What does Irish coffee taste like? Ten Recipes
Irish Coffee is one of the world’s best-loved cocktails, and March 17th each year we have reason to celebrate. And we can thank stormy weather and creative bartender Joe Sheridan for the invention of this iconic beverage back in the winter of 1943.
As the story goes, a PanAm “Flying Boat” left Foynes airport headed for Newfoundland. Harsh weather forced the pilot to return to the Foynes terminal and wait it out. The plane was filled with miserable passengers in need of a warm drink.
Mr. Sheridan, the head chef employed at the Brendan O’Regan Terminal Restaurant, was asked to lend a hand.
The legendary beverage was born when Sheridan poured a healthy measure of Irish whiskey into a cup of coffee and topped it with a dollop of cream.
Sheridan and his beverage finally made their way to a San Francisco restaurant in 1952 as the beverage became known internationally. The coffee-and-whiskey world shall be forever in Mr. Sheridan’s debt.
In order to prepare this beverage at home, you just need a few simple ingredients and a helpful poem.
Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee
2 parts authentic Irish whiskey (Tullamore Dew or Jameson)
4 parts hot, strong brewed coffee
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1½ parts very cold fresh cream, whipped until aerated and thick but is still pourable
First fill a whiskey goblet (preferably stemmed) with boiling water to prime the vessel. Let sit for 5 minutes and then discard the water. Add the Irish whiskey and the brown sugar to the goblet.
Fill the goblet to within an inch of the rim with strong, hot coffee. Stir briefly. To keep the whipped cream from sinking to the bottom, pour it slowly onto the coffee over the back of a spoon. Serve immediately.
Be Different with Irish Coffee
Is the traditional cocktail so last century? Try your hand at one of these coffee-and-Irish-whiskey recipes for something new and decadent. Better yet, make them all and invite your friends over for a Saint Patrick’s-inspired tasting party!
1. Kahlua, Irish Whiskey, and Eggnog Cocktail.
This is sure to be a favorite around the holidays. To save some time, buy high-quality pre-made eggnog. Or, if gourmet is how you roll, follow the included recipe for the hand-crafted nog.
2. Minty & Boozy St. Patty’s Day Iced Coffee.
Pass up the temptation to load this minty beverage up with artificial green food coloring. And if you don’t have a blender, it’s no problem. Just put the ingredients in a shaker. Work your biceps for a couple of minutes with some vigorous shaking. Strain into a chilled glass over crushed ice.
3. The Chilly Irishman.
You do need a blender to experience the most this recipe has to offer. Brain freeze, anyone? Yes, please! Rich, decadent, and not found on any diet that we know of.
4. Irish Coffee Milkshake with Whiskey Caramel.
Another blender-required treat, oh-so rich and creamy. It’s sure to satisfy your sweet tooth!
5. Bailey’s Irish Affogato Ice cream.
Bailey’s Irish Cream, gelato, and espresso become BFF’s in this hot-meets-cold treat.
6. Irish Coffee Mousse.
It’s chocolate pudding for grown-ups! So good, you’ll want to lick the plate clean.
7. Chocolate Glazed Whiskey Bundt Cake.
If you need a dessert you can really sink your fork into, bake this espresso-and-whiskey laden cake. Perfect with a cup of strong black coffee after a big plate of Irish bangers-n-mash.
8. Irish Coffee Profiteroles with Chocolate Whiskey Sauce.
Want to go all in like a celebrity chef? Roll up your sleeves and get your gourmet on by baking these bite-sized puffs of goodness.
9. Spiced Bundt Cake with Whiskey-Coffee Glaze.
Chocolate not your thing? Try baking this spice cake instead. It’s infused with the warm flavors of ginger, allspice, cinnamon, brown sugar, and cloves.
10. Whiskey Coffee Hanger Steak.
While you’re at it, why not the bring coffee and whiskey party to the main dish as well? This marinade brings your favorite flavors together for a marinade that gets a fresh kick from lime juice.
Video: How to make Irish coffee at home
Have you made any of these recipes? Maybe you’ve tried something completely new. We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments.
Have a safe and enjoyable Saint Patrick’s Day. Remember to always enjoy your Irish whiskey responsibly.
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