Tomorrow is National Irish Coffee Day. And who doesn't like when it's completely acceptable to put a little extra somethin' in your drink in the daytime. I may or may not be doing it right now. What? It's just coffee.
To celebrate this very special holiday, here are five boozy and delicious Irish coffee recipes:
1. The Classic
As legend has it, the original Irish coffee was created at an Irish airship port in the 1940s. On a particularly cold night, the head chef at the port's restaurant added a little kick to a group of American passengers' coffee to keep them warm. When one passenger asked if they were drinking Brazilian coffee, the chef replied, "No, that's Irish coffee."
A special thank you to the chef, Joe Sheridan, and to the American passengers for being so annoying and bratty that he felt the need to give y'all a buzz.
The classic Irish coffee is made by stirring together fresh brewed coffee, brown sugar and a jigger of Irish whiskey, and topping it all off with thick, heavy cream. Try lightly whipping the cream and pouring it over the back of a spoon for that perfect layering effect.
2. The Nutty Irishman
This coffee recipe uses Baileys Irish Cream and stirs in a shot of nutty Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur. Add chocolate syrup and whipped cream and call it a day. For an extra punch, try using hazelnut or almond-flavored coffee.
This also works well with pumpkin-flavored liqueur and pumpkin pie spice.
3. Mint Chocolate Chip
It was an ice cream...and now it's a coffee. Mix one cup of espresso with 1/2 shot of Baileys Mint Cream or Creme de Menthe and 1/2 shot of Irish whiskey. Stir in one teaspoon chocolate syrup and top with whipped cream garnished with chocolate chips and a sprig of fresh mint.
4. Irish Tea & Hot Chocolate
For the tea: Mix a cup of freshly brewed chai tea with two teaspoons of brown sugar and one jigger of Baileys Irish Cream. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon or a cinnamon stick.
For the hot cocoa: Mix a cup of your favorite hot chocolate with one or two shots of Baileys Irish Cream. Top with freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
5. Irish Coffee Cupcakes
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These chocolate cupcakes are flavored with espresso powder and brown sugar and topped with a whiskey-spiked frosting. For an extra kick, try filling them with an Irish whiskey ganache before topping with frosting.