Christmastime brings the welcome return of hot cocktails. From Mulled Wine to Hot Rum, when the leaves fall from the trees and the gloves are donned, I just want to light a fire and sip warm drinks.
Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur is a perfect alcohol for hot cocktails. That creamy, sweet, whiskey pairs so well with coffee, so here I’ve used it in a latte, jazzed up with a pumpkin spice mix of warming cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves. The subtle spices compliment the richness of the Baileys and the strong coffee, making this a wonderful drink during autumn and winter.
This pumpkin spice mix is so easy to put together and really evokes the aromas of the season. Major coffee shops have their very sweet PSL-flavoured syrups, but this is a lovely way to get the natural spice flavours at home.
Here’s my take on thebar’s recipe for Bailey’s Latte.
- 100ml (1/3 cup) Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur
- 40ml (1/4 cup) Espresso
- 270ml (1¼ cup) Milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
- ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Divide the Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur and espresso between two mugs.
- Mix the cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg in a small dish and set aside.
- Heat the milk gently with the vanilla extract and ½ teaspoon of the spice mix.
- Carefully froth the hot milk with an aerator or blender until frothy and top up the mugs.
- Sprinkle the drinks with a little of the pumpkin spice mix to finish.
- Serve immediately.
I made this with my Froothie Optimum 9400 high-speed blender. It’s more powerful than a Vitamix, Ninja or Blendtec and could even blend stones (should you be mad enough to do it).
This Baileys Pumpkin Spice Latte reminds me of a lovely afternoon I spent wandering Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, London with my sister. We wandered the festive park wrapped up in scarves and hats, sampling all of the hot cocktails, laughing and feeling absolutely filled with Christmas spirit.
This cocktail needs to make even more memories – will yours be Baileys PSL in front of a roaring fire, with friends watching fireworks or a drinkable dessert after a dinner party?
Remember, drink sensibly people. Check out Drinkaware.co.uk for information on staying safe and drinking within your limits.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by TheBar. All opinions are my own.