When considering the cream liqueur category, it is often difficult to see past its most famous exponent, the brand that first invented, and then became, the entire category. But these days, despite Bailey's continued dominance, there is more choice available than ever before for those prepared to seek out the margins.
Baileys Chocolat Luxe is a blend of Baileys Irish Cream and Belgian chocolate which took more than 3 years to perfect. The head of the creation team travelled across 3 continents to personally taste 200 varieties of the world's finest chocolates (an enviable task if ever we heard one) and then worked on 800 recipes, including using Madagascan vanilla to create this delicious liqueur.
High-quality caramel liqueur from French artisan producer. All the Briottet range have proper 'real' flavour integrity - they taste like the thing itself, not some confected approximation. Highly recommended.
Created by Julia La Ronde to a secret family recipe, Sisserou Rum Coconut Cream Liqueur is named after the eponymous national bird of Dominica. Slightly less sweet than many other cream liqueurs, it's great on its own or in cocktails. Julia recommends adding grated nutmeg too.
A litre bottle of Baileys – category-dominating Christmas best-seller blended from cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey. Instrumental in a variety of shooters, Baileys also works a treat in coffee or on ice cream.
A magnum bottle of Tia Maria. A classic coffee liqueur, it's a cunning combination of cane spirit, coffee, vanilla and sugar and has enjoyed worldwide success since its invention in Jamaica in the 1940s.
Baileys have teamed up with fashion designers to the stars Felder + Felder to create this ultra-stylish special edition of their famous cream liqueur. Baileys Felder + Felder Original comes with a mega-limited studded leather cuff from the trendy duo, but sadly only a couple of dozen of these are available in the UK.