Homemade Baileys Apple Pie is our favourite cold iced cocktail recipe to enjoy in the Fall and Winter months.
Our simple, quick & easy Baileys Apple Pie cocktail recipe features Baileys Original Irish Cream, Calvados, Frangelico, apple cider, apple slices, cinnamon stick, whipped cream, caramel sauce and ice.
Baileys Apple Pie is a popular cocktail drink to serve at Thanksgiving or around the holidays at Christmas.
You can transform this Baileys cocktail into a dessert by adding two scoops of vanilla, caramel or cinnamon ginger ice cream!
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What Is Baileys Irish Cream?
Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish cream liqueur, an alcoholic beverage flavoured with cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey. Ireland’s most famous sweet sip is produced by Diageo in Dublin, Republic of Ireland and Mallusk, Northern Ireland.
Baileys is the original Irish cream, invented by Tom Jago in 1971 by Gilbeys of Ireland. The formulation of Baileys was motivated partly by the availability of alcohol from a money-losing distillery and a desire to use surplus cream from another business, Express Dairies, a result of the increased popularity of skimmed milk.
Baileys was officially introduced in 1974 as the world’s first Irish cream. The name was borrowed from a restaurant owned by John Chesterman, who granted Gilbey permission to use it. The fictional R.A. Bailey signature was inspired by the Bailey’s Hotel in London.
Ever wonder how Baileys is made?
Cream and Irish whiskey from various distilleries are homogenised to form an emulsion with the aid of an emulsifier containing refined vegetable oil. The process prevents the separation of alcohol and cream during storage. Baileys contains a proprietary cocoa extract recipe giving Baileys its unique chocolate character.
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Travel to Ireland to Sip Baileys Apple Pie
There’s no better way to familiarize yourself with the best Baileys Apple Pie recipe then by planning a vacation to visit the world’s best whiskey distilleries.
In Scotland we enjoyed a scenic road trip to the Isle of Islay, which is best known for its famous Islay Scotch whisky distilleries. If you’re looking to experience the best things to do on the Isle of Islay visit award-winning distilleries like Bruichladdich, Laphroaig, Lagavulin, Ardbeg and Bowmore.
Fly over to Ireland and you’ll find plenty of fine whiskey produced by famous distilleries like Jamesons and Bushmills. There’s no better way to educate yourself about Irish Whiskey then by taking a tour of Jameson Distillery near Cork and Bushmills along the Causeway Coast. They’re both worth a day trip from Dublin.
Every pub, bar, restaurants and hotel cocktail bar in Ireland (including the tiniest Bed and Breakfast) has a bottle of Baileys on a shelf somehwere ready to satisfy a weary traveler.
While the most famous way to use Baileys is by adding a few glugs to your morning coffee, in Ireland it’s also added to a bowl of oatmeal porridge or decadent Baileys French Toast.
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How To Make Homemade Baileys Irish Cream
You can prepare our quick and easy Baileys Apple Pie cocktail by simply using a bottle of store bought Irish Cream. If you don’t have Baileys on hand, or enjoy cooking from scratch, try making this easy homemade Irish Whiskey Cream recipe.
Simply combine the ingredients below with a whisk in a large bowl. You can store the homemade Whiskey Irish Cream in a glass jar in your fridge for up to a month. It tastes great stirred into a cup of morning coffee or muddled with ice.
- 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 cup table cream
- 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup Irish whiskey (such as Jamesons or Bushmills)
Baileys Irish Whiskey Flavours
We’ve used Baileys Original Irish Cream in this apple pie-inspired cocktail recipe. The brand makes several unique flavours, which we suggest you experiment with.
In 2020 the brand released a Baileys Apple Pie flavour in the US, which we highly suggest using in this recipe (for obvious reasons!) If you can’t find Baileys Apple Pie liqueur at your local liquor store feel free to use Baileys Original Irish Cream, your own homemade recipe or one of the flavours below.
- Baileys Apple Pie: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured to taste like a freshly baked apple pie a la mode.
- Baileys Salted Caramel: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured with salted caramel.
- Baileys Espresso Creme: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured with dark roast coffee.
- Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured with vanilla and cinnamon spice.
- Baileys Chocolate Cherry: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured with dark chocolate and tart cherry.
- Baileys Red Velvet Cupcake: classic Baileys Original Irish Cream is flavoured with like a Red Velvet Cupcake and pours a pretty pink colour. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day brunch.
- Baileys Almande: a perfect option for vegans, this 100% dairy free Baileys is a blend of almond and vanilla flavour.
Baileys Apple Pie Cocktail Tips
- If you’re looking to make a dairy-free and vegan-friendly cocktail prepare this recipe with Baileys Almande.
- We’ve prepared this recipe with a festive twirl of whipping cream on top drizzled with caramel sauce. If you’re looking to cut back on calories or don’t like whipped cream feel free to omit it.
- You can also substitute garnishes. Replace caramel sauce with fudge sauce or use dark chocolate or white chocolate shavings.
- Transform this boozy Baileys brunch cocktail into a decadent dessert by adding 2 scoops of vanilla, caramel or cinnamon ginger ice cream.
- We suggest serving Baileys Apple Pie in a collins glass but you can also use a rocks glass.
- This cocktail recipe is very popular during the August, when Fall colours transform forests into beautiful red, orange and yellow landscapes. It’s during Fall harvest season when fresh apple cider is available at the farmers market. If you can’t find freshly pressed apple cider feel free to use apple juice instead.
- In an effort to mimic the flavours of an apple pie we’ve used Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) and Calvados (apple brandy). You can substitute Frangelico for Disaronno and Calvados for brandy.
Best Bartender Tools & Cocktail Equipment
Before hosting a swanky Baileys Apple Pie cocktail soiree you’ll need to ensure you have the best bartender tools and cocktail equipment.
- Cocktail Kit: cocktail kits are the perfect gift for newbie mixology fans as they include basic bartender tools like a jigger, shaker and spoon.
- Cocktail Shaker: a bartender’s best friend. Purchase a premium cocktail shaker to muddle or shake up your favourite pink gin cocktails.
- Cocktail Glassware: make sure your bar is stocked with a selection of unique glassware to show off your favourite cocktail creations.
- Hawthorne Strainer: this unique strainer features tightly wound coils and perforated holes. It keeps ice and other large ingredients like lime wedges in your cocktail shaker rather than in the glass.
- Bar Spoons: slender and long bar spoons are a must-have when stirring drinks.
- Bottle Opener: easily open bottles of beer or cider with the flick of your wrist or purchase a corkscrew for fine wine.
- Pouring Spout: once you’ve opened a new bottle of gin insert these affordable pourers to make cocktail assembly a breeze.
- Cutting Board: purchase a petite cutting board for your bar to slice garnishes or citrus wedges like lime, orange, lemon or grapefruit.
- Ice Bucket: chill bottles of gin quickly in an ice bucket or keep by the bar when muddling gin mixers into cool creations.
- Ice Crusher: fans of the Mint Julep love an ice crusher.
- Ice Cube Kit: we suggest purchasing a selection of ice cube trays. Silicone styles are our favourite as they’re easy to clean and are available in various shapes and sizes.
- Jigger: use a jigger to accurately measure spirits, juices, syrups and shrubs.
- Juicer: invest in an electronic juicer or buy an affordable hand-held to easily juice fresh citrus like lemons and limes.
- Muddler: fans of the Mojito love a sturdy muddler to mix mint and lime. Muddler’s are handy for any cocktail featuring ingredients that need a pounding like fresh herbs or citrus wedges.
- Citrus Peeler & Zester: adorn your craft cocktails with a thick citrus peel or finer ribbons of lime or lemon zest.
- Rimmer: Bloody Mary and Caesar lovers should outfit their bar with a handy rimmer for salting and sugaring glassware.
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How To Make the Best Baileys Apple Pie Cocktail
Baileys Apple Pie Cocktail
- Cocktail Shaker
- Shot Glass
- Collins Glass
- 1 cup Ice
- 1.5 oz Baileys Irish Cream
- 1/2 oz Frangelico
- 1/2 oz Calvados
- 4 oz Apple Cider
- 2 tbsp Gala Apple sliced
- 3 tbsp Whipped Cream
- 1 tsp Caramel Sauce
- Cinnamon Stick garnish
- 1/2 tsp Simple Syrup
- Cinnamon Sugar rim
- Pour simple syrup into the centre of a small plate. Invert the cocktail glass rim into the simple syrup until evenly coated. Spread cinnamon sugar onto a separate small plate. Invert syrup coated glass rim into the cinnamon sugar until evenly coated. Set aside.
- Add ice to a cocktail shaker.
- Using a shot glass, measure and add Baileys, Frangelico, Calvados and apple cider.
- Seal and shake contents vigorously for 30 seconds until very cold.
- Strain Baileys Apple Pie cocktail into the rimmed glass. Fill half way with ice.
- Add apple slices and cinnamon stick. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel sauce.
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