When it comes to festive holiday drinks, egg nog and spiked hot chocolate tend to steal the show. But we’d like to make a case for a dark horse pick: Irish coffee.
This spiked warmer tends to get trotted out only for St. Patrick’s Day and overlooked the rest of the year, but why? It’s perfect for the holiday season: slightly sweet, comforting, and comes with a shot of caffeine to keep you going through tree trimming, snowman-making, late night present-wrapping, and after-dinner family board games.
A few notes on ingredients: though most traditional versions of the drink call for Irish whiskey, any good blended whiskey will do; we like demerara sugar instead of white for an extra layer of flavor; cold brew coffee, simple syrup and non-whipped cream make for an excellent chilled version of the drink, should you be headed somewhere warm.
1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
2 teaspoons demerara sugar
2 ounces blended whiskey
¼ cup heavy cream
In a mug, mix the coffee and sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the whiskey and stir. In a medium-sized bowl or stand-mixer, beat the cream until it holds soft peaks. Top the coffee with the whipped cream and serve.
Need some mug inspiration? We like these ceramic tumblers.