Bailey’s Irish Coffee with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream

This delicious dessert drink has it all: Irish whiskey, hot coffee, Bailey’s, pumpkin spice and cream. I mean, what else is there, really. Not much, am I right?

Baileys Irish Coffee with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Fall Drink

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I posted a recipe for Irish coffee topped with pumpkin spice-flavored whipped cream around the same time last year but the addition of Bailey’s makes this drink here even better, in my opinion. I got the idea to add both whiskey and Bailey’s from one of my favorite coffee shops (Bittersweet), which serves their Irish coffees that way. Add the pumpkin spice whipped cream and you’ve got the quintessential fall comfort drink.

Note that I tailored this recipe to very small glasses (only 3 tablespoons of liquid per person) and I liked it that way as a dessert drink but of course it doesn’t hurt to serve large glasses either. The proportions are easy to remember: 1 part whiskey, 2 parts Bailey’s, 3 parts coffee. Cheers!

Bailey's Irish Coffee with Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4
For the whipped cream:
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1½ teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
For the coffee:
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey
  • 2 ounces Bailey's
  • 3 ounces fresh, very hot coffee
For the whipped cream:
  1. Whip all ingredients to stiff peaks.
For the coffee:
  1. Divide all ingredients between 4 small glasses.
  2. Top with the whipped cream.

Food Photography and Styling: I used the piece of slate that I recently found in our shed (the same one I used as my background here) and I really liked how that turned out, I especially liked the color combination of the pale blue surface with the pale brown coffees. The background is a brown/blue slate tile (the same one I showed you here). To emphasize the focus on the front glass and to break up the surface a bit I set the glass on a metal coaster and, as I am sure you guessed, I lit this photo with my strobe.
Nikon D600, 105mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec., ISO 100. One Hensel Integra Pro Plus 500 Monolight, 35″ x 58″ Softbox.

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    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you, Maureen. You are right, the whipped cream is already delicious by itself, you can eat it with a spoon! :)

  1. Sarah (Thyme blog) says:

    Nicole, your photography is stunning. I keep coming back for more and more of your images. I write and photograph at “Thyme” blog. Someday, we should team up together and do food photography workshops!

  2. Traci | Vanilla And Bean says:

    Yes to the spiced whip, and to the small serving size! But I want to put that whip on everything… so I may need a larger glass just for that! Your styling is speaks cozyness and a mellow mood, Nicole. What I love most about your photography is the simplicity and your light manipulation is always an inspiration! Thank you for this my dear!

    • Nicole B. says:

      Thank you so much, Traci! I have to admit that I actually often find my photos too simple, as in, they are missing something. Working on that… :)

  3. Louise | Cygnet Kitchen says:

    Nicole, I love the simplicity of your photos, they are so beautifully shot and the food really is the star! They are definitely not missing anything!!
    I can imagine coming back to a glass of this after a long chilly walk…

    • Nicole B. says:

      That is so nice of you to say and means a lot to me coming from you, Louise. I think some of my photos sometimes look unfinished but maybe that’s just me. :)

  4. Rachel says:

    OMG! I think I died and just went to coffee and Bailey’s heaven! yummmy… This looks really good. I will definitely be giving it a try. We throw a lot of dinner parties, I think this will be a hit!

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