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Drinks to Make with Baileys – Try the After 8 Cocktail

Are you looking for drinks to make with Baileys Irish Cream? Well you are not alone! St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and Baileys drinks are in demand.

This deliciously creamy and thick dessert cocktail is the perfect choice for a St. Patricks day cocktail.

Since I love sweet cocktails, I have not yet tried a cocktail recipe which contains Baileys Irish cream that I do not like. This Baileys After 8 Cocktail has the feel of an adult hot chocolate with the richness of a dessert.

It is perfect for this time of the year.

Chocolate drink with whipped cream and marshmallows near green shamrocks and rainbows with words reading Bailey's After 8 Cocktail.

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St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. Celebrate with an adult hot chocolate. This Baileys After 8 Cocktail is rich, smooth and perfect for a cool night. ☘🍮☘ Share on X

What’s in an After 8 Cocktail?

You’ll need some common ingredients to make this Baileys cocktail. Just looking over the list shows how decadent this cocktail will be!

It also makes us ask “are we making dessert or a cocktail?

Ingredients for After 8 Cockatiel: Baileys Irish cream, milk, mini marshmallows, whipped cream, cocoa powder and granulated sugar on a counter top.

  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • cocoa powder
  • granulated sugar
  • milk
  • mini marshmallows
  • whipped cream

Making the Baileys cocktail

The first step in making this delicious cocktail recipe is to mix the cocoa powder and sugar with a little of the cold milk. This will allow the cocoa powder to blend well into the drink mixture.

I used a small whisk to easily combine the cocoa powder.

Bowl with milk and cocoa near a small jug of milk.

Next, the rest of the milk gets heated in the microwave and the chocolate mixture is added to it. Stir very well to make sure the cocoa is combined into the milk.Adding cocoa mixture to warm milk.

Whip the cream and set aside. You can use aerosol or pre-made whipped cream if you would like, to save time.Whipping cream with beaters.

Pour the Baileys Irish Cream into the bottom of a heat-resistant glass. Add the heated cocoa mixture over the top of the Baileys.Adding cocoa mixture to Bailey's Irish Cream

Add five mini marshmallows in each drink. Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder to finish the After 8 Cocktail.Adding cocoa to whipped creawm and marshmallows in a Baileys Affter 8 Cocktail.

Tasting this cocktail with Baileys Irish Cream

How does this Baileys drink taste? In four words, think decadent adult hot chocolate. The cocktail is rich and creamy with hints of sweetness in every sip.Close up of a chocolate drink with Baileys, whipped cream and marshmallows.

The warmth of the drink is perfect for the cool days that we still experience around St. Patrick’s Day. The mini marshmallows and sugar add the sweetness that give the drink its dessert-like taste. So yummy!

Serve this luscious drink for you cocktail hour or use it in place of a dessert after an elegant meal. The choice is yours! You don’t even have to wait until after 8 o’clock to enjoy this Baileys drink!

More desserts and drinks to make with Baileys Irish Cream

If you liked this drink, be sure to check out these Baileys cocktails as well. All have the distinctive, rich flavor that makes Baileys Irish Cream drinks so popular.Irish cream in a shot glass on a black background with words "Bailey's Cocktails."

Bailey’s Irish Cream desserts

Are you looking for something sweet to go along with your Baile’s After 8 Cocktail? Try one of these desserts. They are all made with Baileys Irish Cream, so they will compliment the cocktail well.

Pin these drinks to make with Baileys for later

Would you like a reminder of the After 8 Cocktail and other Baileys drinks? Just pin this image to one of your cocktail boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

Chocolate drink with whipped cream and marshmallows and words "Baileys After 8 Cocktail."

Admin note: This post for drinks to make with Baileys first appeared on the blog in October of 2013. I have updated the post to add all new photos, a printable recipe card with nutrition and a video for you to enjoy.

Yield: 2 cocktails

Drinks to Make with Baileys- After 8 Cocktail

Chocolate flavored drink with Baileys, whipped cream and marshmallows.

Milk, cocoa powder and sugar give this Bailey's Irish cream cocktail recipe a dessert feel.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 ounces Baileys Irish cream
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 10 mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream


  1. Mix the cocoa powder and sugar with 3 tablespoons of the cold milk.
  2. Whip the cream and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining milk for 2-3 minutes in the microwave.
  4. Add the cocoa/sugar mixture to the milk and heat for another minute. Stir well to combine.
  5. Pour the Baileys Irish Cream into the bottom of a heat-resistant glass.
  6. Add the heated chocolate mixture over the top of the Baileys.
  7. Add 5 mini marshmallows in each drink.
  8. Top the drinks with whipped cream.
  9. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve.


Microwaves vary in temperatures. The milk should be hot but not scalding.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 485Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 69gFiber: 0gSugar: 48gProtein: 10g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Monday 30th of December 2013

If you’re a big baileys fan, this has to be one of the best drinks that you’ll ever taste in your life. The BBC or Bailey’s banana Colada cocktail will have you lining up for more at the bar. Be careful not to over do it though as more than one could have you getting a little tipsy!

Here’s the recipe for the BBC drink so that you can make it at home and enjoy it with your own memories of Grenada or to demonstrate to your friends that the BBC really is an excellent drink.

2 bananas cut into chunks 6 fl oz of banana liquer 6 fl oz of Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur 6 fl oz of coconut cream Crushed ice

Now all you have to do is add the bananas to the blender with the banana liqueur. Blend them together until smooth. Now add the Irish cream and then the coconut cream and blend.

You may want to be sure to have allowed the coconut cream to reach room temperature otherwise it could be tricky to blend. Now, add the ice and blend again until it’s smooth.

Pour your drink into a tall glass with a straw. Now sit back and close your eyes and imagine yourself on our verandah looking out to the Grenadines. Cheers….

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