Irish coffee recipe

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Warm up with this whisky spiked coffee topped with cream Trinity Glass Cap

Irish coffee recipe

An Irish coffee is a classic coffee cocktail and is popular all over the world, and its roots actually originate from Ireland.

A short history of the Irish Coffee cocktail

The story goes that a bartender at Foynes airport (now Shannon airport) in Ireland, had to find a way to warm up weary passengers who had to turn back from their flight due to bad weather.

The bartender decided that these passengers needed something stronger to warm them up than just a cup of coffee, so decided to add a shot of whiskey and top it with cream for an indulgent spiked coffee concoction.

What’s in an Irish coffee?

It’s an incredibly easy cocktail to make but getting the cream layer perfect does require a bit of finesse.

Traditional recipes would add brown sugar to a warm, clear-handled glass, top up with fresh black coffee, add a shot of Irish whiskey, and float lightly whipped double cream on top so you have a distinct layer between the two.

We’ve gone for a slight upgrade to the traditional recipe by adding a vanilla-demerara simple syrup rather than raw sugar, for a creamier and toffee-like taste.

How to drink an Irish coffee

Rule number one is to never stir an Irish coffee. You should be drinking it with the cream layer still distinctively separated so every mouthful is firstly of sweet cream, followed by a boozy, toffee coffee layer.

How to perfect the cream layer on top

To get the perfect consistency in your cream we suggest adding it to a cocktail shaker (or a clean jar with a lid) and shake for about 10-15 seconds to incorporate air into it.

You’ll then need to pour the cream on top of the coffee by using the back of a small teaspoon. Hover the back of a teaspoon just above the coffee layer and gentle pour the cream so it falls gently and floats on top. It should cover the entire surface but if some falls through don’t stress! It will still taste delicious.

Irish whiskey (we used Redbreast)

hot espresso or strong black coffee

Freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish (optional)

Irish coffee recipe

Miniature Liquor Bottles Keep the remaining demerara syrup for up to four weeks in an airtight jar or container for any future cocktails (it works particularly well in an espresso martini or an old fashioned).