Cocktail Hour

A Classic Irish Coffee For Your St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

One of our favorite parts of an Irish coffee is the contrast of the hot, sweet coffee with a cool,
thick dollop of cream. If you’re looking to showcase that delicious layer of cream resembling the white foam atop a perfectly-poured pint of Guinness, avoid over-whipping the cream so it forms its own layer without sinking in. Otherwise, pour in the cream, give it a stir, and enjoy this Classic Irish Coffee to get in the mood for St. Patrick’s Day or anytime you need a boozy, warming drink.

Classic Irish Coffee

(Serves 1)

2 ounces heavy cream, well-chilled
¾ cup freshly brewed hot coffee
½ tablespoon dark brown sugar
1½ ounces Irish whiskey

1. A few hours in advance, place a large bowl and whisk in the refrigerator—chilled tools make whipping cream easier, and whipping the cream by hand helps prevent over-mixing.
2. Remove bowl and whisk from refrigerator, then add heavy cream. Lightly whip until slightly thickened but still liquid and pourable. Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
3. Warm your glass: Fill a mug with boiling water and let sit, 1 minute, then discard water.
4. Pour hot coffee into warmed glass then stir in brown sugar until completely dissolved. Add Irish whiskey and stir to combine.
5. Gently pour chilled cream into Irish coffee. Sláinte!

Recipe contributed by Plated Recipe Editor Sara Heegaard.

This article is intended for individuals 21-years-old and over. Please drink responsibly.

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