Irish coffee

Irish coffee

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
4

The success of this famous coffee depends entirely on the use of the finest ingredients – true Irish whiskey, fresh roasted, freshly brewed coffee, and cream, lightly whipped so that it floats on top of the hot coffee. An excellent end to a meal.

Irish coffee is served in tall coffee cups or heatproof glasses. An enterprising manufacturer has made a small burner to take a special Irish coffee glass. This is used to heat the whiskey in the glass, and it ensures that the coffee is piping hot – part of the charm is to sip the hot whiskey-laced coffee through the layer of cold cream. If serving to guests, arrange ingredients on a tray, take to the table and prepare.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
8 tablespoons irish whiskey
sugar
750ml strong coffee, freshly brewed and very hot
250ml cream, lightly whipped until it holds soft peaks

Method

  1. Set out 4 heated Irish coffee glasses or cups. In each glass stir together 2 tablespoons whiskey (heated over a burner for preference) and 1½ teaspoons sugar. Add hot, strong black coffee, and stir until sugar is dissolved. Spoon cream gently on top.
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