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Irish cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream and other flavorings. It typically has an ABV (alcohol by volume) level of 15 to 20% and is served on its own or in mixed drinks, most commonly Irish coffee. Its largest markets are the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. It is not a traditional Irish product, as the first version of it, Baileys, was invented by a creative agency working for International Distillers & Vintners's Dublin office in 1973. Within the European Union, Irish cream is a protected geographical indicator product that must be produced in Ireland.
Irish cream is served straight, on the rocks and, most commonly, in a mixed drink, often in combination with Kahlúa in an Irish coffee or hot chocolate. It is also a common addition to White Russians. Some use Irish cream to flavour desserts and other sweet treats.
- Irish coffee, a more traditional Irish whiskey cocktail of similar principle
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