The Irish Cola gets its name from blending Irish whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream with cola. You probably could’ve guessed that on your own.
This drink has a rich taste with notes of fruit and almond, and a little hint of smoke from the Jameson. Now, you don’t have to use Jameson if you have another Irish whiskey you like. I wouldn’t waste a fantastic single malt in a cocktail. Pick a good, drinkable blended. I’ve become fond of Teeling Small Batch, which is lighter on the smoky flavor, compared to Jameson, and has some lovely sweet apple notes. Bushmill’s Original is also a little bit less smoky, and brings notes of spice, vanilla, and oak to the drink.
As for Irish cream, the recipe calls for Baileys but you could also use Carolans, which is stronger on the caramel notes. For the cola, I don’t think the brand matters too much, but I do recommend sticking with regular sugared colas as opposed to diet. This drink needs a little sugar.
This drink is very nice for relaxing and winding down, and even makes a great nightcap. But you can also enjoy it with a meal. Because it’s a little bit like a cross between a cola and a milkshake, in terms of flavor and texture , it works well with diner style foods. Try it with these Philly Cheesesteak Sliders from Home Made Interest. The savory flavors will contrast nicely with the sweetness of the drink. Or you could upgrade your standard hot dog recipe with The Best Hot Dog You Will Ever Eat from The Food Charlatan.