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Get to know Cream Liqueur

Posted by ABC Fine Wine & Spirits on January 4, 2019

In Spirits, Baileys, RumChata, Dessert Cocktails, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Cream Liqueur

So, you bought a bottle of Irish cream a few months back as a little treat to add to your coffee, and now it sits idly in your home bar. You might be wondering; does it need to be refrigerated? Does it expire? What do I do with it now?

We receive many commonly asked questions about this rich liqueur, so let us break down the basics of this dessert beverage.

Cream Liqueur

6 things to know

  • A cream liqueur is a mixture of spirits, heavy cream and other flavorings. Most are heavily sweetened, making them perfect for dessert.
  • You don’t have to refrigerate an unopened bottle, but you may want to. You’ll love how great it tastes chilled.
  • When in doubt, store open cream liqueurs in the refrigerator because they include dairy. However, in many cases, the cream is homogenized and the alcohol acts as a preservative, which means keeping it in the fridge isn’t necessary and a bottle will keep for 12 to 24 months, depending on the brand. We suggest checking the label.
  • Cream liqueurs are versatile. Serve mixed, chilled, over ice, in coffee or baked in desserts. Pro tip: pour a shot over ice cream.
  • Because of the high dairy content, these liqueurs may curdle. Rum, whiskey, brandy and other hard liquors make good mixers because of their low acidity. Steer clear of carbonated mixers, acidic fruits and fruit juices to avoid curdling.
  • Cream liqueurs are not the same as crème liqueurs. The difference? Crème liqueurs (like creme de menthe or creme de cacao) don’t include cream.

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Baileys Irish CreamBaileys

This cream liqueur is well known and for good reason! According to their website, Baileys is the only cream liqueur that guarantees its taste for two years from the day it was made, opened or unopened, stored in the fridge or not, when stored away from direct sunlight at a temperature range of 0 to 25 degrees centigrade. This illustrious Irish cream accomplishes a longer shelf life the Irish way - with whiskey. The alcohol acts as a natural preservative for the product. It is also manufactured without egg or egg products, nuts or nut products.

Baileys has a variety of flavors such as Salted Caramel, Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate Cherry and their original Baileys Irish Cream. There’s even an vegan option; Baileys Almande is made with almond milk and is a delicious option for those who eat and drink dairy-free.

This versatile liqueur leaves you with  many different serving options. You can pour the liqueur in a hot beverage, enjoy it on the rocks, mix up a creamy dessert martini and even make delicious cupcake frosting with it.

RumChata Horchata Con RonRumChata

Known as “the official drink of paradise”, RumChata doesn’t take its title lightly. Every batch is crafted with five-times distilled Caribbean rum, real dairy cream and a secret spice mix. Whether you are enjoying it on the rocks, stirred in a cocktail or mixed in your pumpkin pie, this creamy tropical dream is surprisingly light. Since the cream has been homogenized with the rum and the alcohol acts as a preservative, your bottle doesn’t need to be refrigerated. Once opened, it’ll last for approximately six months.

RumChata Creamer podsThe brand now offers creamer pods for your coffee that are made with real RumChata. Making it even easier to mix.

You may think since RumChata is known as a dessert liqueur, it contains too much sugar or is high in calories. Fortunately for us, there are only 140 calories and 10 grams of sugar per 1.5-ounce serving, which is less than most soft drinks.

Godiva White Chocolate LiqueurGodiva Chocolate Liqueur

If you haven’t had a Godiva Chocolate Martini, you aren’t living your fullest life. Chocolate and cream liqueur? Yes, please. Whether you’re team milk chocolate or white chocolate, Godiva has something you can indulge in. 

 Godiva Chocolate Martini

In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with your favorite Godiva Chocolate.

Godiva Chocolate Martini

So, you’ve mixed your martini and now you’re wondering how long this deliciously decadent liqueur will last in your home bar? We’ve got good news: In a cool, dark area, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur can last 12 to 18 months, once opened - but we’ve never seen a bottle last that long. Did someone say home happy hour?

Now that you know the basics, clean out that bar cart and replace your expired bottles. Still, have questions? Our team of experts is here to help - just ask us in the comment section below. Cheers!