Caramel Irish Coffee

Caramel Irish Coffee

Caramel Irish Coffee

Caramel Irish Coffee drizzled with caramel sauce and served in a clear mug.

Who knew Irish Coffee had its own day? According to Foodimentary, January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day. So let’s celebrate with a delicious and warming Caramel Irish Coffee. It is a tasty twist on the original Irish Coffee, which is sweetened with sugar. The caramel not only adds the required sweetness but depth of flavour. I recommend using homemade caramel sauce, but you can use store-bought if using a quality product. It is also important to make good quality coffee for this recipe as it is the major component. I used a medium roast Colombian coffee. You can use your favourite, it just needs to be robust, fresh and hot!! If you like an after-dinner sipper, this cocktail encompasses dessert as well in my opinion. Sweet and creamy with a punch of whiskey and coffee. It is delicious, enjoy!

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Caramel Irish Coffee drizzled with caramel sauce and served in a clear mug.

Caramel Irish Coffee drizzled with caramel sauce and served in a clear mug.
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Caramel Irish Coffee

Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces Irish Whiskey I used Jameson
  • 1 heaping tbsp caramel sauce plus more for top
  • 6 ounces robust, hot coffee
  • as needed lightly whipped heavy cream

Instructions

  • Add hot water to an 8 ounce or larger coffee mug and allow to sit and warm mug while proceeding.
  • Make coffee and whip 1/4-1/3 cup of heavy cream until soft peaks form or use a whipped cream dispenser.
  • Pour the water out of the mug and add Irish whiskey and caramel, stir to combine. Pour in coffee and stir. Top with whipped cream and garnish with additional caramel sauce as desired.

Notes

-you can use homemade or store bought caramel sauce.  My preference is homemade, here is a link to the one I used substituting the spiced rum with a tsp of vanilla. Spiced Rum Caramel
-the prep time for this recipe does not include the time it takes to make homemade caramel sauce.

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Earl Grey Punch

Earl Grey Punch

 

Whether it’s for Mother’s Day, Easter, or wedding shower, Earl Grey Punch is a lovely sipper! But don’t be fooled by the name, this punch packs a punch with its white rum and apricot brandy. Only slightly subdued by a generous dose of citrus juice from limes, oranges and lemons, it’s not for your grandma’s punch bowl with the glasses hanging off the side. It’s fresh and bright with a small undertone of earthiness from the tea, making it the perfect afternoon cocktail.

 

Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
Earl Grey Punch
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    4 - 6 ounce cocktails
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    4 - 6 ounce cocktails
    Two glasses filled with Earl Grey Punch rest on a white tray draped with a light blue cloth, orange ribbon and fresh mint.
    Earl Grey Punch
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      4 - 6 ounce cocktails
      Ingredients
      Servings: 6 ounce cocktails
      Instructions
      1. In a small bowl combine white rum and loose earl grey tea. Allow mixture to sit for 1-2 hours.
      2. Strain rum and add to a small pitcher. Add remaining ingredients except for ice and mint, stir to combine.
      3. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves if desired.

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      Magic Hour Cocktail

      Magic Hour Cocktail

      Treats aren’t just for kids on Halloween!!  Adults need a little fun too and I was dying to try my hand at a spooky theme.  The Magic Hour Cocktail is a creamy, orange delight that tastes a lot like a creamsicle, ahem… like a “treat” Fun and delicious to shake up when the adult goblins come knocking on your door.

      You’ll also love that this delightful orange vodka cocktail is dairy free. Yup, it’s coconut milk that makes it creamy and a little frothy.  A splash of vanilla syrup makes it extra dreamy and easy to drink.

      Orange vodka is not a normal item tucked away in my liquor cabinet, it was a gift from my brother.  One day he just shows up with it, I think as a “thank you” for something my husband helped him with.  My memory fails me a little, but I’m guessing he won it or was gifted it himself, as he’s just not an orange vodka kinda guy, nor have I ever indicated I wanted or needed orange vodka.  But in the end, he gifted it to us…lucky me I’d say.  It’s not just any vodka either, but Grey Goose L’Orange Vodka.  Once he gets a taste of this tasty cocktail, he’ll wish he’d kept it for himself.  Enjoy!

      Recipe source for Magic Hour Cocktail adapted just slightly from:  Grey Goose Magic Hour Cocktail

      Magic Hour Cocktail
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        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        5 minutes 20 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        1 cocktail 15 minutes
        Cook Time Passive Time
        5 minutes 20 minutes
        Magic Hour Cocktail
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          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          5 minutes 20 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          1 cocktail 15 minutes
          Cook Time Passive Time
          5 minutes 20 minutes
          Ingredients
          Vanilla Syrup
          Cocktail
          Servings: cocktail
          Instructions
          Vanilla Syrup
          1. Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan and heat to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Once it reaches a full boil and sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool. Makes 1/2 cup syrup, or enough for 8 cocktails if using 1/2 ounce per. Will keep several weeks chilled in an airtight container.
          Cocktail
          1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake until very cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into glasses and garnish with orange zest if desired. Serve immediately.

          Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

          Raspberry Vodka Lemonade

          Consider yourself warned!  Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is dangerously delicious and perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.  The recipe makes a pitcher full, so be sure to invite your friends.

          A stirring spoon and pitcher is all you need for this super quick and easy beverage.  Using frozen lemonade concentrate allows you to use the empty can as the measuring device, so there’s little cleanup too. Don’t let the summer go by without stirring up a batch of this lovely fruity drink, it’s sure to be a favourite.  Enjoy!

          Recipe source for Raspberry Vodka Lemonade: Drinks Mixer Raspberry Lemonade

          Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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            Servings Prep Time
            4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
            Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
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              Servings Prep Time
              4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              4 6 oz glasses 5-7 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: 6 oz glasses
              Instructions
              1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and stir until frozen lemonade is combined. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.

              The Cosmo

              The Cosmo

              The Cosmo, short for Cosmopolitan of course, is my go to cocktail even though it’s wine that you’ll find me drinking most of the time. It’s those times that I’m going for hard liquor and want to feel all sophisticated with a cocktail glass in my hand that The Cosmo will make an appearance.

              When I started blogging a couple of years ago, I had this cocktail prepped for a blog post, a sort of toast to the blogging world was my anticipated theme. I had written text, snapped a few photos, took a few more and more again until it eventually sat on the back burner. What I quickly learned was that taking photos of cocktails and/or beverages in general was not as easy as one might think. I really struggled with it and still have much to learn. So, while the premise of The Cosmo post has changed slightly since my first attempt, my love of the drink has not. It’s the citrus note, splash of tartness and hint of sweetness that makes it a favourite of mine and the reason I’ll likely drink two!!

              Recipe for The Cosmo:  Adapted slightly from The Cocktail Handbook by Maria Costantino

              The Cosmo
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 cocktail 5 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 cocktail 5 minutes
                The Cosmo
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cocktail 5 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cocktail 5 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cocktail
                  Instructions
                  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full of ice. Add ingredients and shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lime peel if desired and serve immediately.