For coffee with a kick, add whiskey — naturally. In this recipe by the Culinary Institute of America, Irish whiskey harmonizes with rich java and a touch of brown sugar for a libation that you’ll want to drink throughout the cold season. Pick the Irish whiskey of your choice, but don’t skip out on the whipped cream (bonus points if you DIY). After all, there’s just something about the sweet cream atop the spiked caffeine concoction that makes each sip even better.
So, are you ready to whip up your very own Irish coffee at home? Here’s how to make the boozy brew with a touch of sweetness and tons of creaminess right from the comfort of your kitchen.
Makes one cup
Warm water, as needed
8 oz fresh, hot coffee
1½ oz Irish whiskey
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 heaping Tbsp of fresh, lightly whipped cream
Pour warm water into a heat-proof coffee glass and let it sit for 60 seconds.
Pour out the water and add the sugar, Irish whiskey, and coffee. Stir to dissolve the sugar, about 10 seconds.
Pour the lightly whipped cream on the back side of a spoon into the coffee.
P.S. Want to pair it with a sweet treat? To keep with the Irish theme, this soda bread is an ideal accompaniment, while these chocolate stout oatmeal cookies just beg to be dunked. For a slightly healthier alternative, these chocolate, hazelnut, and ginger clusters are just sweet enough to hit the spot without feeling like you’re going overboard.