You may have heard someone say ‘let’s make this an Irish coffee’. In truth, this wonderful concoction is famous around the world and is enjoyed by coffee and cocktail lovers alike. If you’re interested in trying something new, here’s how to make an Irish coffee at home.
Before we get to the recipe, let’s take a quick look at the history of the drink to understand what we’re trying to create.
What Is Irish Coffee?
Irish coffee is a cocktail that contains hot coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream.
It is unclear who invented the modern version of the drink but there are several stories relating to it.
One such story tells of a man called Joseph Jackson who apparently made the drink to help keep his World War 2 comrades awake through the night while they were under attack from German soldiers.
- Brews smooth, perfect coffee every time.
- Lightweight and portable, making it perfect for camping and holidays.
- Simple and quick to clean; there’s no washing-up of fiddly parts.
What You’ll Need
- 150ml of brewed black coffee
- 50ml of Irish whiskey
- 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons of double cream
How to Make an Irish Coffee
- Whip the double cream until it thickens slightly and then put aside for later.
- Brew 150ml of hot black coffee. You can use any kind here but a medium roast brewed with a French press works well for this particular drink.
- Pour the brewed black coffee into a cup and add 1-2 teaspoons of brown sugar to your taste preference. Stir until fully dissolved.
- Add 50ml of Irish whiskey and stir until combined. You can use any whiskey but a higher quality variety is preferable.
- Carefully spoon the slightly thickened cream on to the coffee so that it floats across the top.
- Matured in a combination of American oak, sherry casks and double charred bourbon barrels.
- Intense Aromas of butterscotch, fudge and creamy toffee.
- Nutty notes are in abundance alongside the smooth sweetness of spice and vanilla.
That’s all there is to it. The coffee should be drunk through the cream for maximum impact.
If you’re giving this one a try, enjoy. You’ve earned it!