A Variation of Irish Coffee
We thought it would be appropriate to keep with the Irish theme, this month of March. So, we decided to make a delicious variation of Irish coffee that everyone can enjoy. This recipe serves 2-3 people. If needed, you can multiply the ingredients to serve more. You will need:
To make an Irish cream flavored simple syrup:
1 cup of water
1 cup of brown sugar
3 tbsp. Irish cream liqueur (don’t worry, all alcohol will be cooked out)
For the Coffee:
2 cups of water
4 tbsp. ground coffee (your favorite will do)
For a Tea version:
1 cup of water
2 bags of Irish Breakfast Tea
½ cup of cream
½ cup of milk
To start, you'll need to make the simple syrup. Bring your water to a boil with the Irish cream liqueur. Then add the brown sugar. Continue to boil for another minute. After that, take the syrup off the heat. Allow to cool. Boiling the Irish cream makes the milk solids in the liqueur separate, so you will need to strain the syrup through either a coffee filter, or a very fine sieve. Set aside.
For the coffee, brew the coffee as usual (the ratio of water to coffee should make it very strong). If you choose tea instead, brew the 2 tea bags with 1 cup of water.
Heat the cream and milk in a saucepan on a low heat; it should just reach steaming. Remove the mixture from heat.
Finally, you want to combine the coffee, cream and milk. To sweeten the coffee, add about 2 ounces of the syrup, or to taste. For the tea version, replace the coffee with the strong tea. The amount of milk, cream and simple syrup should stay the same. Refrigerate remaining syrup.
Serve, and enjoy!