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irish coffeebianchi boy
Mar 14, 2002 8:15 PM
Can anyone tell me the ingredients and give me directions for making Irish coffee? I'm planning to have some of my biking buds over for Irish coffee after the ride on St. Pat's Day but don't have a drink-mixing book. I've made it before, years ago, but can't remember the recipe.
Here's a copy and paste job that sounds rightmickey-mac
Mar 14, 2002 9:52 PM
1 Measure Irish whiskey
1 Measure strong black coffee
2 ts Sugar
2 ts Fresh whipping cream or
-double cream

Heat the glass. Add the whiskey, add the sugar and the hot coffee, Float the cream on top of the coffee. (Pour into a spoon rested just on the surface of the coffee: let the cream flow into the bowl of the spoon and overflow onto the coffee. Lift the spoon as the cream builds up, so that a layer of cream builds up on top of the coffee.) Do NOT try this in coffee without sugar in it: it is the presence of the sugar that allows the cream to float successfully.)

Serve. The coffee is supposed to be drank through the cool cream, not stirred in.
Dead on, but....muncher
Mar 15, 2002 6:25 AM
You need to interpret the "measure" of whiskey right. The answer is in the recipie coverty - as it suggests 1:1 is a good ratio with the coffee and spirit.

The sugar is indeed the key - plenty of it for float - some nice raw cane is the best IMO.

Also - BIN THE WHIPPING CREAM. Double is the only way on this one.

If you want to do it nicely, akin the Royal Irish Regiment, then serve the whole thing in a Guinness glass (but don't forget to put the spirit in first/put a long spoon in the glass before you pour in the hot water).

Hmmm - I may have to have one tonight....
Guinness would be easier!(nm)IAM
Mar 14, 2002 10:55 PM
Do you whip the cream?tarwheel
Mar 15, 2002 5:36 AM
That recipe sounds right, but I can't remember if you're supposed to use whipped cream or just use regular cream or half&half. Irish coffee is for brunch, Guiness the rest of the day.

When I lived in Savannah, Ga., St. Pat's Day was the biggest holiday of the year. They have the second largest St. Pat's parade in the US, and the whole city turns into a big party. Green beer in the all the bars, and they dye all the fountains green. I was working as a reporter for the local newspaper and had to cover one of the dozens of Irish "secret society" meetings one year. At 7:00 a.m., these guys were snockered. They had a ceremonial lighting of the green grits, and the emcee poured Irish whisky over the grits to light them. Unfortunately, he also slopped whisky all over the table and set the whole thing on fire. They had to evacuate the whole room and all the fire alarms went off. It was scary, but made a good story for the paper.
I thought Bailey's Irish Cream was involved.Sintesi
Mar 15, 2002 8:10 AM
I dunno tho, Guiness sounds much better to me.
The original Buena Vista recipe...cory
Mar 15, 2002 8:25 AM
Irish coffee in the U.S. was popularized at the Buena Vista cafe (bar? Can't remember) in San Francisco by an SF Chronicle columnist named Stanton Delaplane in the late '50s or early '60s. The Chron has printed the recipe several times:

Original Irish Coffee Recipe

1 jigger of Irish Whiskey
2 teaspoons of Sugar
Fresh Hot Coffee
Fresh Cream

Rinse your glass with boiling water, so it is good and hot to start with. Add your Whiskey, Sugar & Coffee. Stir. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the cream so it sets on top of the mixture.

Do not stir the cream into the coffee. Traditionally, this is best sipped through the cream. The fresher the cream you can buy, the better, too.
Isn't it just Irish whiskey, coffee, and whipped cream? (nm)ColnagoFE
Mar 15, 2002 9:12 AM
Here's my recipe for "Russian" Coffee.Sintesi
Mar 15, 2002 10:07 AM
1 jigger of Vodka
2 teaspoons of Sugar
Fresh Hot Coffee
Fresh Cream

I also have a recipe for "German" coffee.

1 jigger of Schnapps
2 teaspoons of Sugar
Fresh Hot Coffee
Fresh Cream

I also have the recipe for French, Turkish and Japanese coffee. If your interested I'll email it to you.

Nooooooo - pleasemuncher
Mar 15, 2002 1:05 PM
Don't do this to yourself - NO WHIPPED CREAM - use fresh double, and like it says above, the fresher the better.

Irish coffee + whipped cream = terrible restaurant....

Forgive the pretnetiousness, but you'll thank me if you compare to two - honest.....
your scotch eggs were great, so i'll take your word for it ...tarwheel
Mar 15, 2002 1:18 PM
I'd rather not fool with whipped cream anyway. It would be too tempting to use Cool Whip, which I know would be a sacrilege.
mick, munch -- irish coffee great!bianchi boy
Mar 15, 2002 6:44 PM
Gave it a test run tonight and the recipe works great! Got a buzz off one cup. Didn't realize you put so much whiskey in it.
Mar 15, 2002 9:28 PM
Alcohol and coffee are a match made in heaven. Although I haven't tried this yet, someone recommended putting a couple of scoops of coffee ice cream in a glass and filling it with Guinness. I'll be downing a few of my homebrewed Imperial Stouts on St. Pat's. At 9.5% abv, two bottles have me feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, a 12 oz. bottle has about 450 calories.
Bailey's and Kahlua: The Irish-Mexican (nm)Brooks
Mar 18, 2002 10:05 AM