Have you ever tried Irish coffee?
Irish coffee is a cocktail consisting of hot coffee, Irish whiskey, and sugar, stirred, and topped with thick cream. The coffee is drunk through the cream. The original recipe explicitly uses cream that has not been whipped, although whipped cream is often used.
- One Irish Coffee glass (preferably with shamrocks and a gold rim),failing that, any smallish glass about 5 or 6 fl. oz.
- One long shot of good espresso
- Two fingers of decent Irish Whiskey (Jameson or Bushmills)
- Two tablespoons brown sugar
- FRESH heavy cream, laced with a dollop of white sugar, beaten until it's the consistency of custard, but not whipped to fluffiness. In Madrid they refer to this heavy thick sweet cream as "nata".
- Have everything prepared and ready before you start assembling as time is of the essence. Get your nata prepared and keep it nice and cold.
- Pour the whiskey and brown sugar into the Irish Whiskey glass together.
- Then use the espresso steamer to heat the whiskey until it is good and hot and the brown sugar is dissolved, about eight to ten seconds.
- CAREFULLY put a match or lighter to the glass and flame the whiskey for a few seconds. This adds a je ne sais quoi to the flavor, and cuts down the alcohol, bringing the caffeine and alcohol into perfect balance.
- Pull your shot, and dump it into the whiskey/brown sugar mixture. Between the espresso and the whiskey, your glass should be about 3/4 full (that's why you don't want to use a real big glass).
- Carefully lay down a carpet of the "nata" over the warm coffee/whiskey mixture right to the top of the glass. Then, before the nata gets warmed up, enjoy the cool, rich cream juxtaposed against the hot, strong coffee/whiskey.
There is also nice Irish coffee store In San francisco. It's called 'Buena Vista" If you haven't tried yet. You should go and try. It is the best coffee I ever had :D I will post the direction.
THE BUENA VISTA CAFE
2765 Hyde St (@ Beach)
San Francisco, CA 94109
M-F 9am-2am, Weekends 8am-2am