This St. Patrick's Day, I am thinking back to last March when I traveled through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with my favorite aunt. What a great adventure! I have shared some of my photos from the Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula on past Travel Tuesdays. I thought I'd celebrate today with a few more photos from the trip and a recipe for Irish Coffee. I enjoyed a few of these delicious cocktails on those cold Irish days, and the locals gave me some tips for recreating the drink back home.
A true Irish Coffee is quite simply made, you just add a shot of Irish whiskey to a cup of coffee and top with whipped cream. The locals gave me a few tips to make this beverage the true Irish way. First, you must warm the mug before you fill it with the hot coffee. Like the English do with their tea pots when brewing tea, you just swish some hot water around the mug and then discard it to prep the cup for the coffee. Next, you don't mix the whiskey into the coffee, you just top it and let it settle. Finally, there is a secret ingredient. Every Irish person I spoke to said you have to make this with instant coffee. I made sure to bring some packets back with me from Ireland, so I am making mine with true Irish instant coffee crystals! Another tip was to add sugar to taste if you prefer your drink sweeter. I made one big deviation... I am opting to use Baileys Irish Cream rather than just plain Irish whiskey. I like the added creaminess, so excuse the faux pas!
Irish Coffee is even more enjoyable when sipped from one of these adorable vintage mugs. I picked these up one at a time over the past year at the thrift store. I'm not sure if they were made in Ireland and brought home as travel souvenirs or if there was just a time when people bought sets of these for entertaining guests. Whatever the case, I love this little collection and always keep me eye out for other mugs to add to the set. I hope you celebrate this St. Patty's Day with an Irish Coffee!!