I have so many strawberry cocktail recipes that I rarely bother to create a new one these days. June 25th is Strawberry Parfait Day but I felt that recipe would be too close to several of my other Strawberry Cocktail Recipes and never bothered.
Then I was given a bottle of Bailey's Strawberries & Cream. Now, I'm not a huge proponent of having a bunch of specialty liqueurs in my bar. It's expensive, space consuming and more often than not these oh-so-specific flavored spirits just sit and gather dust. I prefer a bar stocked with high quality basics, a couple of my personal faves and my ability to be creative enough to achieve any flavor profile desired. But there it was, a specialty blend of one of my bar basics, the original Bailey's Irish Cream - just in time for Strawberry Parfait Day and just begging to become a cocktail.
So turn it into a cocktail I did, and it turned out pretty tasty and I made 2 each for 4 friends and, bingo, nothing left to gather dust in my bar. Would I buy Bailey's Strawberries & Cream? No. Is it good, yes, but not deserving of a permanent spot in my bar line-up.
If I want to recreate this cocktail? I'll do it by replacing the specialty Bailey's with my bar standard regular Bailey's and substitute a strawberry ice cream for the vanilla.
BUT if you're searching for a delicious, pink, strawberry dessert cocktail and happen to have a bottle of Bailey's Strawberries & Cream, here you go:
1 Oz. Bailey's Strawberries & Cream Liqueur
1 Scoop Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Oz. Whipped Cream Vodka
2 Oz. Strawberry Puree
GARNISH: Whipped Cream, Strawberry Half
Blend the strawberry ice cream with the Bailey's Strawberries & Cream until just mixed. Do not overblend.
Pour or spoon into chilled cocktail glasses.
Shake the strawberry puree, whipped cream vodka and Peychaud's Bitters together with ice in a cocktail shaker.
Strain this gently over the ice cream mixture.
Top off with the whipped cream and strawberry half and serve with a small espresso spoon and half a straw.