A properly made Irish coffee is a beautiful thing, but it’s also a hot thing, which isn't always what you want. To make a cold boozy coffee, you just need cold coffee and a little bit of sweetened condensed milk.
Irish coffee is a delicacy enjoyed by cappuccino connoisseurs and bourbon-guzzling bon vivants all over the world. Unfortunately, most of us have become apathetic as to what constitutes a real Irish coffee. And it’s no wonder: The quality of Irish coffee in restaurants and bars has been deteriorating for some time now. We’re essentially being served cheap coffee and even cheaper whiskey, topped with over-aerated whipped topping. But there’s an art to Irish coffee.
If this seems familiar to you, it’s probably because of its similarities to the Vietnamese iced coffee, which is good, and often paired with rum.
I’ve been in more of a whiskey mood recently, but the great thing about this cocktail format is that you could use any dark spirit you want, and it would most likely be delicious. Made with Irish whiskey, you get (obvious) Irish coffee vibes with (subtle) grownup chocolate milk notes. To make it, you will need:
- 90ml cold brew or other strong, cold coffee
- 60ml Irish whiskey (or other whiskey, or dark rum)
- 30ml sweetened condensed milk
Combine everything in a cocktail shaker, add ice, then shake until the shaker becomes too cold to hold comfortably. Strain into a coupe and enjoy.