Irish Coffee

To ensure the integrity of the ingredients of Irish Coffee, Ireland published an Irish standard in 1988. The original recipe explicitly uses brown sugar and cream that has not been whipped. The coffee is drunk through cream that is floated on top. It’s actually easier to use cream that has been slightly whipped so that it doesn’t mix with the hot coffee.

8 cups freshly brewed coffee

6 tablespoons brown sugar

12 ounces Irish whiskey

Heavy cream, slightly whipped

Fill coffee mugs with hot water to preheat; then empty. Pour piping hot coffee into warmed mugs until they are about ¾ full. Add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to each mug, stirring to dissolve completely. Add 2 ounces of Irish whiskey to each mug of coffee. Top with whipped cream. Serve hot. Serves 6.


Irish Soda Bread

An easy and delicious no-knead bread!

3 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup raisins or currants

2 tablespoons Irish whiskey or orange juice

1 heaping tablespoon sweet orange marmalade

1 tablespoon caraway seeds

1-1/3 cups buttermilk

¼ cup melted butter

Orange marmalade

Irish butter*

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×9-inch square baking dish with cooking spray. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add raisins, Irish whiskey, orange marmalade and caraway seeds to the mixture. Stir in buttermilk and melted butter to make a thick batter. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes until top of bread is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in center of bread comes out clean. Serve warm with orange marmalade and Irish butter. *Irish butter may be found on the refrigerated dairy aisle of your local grocery store. Makes 9 servings.

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