Turn coffee into a delicious cocktail with an Irish Coffee! Warm coffee, sugar, Irish whiskey and whipped cream make a creamy and heavenly drink.
Whipped Cream Cocktails
The other day, I bought a carton of whipping cream for a recipe and then never got around to making the recipe. I needed to use the whipping cream and since I'm not a baker, my choices were limited.
Then I remembered an Irish Coffee! We have actually been to the Buena Vista Cafe and had their Irish coffee. It was so crowded, we stood at a table off to the side and didn't really get to sip and enjoy the coffee that much.
Making it at home is so easy and it allows plenty of time for sipping.
Ingredients to Make an Irish Coffee
- Irish Whiskey - We used Sexton single malt, you can use your favorite brand of Irish Whiskey. Save some to make Bread Pudding with IrishWhiskey Sauce!
- Coffee - dark, strong brewed, black coffee.
- Sugar - brown sugar adds some molasses notes, though you can use white sugar if you have to.
- Whipping cream.
First, lets talk about Irish Coffee glasses. There are two different ways you can go when it comes to what kind of glass you serve your Irish coffee in. The Buena Vista Cafe serves them in a traditional Irish whiskey glass. These kind of look like a wine glass or a dessert glass with no handle.
The other glasses that are frequently used are those with a pedestal and a handle, which is the kind of glasses we went with. I tried to link to the exact glasses that we bought, but they are no longer available on Amazon.
No matter what glass you choose, the first step is warming it by filling it with hot water. As soon as the glass is warmed, pour out the water and add 4 ounces of hot black coffee.
Add 1 1/2 ounces of Irish whiskey to the coffee and 2 teaspoons of brown sugar (or too taste - I actually used about a teaspoon.)
Top with real whipped cream and serve. Enjoy!
Note - you want the whipped cream just barely whipped. Right as it is reaching the whipped stage, stop. If you get it too whipped it will plop on the coffee like a floating island. Still tastes good, but doesn't look as pretty.
I whipped mine by hand in a bowl with a whisk so I could watch it. You want to ere on the side of under whipping as opposed to over whipping.
Such a warm and comforting coffee cocktail! Perfect for a cold winter's night, though we've been known to sip them year round!
More Coffee Cocktails
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Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven in the easy 3 ingredient coffee cocktail.
Top ice cream with coffee liqueur and espresso and you have an Affogato!
Another easy three ingredient cocktail is an Easy Espresso Martini!
- 1 1/2 ounces Irish whiskey
- 4 ounces coffee hot and black
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 2 tbsp whipped cream
- Warm an Irish whiskey glass by filling it with hot water.
- Pour out the water and add hot coffee to the glass.
- Add the whiskey and the brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Top with whipped cream.