Paul Leongas – Irish coffee is a delicious cup of coffee made with Irish cream and topped with a glazed sugar topping. I’m not talking about the stuff you get at your local Starbucks, or the instant variety that comes in a can. What I’m talking about is a real, authentic cup of Joe from Ireland. I first learned about this drink while having my vacation in Dublin, Ireland. My wife was visiting from Australia and we were excited to try this new Irish coffee.
To be honest, my Irish coffee tastes a little bit like coffee from America. I also know that this won’t be the ultimate in coffee flavor. That honor goes to the premium Irish coffee brands that are available throughout the world. But what we really wanted was an Irish coffee with a touch of southern Irish flavor. So how did we do that?
We decided to start with the basic Irish coffee base, which is a mix of Irish cream, coffee, cinnamon, nutmeg and coffee. This base makes for an easy, affordable cup of Joe. Of course, there’s no reason that you have to stick with the base one above. You could make a delicious latte using Irish coffee too! We also decided to add a pinch of the famous green glass pea, known as bugle, to give our coffee a subtle but delightful taste. This added a nice, light touch to our delicious Irish coffee.
To actually serve our Irish coffee we used a double-walled pot made of clay. The base of the pot was made of clay to create a sturdy base for the coffee to sit on. Using a metal strainer to strain the liquid into the strainer allowed us to leave a layer of aromatic coffee grounds behind. This gave the final result a lovely earthy taste, reminiscent of peat or stale bread.
For the final touch to our Irish coffee we poured a small amount of Irish cream over the top of our coffee. This gave a slight hint of sweetness and brought out the flavor of the coffee more completely. Our final Irish coffee was a long, dark black drink. It was rich and robust, and was definitely worth the extra effort we put into it.
So, next time you’re in a pinch and don’t have any coffee beans, consider trying Irish coffee. You’ll be glad you did. And the taste will only get better from here on out! Happy Coffee Hunting!