If you thought we were excited when we heard about Ben & Jerry’s four vegan flavors or the new gelatin-free marshmallows from Trader Joe’s, you should have seen us when Baileys announced it finally received vegan certification for its almond-milk based beverage Almande. This sweet almond oil-flavored booze instantly got our wheels turning (once we stopped jumping up and down, of course). Once we caught our breath, we decided to come up with all the creative ways to use the new Almande. Here’s our ultimate Irish cream must-make list that turns any day into St. Patrick’s Day.
(Very) nice cream
For months, we’ve been stockpiling vegan ice cream to prepare for the summer heat, but with Almande in our fridge, we’re reworking our classic cashew-based desserts to include some booze. We can’t wait to introduce salted caramel chocolate chip to Almande, or combine it with some peanut butter cookie dough. And for those who claim vanilla is too plain, how about adding a splash of vegan Baileys for an instant party?
Remember how almond milk reinvented our morning lattes? Well, we’re betting Almande will bring the same level of excitement to liquor-loving coffee drinkers. We’re swapping in at least a cup of nut milk for Baileys, frothing it into a cloud of sweet foam, and adding several shots of espresso. For a more traditional—and less time-consuming approach—Irish coffee, we’re hitting our morning cup of jet-black joe with a few shots of Almande for….um…flavor.
It’s time to take baked goods to a new level with the addition of Irish cream. We’re thinking Baileys n’ Brown Sugar Snickerdoodles, Almond Almonde Thumbprints, and Irish Cream Sandwich Cookies. And since you’re already using Baileys, why not dip those cookies into booze instead of milk?
Irish cream cinnamon rolls
We’re marching into Cinnaholic’s Berkeley, CA location with a bottle of Almande and not leaving until our demands are satisfactorily met—namely, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls frosted with Irish cream icing.
Smoothies are a gym-goers best friend, as they’re tasty, filling, hydrating, and an excellent way to get easily digestible nutrition into our systems before hitting the treadmill. That said, adding some liquor to our exercise routine could make the rush hour line for the elliptical machines much more tolerable.
Dos leches + Baileys cake
Tres Leches Cake—made with evaporated, condensed, and heavy cream milks—is a staple Mexican dessert, and the veganized version (available in cupcake form Brooklyn Whiskers bakery) is the stuff of which dreams are made. The only thing better than a traditional Tres Leches Cake is swapping one of those leches for Baileys while watching telenovela reruns.
On the rocks
Sometimes, it’s the simple things in life that are the most beautiful. In this case, a tumbler filled with a few ice cubes and a heavy pour of Baileys is simplicity mastered. Find us on the front porch, with said tumbler in hand, exhaling loudly in appreciation that Baileys finally made something for vegans to smile about.
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