Looking for a drink to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside this winter? Irish coffee might be your new best friend. It’s an age-old concept: caffeine + liquor = a good time. This version just happens to be perfect for the colder months when your hands need something hot to hold.
The drink was born in the cold too. Turn the clock back to 1940s Ireland. It’s a dark and stormy night. A group of passengers are stranded at the airport thanks to a winter storm, and the bartender gives them this warm, creamy, coffee drink as a pick-me-up. He declares it Irish Coffee.
Eventually, the Irish coffee was served to a travel writer who brought it back to San Francisco, where it took off in the States. Fast forward a handful of decades and the drink has become one of the most popular drinks in the world.
Some recipes use a mixture of whiskey and Irish cream liqueur, but we prefer the more traditional brown sugar. Here’s the one we like:
How to Make an Irish Coffee
- 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
- 1.5 oz Irish whiskey
- 1 cup of Hot, dark roast coffee
- 1 tablespoon of whipped cream
- A dash of ground nutmeg
Step 1: Mix coffee and brown sugar in a glass, until the sugar is dissolved.
Step 2: Add the shot of whiskey and stir again.
Step 3: Add the cream on top, and sprinkle with ground nutmeg for garnish.
Step 4: Enjoy all winter long!
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