There are two things I remember about the first time I noticed my father ordering an Irish Coffee in a restaurant. I thought it was a drink that was created just for him because his birthday was on St. Patrick’s Day (even though it wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day when he ordered it.) Also, when I found out there was whiskey in it, I thought it sounded disgusting.
I now know that the drink wasn’t created just for my dad, and that the drink is not disgusting. It’s a real treat when it’s cold outside.
January 25 happens to be National Irish Coffee Day, but you don’t have to wait until Sunday to enjoy making your coffee Irish.
- 1 coffee mug, warmed
- 6 oz good, strong coffee, preferably made in a French press
- 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar (can use more or less, depending on preferred sweetness)
- 2 oz Irish whiskey, or whiskey of your choice
- whipped cream, or heavy cream that has been lightly whipped
- Warm the coffee mug by pouring boiling water in it, and then pour the water out.
- Add the coffee and brown sugar. Stir.
- Pour in the whiskey. Stir.
- Top with whipped cream, OR for a more traditional topping, use heavy cream that has been whipped lightly (to a custard consistency) and pour it over the back of the spoon so it sits on top of the coffee and doesn’t sink in.