This hot, creamy classic will warm you to the bone, thanks to Jameson and hot coffee.
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- 1 1/2 Ounce Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1 Ounce brown sugar syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water)
- Hot brewed coffee
- Unsweetened cream, lightly whipped
Add the whiskey and syrup to an Irish Coffee glass and fill 2/3 of the way with coffee. Top with 1 inch of whipped cream.
Get your mug ready! Irish coffee is one of the best hot cocktails to start a leisurely morning or to enjoy after a nice meal. It&rsquos a festive adult drink that will put a big grin on your face. Cheers!
Are you looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays, maybe one like St. Patrick&rsquos Day? This recipe comes highly requested from my husband, Jason. With a last name like Gavin, he&rsquos always encouraging me to make more Irish-inspired recipes. So fire up your coffee maker, and let&rsquos get started.
To make this concoction, you need four simple components a strong spirit, freshly brewed coffee, brown sugar, and lightly whipped cream. Although with so few items, that makes ingredient selection and the process very important.
The Perfect Irish Whiskey Coffee Recipe
Courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W.
Recipe courtesy of Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Gillian Murphy
A St. Paddy's Day staple, Irish coffee is a cocktail made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, and topped with fluffy cream.
The cocktail is simple enough, but if you're looking to impress your guests or you have a little extra time on your hands on St. Patrick's Day morning, then there are some tricks (courtesy of Gillian Murphy, bartender and Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador), to make your Irish coffee top-notch.
For starters, Murphy recommends heating up your glass before making your cocktail. This way, it'll stay warmer for longer. No need to pop the glass in the microwave or anything—simply pouring some hot water into the glass will do.
The next step is mixing together your sugar and coffee in the glass. Sweeten to taste and if you're looking for a low-sugar version, you can also use a zero-calorie sweetener like stevia or monk fruit.
Now the fun part: add your whiskey of choice! We recommend Tullamore D.E.W. for its spicy and malty notes with charred wood undertones. Unlike other whiskeys, there's no harsh burn with Tullamore D.E.W.—its smooth finish is the perfect complement for this warming coffee.
The final ingredient (and perhaps everyone's favorite) is the whipped cream topping. And Murphy has a clever hack: all you need is a protein blender bottle with a small, springy metal ball that helps you mix up your protein powder and liquid. Not everyone has an electric whisk, so this tip makes it easier for you to whip up this cocktail.
To take this cocktail to an impressive level, Murphy explains a classic bartender trick of pouring the whipped cream onto the top of the Irish coffee using the back of a hot teaspoon. This helps to keep the cream on the top of the coffee rather than mixing in—as drinking the coffee through a thick but fluffy layer of cream is a key feature of this classic Irish drink and truly gives meaning to the classic phrase "Top o' the morning to ya!"
Well, it’s an Irish drink, so an Irish whiskey is appropriate, we think! Jameson’s Irish Whiskey is always a good choice, as is Bushmill’s Original.
Any whiskey with more spicy and vanilla notes and a smooth finish will work well. We use Jameson’s for all of our Irish Whiskey drinks, and we add it to our homemade Irish cream too. It’s got great flavor and balance, so you really can’t go wrong.
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How Bartenders Are Modernizing the Irish Coffee: 6 Recipes
Every bar has coffee, whiskey, and cream—and combining them with a touch of brown sugar results in a mighty fine cocktail. The classic Irish coffee was invented in the 1940s on a cold winter's night in Ireland's Shannon Airport and brought to the U.S. by Stanton Delaplane, a travel writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, whoworked with San Francisco's Buena Vista Cafe to popularize the drink in the 1950s.
Now, 60-ish years later, the quintessential winter warmer is going through another evolution, thanks to innovative bartenders whoare infusing whiskey with ground espresso, whipping a stout reduction into fresh cream, and even heating a sous-vide bath to 75.2 degrees to keep the coffee/sugar mixture at the perfect temperature. Each of these 6 recipes injects a new, precise twist into the ingredients or presentation, but without changing the fundamentals that have made it a classic.As Sam Treadway, bartender at Backbar in Somerville, Massachusetts, puts it, the drink sticks around not only because it's delicious but because it satisfies the "upper and downer effect we all need sometimes."
"Plus," he adds, "it's a way classier choice than a vodka–Red Bull."
9 Irish Coffee Drinks You've Gotta Try This St. Patrick's Day
These boozy, caffeinated treats will definitely put a little jig in your step.
These boozy, caffeinated treats will definitely put a little jig in your step.
Irish coffee is pretty rich and delicious as is, but mixed with a little 'nog? We're telling you, it's a whole new world out there.
Get the recipe at Creative Culinary.
A little peppermint extract adds just the right amount of refreshing sweetness (while also making coffee breath a bit more bearable).
Get the recipe at Foxes Love Lemons.
It's never really the wrong time of year to have pumpkin flavor in your toddy, especially when there's spicy whipped cream involved.
Get the recipe at The Spice Train.
Think creamy, coffee-flavored, spiked slushy. We say top it off with chocolate nibs, because why not?
Get the recipe at Creative Culinary.
We get that joe-flavored Tequila and cream mixed together is a pretty daunting concept, but once you try it, you may never purchase a bottle of whiskey ever again.
Get the recipe at Honey And Birch.
This rich concoction of whiskey, caramel, ice cream, milk, and espresso powder is exactly what you and your friends need to start your barhopping adventures off on the right foot.
Get the recipe at Hungry Girl Por Vida.
It's basically a fancy Italian drink where hot espresso is poured over a few scoops of ice cream and then mixed with a shot or two of Irish cream.
Get the recipe at Bake Love Give.
If you're really looking to up the booziness this St. Patty's Day, add a shot of brandy to your Irish coffee. Trust us&ndashyou can never go wrong with more alcohol on this holiday.
The only thing better than an Irish Coffee laced with Bailey's is one that's also doused with chocolate and caramel syrup and crushed pecans. You're welcome.
Get the recipe at One Artsy Mama.
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A warm, delicious way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! Sweet, creamy, boozy, divine.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the heavy cream and Bailey's. Whip together until stiff and fluffy. Set aside.
- To each of the four large coffee mugs, add 2 tablespoons whiskey, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, and 1 cup coffee. Top with a very generous layer of the Bailey's whipped cream. (Almost a third of the cup should be taken up by the whipped cream.)
- Drink the coffee through the cream! Delicious.
My mom used to make Irish coffee all the time, and now that I think of it, it wasn&rsquot always necessarily St. Patrick&rsquos Day when she made it. In fact, I don&rsquot think it was ever St. Patrick&rsquos Day when she made it.
Okay, in all seriousness: I was being totally serious. My mom made Irish coffee all the time, it was never on St. Patrick&rsquos Day, and she can&rsquot even blame her lineage.
And in closing: I am my mother&rsquos daughter.
Here&rsquos the way I love to make the glorious stuff!
Before you start making the coffee, whip up some demonic and devilish and sinful topping for the coffee. Add some cold heavy cream to the bowl of a mixer&hellip
Then splash in some Bailey&rsquos! Bailey&rsquos is basically a liqueur made from Irish whiskey and cream, and you can leave it out if you don&rsquot have any or don&rsquot wanna buy any&hellipit just makes this extra good. (If you don&rsquot use Bailey&rsquos, just add a little sugar and a touch of vanilla!)
Then just beat it until it&rsquos stiff and sweet and light and fluffy. Set it aside for a sec.
The essential component of Irish coffee is&mdashhiccup&mdashwhiskey!
So add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of whiskey to a mug&hellip
Then add about a tablespoon of brown sugar for some beautiful sweetness.
Stir the whiskey and brown sugar together, then pour in some nice, strong coffee.
Stir it around to make sure it&rsquos all combined, then grab an enormous dollop of the whipped cream concoction&hellip
And spoon it right on top.
And you know what? I&rsquom afraid this amount isn&rsquot sufficient.
Ahh&hellipthat&rsquos more like it! You want a nice, thick layer of cream so you can sip the coffee through the cream, which will make you a happier, more well-rounded person.
Serve this with Irish soda bread (shown!), Guinness cake&hellipor just a toasted English muffin.
Best 5 Star Rated Irish Coffee Recipe
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There’s a reason that that Irish Eyes are smiling. It has everything to do with their famous Irish Coffee Recipe. If you’ve never tried one before, today you will learn how to make one at home.
The drink that’s become a huge hit for everyone around the world on Saint Patricks Day is a delight to make and tastes great.
How To Make Classic Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a cocktail of sweetened coffee, Irish whiskey, and whipped cream that is not only acceptable but also expected as a morning treat on holidays. Sure, St. Paddy’s Day sees a lot of Irish coffees, but we also enjoy them on Black Friday (staying home, skipping shopping) and on both Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. Last December, assistant food editor Sheela shared her uncle’s rules for making the very best Irish coffee and, being the curious cook I am, I had to give his method a try. Just a few key points made for a better Irish coffee that is perfect for celebrating the everyday.
In the most general of terms you’ll need some hot coffee, sugar (brown and granulated), Irish whiskey, and some whipped cream. The coffee plays a supporting role to the other key components, so brew up your favorite bean and make sure it’s hot before beginning.