Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Irish Coffee

I thought this was necessary... and it will certainly warm you up!

Wouldn't you know, I DO own Irish coffee glasses (they were a gift from one of my sisters), but they happen to be somewhere in storage like many other parts of my life at the moment.
While not "authentic," the important thing is that the glasses I used did the job.

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I know some people think it's too strong, but in my opinion the best way to brew coffee in a drip coffee pot is 1/2 c freshly ground coffee per 8 cups of water.

Next time I make this I think I'll use the French press... mmmmmm.

Irish Coffee
makes 4

24 oz. (3 cups) freshly brewed hot coffee
6 t brown sugar (1 1/2 t per serving)
8-12 T (1/2-3/4 cup) Irish whiskey (or 2-3 T per serving)
freshly and lightly whipped cream

Divide brown sugar among glasses. Pour hot coffee (6 oz. or 3/4 cup) into each glass atop the brown sugar. Stir in whiskey.
Holding a spoon directly over a glass of coffee, gently pour cream so that it floats on top, and serve.


  1. What a wonderful idea for breakfast! You know...breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

    Thanks for sharing! I will have to try this soon.


  2. Yes, it'll wake you up in the morning!
    One thing- don't forget to stir before adding the cream.
    P.S. 2 T whiskey is enough for me!

  3. BRANDY----don't YOU this for breakfast unless it is Saturday!


  4. This afternoon, I had the privilege of imbibing this distinctly delicious Irish treat. I could comment on the bold contrasts of taste and texture, of delectable coffee bitters and brown sugar sweets, of piping hot brew and cold creme. But suffice it to say that when served in good company and accompanied with lively conversation, this beverage has the effect of an Irish proverb. An Irish proverb is at once memorable in its pith, as if that very moment were made from all eternity for that very thing, and spontaneous, as if accident and chance could just as easily have destroyed the delicacy of the moment. It's something unrepeatable in its profundity, but through the thudding force of tradition, becomes a mere platitude to the hard hearted or a magical mantra to the believer. I'm not sure this effect is more the result of the coffee, the Irish in the coffee (whatever combination of spirits that might be), or the Irish behind the Irish coffee, or perhaps some perfect mixture of such things.

  5. WoW!
    I gotta get some of that stuff!

  6. Look at the "head" on that drink...
    It is standing up all by itself ABOVE the glass!