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.

Author:  Compelled to Cook

 

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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.

Earl Grey Punch

Earl Grey Punch

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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.

 

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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.

      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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            1 cocktail 5 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            1 cocktail 5 minutes
            The Cosmo
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              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.

              Raspberry Rum Punch

              Raspberry Rum Punch

              This year I’m smitten, not because of a new romance, but because I’ve had the pleasure to love the same man for more than 20 years. With this kind of time comes an understanding of moods, fleeting kisses, cuddles, and the contentment to spend the evening watching television. Little is expected in the way of fancy gifts and expensive roses on Valentine’s Day, it’s a cozy meal and quality time together that means the most to us. And while we would normally reach for a bottle of wine, this year we celebrate our time together with a fruity and flirty Raspberry Rum Punch.

              The vibrant colour and fruity taste makes it a delightful cocktail to sip and enjoy with your sweetheart. In fact, it’s even better with your long time love because it’s out of the comfort zone. Something new and refreshing! A slightly fizzy cocktail to “cheers” each other, with a love that is signified with the comfort found in one another. The fact that this cocktail is vibrant with raspberry flavour and rather delicious doesn’t hurt either. It might just mean we’ll have to have two. Happy Valentine’s Day!

              Recipe source for Raspberry Rum Punch:  Compelled To Cook

               

              Raspberry Rum Punch
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                2 cocktails 10 minutes
                Cook Time
                4 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                2 cocktails 10 minutes
                Cook Time
                4 minutes
                Raspberry Rum Punch
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  2 cocktails 10 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  4 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  2 cocktails 10 minutes
                  Cook Time
                  4 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Raspberry Syrup
                  Cocktail
                  Servings: cocktails
                  Instructions
                  Raspberry Sauce
                  1. In a small sauce pan over medium heat stir together all ingredients and allow to cook down, mashing berries as it does, approximately 2-3 minutes. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve, pushing on the solids to extract the juice. Can be made ahead, covered and refrigerated until ready to use. Yields approximately 3 ounces.
                  Cocktail
                  1. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice. Add rum, Grand Marnier, raspberry syrup and a generous squeeze of lime juice. Shake until cold, about 30 seconds. Divide equally between two cocktail glasses and top up each with an approximate ounce of soda. Serve immediately.