This list of recipe tips and suggestions has come just in time for St. Patrick's Day! These easy directions for making the most beloved of Irish drinks help bring the party home. Making homemade Irish Coffee brings out the Irish in everyone!
To start, all Irish Coffee recipes require four main ingredients: hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream, placed in a mug. Here's a breakdown of the ingredient variations:
COFFEE MUG: You can simply use your favorite regular mug, or try a traditional glass Irish mug. Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells them for a reasonable price. Food.com's traditional Irish Coffee recipe suggests that you warm your mug before pouring the coffee into it.
HOT COFFEE: Most recipes suggest 4-6 oz of regular, strong, black coffee, heated. The coffee provides the foundation for the drink. Looky Tasty's recipe also says you can do 2 shots of espresso, diluted, if preferred.
IRISH WHISKEY: 1.5-2 oz of Irish whiskey, or a "jigger," is required to make Irish coffee. Drinkhacker.com has some good suggestions as far as what type of Irish whiskey to use, but Jameson's and Bailey's Irish Cream are the most popular. If you want to try some new whiskeys, GQ has a good article list of some you might want to try.
BROWN SUGAR: You can vary the amount of sugar depending on how sweet you typically prefer your coffee, but 1 tsp seems to be standard. Allrecipes.com suggests skipping the extra sugar altogether and using 1.5 oz of Irish whiskey and 1.5 oz of Irish liqueur.
WHIPPED CREAM: You'll need a good dollop (about 1 tbsp) of soft whipped cream to create that foamy layer on the top of your coffee. If you really want to get fancy, you can make your own whipped cream. Real Simple has step-by-step directions on their website. You can also add nutmeg on top of the whipped cream for a little added spice, as allrecipes.com suggests.
Now that you have a breakdown of the ingredients, it's simple: Combine the coffee and whiskey in the coffee mug, add the sugar until it dissolves, then place the whipped cream on top without stirring. Enjoy your homemade Irish Coffee drink!