How to Make Irish Coffee
Is there anything better than a good cup of coffee on a cold day? Of course, there is; Irish coffee on St. Patrick’s Day. Given that there’s a shot of a great shot of Bailey’s in every glass it’s no wonder that Irish coffee has become so popular. The following is how to make Irish coffee of your very own.
Irish coffee isn’t that difficult to make. The devil is in the details. Essentially you need some coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey (we’re using Bailey’s but any Irish whiskey will do), and some whipped cream. The next time you want a little pick-me-up with some kick keep the following recipe in mind.
- 6 ounces of freshly brewed coffee
- A teaspoon or two of sugar, white or brown
- 1 ½ ounces of Bailey’s (or other Irish whiskey)
- Freshly whipped heavy cream
- Start out by pouring some hot water into your glass or mug and then pouring it out. This takes the chill off and stops the glass cracking when you put the real coffee in.
- Fill up your glass or mug about three-quarters of the way with coffee
- Add the sugar and stir it in
- Add the Bailey’s
- This is the tricky bit; putting the cream on. You need to pour lightly whipped cream over a warm spoon onto the coffee without breaking the surface of the coffee. One way to avoid breaking the surface is to whip the cream and then dollop it on top of the coffee gently.
Bailey’s Irish coffee is a little different from traditional Irish coffee. Classic Irish coffee calls for lightly whipped cream and brown sugar. Bailey’s Irish coffee is made using Bailey’s rather than whiskey and it tends to taste sweeter and have a fuller body than the classic version. There is also an Irish Cream Coffee variety where you use half Bailey’s and half whiskey and top the drink off with a Maraschino cherry.
No matter how you take your Irish coffee what matters is that you enjoy it. So grab the ingredients and put together your own Irish coffee today!