Tuesday 23 January 2018

How to make the perfect Irish coffee

Head bartender at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin Micheál O'Shea: 'Making the perfect Irish coffee is simple'
Head bartender at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin Micheál O'Shea: 'Making the perfect Irish coffee is simple'

Patrick Kelleher

Micheál O'Shea, chief bartender at the Westbury Hotel, says that making the perfect Irish coffee is simple. All you need are some good quality ingredients and time.

Here is his method:

- Take an Irish coffee glass and put a spoon inside it to prevent it cracking. Fill with hot water to heat the glass and then empty.

- Prepare the cream. "You don't want whipped cream, but you want cream that would roll off the back of a spoon," Micheál said.

- Fill the glass about halfway with filter coffee.

- Add two teaspoons of brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

- Add one measure of good quality Irish whiskey. "Irish whiskey does not carry the smokiness of scotch or the over-sweetness of bourbon. So it has the perfect balance to work so well with the coffee."

- Fill up the glass with more filter coffee until you have about half an inch of space left at the top.

- Pour the cream over the back of a spoon onto the coffee so it "resembles a pint of Guinness".

Irish Independent

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