Is there a better way to round off a terrific winter evening out (or in) than with a warm and comforting liquor coffee? If there is, I’ve yet to find it. If it’s the weather to start a fine three-course treat with a wholesome, homemade soup, it’s the weather for a cracking Irish coffee to end.
In this post, I’m going to show you how to make the perfect Irish coffee.
Why is Irish coffee so popular?
Of all the liquor coffees we make here at Christopher’s, Irish coffee is the most popular. It’s even enjoyed by non-whiskey drinkers. I think it’s the very specific taste produced by the combination of sweet and bitter.
The first Irish coffee was created in 1943, by the chef at Foynes Port in Limerick, Ireland. He made it as a warming beverage for passengers on a transatlantic flying boat, who had been forced to return to Ireland because of bad weather.
The coffee became incredibly popular, and today is served in bars, restaurants, and licensed cafés around the world.
How do you make the perfect Irish coffee at home?
To make the perfect Irish coffee, you must start with quality ingredients. None of this instant coffee, for a start. You’ll need:
- 50 ml of cold double or whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons of brown muscovado sugar
- 50 ml of Irish whiskey
- 150 ml of freshly brewed coffee
- Chocolate powder or nutmeg
- Coffee beans
Before you start, heat a glass coffee cup, and leave hot water in it while you whip the cream. The cream should be bubble free but still pourable, with ribbons forming under the whisk (you can use pre-whipped cream as a substitute).
- Dissolve the sugar in a small amount of hot water, so that it turns syrupy.
- Stir the whiskey into the sugar solution.
- Empty the hot water from the coffee glass, and pour the sugar and whiskey solution into the glass.
- Pour the hot coffee into the whiskey solution.
- Pour the cream onto the coffee, using the back of a spoon to regulate flow and stop it from sinking.
- Grate the nutmeg over the top, or sprinkle a little chocolate powder (to your taste).
- Put two coffee beans on the top of the cream to decorate
Of course, in the restaurant we cheat a little – we have a coffee machine to heat the water and whiskey, and our coffee is always freshly brewed.
Now make any coffee liquor you like
The above method holds good for most liquor coffees. All you need to do is substitute whiskey with another spirit. You may also like to dispense with the sugar, again according to taste. For example:
- Calypso Coffee: use Tia Maria
- French coffee: Brandy
- Italian coffee: Amaretto
- Jamaican coffee: Dark rum
- English coffee: Gin
You might also try a simple Baileys coffee. Coffee, Baileys, and cream. And rather delicious it is, too!
Next time you dine with us here at Christopher’s, ask for your favourite liquor coffee. It’s one of the bar’s specialities.
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