January 25: National Irish Coffee Day

I'd like to wish you a pleasant and cozy National Irish Coffee Day. If you're snowbound and have the ingredients, it's a great day to indulge. 


But first things first: what is Irish coffee, anyway? 

Not to be confused with Irish cream, which is a type of liqueur, an Irish coffee is a sort of alcoholic latte. Traditionally, it's coffee served with liquor (usually Irish whisky) and served with cream or whipped cream on top. It has a reputation as an after-dinner drink, but I think it is a perfect buzzy brunch beverage, too. 

Should you be so inclined, here's how to put together a tasty Irish coffee. I veer slightly from tradition by slightly whipping the cream, but I think you'll forgive me when you try it. 

Photo licensed via Creative Commons by  Flickr member Ruth Hartnup

Photo licensed via Creative Commons by Flickr member Ruth Hartnup

Irish Coffee

Serves 2

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 ounces whisky (preferably Irish)
  • 2 teaspoons natural sugar 
  • 10 ounces hot, very strongly brewed coffee
  1. Whip the cream until it thickens slightly. Like, not even soft peaks but getting close. 
  2. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of whisky into each mug. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar each. Stir to dissolve. Add 5 ounces of coffee each to both of the mugs, and once again stir.
  3. Spoon the cream on top of each Irish coffee, to taste. Don't stir the cream. It might be a little more cream than you need, but you can use the rest on the cake you are having with your Irish coffee (right?). 

Do you like Irish Coffee?