St. Patrick's Day or not, creamy coffee with a kick tastes good any time of year. Try this authentically delicious Irish coffee made the good old-fashioned way — with cream, whiskey, coffee and some spice — to start your morning (or afternoon) off right.
The key to perfect Irish coffee is in the coffee itself. It must be bold but not bitter, smooth but not sweet. Traditional drip-style coffee is most often used, but our favorite is using a French press with a medium- to dark-roast coffee. By allowing the coffee grounds to saturate the water first instead of forcing the water through a filter from the beginning, it opens up the characteristics of the coffee, highlighting its natural nuttiness and spice.
For a more daring ritual, instead of using a cup or mug, use a thick wineglass. Dip the rim in water, and then coat the rim with sugar. With a match, tilt the sugar-coated glass rim over the flame to crystallize the granules. Be sure to not knock off the caramelized layer when stirring in the ingredients.
Enjoy, and drink responsibly.
Updated by Bethany Ramos on 2/29/16
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