22nd March, 2017 by Nicola Carruthers
After demand from the vegan community, Diageo has removed beeswax from its gluten-free and dairy-free Baileys Almande liqueur recipe to grant it “certified vegan” status in the US.
Baileys Almande is now vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free
Released initially on a trial basis in North America, Baileys Almande is made with almond milk, almond essence cane sugar, purified water, and real vanilla.
The almond liqueur was determined to not be vegan as it originally contained beeswax. Due to “great interest” from the vegan community, the brand said it would work to “find a resolution to meet all vegan requirements”.
“We are excited to welcome spring with Baileys Almande, which offers the same quality and delicious flavour that people love about Baileys, but now in a dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan option that we know many are thrilled to enjoy,” said Alex Tomlin, SVP of Scotch Whisky & Reserve Brands at Diageo North America.
To promote the new offering, Diageo has collaborated with coconut water brand Vita Coco to create cocktail recipes that are dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan, available on Bailey’s website.
“Baileys Almande is delicious, light and easily mixed with refreshing Vita Coco coconut water, which makes it the perfect warm weather treat to enjoy responsibly,” added Tomlin.
Described as a “naturally light tasting spirit”, Baileys Almande is claimed to have the same calorie count as an average 5oz glass of wine.
At 13% abv, Baileys Almande is available nationwide at a suggested RRP of US$21 for a 750ml bottle.