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Tasty Tuesday Recipe - Irish Coffee

Shahen Naidoo

One of the things I love most about the Tasty Tuesday post is that I get to consume whatever I make, so it was inevitable that this weekly post would combine coffee and alcohol at some stage.

Of course Irish Coffee is the most well known alcoholic coffee beverage and we'll start with that, but over the coming weeks I will take you on a trip to create a few other coffee based drinks from around the world that will warm you from the inside. 

Irish Coffee is a warm cocktail consisting of coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar and cream. Isreali artist, Alex Livine describes this mix by saying, "Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat."

Ingredients:

  • Coffee - I used the Ethiopia Sidamo 
  • Irish whiskey
  • Whipped cream
  • Sugar

Method:

  • Make some coffee. Plunger coffee works best for this drink. Take look at the "Take a Plunge" post to see how to make the perfect plunger coffee.
  • Lightly whip some cream. The key here is to not allow the cream to become too stiff. 
  • Heat up the your glass by pouring some hot water into it and throwing it away just before pouring your drink.
  • Make up a solution of 2 parts sugar and 1 part water to make a sugar syrup. Use cold water, not hot water and just mix it together to make up a thick syrup.
  • Pour a double shot of your best Irish Whiskey into a glass.
  • Add one shot of the sugar syrup to the whiskey.
  • Pour your coffee out of the plunger over your whiskey-sugar mixture leaving some space for a good helping of whipped cream.
  • Place some of your whipped cream carefully over the top.
  • Garnish with a few coffee beans.

You need to drink Irish Coffee through the cream, so the cream must just float over the coffee and whiskey mixture while you sip through it.

 


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