Brown Sugar Irish Coffee Recipe


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Garrett McCord

Irish espresso is an train in simplicity. Too a lot fuss and it loses its character.

You need a sturdy punch of espresso, a lingering heat from the Irish whiskey, a contact of sweetness, and a few cream to convey all of it collectively.

Brown Sugar Irish CoffeeKeeping this want for simplicity in thoughts, one change that I’ve made to make my Irish espresso particular is to make use of brown sugar instead of white. Its musky, molasses-y taste bolsters the espresso and lends the whiskey a bit extra heft.

Simple to make, however the result’s something however.

Brown Sugar Irish Coffee

Resist the temptation so as to add espresso liqueurs similar to Irish cream since, in the end, that’s all you’ll style.

However, one substitution that I do condone is swapping out the Irish whiskey for an additional liquor. If darkish rum or maybe Kentucky bourbon is extra your sport then by all means go proper forward. I’ve even seen a bartender good friend of mine use barrel-aged aquavit, although that will require a Scandinavian heritage to understand it.

The recipe will make you loads of each the brown sugar syrup and cream. The syrup might be saved within the fridge for a month. It’s improbable with tea, plain espresso, or utilized in cocktails. The leftover cream can be utilized to high any dessert or served for brunch with pancakes or waffles.

Brown Sugar Irish Coffee Recipe


This recipe makes sufficient brown sugar syrup and whipped cream for a number of cocktails. Store the additional within the fridge till utilizing.


  • 1 cup darkish brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • four ounces freshly brewed scorching espresso
  • 1 ounce Irish whiskey


1 Make the brown sugar syrup. Place the brown sugar and water in a small saucepan and convey to a boil over medium-high warmth. Cook till the brown sugar dissolves. Remove from warmth and permit to chill to room temperature.

2 Make the whipped cream. Using a stand mixer with a whisk attachment, or utilizing a hand-held whisk, whisk the cream with 1/four cup of the cooled brown sugar syrup till it hits the ribbon stage. This is while you raise your whisk and a little bit of the thickened cream falls again in a ribbon, protecting its form for a second or two earlier than dissolving on the floor.

Brown Sugar Irish Coffee

three Make your cocktail. Place the espresso and whiskey in an Irish espresso glass, espresso mug, or whathaveyou together with half ounce of the brown sugar syrup. (Use roughly of any of those components in line with your style.) Top with loads of the whipped cream and serve.

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Garrett McCord

Garrett McCord is an expert author and recipe developer whose work has appeared in lots of print and on-line publications similar to Gourmet Live, Saveur, Huffington Post, Smithsonian, and NPR. Past shoppers additionally embody quite a few meals firms, wineries, and distilleries. Garrett writes about cocktails on his web site, Coupe de Grace.

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