I love St. Patrick’s Day because it strangely reminds me of my favorite city, New Orleans. Although
I’ve never spent St. Paddy’s there, my favorite Irish bar, The Erin Rose, serves my favorite incarnation of the Frozen Irish Coffee. I’ve shared quite a few recipes for it over the years, and I might not know the exact recipe (it’s a secret), but every time I play around I feel like I get one step closer. Let’s just say if you’re taking the approach of making a milkshake then you’re on the right track.
Frozen Irish Coffee, serves 1
1 1/2 oz. Irish whiskey (I used Jameson)
1 1/2 oz. Irish cream (I used Kerry Gold Irish Cream)
1 1/2 oz. cold brew coffee (I used Stumptown)
1 scoop of coffee ice cream
cinnamon whipped cream, grated cinnamon, and grated coffee, for garnish
My favorite spec for a Piña Colada is equal parts and I really feel like it works super well for this Frozen Irish Coffee as well. Add all your ingredients to a blender pitcher with 1/2 cup of ice and blend on high until smooth. If you want a less thick consistency you can add a bit more coffee or even milk to thin it out. I drink my coffee VERY strong and that is why I used cold brew in this recipe. Using cold brew also makes the coffee flavor stand out more in the drink. If you aren’t looking to be super caffeinated you can use regular coffee, just make sure it’s cold and not hot. Adding hot coffee to a blended drink will make it too diluted.
Pour your Frozen Irish Coffee into your desired serving vessel, in this case, I used highballs and garnish with cinnamon whipped cream, grated cinnamon, and grated coffee. To make your cinnamon whipped cream add 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon in the bowl of a stand mixer. Whip on high speed with the whisk attachment until thick peaks form. Spoon over the top of your drink and finish with grated cinnamon and coffee.
This Frozen Irish Coffee is not just perfect for St. Patrick’s Day but absolutely perfect to enjoy all Summer long. St. Paddy’s Day is the finish line of Winter for me. We’re SO close to Spring, it’s staying light out longer, and I can feel the brisk air finally starting to subside. If we can hold out a little bit longer, I promise there are sunny skies and warm days up ahead. You can bet I’ll be drinking quite a few of these Frozen Irish Coffees until next Fall. Hell, maybe I’ll even catch a flight down to NOLA to enjoy one at The Erin Rose. Cheers, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy ALMOST Spring everyone!! xo