But First, Irish Coffee (Three Ways!)

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Irish coffee was invented in — you guessed it — Ireland nearly 80 years ago, when a local chef decided that coffee is even better with a little something extra thrown in to take the chill off. (Irish whiskey, to be specific.)

The drink's popularity soon spread across the pond, and we'd call St. Patrick's Day (or actually, any day) the perfect occasion to indulge.

The Classic Formula

Irish coffee is made with just a few ingredients: coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey and whipped cream. The first three ingredients are whisked together before a "collar" of whipped cream is carefully poured on top.

The whipped cream is truly the key to an authentic Irish coffee. It needs to float on top of the drink in a distinct layer, but still be semi-liquid. To make it happen, whip heavy cream it until it's slightly thickened, but doesn't yet hold peaks. It should be thicker than un-whipped cream, but still pour-able.

Make sure that your coffee is very hot because when you assemble your drink, that thick rim of cream will cool it down considerably. You can use any roast you like when making Irish coffee, so start with whatever kind you typically like best and you won't be disappointed.

Classic Irish Coffee Recipe

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1½ ounces (1 shot) Irish whiskey
  • 6 ounces hot coffee

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk cream vigorously until it begins to thicken. Cream should be thick, but still pour-able. Set aside. 
2. In an Irish coffee glass, combine sugar, whiskey and hot coffee. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with a ¾-inch collar of thickened whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Chocolate Irish Coffee

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) heavy cream
  • 1½ ounces chocolate syrup, divided
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1½ ounces Irish whiskey
  • 6 ounces hot coffee

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk cream vigorously until it begins to thicken. Cream should be thick, but still pourable. Whisk in ½ ounce chocolate syrup until completely combined. Set aside. 

2. In an Irish coffee glass, combine remaining chocolate syrup, sugar, whiskey and hot coffee. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with a ¾-inch collar of chocolate whipped cream.

Maple Irish Coffee

1 serving

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) heavy cream
  • 1 ounce maple syrup, divided
  • 1½ ounces Irish whisky
  • 6 ounces hot coffee

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk cream vigorously until it begins to thicken. Cream should be thick, but still pourable. Whisk in ¼ ounce of the maple syrup. Set aside. 

2. In an Irish coffee glass, combine remaining maple syrup, whiskey and hot coffee. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Top with a ¾" collar of thickened whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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