Irish Coffee with Homemade Whipped Cream

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.

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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.

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Check out the recipe below, and let me know if you try this devilish drink that’s perfect for a winter weekend brunch.

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Irish Coffee with Homemade Whipped Cream

Yield: 1 serving (recipes via Allrecipes.com)

Whipped Cream

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Irish Coffee

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.

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