At this point in my trip to Europe, you would think I would’ve had my fill of foreign foods and yummy treats, but that’s somehow not the case. In fact, with each new country that I visit, I find myself not only wanting to explore the new tastes and flavors of the local cuisine, but also craving all of the goodies I had in cities past.
One of those goodies in particular is Irish Coffee, a delicious and definitely dangerous beverage made of fresh-brewed coffee, Irish whiskey, a bit of Baileys and fluffy whipped cream to top it all off. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m typically a tea girl, but there’s just something about Irish Coffee that makes me want to drink a steaming mug of it any chance I get. (And considering that it’s got a good bit of alcohol in it, you can see how that could be a problem.)
Fortunately, you don’t have to be on the Emerald Isle to enjoy this delicious drink, because it’s quick and easy to whip it up yourself right at home.
To me, the homemade whipped cream is essential to a top-notch mug of Irish Coffee, and it’s really easy to make once you get the hang of it. But one thing to remember: Don’t get discouraged if you can’t get your cream to whip right away, as it usually takes me anywhere between 5 and 15 minutes to get it to thicken. To help speed the process, try to keep the bowl and whisk as cold as possible at all times.
Check out the recipe below, and let me know if you try this devilish drink that’s perfect for a winter weekend brunch.
Irish Coffee with Homemade Whipped Cream
Yield: 1 serving (recipes via Allrecipes.com)
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
1 shot Irish cream liqueur (I used Baileys)
1 shot Irish whiskey (I used Jameson)
1 cup hot brewed coffee
1 tablespoon whipped cream
1 dash ground nutmeg
1. In large ice-cold bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks are just about to form. Beat in vanilla and sugar until peaks form. Be careful not to over-beat, as cream will become too lumpy.
2. In coffee mug, combine Irish cream and Irish whiskey. Fill remainder of mug with coffee, then top with whipped cream and dash of nutmeg.