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Nutty Irishman: How To Make This Fun Recipe

Are you looking for a perfect drink to celebrate St. Patty’s Day? Or you’re just in the mood for some cocktail deliciousness? Nutty Irishman works in both scenarios.

If you like hazelnut liqueur drinks, this is the right recipe for you. It’s a combination of a nutty liqueur and rich Irish cream. You can go for the completely alcoholic version and pair Irish whiskey, Baileys, and Frangelico, or add a shot of espresso for some caffeine.

Once you’ve gone through our step-by-step guide on how to make this fun Irish drink, and made one for you and your loved ones, let us know how it came out! 

What You Need

  • For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup Baileys

  • For the cocktail:

  • 1 oz hazelnut liqueur
  • 1 oz irish cream liqueur
  • 1/2 oz whiskey (optional)
  • 2 oz coffee (optional)


Prep time:

10 minutes


1 serving

How to Make a Nutty Irishman Cocktail

The original Nutty Irishman recipe is a two-ingredient cocktail. We’ll show you the original recipe and the updated version and explain what is in a Nutty Irishman drink, so you can choose which type of drink you like best.

Like other cocktails with coffee, the Nutty Irishman is a perfect treat after a meal because it’s made with cordials (1). Same as Nutty Irishman martini, brandy coffee or this Irish coffee recipe, it’s a great way to finish dinner.

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Step 1: Gather and Mix all the Ingredients

First, you need a hazelnut liqueur to make the Nutty Irishman drink. The most popular choice is the Frangelico hazelnut liqueur. But if you don’t have Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, use Amaretto, which is also sweet and has an almond flavor, so it mixes well with Irish cream. Here is how you should mix the ingredients: 

  • Pour 1 oz into a shaker filled with ice
  • Add Irish cream, whiskey, and 2 oz coffee

Whiskey is optional, and it isn’t a part of the original Nutty Irishman version, but you can add it if you want the drink to pack a punch.

Pro tip 1: If you want an extra strong alcohol content, add Kahlua (made with rum, sugar and Arabica coffee beans) or vodka to the Nutty Irishman.

Pro tip 2: If you don’t want caffeine, mix the alcoholic ingredients without the coffee, such as Irish cream and hazelnut liqueur.

Step 2: Shake and Strain

Shake for a few seconds so the liquids mix well. You’ll know it’s time to stop when the shaker feels frosty. Then strain the drink into a glass over a fine mesh strainer.

Step 3: Make Whipped Cream

Add heavy cream and powdered sugar to a bowl and whisk using a hand mixer. Start on low to medium speed and increase to high. Whip until you see stiff peaks, add the Bailey’s, and beat until well combined.

Pro tip 1: If you’re watching calories, you can use half and half for the cream. It also creates nice cream as it’s not too thin or thick.

Step 4: Add Whipped Cream to the Nutty Irishman

Transfer your whipped cream from the bowl to a piping bag and leave it in the fridge to chill for a few minutes. Then, pipe it on top of the Nutty Irishman.

Pro tip 1: If you want to turn your Nutty Irishman drink into an authentic dessert, the first thing you should do is top it with graham crackers and crushed hazelnuts for extra flavor. Secondly, you can use a wide range of nuts, such as pecans, walnuts, or pistachios. Otherwise, top it with blueberries, cherries, or oranges and crush it into a mixer or a food processor.

Pro tip 2: If you’re making a St. Patrick’s Day Nutty Irishman top with festive sprinkles for extra decoration, go for spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.

If you’re like us and love Irish cream cocktails, check out this cold brew coffee with Irish cream recipe.

Final Thoughts

The Nutty Irishman is a great cocktail to play around with. Make it with Irish cream and Frangelico hazelnut liqueur, or add coffee and whipped cream for an extra indulgent drink.

This sweet cocktail is one of the best indulgences you can have after an evening meal, but it’s so good you’ll be tempted to make it any time of day.


As the name says, the flavors in the Nutty Irishman are nutty. This drink has a nutty flavor because of the hazelnut liqueur, which means it pairs well with coffee and cream liqueurs, such as Baileys. The Nutty Irishman is sweet enough, but you can add whipped cream and toppings to make the flavor even sweeter.

Nutty Irishman Latte is hazelnut coffee with a touch of Irish cream. This Nutty Irishman coffee also has milk, which can be any kind (full fat, almond, rice, or another kind). Another exceptionally sweet version is the Nutty Irish Woman Latte, which has espresso, milk, hazelnut syrup, Irish cream, and cherry syrup. 

You can mix Baileys with drinks like coffee. You can also mix it with hot chocolate, cold brew, ice cream, and Earl Grey tea. Baileys mixes well with different kinds of beverages to make a creamy drink, and it’s trendy in winter holiday cocktails. However, you shouldn’t mix Baileys with drinks that have a lot of citric acids, such as juices and soda, as it makes the drink curdle.

  1. All About Cordials & Liqueurs. (n.d.). Www.abcfws.com. Retrieved April 6, 2023, from https://www.abcfws.com/about-cordialsLiqueurs
Marina Maletic
I grew up surrounded by people who drink Turkish coffee. This was the only kind of coffee I knew for a long time, and wasn’t a fan of because it was too strong. It wasn’t until I started uni that I delved more into the world of coffee by trying out my classmate’s Aero Press. Nowadays, I can’t imagine starting a day without my espresso machine. If I’m not drinking or writing about coffee, I’m connecting with fellow coffee enthusiasts and looking up ways to perfect my dialing in technique.

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