Making Irish Coffee

Irish coffee drinks are perfect for relaxing after dinner with a few friends. These cocktails are both sweet and warm, mixing the rich flavors of your favorite coffee with either Irish whiskey or Irish Crème liqueur, and always best when served with a dollop of whipped cream. Whip up one of these on a cold winter's night and savor the smooth warmth.

For the best Irish coffee recipes, you'll want to make your own homemade whipped cream. Just before you brew your coffee, make a batch of whipped cream and set it in the fridge while you grind your coffee beans and brew your coffee.

Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
½ pint whipping cream
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
? cup powdered sugar

In a mixing bowl, begin beating cream on medium speed. Add in vanilla, then powdered sugar, beating until cream becomes fluffy and light, for about three to four minutes. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

Some people like to beat whipping cream without flavoring or sugar for a simpler topping.

Irish Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
5 oz. premium blend freshly brewed coffee
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons whipped cream

You'll want to brew a strong, premium cup of coffee for this drink. Make sure you use filtered water and at least two tablespoons of ground coffee per five ounces of water. Invest in high quality coffee beans with a good reputation and a coffee grinder. Fresh ground coffee beans are always better than pre-ground.

When coffee is done brewing, pour five ounces into a mug. Add an ounce of whiskey and a tablespoon of sugar and stir with a spoon. Top with a large dollop of whipped cream and serve immediately.  Unless your guest is insistent about it, do not skimp on the amount of sugar used in the coffee. The sugar helps the coffee remain separate from the cream, making the presentation all the more appealing.

Irish Crème Coffee Recipe

Ingredients You Will Need:
5 oz. freshly brewed coffee
1 ounce Irish Crème liqueur
3 tablespoons whipped cream

Again, you'll want to brew your coffee on the stronger side, using at least two tablespoons of freshly ground coffee for every five ounces of water. Pour five ounces of freshly brewed coffee into an Irish coffee cup, then add Irish Crème liqueur. Stir. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.

You may want to invest in a set of Irish coffee cups (also called Irish coffee glasses). These are tall glass mugs designed to look like a cross between a beer mug and a coffee mug. These are perfect for showing off the creamy color of your Irish coffee with its decadent whipped cream topping.

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