National Irish Coffee Day

It is National Irish Coffee Day! The best way to celebrate is to make a glass (or two), relax and warm up. Check out my favorite Irish Coffee recipe:

Run hot water slowly over a glass mug until it’s at room temperature or hotter, and then dry it (pouring hot coffee into a cold glass could cause it to crack) Add brown sugar to mug, pour in whiskey, add coffee or espresso, leaving room at top for whipped cream, set whipped cream on drink.Do not stir (drink stays warmer longer with the cream sitting on top)

If Irish Coffee isn’t your thing, here are some other coffee drink recipes:

Mexican Coffee:

  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 3 ounces tequila, divided (My favorite is Patron)
  • 3 ounces coffee liqueur (recommended: Kahlua), divided
  • Ground cinnamon, to dust
  • 2 cups prepared coffee, divided
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream, divided (I normally use Breyers)
  • 2 cherries
Frost rims of 2 cups with sugar. Pass it through the fire, gilding the edge little by little. Add the tequila and the coffee liqueur to them tilting the cup a little towards the fire so that the liqueur begins to flame. Dust with cinnamon. Immediately add hot coffee and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Top with a cherry.

Jamaican Coffee:

Pour rum and coffee liqueur into a decorative coffee glass. Fill glass with hot coffee. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with a coffee bean.

Spanish Coffee:

  • Vanilla bean
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Wedge of lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange liqueur (recommended: Cointreau)
  • 1/2 ounce almond liqueur (recommended: Amaretto)
  • 1 ounce coffee liqueur
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 1/2 cups coffee
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate shavings
A few days before you make the coffee, split the vanilla bean in half the long way, and place it with the sugar in a closed container. To make the coffee, warm 2 brandy snifters. Take the wedge of lime and run it around the edge of the glass to wet the rim. Dip it in the vanilla sugar. Pour the orange liqueur into the glasses and, one at a time, light it on fire and tilt the glass to caramelize the vanilla sugared rim. Douse the flame with a little coffee. In a copper saucepan place the almond liqueur, cognac and coffee liqueur and warm them. Divide them between the 2 snifters then top them off with more coffee. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate shavings and a straw.

Bavarian Coffee:

Add coffee and liquors to an irish coffee cup and sweeten to taste. Gently float the cream on top, and sprinkle with grated chocolate.

Grand Coffee:

  • 1 oz Grand Marnier, warmed
  • 3 oz Hot brewed coffee
  • .75 oz Brown sugar syrup (1 part brown sugar, 1 part water), if desired
Pour all the ingredients into a mug or heat-proof highball glass and stir. Spoon about 2 tbsp of whipped cream on top.
Hope you enjoy one (or all)  of these delicious spiked coffees, let us know what one your favorite is!

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