Irish or no, it’s a festive day. The green clothes, the shepherd’s pie, the beer, the pinching—St. Patrick’s Day is a bright spot of bacchanalia amidst the austerities of lent.
My book club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day a day early, but in fine style. We didn’t sing Irish drinking songs while dancing on tables. It pains me to admit this, but I may be getting too old to dance on tables anyway. Instead, there was plenty of laughter, a hearty meal of corned beef and cabbage, and some lovely Irish Coffee.
I’d like to share an Irish Coffee with all of you—a drink so warming that you’ll feel it all the way to your toes.
And if, after a few of these, you begin speaking with an Irish brogue, or even start dancing on tables and belting out The Drunken Sailor or When Irish Eyes are Smiling, your secret is safe with me—I promise!
Classic Irish Coffee
- six oz. hot, fresh brewed coffee (decaf if you have to work in the morning!)
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 1 ½ oz. Irish whiskey (Jameson’s is classic)
- heavy cream
Whip cream, adding sugar if desired, then chill. Brew coffee. Combine coffee with whiskey and sugar and mix well. Top with generous dollop of whipped cream.