We enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day so much, we celebrated twice! One day with Irish stew and soda bread. The second, with Irish Coffee.
Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with cream. Generally combining alcohol and caffeine isn’t a good idea. It’s important to be aware of how much caffeine and alcohol are being consumed. As with all things, moderation so occasional Irish coffee won’t harm you.
Mugs are to be pre-heated. We did that. What we didn’t do is use was the amount of alcohol suggested. Irish coffee is 4 parts coffee to 2 parts whiskey, but after tainting my great-grandmother’s thimble with a few drops of straight whiskey to sample it), we chose to use less. It was nasty! Our coffee was also weaker than it would traditionally be for 2 reasons: 1) it was 2:30 in the afternoon; and, 2) I don’t like coffee!
After we pre-heated our proper Irish coffee mugs, we poured in our coffee and stirred in a significant amount of brown sugar. Then we added our whiskey and a generous blob of freshly whipped cream. Yum!
These special hand-painted, footed footed Belleek Irish Coffee Mugs traveled all the way from Ireland last Fall in my parents’ carry-on bag.
Belleek Pottery began trading in 1884 in Northern Ireland in the village of Belleek, County Fermangh. But pottery production began closer to the late 1840s as a means of providing employment for struggling tenants affected by the potato famine. The estate owner, Bloomfield, also brought in the railway to increase distribution. Parian porcelain, what Belleek is most known for, began in 1863. Parian porcelain, a type of biscuit porcelain biscuit that resembles marble.
Irish Coffee reminds me of very boozy tiramisu, a boozy, creamy, coffee-y Italian dessert. It’s rich and decadent and a lovely treat…once in awhile. On the other hand…
Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all 4 essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat!