Tue, Mar 15, 2011
If green Guinness isn’t your ideal way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, Miele coffee machine makers have an alternative. We have a recipe for the perfect Irish coffee, a classy and warming way to pay tribute to Ireland.
You will need:
1. 4 tbsp Irish whiskey
2. 25g brown sugar
3. 400ml hot, strong, black coffee
4. 100ml double cream (well refrigerated)
5. 2 heatproof long stemmed coffee glasses
The process is simple; heat the glasses with boiled water. Then divide the whiskey and sugar between the two. Make sure the coffee is strong and hot, and then pour slowly on top of the whiskey and sugar. Leave about 3cm of space from the surface of the coffee. Then carefully pour cream over the back of a spoon so that it floats on the top.
Miele also provided a brief biography of the Irish coffee. Did you know that it originated in the airport of Limerick in 1940. The perfect-tasting Irish coffee was fought over for more than a decade, with some recommending aging the cream for 48 hours and frothing lightly.
Some recipes suggest whipping the cream so that you have a frothy topping, but while it’s easier to float on top of the coffee, the addition of sugar will allow a runny double cream to float on coffee anyway. The trouble with whipped cream is that you lose some of the desired effect of sipping hot coffee through cold cream, which, let’s face it, is the true pleasure of drinking an Irish coffee.
Written by Karim Beerahee
Karim is a veteran writer at PC site, you'll be able to find him at product launches in London where he finds the latest and machines for review, published here...