Irish coffee holds a special place in my heart. During the early days of my courtship with my wife, my then girlfriend and I went to a bar to hear a bit of music and talk. My wife was young, didn’t drink, and was terribly nervous. The waitress asked her what she wanted to drink. She looked at the menu quickly and said, “Irish coffee, please.” My wife saw coffee and decided that would be safe. Of course, when the drink came, boy did she get a surprise.
Irish coffee is, of course, coffee, but it is a good, robust coffee with a good shot of Jameson or other Irish whiskey added. Irish coffee is a perfect cold weather drink as well as a terrific accompaniment to tailgating football games.
- 5-6 oz strong, robust coffee
- 1 1/2 oz Irish Whiskey (Jameson is a good choice)
- 1 tsp Brown Sugar
- (Alternately, you may wish to forgo the brown sugar and instead add 1 oz Irish Creme Liqueur)
- Fresh Whipped Cream
Pre-warm a coffee mug by filling it with hot water and allowing it to sit for a minute or two. Pour the water out of the mug and add coffee and brown sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. (If you are using the liqueur, skip the sugar and add Irish cream and stir.) Then add the whiskey and stir again. Place a dollop of fresh whipped cream on top and serve HOT!