How To Make Irish Coffee ~ Quick and easy recipe with tips, and you will know how to make Irish Coffee ! Perfect dessert drink (and a must!) for St Patrick’s Day
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I am not sure how many people would be interested in how to make Irish Coffee , but I know one thing – you do need to know how to !
An Irish Coffee is not just a drink, it is more a dessert drink, to end off a meal. I would mostly order an Irish Coffee, or on occasion a Dom Pedro, at a restaurant as I very rarely have any dessert after a meal starting off with an appetizer and the whole caboodle.
At home I make Irish Coffee fairly often as we all love a great drink or dessert and I do not make actual desserts every night – maybe every second night …
Irish Coffee is also a must to enjoy on St Patrick’s Day, especially if you are a hardcore coffee drinker. I have to admit, I am not a coffee person.
But I do enjoy an Iced Coffee now and then and of course once every two weeks I will have an Irish Coffee. For me, always a single, and the rest of the family would choose, sometimes a single and other times, a double.
By single and double, I mean a single tot which is 1 tablespoon and a double, two tablespoons of either Whisky or Brandy. Hubby and I have different ideas about tot quantities, which I would rather not go into right now !
Above I mentioned Whisky or Brandy – you can use whichever you prefer. There are people who just do not like Whisky and others who can not stand Brandy.
I strongly believe in using Whisky when it comes to Irish Coffee, but yes, you have the Brandy option as well.
The stronger (and fresher!) the coffee the better, I use Espresso only, but again, you can use your favorite.
The correct way to enjoy an Irish Coffee is to drink it as is with the Cream on top, meaning no stirring. But hey, you are drinking it, stir away if you prefer – I have lots of friends who will only drink/enjoy theirs when fully stirred !
One last tip I have for you is about the kind of Sugar you use. Use plain white or brown Sugar if you have steaming hot coffee as that will dissolve completely. The worst thing ever is to drink an Irish Coffee and get to the bottom and it is loaded with undissolved Sugar.
I have found that using Caster Sugar works much better than plain Sugar as most Coffee brewed in a Coffee Maker is not hot enough to dissolve the plain Sugar.
FYI: A couple of people have told me to only use an Irish Whisky (i.e. Jameson) in an Irish Coffee, but I am a staunch fan of J & B – therefore if you want to keep it truly Irish, use an Irish Whisky and not the one on the pic, or your own favorite brand – again, you enjoy the Coffee, you decide ! updated 03/14/15
How To Make Irish Coffee
- 1-2 TB Whisky
- 1 cup Freshly Brewed Strong Coffee
- Sugar to taste
- Whipped Cream (very lightly whipped – you only need to be able to scoop it onto the Coffee)
- Pinch Cocoa Powder for dusting (optional)
- Pour the Whisky in a heatproof Irish Coffee glass – top up to almost full with Coffee
Add the Sugar and stir until dissolved – top with Whipped Cream (no need to be fancy – it is supposed to go creamy) and dust lightly with Cocoa Powder - if using
Looking for a cold drink to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day ?