In the most general of terms you’ll need some hot coffee, sugar — brown, cubes or granulated — the key ingredient — Irish whisky — and some whipped cream. There’s no better way to kick off a St. Patrick’s Day celebration than with a piping hot cup of Irish coffee alongside a fresh slice of soda bread slathered with butter.
6 ounces of hot, fresh brewed coffee
1 teaspoon sugar (a sugar cube is equal to one teaspoon, and you may use brown sugar if you prefer)
1 jigger (or 1 1/2 ounces) Irish whisky
Heavy cream, freshly whipped
Heatproof glass or mug
1. Pour hot water into your mug or glass to take the chill off. Then pour out the water. This will also prevent your glass from cracking.
2. Fill your glass about three-quarters high with the coffee.
3. Add sugar.
4. Stir until it is fully dissolved.
5. Add Irish whisky.
6. Top with freshly whipped cream. If using lightly whipped you should pour slowly over a warm spoon onto the coffee being careful not to break the coffee’s surface. This takes some practice. A fool-proof way to not break the surface is to whip the cream a bit more and dollop it gently on top. (Note: Lightly whipped will give you a frothy cream collar on top. If you want to pile the cream high, you’ll need to whip to medium-stiff peaks.)
7. Enjoy while hot!