Irish coffee is a delicious and warming cocktail that combines coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream. It’s a classic beverage often enjoyed on cold days or as a dessert drink.
Here’s how to make a great Irish coffee:
1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Irish whiskey (such as Jameson or Bushmills)
1 cup (8 oz) of hot, strong brewed coffee
2 teaspoons of brown sugar (adjust to taste)
Fresh whipped cream
Optional garnish: a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or cocoa powder
Irish coffee glass or a heat-resistant glass mug
Coffee maker or kettle for brewing coffee
Whisk for whipping cream
Spoon for stirring
Hand mixer or whisk for cream
Prepare the Coffee: Brew a cup of strong, hot coffee using your preferred method. Espresso or French press coffee can also be used for a more intense coffee flavor.
Preheat the Glass: Preheat your Irish coffee glass by filling it with hot water for a minute, then pour out the water. This helps keep your Irish coffee warm.
Add Sugar and Whiskey: In the preheated glass, add the brown sugar. Adjust the amount to your desired sweetness.
Pour in the Irish whiskey and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour in the Coffee: Add the hot brewed coffee to the glass with the whiskey and sugar. Stir to combine.
Whip the Cream: In a separate bowl, whip the cream until it reaches a slightly thick but still pourable consistency. It should be thick enough to float on top of the coffee.
Layer the Cream: Gently pour the whipped cream over the back of a spoon to create a layer on top of the coffee. This layer should rest on the surface of the coffee, not sinking into it.
Garnish: Optionally, you can garnish the whipped cream with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg or cocoa powder for a decorative touch.
Serve and Enjoy: Serve your Irish coffee immediately while it’s hot. Enjoy the rich coffee flavor combined with the warmth of Irish whiskey and the smoothness of whipped cream.
Remember that the key to a great Irish coffee is using quality ingredients and balancing the sweetness, coffee, and whiskey to your taste. It’s a delightful drink that’s perfect for sipping by the fireside or as a special treat on a chilly day.