“Only Irish Coffee provides in a single glass all 4 essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, fat” ~Alex Levine
Irish Coffee will be the talk of the town on Tuesday in celebration of another foodie holiday; however, there are a varying number of other spirits and liqueurs, coupled with coffee, that make for a great winter “pick-me-up”.
As you prep your bar and stock up on Jameson for that traditional coffee pairing, be sure to round up some of these other liqueurs for a plethora of hot coffee cocktails. Try out a different recipe each day leading up to Irish Coffee Day and let me know what you think of each combination.
The all natural flavor of hazelnuts is transformed into a 60-proof spirit from Hiram Walker and is a great flavor in coffee drinks. Try out the Hazelnut Coffee or the Nutty Irish Man, a generous cup of Joe with 1 1/2 parts each of Hazelnut Liqueur and Irish Cream.
Peppermint Schnapps is a cool, refreshing counterpart to balance out a hot cup of coffee. Give the Alps-inspired Swiss Coffee a try – 1 part each of Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps and Kahlua Coffee Liqueur poured in with 4 parts coffee and garnished with chocolate shavings.
Stay away from the hot and spicy schnapps that occupy this category; instead, I would recommend reaching for Original Cinn, which has warming cinnamon and vanilla flavors that will complement any cup of coffee. As previously attempted in a hot chocolate recipe, I have found that simply one part of Hiram Walker Original Cinn with a splash of cream can enhance your cup of coffee, whether it be early in the morning or a simple evening dessert.
Stay warm, my friends!