot summer days or any time you’re just not in the mood for a warm drink—or when you want to enjoy all that Irish cream latte goodness without any of the work.
About this iced Irish cream latte
Yes, friends, this iced Irish cream latte is easy. Once you’ve got the espresso ready—or if you keep some on hand in the fridge for all your latte needs—you just mix everything together, add a straw, and enjoy. It takes way more time and effort to go to Starbucks than it does to make this latte recipe at home!
This iced Irish cream latte is ideal for any time of day. It’s a great way to start the morning with a decadent coffee treat, or to end the night with a sweet, creamy dessert-worthy beverage. An afternoon pick-me-up? Yep, it works for that too!
It’s also perfect for brunch get-togethers. Serve it with our epic egg sandwich board, pancake board, or alongside other brunch favorites like mini quiches.
What you need
- Ice – Pro-tip: If you don’t want to water down your Irish cream latte as the ice melts, freeze coffee in your ice cube tray instead of water.
- Espresso – Freshly brewed, instant—whatever you usually use.
- Bailey’s Irish Cream – We use the original here, but feel free to switch things up with a flavored variety.
- Whole milk – Whole milk will give you the creamiest, dreamiest iced Irish cream latte, but you can substitute a plant-based milk or lower fat milk if you’d like.
How to make it
Get started. Place ice cubes in a tall glass; you can use just a few, or fill the glass to the top.
Mix the latte. Pour in the espresso, Irish cream, and whole milk; stir well.
Tip: The ice cubes will cool the espresso, so it’s fine to add it hot.
Serve. Add a straw and serve immediately.
Irish cream is made with Irish whiskey, along with cream, chocolate, and vanilla flavors.
Coffee and espresso are favorites for mixing with Bailey’s, but you can also stir it into hot chocolate if you want all the warmth and coziness of an Irish cream latte minus the caffeine.
Iced coffee is made with brewed coffee, while an iced latte is made with espresso. An iced latte typically has more milk than an iced coffee, too.
How to make this iced Irish cream latte your own
Here are some simple variations on this iced Irish cream latte recipe:
- Make iced Irish cream coffee. Use 4 ounces of cold brew coffee and 2 ounces of whole milk with the Irish cream.
- Make it without an espresso machine. Substitute the espresso with a strong roast of French press coffee or use instant espresso powder.
- Make it cafe-style. Add whipped cream to the top, drizzle chocolate syrup down the sides of the glass, or make it festive for St. Patrick’s Day with a sprig of mint for garnish.
Since this recipe serves one, you’re unlikely to have leftovers, but if you do, you can pop your iced Irish cream latte in the fridge for up to a day.
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Get the Recipe: Iced Irish Cream Latte
- 1 ounce espresso
- 1½ ounces Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 4 ounces whole milk
- Add ice to a tall glass.
- Pour in espresso, Irish cream, and whole milk and stir.
- Serve with a straw.
- You can also make this as an Iced Coffee by using 4 ounces cold brew coffee and 2 ounces whole milk with the Irish cream.
- If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can substitute with a strong roast of French press coffee or use instant espresso powder.
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