Irish Coffee

If you have been following me on Instagram, you will have noticed my Friday evening Irish Happy Hour.

I will have you know, I continued that happy hour when I awoke Saturday morning.  Irish coffee and cinnamon sugar toast.  It gets better…the piece of bread that I toasted was none other than the heel of the loaf.  Fist pump.  The coffee, french press.  Double fist pump.  The entertainment, Dirty Dancing ( it is back on Netflix, baby!)  I am just pumping my fists in the air at this point.

Living right on a Saturday morning.

But let me stop talking so you can start drinking.

Irish Whiskey.  Jameson is my go to.  I honestly don’ t know of any other.  Who wants to school me?  I am up for some learning (and tasting!)

Brown sugar for sweetness .

Everything lined up and out and ready makes drink mixing a breeze.  It actually makes baking and cooking easier too.

Just a tablespoon.  A lot for this coffee with cream girl.

Coffee.  Drip.  French Press.  Keurig.  Vacuum.  Brew it.  Keep it hot.

You guessed it…pour it.  My favorite sight of any morning (or afternoon or evening).

Fill to about 3/4th full or a smidgen less.   Less means more cream later.

Whiskey in.  Stir.  Butter toast and sprinkle on cinnamon and sugar.  Slice in to triangles because that is how mom did it.

Heavy cream.  Whisk for about one minute just prior to pouring ever so gently over the bottom side of a spoon.  The cream layer is called a cuff.

Take one more crooked picture for good measure.

And when you can take it no longer ….

 

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. 

- An Irish Blessing

Irish Coffee
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of Freshly Brewed Hot Coffe
  • 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
  • 1 + ½ Ounces Irish Whiskey (Jamison) = 3 Tablespoon or 1 jigger
  • Heavy Cream, slightly whipped – whisked for about one minute immediately before using (about ¼ cup per serving)
Instructions
  1. Fill a mug about ¾ full with hot coffee. Add brown sugar and stir until it is dissolved.
  2. Gently pour in Irish whiskey and stir.
  3. Ever so gently, pour slightly whipped cream over a spoon onto the top of the coffee.
  4. Serve hot and drink immediately – pulling the hot whiskey coffee through the slightly whipped cream.

 

 

Cheers!

At the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve, when 2011 becomes the past and 2012 lies before us, with only possibilities, I will be toasting, with my other work cohorts, with sparkling grape juice.  Sparkling grape juice out of plastic cups or maybe my coffee cup (if it is clean).  Oh so fashionable.  Oh so chic.  Oh so sexy.

What are your plans?

A perfect New Year’s celebration in my mind would be dinner and then dancing.  Dressed to the nines.  Gowns and tuxedos.  Heels and cuff links.  And real dancing.  Dancing, like how our grandparents used to dance.  To be twirled around the dance floor and then when the song is through, head back to the round table with black and white linen napkins and champagne flutes and other beautifully dressed people.  To sip my cocktail and to laugh with my friends.  And wait.  And wait for the countdown to midnight.  10, 9, 8, 7, ….

Wait to be kissed at midnight.  Wait to shout “Happy New Year” as the clock strikes midnight.  And then begin to dance again and continue to sip champagne and continue to have a grand time.  Ringing in the New Year with love and laughter.

Does this happen?  For normal non-celebrity people?  I hope it does.  You know the final scene of ‘When Harry Met Sally’?  That is what I am talking about.  A huge ballroom, tons of lovely people, and dancing…..Oh and champagne.  Lots of champagne.

If you are heading out to said shindig or if you are staying in and playing Monopoly with your family,  you will need a drink.  A cocktail to raise at midnight.  A drink to ring in the New Year.  Something with champagne.  Champagne is a must!

To be honest, cocktails are not my strong point.  I am a bottle of beer or glass of wine gal.  My cocktail of choice is a gin and tonic or maybe ginger ale and bourbon.  Nothing crazy.  No fancy names.  I have never stumped a bar tender.  So I had to do a bit of research on champagne cocktails.  This website offers a whole catalog of choices.  So, if a French 95 doesn’t do it for ya, then pick another and let me know how it goes!

 

French 95

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients

1.5 ounces Bourbon

2 ounces Orange Juice (pulp free)

1.5 ounces Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed if possible)

1 ounce Simple Syrup

Champagne (≈ 12 ounces)

Ice Cubes

 Combine the bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a few ice cubes in a shaker and give a quick shake to mix.  Stain mixture evenly between 2 champagne flutes.  Top off flutes with champagne of your choice.  Enjoy immediately.

Here is to a happy and healthy New Year!