With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to take inventory of the drinks cupboard and ensure your supply is fit for purpose.

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Stocking up on your favourite drinks just before Christmas is an annual tradition (at least in the UK!) and is one that is almost never forgotten.

In my household, one of the spirits that almost exclusively makes an appearance around the festive season is Baileys.

But, because of this seasonal exclusivity, we often have a few half bottles of baileys leftover from the previous year or even the year before that. We regularly found ourselves asking, “Does Baileys go off” or “is this baileys, okay to drink?”. It contains cream so surely baileys goes off right?

Well, we wanted answers.

So we did some digging and wrote up our findings in this lovely article just for you!

What is Baileys?

Baileys Irish cream is an Irish Cream liqueur. It is an alcoholic liqueur flavoured with cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey.

To this day, Baileys is still produced in Ireland at a place called Nangor Road in Dublin itself.

The drink was invented by a man named Tom Jago in 1971. The motivation behind the creation of Baileys was the availability of alcohol from a nearby distillery and the desire to use up surplus cream from a dairy farm. Jago and his team wanted to introduce an alcoholic beverage to the international market that ‘didn’t taste punishing’.

Fun Fact: The first iteration of baileys actually contained Nesquik.

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