When I got the opportunity to travel around Ireland I fell in love with Classic Irish Coffee. And while there may be an array of variations out there, the joy is you can make them any way you like. Like it a little sweeter, add some more Irish Cream or Whipped Cream, stronger, ease up on it and add a splash more coffee or Irish Whiskey. This is a classic and basic version that was taught to me by an Irish bartender in a little pub in Galway!
What you need to make Classic Irish Coffee
The recipe is simple and requires less than a handful of ingredients. When I know I want to make them I take the few extra minutes to whip some fresh cream. I like to make it a little extra sweet to cut the coffee and liquors a bit, but make it as sweet as YOU like.
This is a basic guide to making a Classic Irish Coffee. Make them once my way then you can tweak or adjust to your liking. That is what cocktail making is all about. Adjusting until you get it where you like it.
I will say, that an Irish Coffee should be STRONG. It should kick ya in the pants just a little, at least that is what the bartender told me anyway. Haha!
Pick up your favorite Irish Whiskey for this, but the one thing I would be a stickler on is getting an excellent Irish Cream Liquor. Five Farms Irish Cream is the most superior in my opinion, and I suggest you invest in it for this recipe.
It is just worth the little bit of extra cost on this one. It is a major player in the flavor and quality of your Irish Coffee experience, so get the good stuff.
How to make Irish Coffee
Making an Irish Coffee is simple but it has a few steps that you want to take to ensure the best experience.
First, warm your mug with hot water. Let the water sit in the mug for about 30 seconds to warm it up. Dump the water out of the mug and add the Irish Whiskey and Irish Cream Liquor to the mug.
Top up the mug with strong hot coffee. Leave a little bit of room for some whipped cream, or a LOT, and top with freshly whipped cream. The fresh cream really makes all the difference for me. It makes the coffee feel smooth and buttery with each sip.
Finish with a flourish of grated chocolate and pair it with my Irish Shortbread biscuits for a perfect morning treat or a nightcap.
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Corned Beef and Cabbage, which I was informed was purely American on my travels still holds roots in the Irish settlers that migrated here. This recipe is my favorite and a delicious way to enjoy Corned Beef on St. Patrick's Day.
Serve you corned beef with a side of Irish Colcannon potatoes. Steal a little cabbage from the roasting pan and add it to these potatoes to add a little authenticity to your dinner spread!
For more Irish Feast recipes, take a look at my round up of Irish recipe HERE!
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These Rösle Silicone Tongs are a little pricey but they will last you the rest of your life and are the softest in your hand. This is important for someone like m that cooks so much. It reduces strain, I have 4 sets in my kitchen!
These are my FAVE Nordic Ware Sheet Pans, every kitchen should have at least 2 sets of these! I think I have at least 4 of each of these.
This is my favorite pressure cooker, the Fagor is the same concept as the “Instant Pot” but easier to use in my opinion, if you don’t have one you NEED one, it will be your best friend in the kitchen!
A sharp knife is the most important tool in the kitchen, these Japanese steel “Shun” knives are my favorite! And this is a great starter set to build on. Once you try them you will be in love so use this as a foundation you can build on for years to come.
This Scanpan 11″ skillet is just the right size for almost anything you will need to cook and my best friend and a real workhorse in my kitchen, it’s also a great deal at $99. Scanpan is the best in the world for healthy cooking. It is coated with a proprietary ceramic-titanium coating that is durable while allowing you to use fewer fats and oils when cooking. It is a coating only they use. I could talk all day about my love for these pans, message me if you want more info. Here are some other sizes that are available if you are looking to outfit your kitchen with some new goodies. 8″ & 10″ Skillet set or 8″ Skillet, I still need this one for my kitchen Also, I don’t really know how to cook small so the 12.5″ is my other fave!
This giant vat of olive oil is my favorite, I decant it into a smaller bottle for my counter. Or put this spigot on top of a wine bottle!
My favorite baking dish that is so easy to clean even burnt on cheese slides right off!
This Tovolo jar scraper has to be my single favorite kitchen tool, it is definitely the most used tool in my kitchen. If you are NOT a gadget person, this is the only necessity I say is a MUST beyond the wooden spoon.
A great wood spoon is essential, this Olive Wood one is my favorite, I have more than I can count. But can you really ever have too many?
A food scale can be a very important tool in your kitchen, this one is the one I use every day!
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