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Between extra daylight, warmer temperatures, and continued vaccination progress, there's a potent sense of spring and summertime optimism in the air that sure as heck wasn't around in late March of 2020. That can only mean one thing: breezy summer cocktails can't be too far behind. 

And if you like piña coladas, you'll find that they're about to get easier to make thanks to some help from a liqueur that may not come to mind when you think of tropical libations. That's right: Baileys is releasing a limited-edition Colada Irish Cream Liqueur, which nobody with an understanding of Ireland's weather patterns probably expected to exist. 

So how the heck does this even work? It starts with a combination of Baileys traditional Irish Cream, layering in what a product description describes as "sweet, creamy coconut" and "notes of juicy, ripe pineapple." It all weighs in at a definitely drinkable 34 proof, meaning you can blend it with ice (or serve over crushed ice), throw in some fruit and a little umbrella, and kick back to soak up the island vibes. 

baileys colada irish cream liquer
Credit: Baileys

Though unexpected, Baileys Colada Irish Cream Liqueur is yet another sign that the beverage known as a boozy companion to coffee is leaning into seasonal trends. Fall 2020 brought us a Baileys Apple Pie Liqueur, so this seems like the warmer side of that same coin. 

So if you've just about had it with the rotation of cocktails that have carried you through the past year, change is on the horizon. And somehow, it comes in the form of a limited-edition Baileys Colada. Ireland may not be anyone's idea of a tropical vacation destination, but this kind of Colada just might lead you to reconsider. 

Baileys Colada Irish Cream Liqueur
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