So I’m doing it… I’m posting a recipe for Irish Coffee.
It’s seemed fitting to post the recipe today above all days because today is kinda a big day in Ireland – it’s Pancake Tuesday! Pancake Tuesday is also as Fat Tuesday and what better way to celebrate indulging in rich and fatty foods than sweet cream atop whiskey laden coffee?!
None I say!
And that you’ve realized I’m posting this recipe you might be thinking ‘how cliche you’re making this Rachel’… and well ya… it’s pretty cliche. I’m an American living in Ireland so it just seemed right to post a recipe that comes with a back story like this:
“… the original Irish coffee was invented and named by Joe Sheridan, a head chef in Foynes, County Limerick. The coffee was conceived after a group of American passengers disembarked from a Pan Am flying boat on a miserable winter evening in the 1940s. Sheridan added whiskey to the coffee to warm the passengers. After the passengers asked if they were being served Brazilian coffee, Sheridan told them it was ‘Irish coffee'”.
The first time I drank Irish coffee I was at The Buena Vista in San Francisco. They’re famous for introducing the Irish Coffee to us Americans in 1952. So if you’re going to have one in the States you should definitely give theirs a try!
In my humble opinion, the best thing about an Irish Coffee is the thickened (not whipped) cream. Since the glorious cream that adorns the top isn’t whipped with every sip you get the perfect mouthful of coffee and cream. Talk about yummmmmm. You know you’ve mastered this recipe when it resembles the perfect pour of Guinness – dark almost black on the bottom with a creamy white head… I’m starting to notice a theme here…
Now, lets get one thing out of the way before you go any further. This is a traditional Irish Coffee recipe – so keep your Bailey’s far, far away. You might be thinking but Rachel Bailey’s goes in Irish Coffee… it doesn’t. This recipe has just 4 ingredients: cream, whiskey (Irish), coffee and sugar. Perfection.
Now that we understand each other let’s talk recipes.
- 2 oz Irish Whiskey
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 4 tsp sugar (I used 2 tsp per drink use half for less sweet coffee)
- 10 oz strong brewed coffee
1. Whip cream until just thickened. You are looking for a somewhat loose, not stiff consistency. Set aside in fridge.
2. Pour boiling water into 2 heatproof glasses. Once glasses are warm to the touch pour out water and fill each glass with 5 oz of strong hot coffee. Add 1-2 tsp sugar to each glass and stir to dissolve. Add 1 oz Irish Whiskey to each glass and stir. Take cream out of the fridge and pour over the back of a spoon into the coffee (this helps the cream float).
3. Drink and enjoy while piping hot.