I really can’t wrap my mind around spring being just around the corner. Wasn’t it just yesterday where I was buying tulips in anticipation for last spring?! So much time has gone by, so much has changed, all in the blink of an eye! It’s a constant reminder to soak in every season of life because these moments are about to turn into “remember when’s” just like that. And you know me, I’m a crazy nostalgia junkie.
The past few weeks have especially zoomed by with my chemistry class being well underway. It’s a ton of work but it feels so damn good to be actively pursing my dream. It does mean I have almost no moments where I can relax and just do nothing; balancing the workload, my job, this blog (I’d go crazy without my creative outlet), and other normal things like being a good friend, family member, and girlfriend is no joke. I’m truly mastering the art of multi-tasking. Example: this weekend while meal prepping and watching videos for a certification at work, I decided to caffeinate, recipe test, and get a little festive all with this trial run of Traditional Irish Coffee.
Mark and I are both Irish. It doesn’t make up a huge portion of my heritage, but enough that I am constantly riddled with the infamous Irish guilt. Thanks Mom! I do actually take a lot of pride in being Irish. I think the country, language, culture, and people are all beautiful. I like reading Irish toasts when I’m feeling sad. Going to Ireland is on the top of my travel list. I really really love Guinness. So it just felt really natural and honestly necessary that I familiarize myself with the perfect Irish coffee. Ya know?
I looked at a lot of recipes and still haven’t felt like I’ve found the perfect one or the secret trick. Who knew it would be so hard? But this was good and pretty close to what I wanted! What I really want is to go do field research and ask someone in Ireland for their perfect recipe. Maybe I’ll just go to all the Irish pubs out here for now…🤔
So far this is what I’ve got.
Traditional (?) Irish Coffee
Make 4 cups of strong, dark coffee. I chose this brand because the packageing was green and I’m not ashamed to admit that.
Pour a shot of Irish whiskey in and mix it on up.
Add a tablespoon of brown sugar, stir to combine.
Add homemade whipped cream (1 cup heavy whipping cream, a sprinkle of confectioners sugar, and a dash of vanilla extract)
On top, sprinkle some nutmeg.
Ugh, now I’m craving this like mad and it’s 11:30 at night. It was sweet and dense (all that whiskey + cream) but it was so comforting and indulgent and it made me take a second to slow down and enjoy each sip. We all need that sometimes. Needless to say I will be working tirelessly to get it just right before (and probably after if we’re being honest) St. Patrick’s day this year. Try it yourself and maybe it can help you battle your case of the Monday’s!
And because there’s no better way to sign off…
May your heart be warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day in every way
And forever and ever after.
(an Irish toast)