The Irish Cream Cold Brew is the booze-free Baileys drink you've been dreaming about.

By Megan Falk
December 03, 2019

Once winter arrives, every day seems like a good day to sip on a glass of velvety Baileys—on the rocks, of course. But breaking out a bottle of booze in the middle of a workday isn't particularly socially acceptable. Fortunately, Starbucks just debuted the Irish Cream Cold Brew, the seventh holiday drink to be poured into the company's festive cups since 1986.

Now available in participating Starbucks locations, the booze-free beverage features classic cold brew coffee and Irish cream syrup, topped with a thick, cloud-like layer of vanilla sweet cream cold foam and a light dusting of cocoa powder. (This isn't Starbucks' first seasonal cold brew drink, BTW.)

Credit: Starbucks

Together, the Irish cream syrup's rich chocolate flavor and the coffee's decadent cocoa undertones will make your tastebuds dance. And with its dessert-in-a-cup appeal, the Irish Cream Cold Brew may just make any Scrooge feel a bit merrier. "I think about that customer who's in the middle of work or shopping, and this will help get them into the holiday spirit for the rest of the day," Erin Marinan, product developer for Starbucks Research and Development, said in a press release.

Naturally, the internet can hardly handle the idea of a holiday drink that's both iced and satisfies winter cocktail cravings. (FYI: Jägermeister Cold Brew Coffee is also a thing.)

During this season of #treatyoself, the Irish Cream Cold Brew may be your best bet if you're looking to save some room for gingerbread cookies later. Compared to the Eggnog Latte, the Irish Cream Cold Brew has less than half the calories, and just over one-third of the amount of sugar as its holiday counterpart, coming in at 200 calories and 19 grams of sugar in a grande.

The biggest concern about this frothy drink? The inevitable cream mustache. So after you trek out to one of the participating Starbucks locations, keep your Irish Cream Cold Brews close and your napkins even closer.


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