Irish Cream

Irish Cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, coffee, cream, and other ingredients, which can be served on its own or used in mixed drinks or as part of a shot. Baileys was the first Irish Cream liqueur.

Irish Cream is very popular in the United Kingdom. The best-selling brand is Baileys, with over 100 million bottles being bought every yearFact|date=December 2007; in Ireland, Carolans Irish Cream is the drink of choiceFact|date=December 2007. Irish Cream typically has between 15 to 20% alcohol by volume, and is a liqueur. It is sometimes made more alcoholic by mixing with stronger drinks such as the Italian aniseed-flavored liqueur SambucaFact|date=December 2007.

Home recipes for Irish Cream liqueur, using various combinations of Irish whiskey, cream, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and evaporated milk have been published. Many have significantly less ABV than the commercial brands.

Irish Cream liqueur is not Irish coffee, a hot drink prepared with whiskey, coffee, and cream.

The Economics of Irish Cream

The Republic of Ireland’s parliament, in late 2008, passed the Irish Cream Act, which increased tariffs on alternative types of alcohol in an effort to bolster production from local manufacturers. Foreign distributors protested to no avail. The act was passed by Members of the Dáil Éireann, by a vote of 97 to 69. Bertie Ahern, leader of the Fianna Fail party, commented: “This act will not only help Irish workers, but also boost national pride.” ["Footloose Capitalism," The Economist, Sept 13, 2008] ]

Brands

* Ashbourne
* Baileys
* Bushmills
* Carolans
* Feeney's
* Maloney's
* McCormick's
* Merry's
* Molly's
* O'Leary's
* O'Mara's
* Ryan's
* St. Brendans
* Supermarket brands, in many cases made by the makers of Merry's

External links

* [http://www.baileys.com The Baileys website]
* [http://www.terra.ie Molly's Irish Cream website]
* [http://www.dochara.com/tips/buy-irish-cream.php Site comparing several different makes of Irish Cream liqueur]

References

Molly's Irish Cream [http://www.terra.ie]


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