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Drink of the Week

Irish Coffee (Caifé Gaelach in Irish)Irish-Coffee

  • 2oz Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4oz Brown Sugar
  • 4oz Hot Black Coffee
  • 2oz Fresh thick cream

Serve in an 10 oz Glass Coffee Mug/Toddy glass

This may not be the most original drink recipe to post, but is certainly one of my favorites at this time of year.  When my boyfriend (FG) and I went to Ireland 2 years ago we had several of these delicious beverages and couldn’t believe how much better they were than the ones we’d ever had in the States.  The secret, we discovered, is in two major components of the drink. There is NO baileys in a true Irish Coffee and the cream topping is NOT whipped cream. This is a terrible misconception, for some reason everywhere I go in LA offers whip cream on top and Baileys Irish cream inside.

Thick cream is what you should actually use, and although to some extent it is slightly whipped with a fork, it is still very much a liquid. If you can dollop the cream on top you have whipped too much.

Pour the hot coffee into an Irish coffee mug then add the Whiskey and sugar, stir until fully dissolved. The sugar is essential for floating liquid cream on top. The cream is carefully poured over the back of a spoon initially held just above the surface of the coffee and gradually raised a little. The layer of cream will float on the coffee without mixing with it and looks amazing. You should then drink the coffee through the cool layer of cream.

Although different variations of coffee cocktails pre-date the now-classic Irish coffee by at least 100 years, the original Irish coffee is said to have been invented by Joe Sheridan, a chef at Foynes Port in the county of Limerick, in West Ireland.  Passengers arriving to Foynes were often tired, freezing and in a bad mood. One evening in the winter of 1942, a Pan Am plane took off from Foynes but had to turn back due to severe weather. The passengers on board were apparently terribly upset and tired after returning to the airbase, and Joe wanted to prepare something special for them and warm them up. He created the Irish coffee recipe on a whim and when the American travelers were immediately hooked, and when one guest asked, “Is this Brazilian coffee?” Joe responded with: “No, That’s Irish Coffee.”

Kind of a cool story (if it’s true, which i’m not able to verify) but even if it isn’t true, this is a great drink to heat you up on a cold winters day. Enjoy!

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Drink of the Week

JAMESON ALMOND OLD FASHIONED

  • 2oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/4oz Amaretto / Caramel Liqueur
  • 1/4oz Sugar Syrup
  • 3 dash orange bitters

Garnish: Orange twist

Stir ingredients with ice cubes for a good 2 minutes. The melting and stirring in of ice cubes is essential to the dilution and taste of the drink.

Serve over 1 large Ice Cube.

St.Patricks Day: Fun Facts

As i’m sure you all know it’s St.Patricks day (AKA St.Pattys Day) this coming week-end, which for many here in the USA is merely an excuse to get drunk and wear green. However, for those of you who don’t know, Saint Patricks Day is a Religious holiday that originated in Dublin, Ireland in the 18th Century and was originally a solemn affair.  The Irish Protestant organization ‘The Knights of St. Patrick’  held a parade on 17 March 1783 (March 17 being the date St.Patrick died in AD 461) and the tradition of this holiday being a celebratory occasion has continued ever since in Dublin and across the globe.

Saint Patrick was a Christian Missionary (yes, he was a real person) and a fair time after his death became the patron saint of Ireland.  He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks has become a big feature of the day.  In 1903 St.Patricks Day became a public holiday in Ireland. Irish member of Parliament James O’Mara later introduced a law that required pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, (doesn’t surprise me) but this was repealed in the 1970s.

So in between downing pints of Guinness, or doing ‘Irish Car Bomb’ shots this Saturday night I thought you might want to try something slightly different, but still sticking with this Irish theme. What better way to celebrate than with a variation of the classic drink an ‘Old Fashioned’.  I like this version of the drink because it is sweeter than a regular Old Fashioned and the almond notes of the Amaretto come through subtly.  In truth this recipe (from the Jameson website) may be slightly too sweet for many people, so you can afford to remove the sugar syrup altogether if you find this to be the case.

HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY!!!!

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