We hope everyone in the Northeast is hunkered in as “Nemo” blasts its snowy wrath upon us. It might be a long haul, so I’m sharing this favorite Irish Coffee recipe (I suppose I still have Ireland on my mind) to keep you toasty warm as the temperature drops. If you start going a little stir-crazy, some Newport hotspots that will be happy to make you a warm cocktail (or three) this afternoon include The Mooring, Fastnet Pub, Brick Alley Pub opening at 4pm), The Fifth Element (open at 5pm) Gas Lamp Grille, Clarke Cooke House and more. Visit What’s Up Newp for a complete, live-time update of restaurant/bar openings and closings.
RECIPE (serves 4)
4 tbsp. good-quality Irish whiskey (I prefer Jameson as I had my fair share in County Cork last week)
8 tsp. sugar (I use substantially less in my cup, like 1 tsp., if any)
1/3 cup freshly brewed coffee, preferably strong French roast
1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream, whipped to soft peaks if desired)
Place 1 tbsp. of whiskey and 2 teaspoons sugar in each of 4 warm Irish coffee or 8-ounce heat-proof glasses. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour enough hot coffee into each glass to fill it about three-quarters full.
Hold a tablespoon (with the back of the spoon facing you) over the coffee in one cup, and ladle 2 to 3 tablespoons of the whipped cream over the spoon so that it gently falls into the coffee. Adding the cream this way will help it float on top of the coffee instead of sinking immediately to the bottom. Repeat to make 3 more servings. Serve immediately.
Recipe from epicurean.com