Bartender Re-education: The Irish Coffee
Every coffee+booze cocktail is a piece of shit except this one. Spanish coffee? Fuck that drink. Bailey’s and coffee? Look granny, you could have had that at home. Every coffee cocktail up until the Irish Coffee was just a way to get a girl just drunk enough on sweet stuff so that you can get to bone town.
But the Irish Coffee is too classy for such skulduggery.
This month’s Bartender Re-education is the Irish Coffee and it has 3 ingredients. If you are served an Irish Coffee with a 4th ingredient you are beginning to slide down a slope in to the valley of Ben & Jerry’s flavored coffee. Specifically, don’t you dare drizzle creme de menthe over canned whipped cream. And while we are at it, don’t ever use canned whipped cream.
The Irish Coffee is as simple as 1,2,3,4
- 1 pre-heat the mug, don’t ever put a hot drink into a cold mug
- 2 sweet Irish whisky, the only other sugar will come from the whipped cream
- 3 fresh whipped cream, add sugar to taste, use a whisk or a hand blender
- 4 very strong coffee, it need to stand up to the whiskey
Follow the steps in that order, you don’t have to stir or shake anything.
And then you are done. Don’t add anything else. You’ll find this very simple combination to have the perfect balance. So perfect, that when coffee is brewed poorly (too acidic) the sugar balances it even better. Dare I say the best Irish coffee you could have would be made with some truck-stop-been-on-the-burner-all-day-sludgy-cup-o-joe.
Another great thing about the Irish Coffee is that the best way to get it is on the go. And how does one do that? Repeat after me:
“Hello barista, I’ll have a double 8oz americano with whip please.”
Then you dump an airline bottle of Jameson right in the cup and you are ready to face the day.
But if you want to bypass this coffee jazz and skip to straight Irish Whiskey, read this post I wrote about how to drink during St Patrick’s week.