by Mari Williams

Homemade Irish cream is a real treat, served it chilled with plenty of ice or sneak a drop into your coffee.

Drinks and cocktails

Buyer's guide

If you like the flavour of cream liqueurs, experiment with various brands, particularly if making cocktails. Commercial cream liqueurs have a relatively low alcoholic strength, about 17 per cent alcohol by volume.


Commercial cream liqueurs have a fairly long shelf life, but do exercise caution with older, opened bottles. Store opened bottles in the fridge and consume within three months of opening, or according to the advice on the label.


Drink cream liqueurs over ice, in cocktails, or use it as a topping for ice cream. They can also be used to flavour cakes (such as cheesecakes) and other desserts. You can generally substitute one style or brand of cream liqueur for another, although the end flavour (but probably not the consistency) will vary as a result.