Irish cream liqueur usually combines cream with Irish whiskey. Traditionally, it's served on the rocks or added to hot drinks for an extra kick, like in our boozy hot chocolate, and it's usually served around the festive period.
Start the yuletide season in style with ALDI's seasonal tipples
If you're looking for delicious drinks to serve to guests over Christmas, call off the search – ALDI has you covered with its huge array of festive beverages, from creamy liqueurs to sparkling wines and craft beers.
Top picks include ALDI's Specially Selected Irish Cream Liqueur, with hints of chocolate and biscuit, and the Ballycastle Blonde Chocolate Flavour Cream – which was awarded joint winner of the best festive liqueur in the olive Christmas Supermarket Awards this year. Serve over ice or add a splash to hot chocolate – the perfect warming drink for a cosy night in.
To discover the full festive range, head to ALDI.co.uk.
Why not make your own Irish cream with our super-easy recipe? Try our simple homemade Irish cream, perfect for the festive period...
8 best Irish creams and cream liqueurs to try
Kyrö Dairy Cream Liqueur
This modern cream liqueur comes all the way from Finland. Gin and whisky distillery Kyrö have used their rye spirit and whisky, plus local milk and cream, for this highly enjoyable liqueur. With well-balanced sweetness, it's got an enjoyably spicy kick from the rye. Try in a white russian.
Tesco Finest Gingerbread Latte Irish Cream Liqueur
- Available from Tesco (£13)
This has the right level of sweetness to alcohol, with warmth from the gentle gingerbread flavour – a good twist on a classic.
Baileys the Original Irish cream liqueur
Baileys Irish cream is made by Gilbeys of Ireland, a combination of cream and Irish whiskeys from various distilleries. A classic and the most recognisable brand when it comes to Irish creams, it's smooth and easy going.
The Norfolk Nog cream liqueur
The English Whisky Company has created an opulent, velvety marriage of its single-malt whisky with cream. Pour in a hip flask for winter walks, or enjoy a dram in a cup of coffee.
Five Farms Small Batch Irish Cream Liqueur
- Available from The Bottle Club (£27.49)
The clue’s in the name here – this is made with fresh cream sourced from five family-owned farms in County Cork. The end result is delicious, velvety smooth and luxuriously creamy, with inviting butterscotch and coffee notes, and a kick from Irish whisky. Sip in place of dessert after dinner.
The Bottle Club (£27.49)
Black Lines Oatnog
This dairy-free twist on a festive classic, eggnog, is worth buying whether you’re vegan or not. Made using Minor Figures oat milk, East London Liquor Co. Rarer Rum, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla – it’s deliciously velvety, creamy and full of warming spice. Gently heat through on the hob or serve over ice, garnished with a little ground nutmeg. A generous splash in coffee would also work or use in a white Russian cocktail.
Mozart Chocolate Cream liqueur
- Available from Amazon (£16.99)
While not strictly an Irish cream, we fell for this decadent liqueur which features Belgian chocolate, cream, cocoa and Madagascan vanilla. Well-rounded and not-too-sweet, with a nice boozy edge. Essentially it tastes like alcoholic chocolate milk – what’s not to like?
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Tesco Lebkuchen flavoured Irish Cream Liqueur
- Available from Tesco (£13)
Christmas spices dominate in this innovative festive liqueur: delivering a resounding gingerbread and salted caramel flavour. We also enjoyed the balance of creamy and toasty notes.
Looking for Irish cream recipes or alternative boozy bakes? Click here to see our best ever Irish cream recipes including Baileys chocolate tiffin and our best ever boozy bakes...