Happy almost Christmas! This morning, before we pack up the car and head to the north for a week of Christmas fun, I wanted to share a different kind of holiday cocktail, the morning kind. Personally when it comes to drinking before noon I prefer bloody marys and mimosas, but there is something to be said for a hot Irish coffee. It’s such a decadent drink, creamy and rich and full of flavor. Worlds away from my usual cup of black coffee.
An Irish coffee is a combination of strong coffee or espresso, cream, and Irish whiskey. Some variations include brown sugar or Irish cream liquor, but as I’m not much of a sweet coffee drinker (and I really don’t need that much booze in my morning cup), we opted for a more basic recipe. And while I think I’m drunk just from licking the whipped cream off the side of the glass, this would be the perfect holiday brunch cocktail for the whiskey lovers in your family!
1 jigger of Irish whiskey
Dash of cream
1 cup strong coffee
Whipped cream (heavy cream & sugar)
Dash of nutmeg
Whip cream and a bit of sugar together. Make coffee. Combine coffee, a dash of heavy cream, and whiskey in a mug. Top with whipped cream and nutmeg. Drink with caution.