If you’re around me for five minutes, you’ll know that I’m ever so slightly addicted to coffee. I’m not proud. Except I’m a little proud. I love me a good latte! I really should have shares in Starbucks for as much as I go there. I am addicted to the sweet, full bodied coffees there, with the pillowy foam and the clouds of whipped cream on top. Yum.
But if there’s something else I love in life, it’s Bailey’s Irish Cream! It’s funny because the first time I ever got truly and overwhelmingly drunk to the point of being sick, it was on Bailey’s. It was New Years Eve, and we were celebrating Hogmanay up in Edinburgh, Scotland. Those Scots are not known for holding back, and every single time I’d take a swig of liquor, it’d be replaced by someone pouring a little more. I was only 19 at the time, not even legally allowed to drink in this country, but over there it was perfectly legal. I overindulged, and ended up… “redecorating” my friend’s flat. His couch was never the same.
Anyway, it was many many years before I could even stand the smell of Bailey’s after that. But eventually I learned to hold my liquor and appreciate the awesomeness that is Irish Cream. I now drink it often, mixed with root beer, and it sounds disgusting but tastes amazing.
But one of the best ways to partake, if I may be so bold as to suggest it, is in a Bailey’s Irish Latte.
This is the perfect drink to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and let your Irish heritage show. I’ve even made green whipped cream at times! But it’s perfect any time of year, and it’s super simple to make.
5oz brewed dark coffee
2 tsp sugar
1 oz Irish Whiskey (Jameson)
1 oz Baileys Irish Cream liquor
2 tbsp heavy cream
I really love making this in a clear glass mug, but it tastes the same no matter how you do it! I also think it’s best if you make sure to brew your coffee strong, though I wouldn’t use espresso. You need about 5oz of coffee, which would be 5 shots of espresso, and that would be crazy!
Fill your mug with the brewed coffee, and stir in your sugar. Add your whiskey and the Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Now, pour your heavy cream into a mason jar, close the lid and then shake it like a polaroid picture! It should be really frothy. You could also use a whisk to do it, or even skip this step and just go with some whipped cream, but I love this way best.
Now, pour the frothy cream gently onto the top of your coffee, allowing it to sit on top. Now add your favorite whipped cream!
If you’re feeling frisky, you can add some shaved chocolate on top, or (my favorite) some chocolate covered espresso beans. However you choose to serve it, lemme tell ya, it packs a punch! I know it’s coffee, but don’t be driving anywhere after you’ve had one of these!
Always drink responsibly.