Irish coffee recipe

By Adria Kelly

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In Ireland, it’s a common household practice to have coffee after dinner. This isn’t just a plain old cup of joe, though. Irish coffee is a delicious drink that provides a blend of warmth and tipsiness all at once. Here’s what’s needed to make this mouthwatering concoction.

  • A cup of freshly brewed coffee
  • A shot of whiskey (my grandmother uses Jameson)
  • A dollop of whipped cream (if possible use heavy whipping cream and whisk until thick)
  • A slice of lemon
  • Granulated sugar

Since this is a widely known beverage, there are plenty of variations. Some call for a shot of Irish cream liquor, but I think that makes it too thick, so I would suggest just using the whipped cream.

To make the coffee, take a mug and run the lemon slice around the rim of the glass. Pile the sugar on a plate and flatten out. This technique is similar to putting salt on the edge of a margarita glass, but with sugar. To do this, take the lemon-covered rim and rub it in the sugar pile. After the brim is covered with sugar, pour the coffee into the glass, add a shot of whiskey and plop a dollop of cream on top. The acidity from the lemon and the sweetness of the sugar will contrast the cream brilliantly and come together to create this wonderful classic.

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