What’s the best thing about a perfect day up at the mountain enjoying snow activities? Sitting by the fire later and sipping warm winter cocktails, of course! Central Oregon will be blustery for a couple more months and we’re keeping it hot with delicious afternoon and evening drinks that’ll get us through ‘til spring. One of our favorite drinks is classic Irish Coffee with real Irish Whiskey and cream. Pairs well with shortbread cookies or almond biscotti and snuggled up under a blanket…
2 ounces of Irish Whiskey
2 TBS of demerara or turbinado sugar
Freshly made espresso or strong coffee
Fresh whip cream
Fresh mint leaves (optional)
In a small saucepan, combine the whiskey, sugar and espresso and stir thoroughly over low heat. Stir for about 5 minutes and make sure sugar is completely dissolved. When you’re ready to serve, pour into two 8 ounce heatproof glasses or mugs. Top drinks with generous portions of whip cream. Sprinkle nutmeg and add mint leaves for garnish. Serve immediately. If you like your coffee creamy, add a few tablespoons of half and half to your coffee before adding your toppings.
Irish Coffee was created in 1943 in the village of Foynes in Ireland. Chef and bartender, Joe Sheridan created this drink in an airport to warm guests coming into the small town and it was soon popularized by a travel writer. Every Spring, there’s an annual Irish Coffee Festival in Foynes with coffee making contests, parades and fireworks. Fun!