Mixing Drinks 101: Can You Mix Baileys With Coke?

can you mix baileys with coke
Joe | Last Updated: September 24, 2023
I'm Joe, a veteran bartender with over a decade in the industry and a burning passion for mixing drinks.

In this post, we’re going to explore a somewhat unusual question that’s been swirling around the bartending community: Can you mix Baileys and Coke?

Baileys, the creamy, smooth Irish cream liqueur with a hint of chocolate and vanilla, is a well-loved choice for many, including myself. Usually enjoyed straight, in coffee, or as a key player in classic cocktails like the Mudslide or White Russian.

Then, we have Coke, a globally recognized beverage with its distinct caramel sweetness and fizz. Alone, they are unique and iconic, but together?

The idea may immediately wrinkle some noses. Some of you might think, “Creamy liqueur and fizzy soda? That’s got to be a recipe for disaster!”

While others might be intrigued by the unexpected combination, wondering if it could be an uncharted sweet spot that may take your drinking experience to the next level.

So, whether you’re here out of sheer curiosity or you’ve heard whispers of this unconventional concoction, this blog post is the deep dive you’ve been waiting for.

Let’s get into it…

Can You Mix Baileys With Coke?

Yes, technically you can mix Baileys with Coke, but the combination is not common and is usually NOT recommended.

But while it’s not as commonly known as other Irish cream-based drinks, the Irish Cola is a cocktail that combines Bailey’s Irish Cream with cola.

This is a great example of the rule of thumb in mixology: there are no hard and fast rules if the end result is something you enjoy.

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However, Baileys Irish Cream is a dairy-based liqueur, made with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. Its rich and creamy texture and flavor often make it more suited to pairings with coffee, chocolate, or smooth spirits like whiskey or vodka.

When mixing a dairy-based liqueur with an acidic beverage like Coke, the result can often be less than pleasing. The acid in the Coke can cause the cream in the Baileys to curdle, creating a lumpy and unappetizing texture.

It’s lumpy, gross, and just straight-up unappealing.

That being said, taste is very personal. If you want to try the mixture of Baileys and Coke, you certainly can! The key is to do it slowly and observe the mixture to prevent it from curdling.

You might also try using a less acidic type of Coke, like Coke Zero or Diet Coke, or mixing the Baileys with a less acidic type of soda.

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What Happens When You Mix Baileys With Coke?

When you mix Baileys with Coke, several things can happen, depending largely on how the two are combined. The cream content in Baileys can react to the acidic content in Coke, which can lead to a curdled, lumpy beverage if it’s not done correctly.

On a chemical level, this happens because the acid in the Coke reacts with the protein in the cream, causing it to denature or change its structure, which results in the curdling.

However, this doesn’t mean it’s unsafe to drink, it’s just not very appealing to the eye or the palate.

To prevent this, if you’re making an Irish Cola or a similar cocktail, you should add the Coke slowly to the Baileys, rather than the other way around.

You can also pour the Coke over the back of a spoon to make sure it’s introduced gradually and mixes in properly.

If done correctly, you end up with a unique cocktail that combines the creamy, rich, slightly sweet, and chocolaty flavors of Baileys with the fizzy, sweet, and slightly tart flavors of Coke.

It might not be a traditional combination, but some people do enjoy it!

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Is Mixing Baileys With Coke A Good Idea?

While it’s certainly possible to mix Baileys with Coke, it’s not a combination that’s at the top of most cocktail menus.

Personally, I’m not a fan of mixing Baileys with Coke. The texture just doesn’t sit right with me and I struggle to drink more than a few mouthfuls of this mix.

It’s quite a niche drink and, as discussed, might not be to everyone’s liking. The potential for the cream to curdle in response to the acid in the Coke can result in a texture that’s off-putting for some.

Also, the distinctive flavors of Baileys and Coke can compete rather than complement each other, depending on your palate.

If you’ve tried it a couple of times and haven’t enjoyed it, it might just not be the drink for you – and that’s perfectly fine!

There are countless other ways to enjoy Baileys. For example, you might try it over ice, in coffee, mixed with other spirits, or in a dessert cocktail like a Mudslide or a White Russian.

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Can Baileys Be Drank After Coke?

Yes, Baileys can be consumed after drinking Coke. It is not necessary for them to be mixed together to be enjoyed, and consuming them separately should not cause any adverse reactions.

Just like with any drink, it’s crucial to pay attention to how your body reacts, as individual responses can vary.

Always remember to consume both in moderation and responsibly. If you go guzzling Bailey’s right after drinking a liter of Coke, you’re asking for trouble.

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Drinking too much of any alcohol or sugary beverage like Coke can lead to stomach discomfort, regardless of the order.

It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water in between drinks, especially when mixing drinks as this can help to keep you hydrated and stave off the hangover.

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Final Thoughts

When it comes to mixing drinks, what may be a delightful discovery for one person could be a taste mismatch for another. And that’s perfectly fine.

The beauty of it is that there’s always another cocktail recipe waiting to be tried.

In the case of Baileys and Coke, while it’s technically possible to combine them, it’s not the most enjoyed pairing due to the risk of curdling and the distinctive, contrasting flavors.

That said, there’s no hard and fast rule in the world of drinks, and if you’re intrigued, it’s worth a try. Just remember to pour slowly and patiently. If you’ve already tried it and didn’t find it to your taste, you’re in good company too.

And, if you’re thinking about sipping on Baileys after having a Coke, you should be just fine. Moderation is key, as both are rich – Baileys in cream and alcohol, and Coke in sugar.

See you in the next one!