Hi all. Sorry for the absence, though I’m sure I don’t have enough followers to be missed :p BUT, I am back with a great recipe for my absolute favorite morning ritual: Irish Coffee!! Now, since I’m a responsible adult (lol) and need to be professional for work, I leave the Irish Whiskey out of this one, but on the weekends and for enjoyment, I’m all about the Whiskey in this coffee.
Ok, so first things first. Are you listening? I hope so. Take your drip coffee machine or instant coffee and just put it in your cabinet. You won’t be needing those any more. I’m serious about the instant coffee, but if you want your coffee to taste the best that it can, you should try something other than your traditional coffee drip. I use a French Press and a Mr. Coffee coffee bean grinder for mine and it’s the freshest, best tasting coffee that I’ve ever had.
Here’s what you need:
Dark roasted coffee (whole bean)
Brown sugar (2 tsp or so)
Ok so here’s what you do. Buy whatever type of roast and coffee beans, WHOLE BEANS, that you’d like. I prefer something dark roasted, and yes, I know that has less caffeine in it because it’s roasted longer (look it up, it’s true), but because the flavor is a bit deeper and stronger, it goes best with this traditional Irish Coffee. I bought a bag of fresh French Roast dark roasted coffee at my local Lowe’s Foods and ground the beans in a coarse grind for the French Press. Do you see where the filter is in the French Press in the picture? Fill your grounds up to about that point. Then boil your kettle of water.
When your water is done boiling, pour just enough water in the French Press to come to the top of the grounds and let this sit for about 60 seconds. This is called “blooming” the grounds. Now, at this point, assuming you’ve had your coffee before, if it tastes bitter to you, put in a pinch of salt. Yes, you heard be right, salt. The salt brews with the coffee and “sucks out” the bitterness of the coffee without putting a salty taste into the coffee. Try it, you won’t go back to the way you used to drink coffee, I guarantee it.
Ok, so now it’s been 60 seconds of blooming the grounds, so pour in the rest of your water to about the top of the top handle in the picture above (or the top silver band on the outside of the French Press).
Put the plunger into the French Press, put the top on, but let the plunger rest on top of everything. DO NOT PUSH THE PLUNGER DOWN YET!! Let the coffee brew for 4 minutes.
After the coffee has brewed for 4 minutes, slowly push the plunger down to filter the coffee and push the grounds to the bottom of the French Press.
Now, grab your Irish Coffee glass, put 2 teaspoons of brown sugar in the bottom, 1.5 shots of Irish Whiskey and stir well so that the sugar is dispersed. Now pour your coffee into the glass of Irish Whiskey and brown sugar and stir well, leaving about 1″ at the top of the glass. Now, take your carton of heavy cream and SHAKE THE SHIT OUT OF IT!! This will whip the cream into a light whipped cream consistency. Once you’ve reached the right consistency, pour the cream over the back of a spoon so that it rests on top of the coffee. Your final product should look like a pint of Guinness 🙂 (Disclaimer, I used medium roast coffee in some of these pictures and it wasn’t as good. The instructional pictures were done the right way with dark roast 🙂 )
I finished mine off with drizzling designs into the cream with homemade Irish Butterscotch sauce.