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!

whiskey wednesday: women and whiskey

Dearest Friends,

Happy International Women’s Day!

Although I celebrate the ladies in my life on the reg, I think it’s important to take a day and honor all the smart, caring, hilarious, gregarious, loving and nasty women in our lives. Call them, sing them a song, mail them a good old fashioned letter (loooove me some snail mail), hug them dearly-maybe even buy them a drink! Because liiiitle known fact, women were at the helm of distilling spirits back in the day.

Yep you read that right. Before the industrial revolution (about 1760-1840), distilling spirits was considered women’s work because it was all about following a recipe while at home. Like mama was distilling whiskey while churning butter, while cradling her 5th kid. Well done ma’am.

Anywho, it’s really the ladies who should be championed while you sip your whiskey, namely Catherine Spears Frye Carpenter. Her invention of the “sour mash” in 1818 has helped keep alllll the whiskies consistent. What she realized was, if you keep a quarter of the previous fermented batch and add it to the yet-to-be fermented batch, it helps create natural yeast and keeps bacterial contamination at bay. Therefore, consistent final product achieved. YAS! CDFC, you are a goddess. (Read more on this HERE)

So to all my ladies out there, I raise a pickleback shot to you! You are a badass, your stories deserve an audience, you have a right to equal pay–equal everything for that matter. And I need you- your love, support, and friendship. You uplift me everyday. Truly, I don’t know what I’d do without all the strong/compassionate/witty/passionate/creative women in my life. You are the TITS (literally).

Cheers to you all!

xoxo N

 

whiskey wednesday: irish edition

Happy March!

a) I am so excited to share my #17shadesofgreen posts on Instagram, be sure to follow along!

b) In the spirit of St.Patrick’s Day, I thought it appropriate to give a little Irish whiskey lesson!

Quick History facts

  1. Like I mention in the video, in 1000 A.D. Irish monks i brought perfume distillation techniques to the fair Irish isle. The Irish then translated those into making distilled spirits that were very similar to what we now know as whiskey.
  2. The English term whiskey comes from a translation of the Gaelic phrase “uisce betha” meaning “water of life”. Pretty cool right?? Just me?
  3. Believe it or not, in the early 1800’s Irish whiskey was the most produced spirit in the UK and was more highly acclaimed than its cousin Scotch whiskey. However, due to the famine and change of people’s taste, Irish whiskey went on the decline so much so in the late 1800’s-early 1900s that all but 4 distilleries closed.
  4. Thanks to a resurgence in popularity in the 1980’s–we can thank the rebranding of Jameson for that– Irish whiskey is on the uptick! As of late 2016 there are about 15 distilleries now in operation.

types

Single Malt

Similar to that of a single malt Scotch, single malt Irish whiskey uses only malted barley in the mash during the distillation process. It is also distilled in a “single” location.

Single Pot

Similar to single malt, however, malted and unmalted barley can be used at the single location. This was the most popular style of Irish whiskey until the blends made their way into the market in the 20th century.

Grain Whiskey

Uncommon on their own, grain Irish whiskey is produced in a different kind of still, either a Coffey or column still, and uses a variety of grains. It is usually lighter in color.

a Coffey still (image c/o wikipedia)

Blended

The most common style of Irish whiskey on the market, is a blend of the three types of whiskey listed above!

Cheers friends! Enjoy your Irish whiskey this month! What’s your favorite brand?? I know my friend Jameson is my go to Irish Whiskey!

whisk(e)y wednesday

I AM GOING TO SCOTLAND IN TWO WEEKS! Apologizes for the “internet shouting that is all-caps” but I could not be more thrilled. Not only will I traveling all over the country, but it’s for a job I booked: #workhardplayhard(er)

During my trip I will be posting, so stay tuned for travel posts filled with loads of green pictures and tartan. And, you can easily follow along daily on instagram using the hashtag #scottishfrecklegirl

Back to the booze! In honor of Scotch aka “Scotch Whisky” I thought it important to share some whisky facts.  It’s definitely an acquired taste, but like wine, depending on the barreling and grains used, whisky has a variety of flavors and aromas making it a diverse and fun spirit. Plus it warms ya up real quick.

FACTS:

What is Whisky? Simply, it’s a spirit made from distilled grain.

Why the variety in taste?  Distillation method, grain(s) used, additives to the grain mash and choice of aging barrel/cask and aging are all factors that produce its unique flavor.

Whisky or Whiskey? The Scots spell it “whisky” and the Irish spell it “whiskey”. Seeing as the Irish brought it over to America first, most American labels have the “e”. But both are correct!

Is Bourbon Whisky? Yes! All bourbon is whisky, but not all whisky is bourbon. To be a true bourbon, it must be made in Bourbon County, KT. It’s that whole “a square is a rectangle but a rectangle is not a square” idea.

Why is Scotch Whisky so “peaty”? Scotch gets a reputation of being an intense smoky-peaty-bearded-man-in-a-glass drink. A popular Scotch, Laphroig, may be to blame for its very peaty quality. That being said, the different regions of the country produce different flavors. Now, I don’t want to get into a “terroir” discussion (I’ll save that for another Wine Wednesday post) but in general, Highland Scotches are more “heather and honey OR full bodied”, Lowland Scotches are more “light bodied”, Speyside Scotches are more “complex with sweet aromas” and Islay Scotches are the “smokiest” sort.

Any must-dos/drink/sees while I’m abroad? Let me know!!

P.S. my favorite Scotch is Dalwhinne