Mixing Drinks 101: Can You Mix Baileys With Milk?

can you mix baileys with milk
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 episode of mixing drinks 101, we’re diving into a topic that often comes into the limelight around the holiday season: “Can you mix Baileys with milk?

We’re all familiar with Baileys Irish Cream, the luxurious, creamy liqueur with the decadent taste of rich, velvety Irish dairy cream, chocolate, and delightful hints of Irish whiskey.

I’m salivating at the thought. But can this crowd-pleaser be taken to a new level of creaminess by adding milk? Isn’t it already creamy enough?

Today we’re going to demystify this question, explore the potential flavor dynamics, and perhaps even discover a new favorite cocktail recipe or two.

So if you’ve ever been curious about mixing baileys with milk, stick around as you’re in the right place!

Can You Mix Baileys With Milk?

Absolutely, Baileys can be mixed with milk. In fact, this mixture can create a delicious and creamy cocktail that is sometimes better than Baileys alone!

The rich, smooth, and sweet flavor of Baileys blends very well with fresh milk, and combining the two creates a drink that is indulgent without being too strong or overpowering.

Just remember to keep your proportions balanced. A standard serving might be one part Baileys to two or three parts milk, depending on your taste preference.

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Keep in mind that Baileys is also high in calories, with 50ml containing 164 calories. So if you’re going to be mixing Bailey’s with milk, the caloric intake of this drink is going to be high. Like, really high.

You should also add some ice to keep the drink cool and always stir thoroughly to make sure the two are well combined.

As with any cocktail, the quality of the ingredients makes a difference, so use fresh, high-quality milk for the best results.

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What Happens When You Mix Baileys With Milk?

When you mix Bailey’s with milk, you create a drink that is incredibly smooth, creamy, and dangerously indulgent. Baileys, by itself, is a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, and a proprietary recipe of chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Adding milk enhances the creaminess of the Baileys, and the end result is a delightfully rich cocktail that is sure to leave you satisfied.

The process of mixing these two is super straightforward. As both are dairy or dairy-based, they blend well together, and there’s no concern about curdling (which can happen when mixing dairy with certain acidic substances like citrus juice).

The milk dilutes the alcohol content of the Baileys, resulting in a milder cocktail that still has the familiar flavor of Baileys but with a lighter, more refreshing feel.

It’s perfect for those that want to enjoy Baileys but don’t want to feel too woozy after a couple of drinks.

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Is Mixing Baileys With Milk A Good Idea?

Mixing Baileys with milk is a GREAT idea if you’re looking for a creamy and delicious cocktail.

The combination of the two is almost like an adult version of chocolate milk or a creamy latte. It’s a perfect blend of the luxurious taste of Baileys with the refreshing smoothness of milk.

This mix can also be very versatile and lends itself well to a range of variations.

For example, you can add coffee for a spirited twist on your morning latte, include a scoop of vanilla or coffee-flavored ice cream for a boozy milkshake, or add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon for a holiday-inspired treat.

Besides being a delicious drink on its own, Baileys and milk can also serve as a base for various other cocktails.

For example, adding amaretto can create a delicious Toasted Almond cocktail. If you enjoy experimenting with flavors and coming up with your own unique cocktails, this combination offers plenty of room for creativity.

There are a number of different kinds of milk to try too, such as coconut milk, almond milk, and oat milk. Give them a whirl and let me know what you think.

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Why Do People Mix Baileys With Milk?

People often mix Baileys with milk to create a blend that’s similar to a dessert in a glass. The mix provides a balanced, rich, and velvety flavor profile that many Bailey’s’ lovers enjoy, including myself.

The smooth texture brought on by the mix might be compared to a high-end cream liqueur but at a fraction of the cost.

Also, the simple pairing of Baileys and milk also acts as a canvas for mixologists to express their creativity, allowing them to add in a variety of flavors from spices to syrups, crafting a unique cocktail that takes them beyond the traditional serving suggestions of Baileys.

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I like to mix milk in my Baileys when I’m not trying to get too intoxicated. It’s easy to go overboard, especially around Christmas time, so I’ll add a dash of milk to keep things tame.

The only problem is the calorie count, but I guess those can be worked off in the New Year!

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Final Thoughts

To wrap up, the pairing of Bailey’s and milk is a true delight and one that I highly recommend you try if you enjoy Bailey’s on its own.

The resulting cocktail is both familiar and fresh, making it perfect for a relaxed evening in, a nightcap, or even an inventive brunch drink.

The only downside is the number of calories per drink, which can leave you feeling less than ideal come the morning after when you’ve guzzled half a bottle.

But don’t let a few calories get in the way of enjoying yourself from time to time! Bailey’s and milk is perfect for unwinding especially around the holiday season.

After all, the joy of mixology lies in the creative journey and the surprising, delightful tastes you can discover along the way.

Give this a try and I promise it won’t let you down.

See you next time!