Irish cream can do no wrong.
Luck of the Irish Shake
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Baileys Irish Cream is, for some reason, sadly relegated to only one day of the year—which is a shame. This smooth, cream and Irish whiskey-based liqueur is irresistible and pairs deliciously with all of your favorite (bitter)sweet flavor profiles: think coffee, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Here are six Baileys drinks that are, no doubt, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, but we're sure not judging if you want to serve these up year round.

1. Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee
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You’re only four ingredients away from enjoying this classic drink—and it’s a favorite for good reason. Irish coffee is satisfyingly sweet, creamy, and so easy to whip up fast, which means it’s perfect for a group. That crown of frothy cream is the true star of this coffee cocktail.

2. Luck of the Irish Shake

Luck of the Irish Shake
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For the ultimate, over-the-top St. Patrick’s Day drink, you don’t need to look much further. Keep that bottle of green sprinkles on hand for the full in-your-face festive experience. And there’s nothing to dislike about the combination of mint chocolate chip ice cream, Baileys, and whiskey.

3. Frozen White Chocolate

Frozen White Chocolate
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This is your favorite childhood milkshake, but all grown up. With plenty of vanilla ice cream, white chocolate liqueur, and Baileys, it’s hard to find a drink more decadent.

Turtle Cheesecake Pudding Shots image
Turtle Cheesecake Pudding Shots image
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Turtle Cheesecake Pudding Shots image Photo: Lauren Musgrove

Ok, so it’s not exactly a “drink,” but trust me, you won’t need much convincing to give this sweet treat a try. It’s everything you love about the turtle flavor combo (pecans, caramel, and chocolate) —with the addition of, you guessed it, BAILEYS. These layered dessert shooters are a great recipe to have on file when you’re looking to serve a crowd.

5. Baileys Mudslide

Baileys Mudslide
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There’s nothing fussy about this three-ingredient, shake-and-serve drink, and that’s what makes it so great. If you’re in the mood for something fast, sweet, and boozy, this drink does the trick.

6. Chocolate Cream Martini

Chocolate Cream Martini
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Oxmoor House

This dessert/cocktail hybrid is Baileys at its best. Irish cream can do no wrong when paired with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The chocolate rim on the glass gives this chocolate martini an extra-fancy feel (you know, like in that 1999 Sex in the City way).