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Calories in a Bailey's & Coffee

By Linda Tarr Kent

You may enjoy having Bailey’s and Coffee as your dessert or on a cold day in lieu of hot cocoa. Bailey’s combines fresh cream with triple-distilled Irish whiskey. As with most tasty treats, this beverage is far from calorie-free. If you are limiting your daily calories, don’t forget to add those from beverages such as your Bailey’s and coffee into your daily total.


A cup of coffee only has about 2 calories, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, a 1.25-oz. shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream has 130, notes the Weight Loss Resources website. Bailey’s has about 5.8 g fat and 7.4 g carbohydrate per shot.


You’ll often find Baileys and coffee made with a dollop of whipped cream. Just 1 tbsp. whipped cream adds 52 calories to your drink, according to the Mayo Clinic. That brings the total to 184.

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Your body does not use calories from alcohol efficiently, so while the alcohol in your drink technically has 7 calories per gram, your net gain in calories truly is about 5 to 6 per gram, according to “Jane Brody’s Nutrition Book,” by Jane E. Brody. Bailey’s has about 5.2 g alcohol per 1.25-oz. shot, according to Weight Loss Resources. That translates to about 36 calories. Carbs have 4 calories per gram, and fats 9 per gram.


Other liqueurs, such as coffee liqueur, Drambuie and triple sec, have a few more calories per 1.25 oz shot than Bailey’s does. These come in at 157 calories for 1.25 oz, according to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov. That means you save 27 calories when you drink a same-size shot of Bailey’s in lieu of one of these.

Expert Insight

While some studies show that drinking coffee with caffeine may boost the burning of fat or otherwise help you lose weight, there’s no evidence that upping your coffee consumption will bring significant weight loss about, advise the experts at the Mayo Clinic. Coffee might stimulate thermogenesis, which is one way your body generates heat, but even if it does, it’s unlikely to be enough to lead to significant weight loss. Coffee also may help suppress your appetite. The bottom line: Drinking coffee that is high in calories and fat will counterbalance any calorie-burning or appetite-suppressing benefits and may lead to weight gain.

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