National Irish Coffee Day
It's a bit early for celebrating St. Patrick's Day, not too early to enjoy a coffee with a kick! After all winter IS in full swing and story has it that this coffee originated to warm chilled transatlantic travelers when the weather turned miserable. So, the sweet boozy, elixir should definitely hit the spot wherever cold, damp, windy weather is occurring!
The "Original Recipe"
The original recipe as per Joseph Sheridan: "Cream as rich as an Irish brogue; coffee as strong as a friendly hand; sugar sweet as the tongue of a rogue; and whiskey smooth as the wit of the land."
...and in practical terms here’s how to make one:
Perhaps you do not care for the Irish Coffee as a beverage...Pre-heat a clear stemmed glass with very hot water. Empty the water, and add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar. Now add some freshly brewed rich coffee and stir. As soon as the sugar is melted, add a generous measure of Irish whiskey (about 4 to 6 teaspoons). Stir again, and then wait for the brew to still. Now take a hot teaspoon and pour gently whipped fresh cream slowly over the back of the spoon. The cream should be not too stiff and not too liquid. A perfect Irish Coffee should look pretty much like that other famous Irish drink - Guinness! And remember never stir it because the coffee is meant to be enjoyed as you sip the warm, sweet nectar through the luxurious cream.
Irish Coffee Pie (Recipe)
Irish Coffee Cake (Recipe)
Irish Coffee Blondies (Recipe)
Irish Coffee Mousse (Recipe)
Is your mouth watering yet?