La fheile Padraig sona dhuit
Being from Dublin, I have made an Irish coffee to celebrate the great man. I was taught how to make Irish Coffee in the Horseshoe Bar Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin in 1979 by a fantastic bartender named Sean kelly.
This is the ONLY way to make it, you will hear all manner of variations on how to do it, what to put in or on it, but this is the Irish, old fashioned way to make it. As Sean said, it’s like pouring a pint of Guinness, take your time, hum a little Irish song when doing it and, you will have the tastiest, most comforting drink on the planet and as they say in the fair land, “A silent mouth, is sweet to hear”
Ingredients :serves 1
Very hot, black coffee
2 tsp brown sugar
1 shot (45 ml) Irish whiskey, I use Jameson, but Paddy or Bushmills will work
Chilled double cream, lightly whipped so that it just pours
A stem glass
Heat your glass with hot water, ( frankie tip: always put a metal spoon in glass to stop it cracking as the spoon absorbs the heat) when glass is hot pour out the water
Add your hot coffee and sugar and stir well
Add your whiskey and stir
Very gently pour your cream onto the coffee over the back of a warm spoon, just up to the rim
Pick it up gently by the stem as the glass will be hot!
Sip it through the cool cream, close your eyes, are you in Irish green fields yet with the mist falling gently on your head.
Happy St Patrick’s Day