Use a homemade shamrock stencil and cocoa powder to make a design on your Irish coffee for St Patrick's Day. – JANE F. RAGAVAN/The Star
Easy recipes to make with Irish spirits and store-bought confections.
Desserts with alcohol are made throughout the year and in conjunction with St Patrick's Day today, we've been inspired to come up with some using the spirits of Ireland: Guinness stout, Irish whiskey and Irish Cream liqueur. But we didn't want to make the recipes from scratch so we bought some doughnuts, cupcakes and sponge fingers and used them together with a few pantry essentials to make these boozy dishes and beverages.
Classic Irish Coffee
According to irishcoffee.org, there are many variations on Irish coffee. The classic recipe, however, is the one Joe Sheridan used at Foynes in the 1940s.
Here's how Sheridan made it: Whip heavy cream until frothy; chill in the refrigerator. (Add sugar to the cream to sweeten if desired.) For each serving of Irish coffee, brew 180ml of fresh coffee and add 45ml of Irish whiskey. Stir in 1 teaspoon of brown sugar until completely dissolved (this will help the cream float). To finish, spoon some cream onto the coffee.
Tip: To prevent the cream from sinking, the classic method is to pour it over the back of the spoon onto the coffee.