With St Patrick’s Day coming up, I am trying to decide how to celebrate! In my youth, this week was full of dancing and revelry, but now I may settle for a nice Irish Coffee!
I still remember the first time I tasted this classic drink. I was a college student spending a semester in Dublin and firmly committed to the idea of “when in Rome…”
I lived with an Irish family in a beautiful old Georgian that had tons of character… and very little heat. Our limited warmth came from electric sheets on the beds, a coal burning fireplace in the living room, and a couple of portable propane heaters. It was cozy to belly up to a heater with a cup of tea and a good book, but I’ll never forget the October morning when I awoke to see my breath in my bedroom!
The result of the constant chill was that I spent the first month or so with a chronic case of the sniffles. One night, on the verge of another head cold, I was attending a play at the famous Abbey Theater. I expressed some concern that my condition might worsen and was given the same advice by everyone I spoke with. Knock it out with a nice Irish Coffee, served up in the lobby. Irish Coffee at the theater–how awesome!
The next day I awoke… with a case of laryngitis so bad I could barely whisper. So much for folk cures!
With Saint Patrick’s Day rolling around you might be in the spirit to partake! So have an Irish Coffee to celebrate… or perhaps to relax.
Just don’t have one for its medicinal value.
- 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
- 1 t brown sugar (or to taste)
- 6 oz hot coffee
- 4 T whipped cream (a "dollop")
- Combine hot coffee, whiskey and sugar. Stir to combine.
- Top with whipped cream but do not stir.
- Sip through whipped cream.