Inspired by spabettie’s homemade Baileys Irish cream
Ooh it’s Thursday – time for a cheeky pre weekend cocktail! Just recently I’ve had occasion to miss out on two lots of cream based liqueurs. The local curry house (lovely gluten-free food – nom, nom, nom) gives all the ladies a complimentary Baileys at the end of a meal. The gentlemen get a brandy. We also get a single rose, so it’s not all bad. Actually I rather like a Baileys. Obviously you wouldn’t spend the whole night drinking them, but at the right time they are just the ticket. Then, just a couple of days later I was out for dinner again (I know!), this time at an Italian place (proper separate gluten-free menu – top marks) with pre and post dinner cocktails. I went for the after dinner ‘apple crumble’ but a friend had the ‘creme caramel’. I was a bit jealous, but I am not to be defeated. I have been perusing with interest (for which read drooling) over spabettie’s cocktail recipes for some time. I too plan to have a few options to post now and again. I don’t have the time now for drinking as I did in my youth (or for dealing with the hangovers!), in all honesty, but a little snifter here and there is always welcome. Hardly any of my ingredients are the same, I’ve used brandy not whiskey for a start, so it is less of an adaptation and more of a mauling of the original. But without it I wouldn’t even have thought of a vegan, and therefore lactose-free, cream liqueur. Enjoy responsibly!!
Vegan cream liqueur
Prep time 5 mins Cook time 1 hour (to chill) Makes 6-7 large measures
- 250ml carton Oatly cream alternative*
- 2 tbsp boiling water
- 2 tsp instant coffee
- 2 tsp icing sugar
- 1 heaped tsp cocoa
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ tsp almond extract
- 60ml brandy
Dissolve the instant coffee in the boiling water. Either using a stick blender or a liquidizer blitz all the ingredients together. Check for alcohol and sweetness remembering it will taste a little different when chilled. Adjust as necessary, chill and enjoy!
PS Sorry for the really poor photo. I will try and update it this weekend in daylight, but tonight I just wanted to drink it so I gave up too quick!
*Please note that Oatly classify their product as ‘low gluten’ and so it may not be suitable for those with coeliac disease or strong sensitivity