St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow! Are you ready?
Of course, the best way to celebrate is with an Irish libation—and I’ve got a delicious one to wet your whistle. With the one-two punch of whiskey and stout, plus the creaminess and caffeine jolt of a latte, the Dublin Iced Coffee is the perfect beginning to any St. Paddy’s Day celebration. (Psst—it also makes an amazing brunch cocktail!)
As Bon Appetit puts it, this drink is “a delicious mix of caffeine, dessert, and danger.” Now that’s a tagline that’s hard to resist.
For this drink, the first thing you need is a great Irish whiskey. There are so many delicious options out there depending where you look, but for a fairly universal choice, you really can’t go wrong with Jameson.
St. Patrick’s Day always reminds me of my grandparents, so while making this cocktail, I thought of them—especially because this photo of them as happy young newlyweds is always in my kitchen. Growing up, they were the ones who taught me what it meant to be an Irish-American. Whiskey wasn’t a part of my early education—but learning to enjoy the other iconic foods of Ireland was.
In fact, one of my mom’s favorite stories is the time when, at six years old, I declared to her that I WASN’T Irish after all, because “Grandpa told me I can’t be Irish if I don’t like potatoes.”
I was also a picky eater. It was dicey there for a while, but I’ve since come to my senses as far as potatoes are concerned—and am now an avid appreciator of Irish whiskey to boot. So this drink’s for you, Grandpa and Grandma—my favorite Irish folks in the whole wide world!
The other essentials for this cocktail are cold brew coffee and a creamy Irish stout. Cold brew is easy to make at home if you think ahead, but for my fellow procrastinators, it’s pretty easy to find in the bottle these days. This Stumptown one is a summer staple:
Mix up a batch of these babies for your green-clad St. Paddy’s Day pals, and get the party started.
Dublin Iced Coffee
from Bon Appetit
Servings: makes one cocktail.
2 oz. strong cold-brew coffee
2 oz. stout (such as AleSmith Speedway or Guinness)
1½ oz. Irish whiskey
¾ oz. simple syrup
1/2 ounce heavy cream
Freshly grated cinnamon stick (for serving)
Mix coffee, stout, whiskey, and simple syrup in a highball glass.
Add ice to fill.
Gently pour in cream so it gradually sinks into coffee.
Sprinkle with cinnamon to garnish, and enjoy!
What to do if you end up with leftover whiskey: (What’s leftover whiskey? Just kidding…) This cocktail actually has a lot in common with Irish Cream (especially when added to coffee—yum!), which is super easy to make at home and stores in the fridge for up to two weeks. Combine 1 teaspoon instant coffee powder and a half teaspoon of cocoa powder. Slowly add 1 cup of heavy cream, whisking until the coffee dissolves, and then add 3/4 cup of your Irish whiskey along with a can of sweetened condensed milk and a teaspoon of vanilla. Voila! Instant Irish Cream—and better than Bailey’s, if you can believe it.