whiskey wednesday: irish coffee

It’s almost the DAY!!! And there’s truly no better way to kick off your weekend/Friday/St. Patrick’s Day than with an Irish Coffee.

So maybe lose the booze before work…save it for 5PM and you need a pick me up…but if you’re lucky and have the day to celebrate here’s how you should make yours:

IRISH COFFEE (Serves 1)

4-5oz brewed hot coffee

1-2oz Irish Whiskey

dash of sugar

splash Bailey’s (optional)

1oz whipping cream

splash of maple syrup (more if you wanted sweeter whipped cream)

Place 2 metal bartending tins in your freezer (this can be omitted if not adding whipped cream). Brew your coffee any which way you please. Add coffee to a mug and sprinkle a dash of sugar. Pour 1-2 oz of your Irish Whiskey and stir. If you’re adding Bailey’s, do so now. In the meantime, take 2 bartender tins and pour your whipping cream and maple syrup in, toss in a protein mixer, close tins and shake shake shake. Top fresh whip cream onto coffee. ENJOY! (do a jig!)

PS if you want to add DONUTS to the equation, use this recipe!

PPS definitely add the donuts

PPS that is all!

wine wednesday: mulled wine

It’s that time of year people! There’s a chill in the air, more lights are strung around town, maybe you’ve enjoyed the first snowfall.

Ok ok, so maybe parking lots are giving you more anxiety than normal and trips to the grocery store take infinitely longer–seriously where do all these people come from?! But semi-stress factors aside, this is my favorite time of year. And you know what makes it that much better??

MULLED WINE.

Preferably shared with friends, but perfectly acceptable sipped alone.

It couldn’t be easier to make and if you keep the essentials all winter long, you can brew up a cup in 15 minutes.

photo: Sophie Kuller

mulled wine 

serves 4 or a generous 2

1 bottle fruity red (Zins, Cab Sauvs and Syrahs are best)

1 cup apple cider (unfiltered is best!)

2 oranges

1 lemon

1 pomegranate

2-4 cinnamon sticks

2 handfuls clove

fresh ginger

honey (optional)

In a large pot add wine, apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Poke one orange with cloves and place entire orange in pot. Cut a few slices of orange and lemon and add to pot. Next, carefully cut pomegranate and add a quarter to the pot as well. Eat a few seeds! Finally, grate some fresh ginger over entire mixture.

Once all ingredients are set, set stove to med-low and simmer until ideal temperature. Add desired amount of honey to slightly sweeten.

Serve in mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange slice from mixture.

Repeat as necessary!

TIP: Make this ahead and it can be stored for up to 4 days. Just reheat!

Cheers!

What’s your favorite holiday drink??