Irish Coffee with Bailey’s Whipped Cream

I don’t know about you, but I’m a “don’t-talk-to-me-until-I-have-a-coffee-in-me” kind of girl (this mug totally applies to me, and is on my wishlist). I cannot be held responsible for my actions should you encounter me straight out of bed without a coffee in my hand. There is such a moment of clarity and happiness when that first sip hits my lips. It’s like “aahhh, now I can start my day.”

Up until a few years ago enjoying a shot of Bailey’s in my coffee was as “Irish” as I got. That is until I had my first, real Irish coffee at The Buena Vista in San Francisco. What a place! The Buena Vista’s technique for pouring the perfect cup of coffee took years to perfect, but in 1952 they found the ideal coffee/whiskey/cream ratio and have been using that recipe ever since.

While I may not drink an Irish coffee everyday, I can’t think of a better occasion than St. Patrick’s Day to indulge in a glass! So cheers to another St. Patrick’s Day… may the luck of the Irish be with you!

Irish Coffee

There’s no better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a mug of freshly brewed Irish coffee. The strong & flavourful coffee is taken up notch with a shot of whiskey, while the Bailey’s infused whipped cream provides a sweet richness to every sip.

Yield: 3 glasses of Irish coffee

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 oz Irish Whiskey
3-4 cups hot black coffee
Optional garnish: cinnamon and chocolate shavings

1. In a stand mixer, whip together the heavy cream and Bailey’s until light and fluffy.
2. Divide the brown sugar between three glass. Pour 1 oz of whiskey into each glass and stir until sugar has dissolved.
3. Pour in hot coffee and stir. Top with Bailey’s whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon, and some chocolate shavings (if using).

“Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar & fat” ~ Alex Levine

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  1. i am most definitely a don't talk to me until i've had my coffee girl too! these sound amazing, and look beautiful! can't wait to try! xo

  2. HA! I'm glad I'm not the only one! "J" doesn't understand my need for coffee in the morning, but us coffee addicts know what's up!

  3. I'm not a huge coffee drinker per say (I like them milk'ed down quite a bit) but I'm definiteeellllly not a morning person. I just don't like to speak at all in the a.m., LOL.