Baileys’ London Fog

Baileys’ London Fog

Baileys London Fog served in a glass mug resting on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin and garnished with cookies.

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Maybe we’ve been doing it all wrong?  I think it’s safe to say that if you like coffee you’ve probably had it spiked with Baileys’ Irish Cream. But it’s generally not something we think about to pour into our tea.  So I’ve gone ahead and not only added Baileys’ Irish Cream, but also Grand Marnier to a London fog latte.  It’s quite delicious!! 

Ingredients for Baileys London Fog on a silver tray lined with a blue napkin.

The Baileys’ Irish Cream smooths out the tannins of the tea and adds an extra layer of creaminess while the Grand Marnier plays off the orange notes already found in the Earl Grey tea.  So go ahead, relax and enjoy your favourite London fog latte at home… but with a punch.  You’ll wonder why you haven’t done it sooner. Enjoy! 

Baileys' London Fog
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    Servings Prep Time
    2 servings 15 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    2 servings 15 minutes
    Baileys' London Fog
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      2 servings 15 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      2 servings 15 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: servings
      Instructions
      1. Brew one cup of strong Earl Grey tea by steeping 2 tea bags for 5 minutes.
      2. Heat and froth milk using your preferred method. I used an electric milk frother.
      3. Divide Baileys' Irish Cream and Grand Marnier between two tall coffee glasses.
      4. Add 1 tsp of vanilla syrup to each.
      5. Add 1/2 cup of hot tea to each glass and stir.
      6. Top up the glass with an approximate 1/4 cup of hot milk and additional milk froth.
      7. Serve immediately.
      Recipe Notes

      -You can use purchased vanilla syrup.

      -Make your own vanilla syrup by bringing a 1/2 cup of sugar and a 1/2 cup of water to a simmer, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Remove from heat and add 2 tsp vanilla extract or fresh vanilla beans from 1/2 a vanilla pod.  Allow to cool and then strain if using fresh vanilla beans.

      -If no vanilla syrup is possible, sweeten to taste with sugar and add a splash of vanilla extract.

      Irish Cream Cupcakes

      Irish Cream Cupcakes

      I just couldn’t resist making these creamy and chocolatey Irish Cream Cupcakes to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year.  They’re a fun and tasty way to celebrate Irish heritage and religion by lacing both the cupcakes and the frosting with Irish Cream.  These cupcakes are deliciously moist and not too sweet with a white chocolate ganache frosting. Good any day of the year in my opinion.

      So what’s the Irish in Irish Cream anyway?

      Simply put, Irish Cream is a creamy liqueur made with Irish Whiskey, which can only be named as such if distilled on the island of Ireland, among other regulations.

      What are we celebrating on St. Patrick’s Day?

      St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration recognizing the patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick who died on March 17th, 461. He is best known for bringing Christianity to Ireland.

      Why do we wear green?

      Ireland is also known as The Emerald Isle, referencing green.

      St. Patrick used the green shamrock as a tool to teach people about the holy trinity.

      Green is one of the primary colours of the Irish flag.

      Wearing green makes you invisible to Leprechauns, who are said to pinch anyone not wearing green, and that’s reason enough for me LOL!

      A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
      Irish Cream Cupcakes
      Print Recipe
        Servings Prep Time
        24 cupcakes 60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        16-18 minutes 4+ hours
        Servings Prep Time
        24 cupcakes 60 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        16-18 minutes 4+ hours
        A single Irish Cream Cupcakes sits in focus in the foreground. It sits on a black cooling rack draped with a green and white checkered towel. The background is blurry.
        Irish Cream Cupcakes
        Print Recipe
          Servings Prep Time
          24 cupcakes 60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          16-18 minutes 4+ hours
          Servings Prep Time
          24 cupcakes 60 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          16-18 minutes 4+ hours
          Ingredients
          White Chocolate Ganache
          Chocolate Cupcakes
          Servings: cupcakes
          Instructions
          White Chocolate Ganache
          1. Heat cream and Irish cream in a small pot until just at a simmer.
          2. Add chopped white chocolate and butter to a medium size bowl. Pour hot cream over white chocolate and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface and chill until cold, about 4 hours or up to 24 hours in advance.
          3. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip, whisk ganache until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Use immediately or chill until ready to use.
          Chocolate Cupcakes
          1. Preheat oven to 350℉ and line 24 muffin tins with paper liners.
          2. Using an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with a whip attachment combine all ingredients EXCEPT the water and whisk until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add boiling water and stir to combine.
          3. Pour or scoop 1/4 cup of batter into prepared tins. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough to handle, then remove to a cooling rack to cool completely.
          4. Frost with white chocolate ganache frosting.

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          Celtic Twilight

          Celtic Twilight

          Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a Celtic Twilight. A boozy, creamy cocktail mixed with not one, but two Irish delights. Irish whiskey, or should I say “water of life” and Bailey’s Irish cream come together with Frangelico for a punch.  The creaminess smooths out the drink and makes it go down easy. It’s a little tribute to all that is Irish on their celebration day. As luck of the Irish would have it, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a weekend this year, giving drink goers something to celebrate. Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

          Recipe source for Celtic Twilight is from The Drinks Mixer

          Celtic Twilight
          Print Recipe
            Servings Prep Time
            1 cocktail 5 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            1 cocktail 5 minutes
            Celtic Twilight
            Print Recipe
              Servings Prep Time
              1 cocktail 5 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              1 cocktail 5 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: cocktail
              Instructions
              1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled half full with ice. Stir until cold, about 20 seconds. Strain into an old fashioned glass filled a quarter full of ice. Serve immediately.