Keep yourself warm (this inevitably cold) bank holiday weekend with this soothing Irish Coffee recipe
Our national holiday has all kinds of connotations; snakes, shamrocks (four-leaf clovers for some people), floats and truly anything in between. It's a day for celebration, for some pomp and pageantry, a day to dig out all the green-hued clothing and stick The Pogues' greatest hits on loop.
It's also one of the few days that you can spike your morning coffee or indeed your afternoon brew. To help with that, we've nabbed a truly great Irish Coffee recipe and learned some top tips on how to make them from Barry Farrell, Resident Bartender at Slane Distillery:
- 1 teaspoon dark orange chocolate shavings
- When making Irish Coffee, the first two steps really do make all the difference to the end result. Firstly, make sure to choose the right size of the glass. At Slane Distillery we use a 6oz Georgian Coffee Glass which helps to accentuate the aroma of the Irish Coffee.
- Before adding any ingredients, also make sure to preheat the glass with boiling water.
- Brew your espresso and make it a double. At Slane Distillery, we use our local roastery Ariosa Coffee's signature blend which is roasted to a medium level and gives a nice balance to Irish coffee.
- Then add 15ml of vanilla-infused syrup and 40ml of Slane Irish Whiskey to the glass.
- Stir all the elements together and top up with boiling water.
- Depending on the size of your glass, remember to leave enough space for a nice topping of whipped cream.
- A common mistake is overwhipping the cream for Irish Coffee. It should just be whipped lightly so it can be poured over a spoon to create the topping.
- Then add a sprinkle of dark orange chocolate shavings on top for a sweet finish, sit back and enjoy!
For more info on the recipe visit the Slane Irish Whiskey website- Sláinte!
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