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Avoiding Spoilage: How Long Does Baileys Irish Cream Last?

Baileys Irish Cream was created in the year 1973, and we cannot thank enough Mr. Gluckman, who brought out the idea of adding dairy to an alcoholic beverage.

The dairy here commonly used is the versatile Chocolate flavor.

This perfect blend of liqueur is the best way to truly try out the goodness of those good old Irish booze.

The alcohol content in the Baileys Irish cream is about 17% and the cream along with the Irish whiskey from the distillers is homogenized.

The emulsion with the help of an emulsifier that contains refined vegetable oil forms after it.

This process is done so to prevent the alcohol from separating from the cream. The cream also includes, other than cocoa extract, sugar, and herbs.

The European Bartender School cites the nutritional value of the Irish cream per 100ml to be mainly of energy and carbs.

If you have a stock of your favorite Baileys Irish Cream and have wondered how long is it going to last, questions like ‘do I refrigerate it since it has dairy or just keep it on a dry shelf since it has an alcohol content?’.

Or how do I know when it gets bad? Well, then keep tuning in to the following headlines as we answer them for you here.

Does Baileys Irish Cream Go Bad? How Long Does Baileys Irish Cream Last?


Liqueurs like the Baileys Irish Cream do not last long like the hard liquors.

The best starting point to know their shelf-life is to check the best-by-date on the label.

They generally are good to go for 2 years provided that the bottles are unopened.

They will not go bad for another 1 to 2 months post the label dates (probably 30 months is the safest) but you will experience a low-quality taste to it.

This, as some food scientist has put it in Seasoned Advice, is because of the alcohol content that sort of preserves them from the literal word of ‘spoiling’.

Once unopened then you will need to refrigerate it as with all alcohols, air tends to degrade the quality faster.

Once the bottle is opened, it is best to consume it within 6 months.

That being said, answered by Kymberlee, the temperature of the storage conditions also plays a role in its premature quality degradation.

How to Tell If Baileys Irish Cream Is Bad? Baileys Irish Cream Shelf Life!


Usually, if you have to discard the Baileys Irish Cream then it is not because it is spoiled but because its quality does not have the pleasant taste as it should.

Some of the signs you would look out for are funny smells and changes in their consistencies. This is mainly caused due to alcohol’s contact with air.

Also, according to the very own Baileys Chocolate Luxe if you have stored it for more than 2 years, whether opened or unopened, it is safe to say that you need to get rid of them too.

Anyways, the quality will be changed by then even if you would have refrigerated them.


Does Baileys Irish Cream Go Bad? How Long Does Baileys Irish Cream Last?

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Air-tight containers
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Check the u0022Best-by-dateu0022 to know when it expires.
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
  • Always check for signs of spoilage before using.
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