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Irish Coffee

The Irish Coffee cocktail is a comforting and indulgent beverage known for its rich flavor and warming qualities. Originating in Ireland during the 20th century, its creation is credited to Joe Sheridan, a chef at the Foynes Airbase in County Limerick, who concocted the drink to warm up weary travelers on a cold winter night. Today, Irish Coffee remains a beloved cocktail enjoyed worldwide, especially during chilly evenings or as a delightful brunch treat.

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Ingredients and Tools:

  • 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) Irish whiskey

  • 90 ml (3 oz) hot brewed coffee

  • 30 ml (1 oz) heavy cream

  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)

  • Whipped cream (optional)

  • Coffee mug

  • Spoon

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. Preheat a coffee mug by filling it with hot water, then discard the water.

  2. Pour 45 ml (1 1/2 oz) of Irish whiskey into the warmed mug.

  3. Add 90 ml (3 oz) of hot brewed coffee to the mug.

  4. Optionally, stir in 1 tsp of brown sugar to sweeten the drink to taste.

  5. Gently float 30 ml (1 oz) of heavy cream on top of the coffee by pouring it over the back of a spoon. The cream should layer on top of the coffee without fully mixing.

  6. Optionally, top with whipped cream for an extra indulgent touch.

Flavor Profile:

The Irish Coffee cocktail offers a delightful combination of bold Irish whiskey, robust coffee, and rich cream. The warm and comforting flavors create a soothing experience, perfect for cozy evenings or chilly mornings.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Choosing Irish Whiskey: Selecting the right Irish whiskey is key to a delicious Irish Coffee. Opt for a quality Irish whiskey with smooth, caramel, and vanilla notes.

  • Whipping Cream Technique: Achieving the perfect float of cream requires a steady hand and the right pouring technique. Pour the cream slowly over the back of a spoon to create a smooth layer on top of the coffee.

  • Sweetening Options: While traditional Irish Coffee recipes don't include sugar, you can add a touch of sweetness with brown sugar to enhance the flavor. Experiment with different amounts to find the perfect balance for your taste preferences.

  • Whipped Cream Garnish: For an extra indulgent Irish Coffee, top it with a dollop of whipped cream. The creamy texture adds a luxurious finishing touch to the drink.

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